President Barack Obama Tuesday compared the actions he took to bring home Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl to that of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, saying it was America’s responsibility to bring back troops held in enemy captivity.

“This is what happens at the end of wars,” Obama said, speaking in Poland.

“That was true for George Washington, that was true for Abraham Lincoln, that was true for FDR. That’s been true of every combat situation, that at some point, you make sure that you try to get your folks back. And that’s the right thing to do,” he continued.

Earlier in his remarks, Obama had said the circumstances surrounding how Bergdahl ended in Taliban are irrelevant.

“But let me just make a very simple point here, and that is, regardless of the circumstances — whatever those circumstances may turn out to be — we still get an American soldier back if he’s held in captivity — period, full stop,” he said. “We don’t condition that. And that’s what every mom and dad who sees a son or daughter sent over into war theater should expect from, not just their commander in chief, but the United States of America.”

(H/T: CNS News)

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