Obama ignores bipartisan criticism of Bergdahl trade, vows “absolutely no apologies”
By End the Lie
Despite individuals in both parties harshly criticizing President Barack Obama’s handling of the trade of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five Taliban militants, Obama promised “absolutely no apologies” for the exchange.
The statement came during a press conference in Brussels, Belgium, that was held with British Prime Minister David Cameron.
“I’m never surprised by controversies that are whipped up in Washington. That’s par for the course,” Obama said, according to Fox News.
Obama insisted that the trade was in line with the American principle to leave no soldier behind, though fellow soldiers have called Bergdahl a deserter.
“We had a prisoner of war whose health had deteriorated and we were deeply concerned about — and we saw an opportunity and we seized it,” Obama said. “And I make no apologies for that.”
“I make absolutely no apologies for making sure we get back a young man to his parents,” Obama said. “This is somebody’s child.”
Perhaps it wouldn’t be surprising if Obama was only being criticized by Republicans, but he is also taking flak from Democrats as well.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), head of the Senate Intelligence Committee, quickly took her grievances public after she as not notified of the exchange in advance.
In addition, The New York Times reports, “other lawmakers and officials said privately that Democrats felt exposed by their lack of knowledge about the circumstances surrounding Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s capture and the backgrounds of the five Taliban officials traded for his freedom.”
The issues with Bergdahl, the Department of Veteran Affairs controversy and new power plant emissions regulations have some Democrats questioning the Obama administration’s effectiveness.
“We have to quit putting out fires,” one Democratic senator, who asked to have their name withheld, said.
The Obama administration has maintained that they were justified in withholding information from Congress.
White House officials said that Congress was not consulted because Bergdahl’s health was deteriorating, according to NBC News.
U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel also told the BBC that “it was our judgment, based on the information that we had, that his life, his health were in peril.”