(June 4, 2014) - While talking with reporters at New Hampshire's State House in Concord today, Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) was asked about President Obama's decision to release five prisoners from Guantanamo Bay in exchange for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. It goes without saying that the President's actions have dominated news reports for days and have sparked a discussion both among everyday families and our elected officials about the legality of President Obama's actions and the future implications it might have on Americans at home and abroad.
Shockingly enough though, when questioned about it by a reporter, Congresswoman Kuster of New Hampshire's Second Congressional District seemed to have a very limited understanding of the issue and of military affairs in general.
The most striking exchange was when Congresswoman Kuster was asked a follow-up question about the deal made with the Taliban.
Reporter: "You know, John McCain was a POW too, but he says we shouldn't be negotiating with terrorists like this."
Congresswoman Annie Kuster: "Well, here's the bottom line, we're negotiating already when we leave people there."
Congresswoman Kuster's lack of understanding of such an important issue that has dominated every media report in recent days is utterly baffling. Is a United State Congresswoman saying that by not negotiating with terrorists, we are already negotiating with terrorists? Beyond that, we cannot begin to understand what Congresswoman Kuster meant, but like most Granite Staters, we are outraged at her puddle deep understanding of one of the most important issues being discussed during her first term in Congress.
This is not the first time Congresswoman Annie Kuster has shown her dangerous lack of understanding of foreign policy-related matters. Late last year, when asked about the attack on our consulate in Benghazi, she refused to discuss the topic and responded that she was there to discuss the Middle East, not Benghazi. The video made national headlines and can be viewed HERE.
In response Derek Dufrresne, Spokesman for Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire, made the following statement:
"Annie Kuster, a US Congresswoman who has the power to vote on issues that impact our foreign policy and the lives of Americans at home and abroad, has proven twice now that she has a puddle deep grasp on these issues. That isn't just wrong, it is extremely dangerous.
"Residents of New Hampshire's Second Congressional District have every reason to be concerned with Congresswoman Annie Kuster's dangerous lack of understanding of one of the most important foreign policy-related issues to take place during her first term in Congress. When her statements today are added to her inability to discuss the attacks on our consulate in Benghazi, Granite Staters can certainly start to see a dangerous trend."