Of all the questions swirling around the Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl case, this may be the most explosive: Did President Barack Obama cut a deal with terrorists?
The White House insists the answer is no. But Republican critics aren’t satisfied.
“He was not a prisoner of war, he was with the Haqqani network, which is a terrorist organization,” Michigan Rep. Mike Rogers, the Republican House Intelligence Committee chairman, said Monday on MSNBC. That’s why Rogers accuses Obama of violating a stated—if not always observed—U.S. policy of not negotiating with terrorists.
The dispute between the Obama White House and its conservative critics hinges on three key questions: Who were Bergdahl’s captors? Who did the U.S. negotiate with? And was Bergdahl a hostage—or a prisoner of war?
The answer to question one is that Bergdahl was, as Rogers said, held by the Haqqani network— a militant group based along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border…
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