June 4th, 2014
06:53 PM ET
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Rubio: Bergdahl swap puts Americans in danger

(CNN) - Marco Rubio on Wednesday added his voice to GOP-fueled criticism over the U.S. decision to swap five terror detainees for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

Rubio told CNN's Wolf Blitzer that President Barack Obama, by authorizing the swap, has endangered “countless American men and women in uniform across the globe."

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Appearing on “The Situation Room,” Rubio said the exchange creates an "incentive" for militants abroad to snatch Americans with the hopes of trading for terror captives.

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He also said the decision ”will lead to five terrorist members of the Taliban returning to the battlefield to kill Americans” – echoing the language of a number of Republicans critical of the trade.

The five Taliban detainees were transferred from the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, detention facility to Qatar, which brokered the deal.

Rubio, slamming President Barack Obama's foreign policy is nothing new. The Republican senator from Florida and potential 2016 presidential candidate has consistently blamed Obama's policies abroad as the catalyst of America's slipping status in the world.

Rubio, a member of the Senate Intelligence and Foreign Relations committees, adds another high-profile voice to a growing chorus demanding more explanation on the White House’s decision.

Democrats, specifically Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, however are charging that Republicans are merely playing politics with the logistics of the negotiation.

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After a closed-door briefing Wednesday night, Rubio said the classified session shed little light on the situation.

“I remain as deeply skeptical about this as I did before this conversation that we just had with the administration. For two days now, we've asked questions, many of which have not yet been fully answered,” he said.

Republicans and Democrats have said this week that the administration long ago promised to consult Congress before negotiating a prisoner swap, but said they hadn’t heard anything more about it until the deal was done.

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soundoff (49 Responses)
  1. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Hey Marco. How about enlisting into the military and protect us from the Taliban. You are so patriotic concerned about the rest of us. No? Then shut up about the big boys in the room who really do understand foreign policy!

    June 4, 2014 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  2. J.V.Hodgson

    All this nonsense from Rubio "has endangered COUNTLESS American men and women in uniform accross the globe" and others saying similar then:
    With respect to him and everyone else it is the "declared war on terror" that is and will remain and will continue to endanger many American men and women in uniforms lives. By the time they get to Afghanistan more than 1 year away their influence on the death of any American will fall as the troop withdrawal will be almost complete and if necessary the Afghan army must fight the Taliban.
    If his special forces colleagues thought he was a deserter (Unproved) can all concerned stop the speculation and the media and politicians trial without facts or definitive proof either way.
    American military anywhere they face the Taliban or al Qaeda or al Qaeda offshoots are already exposed to being Wounded killed or captured.
    But I forgot Obama is a very weak leader or lacks leadership!? He is CIC and has a stated policy of closing GITMO and other detainees have already been sent home... without this furore. Killing OBL and this is like it or not leadership and presidential and CIC prerogative.
    You think if asked the house for permission especially they would have said yes when they have consistently said no to him on anything and everything Daddy daddy you did not tell me you' d take my football away if I did not give tommy his football cards back. Some things have to be done in absolute secrecy in war!!

    June 5, 2014 01:07 am at 1:07 am |
  3. Thomas

    Marco Rubio on Wednesday had nothing new to offer the world , then around 4pm he made a statement , that this would have never happened when GW Bush was in office

    Rubio who has the republican record for most tweets in a single day said Obama has destroyed freedom and the American way of life .

    Marco Rubio / Rand Paul 2016
    Young , Inspirational , sharp dressers

    June 5, 2014 01:33 am at 1:33 am |
  4. @RI_Roger

    This administration has no credibility....how many more lies need to be put in front of us before it will take for the "O" worshipers to realize they are being had by a narcissist in for only himself.

    June 5, 2014 06:20 am at 6:20 am |
  5. MMECitizen

    The release of terrorists for an American could put Americans living or traveling abroad in harm's way as well as American military personnel.

    June 5, 2014 06:53 am at 6:53 am |
  6. bubba's a genius

    Well, seeing as were nearly out of there, they'd best get a move on it. Simply mind boggling, the gop has literally given up pretending they have plans to help, its all Obama bad, and very little else, yawn.

    June 5, 2014 07:16 am at 7:16 am |
  7. salty dog

    Just another clown in the car, moving along.

    June 5, 2014 07:32 am at 7:32 am |
  8. YBM

    Liberalism is a disease. The world would be in a much better state if it were fatal.

    June 5, 2014 07:40 am at 7:40 am |
  9. drake mallard

    .Rubio is a product of entitlement through the mechanisms of the most corrupt political system I have seen (at the surface) during my lifetime in Florida.what did this mor on accomplish other than running up a tab on the taxpayers backs

    to asclown rubio

    the Reagan administration’s talks with Iran aimed at winning the release of U.S. hostages held in Lebanon. in the Iran case, the United States was negotiating with a sovereign government. So it was OK.

    How about in 2007, when the U.S. negotiated with Sunni insurgent leaders in Iraq to get them to stop bombing U.S. troops and join the fight against al-Qaeda in Iraq? We bribed them. We paid them off. And if you Google the statements of various U.S. officials back in 2005-2006, they were insulted when the U.S. media referred to the Sunnis as insurgents. No, those officials insisted, they’re terrorists!

    As the right-wing echo chamber ramps up about how horrible it is that five Guantanamo Bay detainees have been freed, let’s remember that 520 Gitmo detainees were released under George W. Bush.

    June 5, 2014 07:50 am at 7:50 am |
  10. drake mallard

    to asclown marco rubio

    Bush gave $43 million to Taliban 4 months before 9/11

    The Bush administration gave this money to the Taliban with the full knowledge that Osama Bin Laden was in Afghanistan operating his Al Qaeda terror network. To make matters worse Bin Laden had already launched the 1998 attacks on our embassies in Kenya and Tanzania which left 225 people dead and injured more than 4,000. If that wasn't bad enough Bin Laden had also ordered the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole which left 17 sailors dead along with another 39 injured. Had Bush forgotten that President Clinton had bombed Bin Ladens terrorist camps in Afghanistan in retaliation for these attacks ? The Bush administration also conveniently ignored the fact that the Taliban brutally oppressed the female population of Afghanistan. The Taliban also tortured and executed it's opponents and required religious minorities to wear clothing that marked them as non Muslims which was similar to what the NAZI's had done to the Jews , Gypsies, and Gays.

    In the end it turned out that the Taliban had fooled the Bush administration because instead of banning Opium in reality the Taliban had actually increased the production of opium.

    June 5, 2014 07:50 am at 7:50 am |
  11. Michael MN

    Yea because 5 individuals can swing the war , after all these are not ordinary men – they have super powers

    If I was you I would run as fast as you can and duct tape the house up and hide in the basement and cower in fear

    June 5, 2014 07:52 am at 7:52 am |
  12. Dean

    Treasonous offense by Obama. Can we now impeach him?

    June 5, 2014 07:52 am at 7:52 am |
  13. smith

    Only time will tell if the swap will result in more terrorist acts. Im not against the deal that was made but no one should be cheering because we lost out bad on this deal.

    June 5, 2014 07:57 am at 7:57 am |
  14. Reuben Caplan

    Re: Rubio et al
    How many Taliban is an American worth? If five are too many, is it four, three .....

    June 5, 2014 08:10 am at 8:10 am |
  15. Name JK. SFL. THE GOP HOWDEE GOWDEE SHOW with special guest ISSA the CLOWN

    Rubio a bogus comments have as much credibility as the IRANIAN government making It illegal to be HAPPY after several arrest after playing the HAPPY SONG. Rubio has about as much support in florid as the Iranian government has in Iran , he should move there!!!!!

    June 5, 2014 08:15 am at 8:15 am |
  16. Gurgyl

    –this guy is so irrelevant idiot, pathetic. When Bush illegal war killed millions, drained billions, where were these thugs of the nation elected by bunch old idiots, uneducated?

    June 5, 2014 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  17. RWB1956

    At first, I stopped reading at "GOP fueled criticism". Then I thought he might have something different than usual to say. Nope. I have heard so much Obama bad stuff that I could have written his little negative speech for him.(With pay of course).

    June 5, 2014 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  18. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    One thing all of these "experts" forget – America has been paying ransom and negotiating with terrorists since the founding of our country. We regularly paid "tribute" (ransom, bribe, etc.) to the Barbary Pirates until our Navy was strong enough to take them on. We paid the French to not invade us by "buying" the Mississippi/Missouri Watershed (i.e. Louisiana Purchase). In more recent history, we negotiated with the Iranian revolutionaries (declared as terrorists by Congress) to have them illegally buy weapons from us to pay for the operation to sell weapons to the Nicaraguan Contras. Just because a guy who couldn't pronounce the word "NUCLEAR" said "we don't negotiate with terrorists" did not mean we didn't.

    June 5, 2014 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  19. Lynda/Minnesota

    Well, Rubio. I did TRY to look under my bed for the naughty terrorists who want nothing more than to harm me, but between you and me ... I felt a bit silly.

    As for the rest of your "be afraid ... be very, very afraid" ?

    Yeah. I'm going to give it a pass ... and move on with living out the rest of my life.

    It is all ANY of us can do after spending 13 years conditioning ourselves to war, death, destruction (well two wars actually).

    June 5, 2014 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  20. DH

    Maybe had bush not invaded these countries on lies....................

    June 5, 2014 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  21. sonny chapman

    The American Public & certain "Leaders" are attacking an American Combat Soldier. Shades of Vietnam. TY Fox News.

    June 5, 2014 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  22. runny crapman

    Shades of Vietnam. TY Fox News

    Didn't all the liberal hippies attack the honorable Vietnam vets when they came home and praised the deserters?

    June 5, 2014 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  23. Lizzie

    Michael MN
    Yea because 5 individuals can swing the war , after all these are not ordinary men – they have super powers
    If I was you I would run as fast as you can and duct tape the house up and hide in the basement and cower in fear
    .... Let's wait and see how long it will take for those 5 to rejoin to fight.

    June 5, 2014 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  24. Gurgyl

    -Benghazi, Birth certificate, ACA Law, shut-down did not work, VA bs, Berdhal these things hurt republican trash. USA knows, so does the world. GOP better shut up.

    June 5, 2014 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
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