U.S. President Barack Obama watches as Jami Bergdahl (L) and Bob Bergdahl (C) talk about the release of their son, prisoner of war U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, during a statement in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington May 31, 2014. Obama, flanked by the parents of Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, a U.S. soldier who is being released after being held for nearly five years by the Taliban, said in the White House Rose Garden on Saturday that the United States has an "ironclad commitment" to bring home its prisoners of war. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS MILITARY)
Obama: No apologies on Bergdahl
“With the fragile nature of these negotiations, we felt like it was important to go ahead and do what we did,” the President said.
“While we have a responsibility to not leave American service members behind, releasing these hardened Taliban commanders was not the right way to achieve that result,” the Republican said Thursday in a written statement. “I don’t believe the conditions under which these high-risk detainees with likely links to al Qaeda were released are sufficient to ensure they won’t return to the fight against us — particularly since they were released to a country that has not fully honored previous detainee agreements.”
“While I am glad he’s home, there are also some unanswered questions that require answers,” she said in a statement. “I have concerns about his reported actions and about the transfer of prisoners. The House Armed Services Committee will hold a hearing on the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, and as a member of the committee, I will be there.”
“My father Malcolm McLane was a prisoner of war in World War II,” said Kuster. “He was a pilot, shot down behind enemy lines in the Battle of the Bulge and held as a POW in Germany. I believe that when possible our government needs to uphold the sacred commitment with members of our military, who put their lives on the line every day to serve and protect our nation, to not leave anyone behind. Although I was not involved in the prisoner swap, and we do not know all of the details, I do have concerns with the lack of congressional consultation. I believe the military and Congress will review this situation and future policy to determine the right course of action for our country. As I continue to review this case and collect all of the facts, I look forward to attending the classified briefing for House members when I return to Washington on Monday.”