Susan Rice (Sort Of) Backs Off 'Honor and Distinction' Comments
National-security adviser Susan Rice appeared hesitant to repeat her initial assertion on Friday that recently released American Bowe Bergdahl served “with honor and distinction” in Afghanistan and attempted to clarify what she meant.
”I realize there has been a lot of discussion and controversy around this, but what I was referring to was the fact that this was a young man who volunteered to serve his country in uniform in a time of war,” she told CNN on Friday. “That is itself a very honorable thing.”
Rice was visibly annoyed when asked directly about her description of Bergdahl serving “with honor and distinction” before shifting the conversation. She called for patience in waiting for more information to come out, raised concerns about Bergdahl’s health, and argued he was being “tried in the court of public opinion.”
“Let’s know the facts, including his side of the story, and then we can make a judgment,” Rice said.