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Susan Rice from Sunday: Bergdahl Served with ‘Honor and Distinction’


Jay Carney just wrapped up the press briefing and dodged all questions related to Susan Rice’s comments from ABC’s This Week where she said:

President Obama stuck to a “sacred obligation” when he agreed to a deal with the Taliban to release five prisoners held by at the U.S. military facility in Guantanamo Bay in exchange for the freedom of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, White House National Security Adviser Susan Rice said today.

“This is a very special situation. Sergeant Bergdahl wasn’t simply a hostage, he was an American prisoner of war, captured on the battlefield. We have a sacred obligation that we have upheld since the founding of our Republic to do our utmost to bring back our men and women who were taken in battle. And we did that in this instance,” Rice told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos today on “This Week” in a rare Sunday interview.

I get the idea behind the prisoner swap, however odious, but I don’t get why the White House staged a photo-op with the family of a soldier who the Pentagon determined had voluntarily left his post and whose departure led to the deaths of other American soldiers tasked with looking for him.

It seems that the White House really didn’t think they’d get any criticism for it, and now they won’t answer any questions about it. 


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