June 3, 2014
Hillary Clinton says she won’t second-guess President Obama’s decision to release five Gitmo prisoners in exchange for POW Bowe Bergdahl. But she wouldn’t say if she would have done the same thing if she were Commander-in-Chief.
The Associated Press says the former Secretary of State was asked about the controversial prisoner swap at an event in Colorado. She says that reports that Bergdahl may have deserted his platoon in Afghanistan has no bearing on whether the president should have pursued his release:
“This young man, whatever the circumstances, was an American citizen — is an American citizen — was serving in our military,” Clinton said. “The idea that you really care for your own citizens and particularly those in uniform, I think is a very noble one.”
“You don’t want to see these five prisoners go back to combat. There’s a lot that you don’t want to have happen. On the other hand you also don’t want an American citizen, if you can avoid it, especially a solider, to die in captivity,” Clinton said. “I think we have a long way to go before we really know how this is going to play out.”
Despite Clinton’s support of the President’s decision, she dodged one very relevant question regarding the Gitmo prisoner release. The Blaze points out that she would not answer, directly, whether she would have pulled the trigger on the deal if she was sitting in the Oval Office:
Clinton was asked whether she would make such a trade if she were in office. Clinton said she couldn’t answer directly but that it is a “noble” tradition that the United States tries not to leave soldiers on the battlefield.
This article was posted: Tuesday, June 3, 2014 at 10:48 am