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Obama Speaks Out On Bergdahl Controversy

June 5, 2014 by staff 

Obama Speaks Out On Bergdahl Controversy, Saying that he no longer gets surprised by “whipped up” controversies in Washington, D.C., President Barack Obama on Thursday gave his most forceful defense to date of his decision to swap five Taliban leaders for an American prisoner of war.

“We saw an opportunity and we seized it, and I make no apologies for that,” he said.

Speaking at a press conference in Brussels, Obama said that his administration acted on a bedrock principle that the United States does not leave soldiers behind on the battlefield. On several occasions, he was defiant while explaining why he needed to bring Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl home to the U.S. after five years in captivity.

“I think it was important for people to understand that this is not some abstraction, this is not some political football,” Obama said. “You have a couple of parents whose kid volunteered to fight in a distant land, who they hadn’t seen in five years, and weren’t sure whether they’d ever see again. And as commander in chief of the United States armed forces, I am responsible for those kids.

“I write too many letters to folks who unfortunately don’t see their children again after fighting a war,” he said. “I make absolutely no apologies for making sure that we get back a young man to his parents, and that the American people understand that this is somebody’s child, and that we don’t condition whether or not we make the effort to try and get them back.”

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