US officials never actually spoke to Taliban officials in negotiating Bowe Bergdahl's release. All negotiations took place via Qatari intermediaries. When he was freed, it was 'not a giddy moment,' says one US official.
Republicans say they will hold hearings into the prisoner swap that freed Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, suggesting President Obama broke the law and compromised national security. Are the concerns valid, or is this just election-year politics? Here is a closer look at the charges.
Republicans are suggesting President Obama might have conceded too much in winning the freedom of prisoner of war Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. But the president has shown he is unafraid of going into gray areas of foreign policy.
The release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in return for five Taliban helps fulfill two of President Obama’s goals: Bringing US combat activity in Afghanistan to an end and reducing the number of detainees at Guantánamo.
US Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, captured in Afghanistan by the Taliban and held prisoner for nearly five years, was released to US Special Forces there Saturday in return for the transfer of five detainees from the US facility at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, to Qatar.