Sarah Palin: Obama 'blew it' on Bergdahl prisoner exchange

(USA TODAY) -- Sarah Palin said President Obama "blew it again" when he agreed to exchange five Taliban prisoners to win the release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who had been held captive since 2009.

"The Obama administration tells America this soldier served with 'honor and distinction,' " Palin wrote on Facebook, quoting words spoken by national security adviser Susan Rice on Sunday. "No, Mr. President, a soldier expressing horrid anti-American beliefs — even boldly putting them in writing and unabashedly firing off his messages while in uniform, just three days before he left his unit on foot — is not 'honorable service.' Unless that is your standard."

Palin, the 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee, joins a growing chorus of Republicans who criticized the deal that saw Bergdahl released by his Taliban captors Saturday.

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon, R-Calif., said Monday he would call a hearing to investigate the prisoner exchange deal because the Obama administration did not give Congress the required 30-day notice any time prisoners are released from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Bergdahl's deteriorating health and his safety required the Obama administration to act.

There have been reports that Bergdahl walked away from his unit. White House spokesman Jay Carney characterized Bergdahl on Monday as a "prisoner of war" and said the exchange with the Taliban "was absolutely the right thing to do."


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