Obama defends Taliban swap, says he’d do it again

Obama defends Taliban swap, says he’d do it again

[Ed. – Just what a nation wants out of its leader: a man so headstrong and unable to admit his mistakes that he doubles down every time he makes one. And he makes them often.]

President Barack Obama told Brian Williams on Friday that he would authorize swapping five Taliban militants for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl again — even after an outcry over the soldier’s conduct, criticism of the deal and an uproar over why Congress was kept in the dark.

In an exclusive interview for “NBC Nightly News” from Normandy, France, where world leaders gathered to mark the 70th anniversary of D-Day, Obama said the Bergdahl decision came down to a simple principle.

“When somebody wears our country’s uniform and they’re in a war theater and they’re captured,” he said, “we’re gonna do everything we can to bring ’em home.”

The extended interview airs on “NBC Nightly News” and on “Brian Williams Reporting: Journey to Normandy,” which airs Friday at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.

The interview was Obama’s first since the Taliban returned Bergdahl to U.S. forces in exchange for five prisoners held at the American prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

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