VIDEO: Bridenstine's Testy Exchange With Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel

Jun 12, 2014

Some members of Congress aren't satisfied with the Obama Administration's justifications for the prisoner swap that led to freedom for U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl

At a House committee hearing Wednesday, U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla. 1) said the release of the five Guantanamo detainees in exchange for Bergdahl represents a victory for the Taliban.

“It is being used as propaganda against this country,” Bridenstine told Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel. “Ultimately, these people are likely to return to the field of battle, and our troops will be in harm’s way because of it.”

Hagel conceded that the administration could have done a better job of keeping Congress informed, but he says the swap of five Taliban figures who'd been held at Guantanamo may have been the ``last, best'' chance to secure the release of the only U-S soldier held captive in Afghanistan.

“The morale boost turns into a physical threat,” Bridenstine said.


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