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Taliban Releases Video Showing Release of Bowe Bergdahl: WATCH

Bergdahl

The Taliban released a video to media on Wednesday showing the handover of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl to Special Forces in eastern Afghanistan.

NPR reports:

President Obama today [Tuesday] defended the deal under which Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was freed in exchange for high-level Taliban prisoners, saying his administration had consulted with Congress over a possible trade. And, he dismissed questions about how Bergdahl was captured by Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan in June 2009.

"Regardless of the circumstances, whatever those circumstances may turn out to be, we still get an American soldier back if he's held in captivity," Obama said at a news conference. "We don't condition that."

He said the U.S. has a "sacred" obligation to not leave service members behind.

Some members of Congress have expressed concerns over the details and the secrecy behind the exchange while some members of the military have deemed Bergdahl a hero, some a deserter.

Watch the exchange, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. A traitor for 5 terrorist. Awesome!

    Posted by: Perry | Jun 4, 2014 8:49:37 AM


  2. Conservatives are having conniptions because Obama is saving Americans. Obama also got Osama. Suck on that, connies.

    Posted by: petey | Jun 4, 2014 8:56:07 AM


  3. So much for "We don't negotiate with 'terrorists'!" What a precedent this sets. You want your prisoners in Guantanamo back? Just kidnap an American for ransom.

    Posted by: Ben | Jun 4, 2014 9:01:32 AM


  4. Poor @petey It isn't just conservatives that are having "conniptions".

    Posted by: Perry | Jun 4, 2014 9:22:09 AM


  5. Wait, people actually believe that "we don't negotiate with terrorists" bit? Oh, sweetie, send my your bank account number and I'll deposit $2 million in it.

    Posted by: crispy | Jun 4, 2014 9:27:47 AM


  6. Are Perry, Petey and Crispy the same person?

    Posted by: Jack M | Jun 4, 2014 9:46:10 AM


  7. Poor @Jack M Nope. I have no idea who @crispy and @jack m are. I guess the concept that more than 1 person can actually dislike this prisoner swap is foreign to you.

    Posted by: Perry | Jun 4, 2014 9:54:02 AM


  8. I hope he'll somehow be ok. I understand the concerns but am glad that the reality of this man was put ahead of hypotheticals and potential (even likely) risks.

    Posted by: Shawn | Jun 4, 2014 10:02:23 AM


  9. @Jack M: Perry is Republican swine. Petey's comment here appears to be on the liberal spectrum. And my smartass comments rarely offer anything of value.

    How the hell you got that we're the same person can only be the result of your mother's poor lifestyle choices while she was gestating her.

    Posted by: crispy | Jun 4, 2014 10:28:29 AM


  10. I get it now. Perry and Petey just have stong opinions. Crispy is the hissy fit queen.

    Posted by: Jack M | Jun 4, 2014 10:41:24 AM


  11. This man deserted, and other soldiers lost their lives trying to find him. Now we have exchanged 5 others who will kill us for him.

    He broke his vows and the law, but other people paid the price with their lives, and now there is the potential that more people will be killed bringing him home.

    Why are we feeling such empathy for this scoundrel while feeling none for the people who have died because of him?

    Posted by: Neil | Jun 4, 2014 11:02:04 AM


  12. As I've posted previously, there's more than one "Perry" here. How do we sort this out?

    Posted by: Perry | Jun 4, 2014 11:55:44 AM


  13. @Neil. The military rescues its prisoners, and then if there are accusations they are handled within the American military system. That's how it's always been done.

    Sorry the US hasn't become the cruel, nasty, barbaric place that Tea Party types (and I guess Log Cabin types?) dream of.

    Posted by: tranquilo | Jun 4, 2014 12:06:10 PM


  14. Tranquilo is absolutely right. This is the military's territory. We can have opinions, but let's let them take care of it. Remember presumption of innocence?

    Posted by: Jack M | Jun 4, 2014 12:47:39 PM


  15. Why did they throw his packed lunch away?

    Posted by: Bollox | Jun 4, 2014 2:09:59 PM


  16. Gay icon?

    Posted by: Regina | Jun 4, 2014 4:05:26 PM


  17. Something else to think about: Maybe one or more of the five released prisoners is working undercover for the CIA now.

    Maybe Bowe Bergdahl has information valuable to USA regarding inner workings of his captors.

    Whatever motivated him initially he may just be a pawn in a higher level game.

    Posted by: james street james | Jun 4, 2014 4:57:46 PM


  18. We should have had fighter jets come right behind the helicopter to strafe those f*ckers on the ground that captured and held him for five years.

    Posted by: peterparker | Jun 4, 2014 6:55:09 PM


  19. He looks like Bruce Willis.

    Posted by: Mike | Jun 5, 2014 12:45:48 AM


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