Republican Ernst Slams Obama–
Republican senate candidate Joni Ernst slammed Barack Obama over his response to the imprisonment of Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi.
The US Marine sergeant was released from a Mexican jail this weekend after eight months of confinement. Tahmooressi was reportedly stripped naked, chained to a bed and beaten with a bat during his detention.
Joni Ernst, an Iraq War veteran, blasted President Obama over his hands off approach to Tahmooressi’s detention.
“I am so disappointed that we did not pursue this aggressively. He should have been released a number of months ago. This is just another case of our administration not being pro-active, being very reactive. We’ve seen that with every instance out there. Whether it comes to Ebola, whether it comes to ISIS. Whether it comes to this situation. We have an administration that’s just so hands off, disengaged. We can do better. We have to do better.”
“I am very proud of my military service and we need to take care of those folks who have served honorably. And, in this case we didn’t stand up and pursue this aggressively enough. I fault the president with that.“
Finally, Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi, the American Marine who was held in Mexico, is about to be released. According to a family spokesman, a Mexican judge ordered that he be released from prison immediately.
He spent over eight months in prison as his family begged and pleaded with the Obama administration to no avail to work to secure his release.
Source : wnd.com
(CNSNews.com) – A House Foreign Affairs subcommittee took up the “extremely important issue” of a U.S. Afghanistan war veteran who’s been held in a Mexican prison for more than six months after taking a wrong turn into Mexico with guns in his car.
Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi says the whole thing was a mistake, but Mexico has so far refused appeals from his mother and even from members of Congress to release him.
In his opening statement on Wednesday, Rep. Matt Salmon (R-Ariz.) said he is “mystified” that President Obama found time to negotiate with the Taliban for the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who walked away from his unit in Afghanistan, but couldn’t find time to “call our ally, the Mexican president, to appeal to him on behalf of our Marine.”
“If we in Congress don’t do everthing in our power to get Sgt. Tahmooressi, an injured war hero, back to the States for treatment, then what are we doing here? Making sure that our combat veterans are taken care of when they return is one of our most honored and sacred obligations.”