‘Leave no one behind’: GOP lawmaker accused of not meaning it

‘Leave no one behind’: GOP lawmaker accused of not meaning it

[Ed. – How the mighty have gotten specious.  Um, yeah, WaPo: trading Taliban thugs for Bergdahl is, in fact, a different proposition from mounting a military rescue of Bergdahl.  Of course “do everything possible to get Bergdahl back” doesn’t mean “blow off Congress and undermine the whole purpose of the War on Terror to get Bergdahl back.”  Who would think it did?]

Rep. Richard B. Nugent, a Republican lawmaker whose three sons have served in the military, made the case of captive soldier Bowe Bergdahl a personal cause. He delivered ­speeches about Bergdahl on the House floor. He introduced two resolutions affirming that the United States would not abandon him in Afghanistan.

What Nugent wanted, he told a crowd at a rally for Bergdahl’s release in February, was for “the United States to do everything possible not to leave any members of the armed forces behind.”

But today, Nugent says that when he said “do everything possible,” did not actually mean everything. Now that Bergdahl is free, the Florida congressman has become a critic of the deal that freed him.

Nugent believes that the Obama administration gave away too much by sending back five Taliban commanders held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and that it did not follow the law on consulting members of Congress. …

The shifts in rhetoric are particularly pronounced among Republicans who long demanded that Obama do more to secure Bergdahl’s release. After the deal was announced, many reversed their positions and criticized Obama for sacrificing too much to get him.

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Democrats and cable-news talkers immediately mocked them for playing politics. “It is clear they are worried his release could be seen as a victory for President Obama,” Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) said on the Senate floor Wednesday.


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