June 11th, 2014
10:55 AM ET
9 years ago

Hagel defends Bergdahl deal in House testimony

(CNN) - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel returned to Congress on Wednesday to defend the deal that resulted in the release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, saying the agreement to release five Afghan detainees was "fully consistent with U.S. law, our nation's interests and our military's core values."

"The President's decision to move forward with the transfer of these detainees was a tough call. I supported it, I stand by it," the former lawmaker told the House Armed Services Committee.


Filed under: Bowe Bergdahl • Chuck Hagel
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  1. Marcus (from...?)

    tom l – If there won't gonna be war anymore,. then why should the USA keep POWs of that war within its jurisdiction (that some claim don't apply to those POWs)? End of the American participation in the conflict in Afghanistan? End of the POWs.
    If this or that guy is 'too dangerous' to be set free, then bring on criminal charges (that can be upheld in a court of law) against him or him.

    June 11, 2014 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  2. Jbuffett

    Malory Archer

    So you don't consider those who died that night protecting our embassy as soldiers because they don't fit your narrative? We had opportunity to not leave these Americans behind. We had opportunity to attempt to save them. President Obama now says it our duty to not leave anyone behind. We didn't even attempt to save them thus we left them behind to die.

    June 11, 2014 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  3. Marcus (from...?)

    Jbuffett – Benghazi again...
    Honestly, Issa holds comission after comission trying to find ANYthing that can be used against the administration or the POTUS himself, finds nothing and then starts a new one, and a new one, and another...
    Was there any proof of a 'real opportunity' to try to rescue them that night that wasn't used?
    Not according to Issa himself, since he found NONE so far.
    But ytou act like he had. Either change the guy in charge of the investigation, for incompetence, or end it after comission nÂș 10 (He already got there, right?).

    June 11, 2014 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    "Trying to sweep this under the rug is like trying to get rid of a dead elephant. Not so easy. This will be controversial for the next 100 years."

    LOL. It'll be a non-issue, non-story, non-factor within 6 months unless something crazy happens to give the MSM something to run with in terms of helping the GOP/Teatrolls manufacture another nontroversy. Sure, the GOP/Teatrolls think it's going to be something they can try to keep alive for 2016, but even that's tenuous at best unless something new and crazy comes to light, which doesn't appear likely.

    June 11, 2014 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    "We had opportunity to not leave these Americans behind. We had opportunity to attempt to save them."

    No we didn't. The facts on the ground and the facts presented in terms of the logistical issues have already proven it was not possible. Yes, the GOP/Teatrolls keep telling you otherwise despite having no facts to prove it...and despite all the facts showing they are wrong...because they know you'll believe it because it's what you want to hear.

    June 11, 2014 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
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