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Bergdahl deal comes at a price

Monday, June 02, 2014 - 01:35

June 2 - The freedom of Bowe Bergdahl and the deal it required have raised criticism for the Obama administration with some Republicans taking aim. Nathan Frandino reports.

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In Hailey, Idaho, signs of solidarity are everywhere. The town's native son and the country's only prisoner-of-war in Afghanistan is coming home. (SOUNDBITE) (English) SUE MARTIN, OWNER OF ZANEY'S COFFEE SHOP AND FRIEND OF BERGDAHL FAMILY, SAYING: "I think Bowe is really fortunate is he from Hailey, I can't think of a better place to heal, and I know he has a tremendous support team here and I know people will respect his privacy and his path." Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was freed this past weekend after five years under Taliban captivity. His release came at a cost -- The U.S. freed five Taliban militants from Guantanamo Bay in exchange for Bergdahl. Now, some Republicans say the deal sets a dangerous precedent. (SOUNDBITE) (English) CONGRESSMAN MAC THORNBERRY, TEXAS REPUBLICAN, SAYING: "So the incentive, not only for the Taliban, but for others around the world, is to capture Americans because we have now shown that we will negotiate." Opponents argue that the five militants are likely to return to the battlefield. Some in Congress also criticized the White House for failing to notify them in advance. The White House says there was no other choice. (SOUNDBITE) (English) WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY JAY CARNEY SAYING: "As commander-in-chief, the president had the responsibility to take the action he did to ensure that, as Chairman Dempsey said, our only remaining prisoner of the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan was safely recovered." As Bergdahl undergoes treatment at a hospital in Germany, Republicans are demanding hearings over why the Obama administration reached the agreement without consulting Congress.

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Bergdahl deal comes at a price

Monday, June 02, 2014 - 01:35