Miss Louisiana’s answer to the question she was given at Sunday’s Miss USA pageant indicates that she’s more aware of national security matters than President Obama. And if the applause she received is any indication, the audience was with her.
Brittany Guidry, who represented Louisiana, was asked about the prisoner swap the president had announced the week before, where we gave up five of the worst Taliban detainees in exchange for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, a suspected deserter.
“In recent weeks the U.S. has released five detainees from Guantanamo in exchange for one U.S. soldier held captive in Afghanistan,” pageant judge Ian Ziering noted in the final round of questioning. “The U.S. policy is to leave no soldier behind. Do you think it’s fair to sacrifice or swap lives in order to uphold this policy?”
What Ziering failed to recognize is America’s long-held policy that we will never negotiate with terrorists under any circumstances. This overrides the “leave no man behind” principle.
Guidry adroitly picked her way through the minefield Ziering created.
“I am glad that we got our guy back, however, I do not feel it is right that we subject ourselves to these acts of terrorism,” she said. “I do agree with our guy being back, but however, I do not think we should subject ourselves.”
Her response immediately earned her the seal of approval from the audience as the following video shows.
Folks on Twitter tweeted their approval.
— Carrie B (@cbarty) June 9, 2014
I so wanted Louisiana her answer on Bowe/Gitmo was epic!! #MissUsa
— ❧❦Mz.Rita❦❧ (@Tuakachyc) June 9, 2014
When Miss Louisiana USA put terrorists in their place! MERICA!
— Tommy Remson (@M_ThomasRemson) June 9, 2014
Miss Louisiana pretty much blasting Obama. Love it. We don’t negotiate with terrorists
— Matt Draper (@MattTDraper) June 9, 2014
Author and investigative reporter Emily Miller weighed in with approval, and her tweet prompted a spate of additional replies.
@EmilyMiller well of course she did! Us Louisianans don’t deal too well with terrorists!! She’s a fine southern lady!
— Angie (@akf0530) June 9, 2014
@EmilyMiller Thats how you win hearts and minds!
— Cap (@DubsterCali) June 9, 2014
Recent reports indicate that the president was advised by Pentagon leaders not to make the POW swap for the Taliban-5. If, for whatever reason, he didn’t feel compelled to take the military’s advice, perhaps he should have sought the counsel of Miss Louisiana.