Barack Obama and his administration lackeys have been working overtime in recent days to spin a story that is quickly spiraling out of their control. After swapping five terror suspects for one American soldier without properly notifying Congress, Obama had to face mounting allegations that returned Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was believed by many to be a deserter – if not a traitor.
Furthermore, the five prisoners released from Guantanamo Bay were among the most dangerous radicals in U.S. custody; and according to recent reports, they are now allowed to roam free in Qatar as they potentially plan future attacks against America and our allies.
Defending this deal has become more difficult as new details emerge; however, the woman many Democrats hope will replace Obama in 2017 is finding a way to do exactly that.
“This young man,” she said of Bergdahl Monday, “whatever the circumstances, was an American citizen – is an American citizen – was serving in our military. The idea that you really care for your own citizens and particularly those in uniform, I think is a very noble one.”
She continued rationalizing the prisoner trade by citing what she portrayed as similar circumstances in other nations, including Israel. Additionally, she noted that information Bergdahl might have ascertained about the Taliban during his time with them could be very important to American national security efforts.
Of course, some suggest the soldier formed an alliance with his captors, in which case any information he releases is subject to significant scrutiny. Emails he sent to his family in the days prior to his 2009 disappearance indicate he no longer wanted to be associated with the military – or America.
His fellow soldiers report that he deserted his platoon, leading to a manhunt that left as many as eight dead.
Clinton acknowledged many concerns remain regarding the circumstances of the deal. She even echoed Obama’s assertion that the released prisoners pose a significant threat to U.S. security.
“You don’t want to see these five prisoners go back to combat,” she said. “There’s a lot that you don’t want to have happen.”
In the end, however, she apparently feels the ostensible reward is worth the significant risk.
“On the other hand,” she concluded, “you also don’t want an American citizen, if you can avoid it, especially a soldier, to die in captivity. I think we have a long way to go before we really know how this is going to play out.”
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