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Senators still skeptical after Bergdahl 'life' video shown
June 5th, 2014
05:12 PM ET

Senators still skeptical after Bergdahl 'life' video shown

Obama administration officials showed a so-called "Proof of Life" video of Bowe Bergdahl at a classified Senate briefing on Wednesday, but the session failed to convince numerous skeptics that swapping Taliban terror detainees for the captured Army sergeant was the right thing to do.

"I remain as deeply skeptical about this as I did before this conversation that we just had with the administration. For two days now, we've asked questions, many of which have not yet been fully answered," Sen. Marco Rubio, a Republican of Florida, told CNN after the briefing.

Since announcing Bergdahl's release this past weekend, administration officials have said they fast-tracked the operation over concerns about his health and safety, which appeared to be in jeopardy. Full story

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  1. mike

    5 years captive by Taliban and some in congress are skeptical he is in bad shape?

    June 10, 2014 at 1:58 am | Reply
  2. Dave

    The lies this admin tell to try and justify their continuous circumventing Congress and LAWS is growing very thin even with the hard core democrat politicians like Diane Feinstein.

    June 9, 2014 at 12:38 pm | Reply
  3. MARY from Jacksonville, Florida

    I TALKED TO A FRIEND OF MINE WHO SAID THIS YOUNG SOLDIER DESERTED HIS POST. HOW DO YOU KNOW THAT FOR SURE? THE DEBATES ON MANY TV NEWS PROGRAMS. THE FACTS? YOU ARE LISTENING TO BOTH SIDES OF THE ARGUEMENT WHICH IS PURE CONJECTURE. ALL I HEAR IS THIRD PARTY HEARSAY. IF IT IS FIRST PARTY, I DO NOT HEAR ANY CROSS-EXAMINATION. I HEAR MANY REVELATIONS BUT I DO NOT HEAR MANY FACTS THAT CAN BE SUPPORTED BY EVIDENCE.

    WHAT IF AFTER ALL THIS DEBATE THIS YOUNG SOLDIER IS INNOCENT. THEIR FAMILY AND HIM WERE TORTURED DURUNG THIS TIME AND THAT IS A JEANIE YOU CANNOT PUT BACK IN THE BOTTLE. EVERYONE ALWAYS HAD TIME TO PUNISH HIM ,IF YOU WANT TO, AFTER THE FACTS ARE KNOWN BUT YOU CAN'T GIVE THEM BACK THE TIME YOU TORTURED THEM. WOULD ANY PERSON OUT THERE CARE THIS FAMILY WAS TORTURED OR WILL IT JUST BE YESTERDAY'S NEWS?

    ARE YOU HOPING HE IS A DESERTER TO VIINDICATE HOW THIS SITUATION WAS HANDLED? DESERTER OR NOT THE UNFAIR TREAMENT OF THIS FAMILY IS UNACCEPTABLE. WHERE IS OUR COMPASSION AND EMPATHY? HEADLINES AND BLIND JUSTICE?

    AS A LEADER IT DOESN'T MATTER IF HE/SHE IS LIKED, LOVED OR HATED, IT COMES WITH THE POSITION. IF YOU COME IN FRONT OF A LEADER FOR JUDGEMENT AND YOU KNOW HE/SHE IS FAIR, YOU WILL RESPECT HIM/HER.. AS A LEADER THAT IS BEST POSITION TO FIND YOURSELF. PRESIDENT OBAMA SHOULD HAVE SAID, "THE BUCK STOPS HERE, LET THIS FAMILY HEAL, AND LET THE MILITARY DO THEIR JOB." EASY FOR ME TO SAY AND SIT IN JUDGEMENT BUT THIS IS THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES AND THE JOB COMES WITH DEALING WITH VOTERS LIKE ME. THIS STATEMENT WOULD NOT HAVE ENDED THE CONVERSATION ABOUT SGT. BERGDAHL BUT OUR PRESIDENT WOULD LOOK LIKE A LEADER. INSTEAD HE SAID, " I DEFEND MY DECISION." I AM SORRY THAT IS NOT GOOD ENOUGH. I VOTED FOR HIMTHE FIRST TIME BUT AGAINST HIM FOR RELECTION.

    June 7, 2014 at 9:57 am | Reply
  4. mutant

    So is it true that the US Office of the Provost was thwarted from arresting Obama as their oath states ".... to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against ALL enemies, foreign OR DOMESTIC." It is reported to have occurred on 19 Sept 2013. It appears the deaths were covered up by making their names classified.

    June 7, 2014 at 7:12 am | Reply
    • kurt

      I haven't heard about this particular conspiracy theory. Can't even find a link to a conspiracy site about it. I'm all ears though... please share your current wingnut theory.

      June 10, 2014 at 8:27 am | Reply
  5. kurt

    News story:

    "The GOP doesn't believe the president despite the president providing evidence."

    Gee... what a news flash. The GOP refuses to accept the administration can do anything right, even when it does exactly what the GOP was asking for. I'm SOOOO suprised.

    June 6, 2014 at 12:24 pm | Reply
  6. Smitty

    As usual another epic failure by Obambie.

    June 5, 2014 at 7:29 pm | Reply
    • I suppose

      I suppose you'd rather have seen a video of the Taliban cutting off an American's head. Fun and games for GOPTards huh?

      June 6, 2014 at 11:27 am | Reply
  7. James Corey

    Van Jones just called a US Soldier a pawn. Every service member shoulders more responsibility and authority than Van Jones will ever realize in his life as a mouth. Apologize Van Jones. Realize what you said. Explain yourself. Apologize again and stop being such an ignorant elitist.

    June 5, 2014 at 6:52 pm | Reply

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