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President Obama defends Bowe Bergdahl prisoner swap

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U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl

(CNN) — President Barack Obama is defending the decision to undertake a prisoner exchange to secure the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl from Afghanistan.

“We don’t leave men and women in uniform behind,” Obama said in a speech in Warsaw Tuesday.

He said his administration had previously consulted with Congress on the possibility of such an exchange for Bergdahl but had to move quickly because of concerns over Bergdahl’s health and to not miss a window of opportunity.

Bergdahl, the last American soldier held captive from the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts, is on a long journey home after being freed in exchange for five Taliban detainees who had been held at the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

But not all share the sense of pride about the deal that released the prisoner of war.

Many of those who served with Bergdahl call him a deserter whose “selfish act” ended up costing the lives of others.

A reporter asked Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Sunday whether Bergdahl had left his post without permission or deserted — and, if so, whether he would be punished. Hagel didn’t answer directly. “Our first priority is assuring his well-being and his health and getting him reunited with his family,” he said. “Other circumstances that may develop and questions, those will be dealt with later.”

Bergdahl was transferred to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany, where he will remain until he completes his treatment, a U.S. defense official there told CNN. After that, he’ll return to the United States and go to a San Antonio military base, the official said.

13 comments

  • Joe

    Holder was chosen by Obummer as AG because he was at Gitmo as a lawyer doing everything they could to get the terrorists freed back into the wild, so they probably brain washed this panzi to defect to the Taliban so that they could release the 5 worst of the worst terrorists under the guise of a trade.

  • guest

    it was my understanding that the U.S. did not negotiate with terrorists. But then I always thought a marriage was 1 man and 1 woman and mind altering drugs were illegal. What a different world it is becoming, glad I'm not young.

  • Joe

    How could all the sugar fed liberals have voted for this turd, America is going to suffer badly and that is now beginning. Not only are the most evil terrorists released criminals right now pouring across the border in record numbers and the terrorists and mingling in too, but they're not interested in welfare, but ID's and cover to stage operations against us from within.

    Thanks for nothing democrats.

    • Joe Camel

      Yeah great job releasing the top 5 Taliban Terrorist who will get right back to working on plan to kill Americans and for whom, a deserter who hates his country and essentially sympathizes with the Taliban. So in essence we release 5 of the worst Taliban Terrorist, so we can bring a homegrown one back here, he will probably end up going on some sucide mission once back state side, mark my words or involved in some plot to do so!

  • Camille Olive

    Ironically the journalist who originally broke the Story about Bowe Bergdahls anti-American, anti-America, emails, and desertion claims in Rolling Stone Magazine on June 21, 2012, had an FBI file opened on him at the same time.He also criticized the Obama administration on what he saw as a “war on journalists” citing subsequent restrictions on the freedom of press privileges – penning an article titled “Why Democrats like to spy on Americans” on June 7, 2013. He died in a fiery crash in Los Angeles on June 18th! Just a different introspective on the entire controversy…

    • Joe

      The rest of the libtard journalists are too busy drinking BO's bathwater to be anything more than useful idiots for the won.

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