We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
It occurred to me too that Bergdahl could be a spy with the best cover ever. That is the only reasonable explanation for what the Obama administration did.
As to whether the President has the authority to release prisoners without Congressional interference, what has all previous discussions of such releases been about? Why doesn't he just unilaterally release them all? Then he can close the prison, as he promised his supporters.
In order to cloak his actions in a fig leaf of legality, could 0bama wait until after the 2016 election and simply pardon all the Gitmo detainees? Then he could ship them home and close Gitmo before the next president is inaugurated.