Obama says ‘absolutely’ a risk in freeing Taliban inmates, but defends Bergdahl swap

by FOXNews.com
June 3, 2014

President Obama, in his first public comments on the controversial trade of five Taliban prisoners for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl since the deal was announced, acknowledged Tuesday there’s “absolutely” a risk that the former Guantanamo inmates will try to return to the battlefield — but nevertheless defended the deal as in America’s interest.

“I wouldn’t be doing it if I thought that it was contrary to American national security,” Obama said.

The president is facing heavy criticism from Congress for negotiating the release of the “Taliban Dream Team” and for proceeding with the prisoner swap without telling lawmakers in advance. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., in an interview with Fox News on Monday, said the prisoners — high-ranking Taliban leaders — are “hell-bent on killing Americans.”

Speaking in Poland at the first stop of a European tour, Obama did not deny that the prisoners could try again to target Americans.

4 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • I Seigel says:

    Now it appears to be turning out that 4 of the 5 released “terrorists” weren’t really “terrorists” at all. Only one is considered dangerous. The others were civilian members of the Taliban government with no record of being involved in violence. I wonder if that fact will affect the discussion here. Probably not. Everyone already seems to have made up their minds about this case. Impeach Obama, hang Bergdahl for desertion and treason. Facts? We don’t need no steenking facts!

  • defiant1 says:

    This mans sense of justice and reasoning remains dangerous, doubtful and questionable. 5 terrorists exchanged for an American soldier defector, I fail to get the sense of right and justice. Although I also guess my thinking is opposite of Obama, he rewards and celebrates degenerates, and he punishes and degrades decent honorable people. He is indeed a true Marxist.

    1. awegweiser says:

      Why bother with a trial – you and Fox News are already convinced he is a defector. Your own first sentence seems to define your own sense of justice.

      1. CTH says:

        And you seem to have no sense of justice or of anything else except kissing obutthjead’s biutt.

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