“Try and separate the spin from all of the facts. What’s hard for the general public and even the military to figure out how to communicate that. First of all, he’s a soldier until somebody declares him not that way, and he’s a U.S. citizen. We had to go after him. It doesn’t matter the reason. We knew it was under an extreme situation that he had been held captive. We knew at the time he walked off base under his own demise, if you will. It’s still a priority for us for what we do. … and a guy who best case scenario he has PTSD, worst case scenario he’s declared a traitor, and he’ll stand trial for that. But I’d never negotiate for that guy. I’d risk my life for him, but I’d never leverage national assets for him.”
“That’s really why hundreds of years ago the framers of the Constitution put three branches of government into play, so that one branch can not make all of these decisions themselves. What’s happening now is that the executive branch is taking action without getting approval. Whether it’s right or wrong, that’s what’s causing this. It’s not really of our national interest to get involved over there in Syria or Libya. It doesn’t protect us or doesn’t help us. It’s a different game. It should get approval through Congress and from the military advisors.”
Of which it does neither.