Guess who told CNN, not 4 months ago, he’d negotiate with terrorists?

Guess who told CNN, not four months ago, that he’d negotiate with the terrorist Taliban, and even do a prisoner swap, to get former US POW Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl back?

Yep, that girl.

john-mccain-bergdahlYet now, after President Obama has secured the release of the last American prisoner of war being held by the Taliban in Afghanistan, Republicans, including John McCain, are all against prisoner swaps and negotiating with the Taliban.

From Amanda Terkel and Sam Stein at HuffPo:

The day after Bergdahl’s release was secured, however, McCain was on the Sunday morning talk shows questioning why the administration would release the “hardest of the hard core.” On Monday, the following day, he stressed that he “would not have made this deal.”

“I would have done everything in my power to repatriate him and I would have done everything I possibly could. But I would not have put the lives of American servicemen at risk in the future,” he said.

McCain spokesman Brian Rogers said the senator’s objections lie in the details.

“The details that we know so far are troubling and could enable these hard-core Taliban leaders to return to the battlefield against Americans and our allies and partners next year,” he said.

I guess McCain’s earlier position in favor of swapping those same Taliban members for Bergdahl — a position McCain held just this past February — was a youthful indiscretion.

The Huffington Post has a lot more on the GOP Congress’ uber-fandom of Bergdahl before Obama secured the POW’s release.

Though one feels for the GOP. Policy positions based on lies and political expediency are awfully hard to keep track of. I’m reminded of the story I’ve told before, of riding in the elevators in the US Senate Hart building, back in the late 80s, early 90s, when I worked on the Hill.

I had one more floor to go, the elevator door opened to let someone out, and a very-important GOP senator from the northeast went scurrying by with aides in tow.

Right as my elevator door was closing, the aide says to the senator: “Remember, Senator, today you’re pro-choice.”

The other staffer in the elevator, and I, broke into hysterics.

So, remember GOP, today you’re anti-POW.


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You know who supported negotiating with terrorists and trading Gitmo detainees for US POW Bergdahl? That one.


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