Obama ignores bipartisan criticism of Bergdahl trade, vows “absolutely no apologies”

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President Barack Obama announces the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl (Image credit: WhiteHouse.gov video)

President Barack Obama announces the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl (Image credit: WhiteHouse.gov video)

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.

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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.”

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2 Responses to Obama ignores bipartisan criticism of Bergdahl trade, vows “absolutely no apologies”

  1. Pingback: [VIDEO] The Cool Whip Presidency: For a Supposedly ‘Whipped-Up’ Controversy, Bergdahl Concerns Remarkably Bipartisan | pundit from another planet

  2. Jay Kenney June 5, 2014 at 7:18 PM

    As a USAF B52 Vietnam Era vet. And lost three crew mates, escaped being a “guest” at the Hanoi Hilton by 15 MINUTES, I am flabbergasted by the hate being poured on this obviously troubled young man. He displayed obvious warnings signs of his difficulty WEEKS before he walked away from his out post. Yet, his NCO and CO did nothing to restrain or detain him. They are complicit in this as well. The Army’s, “story,” about Bergdahl smack of the attempted cover up of how Pat Tillman died. This whole war is based on a lie perpetrated by Cheney and his lap-dog, G Bubya! WMD, my arse. If anybody is responsible for the deaths in SW Asia, it is Cheney and G Dubya! All, and I mean, ALL of the deaths of our service men and women belong on the doorsteps of Cheney and G Dubya! And the fact that the citizens of Bergdahl’s home town have shunned him under the pressure of stone throwers and self-righteous judges is abhorrent. “Good,” Christians all, I expect. Well, I have one question. WWJD?

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