Although the members of Congress now worry that the swap deal can risk American lives, many of them had been pressing the Obama administration for a long time to do “all” he could to bring Bergdahl home.
Despite widespread opposition from the Republicans, Obama is not worried. In fact, in his recent interview with Brian Williams on NBC News, the president says it’s something he would do all over again.
“When somebody wears our country’s uniform and they’re in a war theater and they’re captured,” he said, “we’re going to do everything we can to bring them home.”
Obama also clarified why he had not notified the members of Congress before the prisoner exchange, saying the administration had to act fast in a delicate situation that required no publicity.
“It’s also important for us to recognize that the transition process of ending a war is gonna involve, on occasion, releasing folks who we may not trust but we can’t convict,” Obama said.
He concluded: “This is something that I would do again, and I will continue to do wherever I have an opportunity, if I have a member of our military who’s in captivity. We’re gonna try to get ’em out.”