Amid widespread controversy surrounding the alleged desertion of recently returned prisoner of war Bowe Bergdahl, the Obama administration has adamantly tried to defend him and the unilateral decision to trade five dangerous terrorists in exchange for his release.
Barack Obama stuck to that narrative Thursday in comments he made during a press conference in Brussels.
“We saw an opportunity and we seized it,” he contended, “and I make no apologies for that.”
Of those who question the deal he made with the Taliban to release a man even some of his fellow soldiers consider a traitor, Obama expressed a dismissive attitude. He called the controversy “whipped up” and reaffirmed the fact that he in no way regrets the trade.
“I make absolutely no apologies for making sure that we get back a young man to his parents, and that the American people understand that this is somebody’s child, and that we don’t condition whether or not we make the effort and try and get them back.”
As some have suggested, he seemed to show less dedication to facilitating the return of Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi–the Marine currently being held in Mexico–and the Americans who sought increased security ahead of the 2012 Benghazi terrorist attack.
During his statement, Obama also addressed the controversy surrounding his apparent violation of a law dictating that he notifies Congress at least 30 days before prisoners are released from Guantanamo Bay.
“We had discussed with Congress the possibility that something like this would occur,” he asserted. “But the nature of the folks we were dealing with and the fragile nature of these negotiations, we felt it was important to go ahead and do what he did.”
Unapologetically taking such executive action has become a common theme of the Obama administration. It was obvious from a stream of critical Twitter posts Thursday morning that many Americans are tired of his form of leadership.
Pres calls Bergdahl ‘a controversy whipped up in Washington’ because of course he does.
— Brian Faughnan (@BrianFaughnan) June 5, 2014
President Obama dismisses any honest, serious and justifiable questions on Bergdahl as a ‘whipped up controversy.’ Sigh. — Rory Cooper (@rorycooper) June 5, 2014
Obama’ “No apologies.” So there’s that.
— Cuffé (@CuffyMeh) June 5, 2014
Obama just said that the controversy over Bergdahl was “whipped up” in Washington. Where do all of Bergdahl’s platoon mates live again? — RB (@RBPundit) June 5, 2014