Thursday, June 5, 2014

HuffPost: Labrador Openly Supports Bergdahl Release Swap

Posted By on Thu, Jun 5, 2014 at 3:07 PM


Idaho Republican Rep. Raul Labrador doesn't often agree with President Barack Obama, but he does support the administration's move to swap five Taliban enemy combatants for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who had been held captive by Taliban forces in Afghanistan since 2009. 

"If you look historically, at the end of any conflict, you have a swap of prisoners, and that happens. Usually our side will release people that are less than desirable in order to get some of our people back in these swaps. So I would suggest that anybody who's being hyper-critical about this, they should look at the history. This has happened before," Labrador told Boise radio station 670 KBOI

Labrador's statements put him at odds with the rest of Idaho's Congressional delegation, including U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo, who is critical of the swap, as noted by Huffington Post writer Amanda Terkel. Indeed, many high-ranking members of the GOP have been critical of the swap, including Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who said he may push for President Obama's impeachment if the president releases more Guantanamo prisoners without Congressional approval. 

Bergdahl, an Idaho native, was captured by the Taliban in Afghanistan in 2009. His release has sparked a national discussion about whether he deserted his post, and whether the release of five high-ranking Taliban fighters was an equitable trade for the prisoner of war. 


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