Glenn Beck was outraged with the Obama administration Thursday after a report by NBC News suggested the five senior Taliban officials released from the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, ostensibly in exchange for the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, were actually likely going to be released regardless of whether Bergdahl was freed.
Yesterday in her press briefing, State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf suggested something ON THE RECORD that had been hinted at OFF THE RECORD or ON BACKGROUND for days: that the five Taliban prisoners who were released in exchange for Bergdahl were probably going to be released anyway, because they weren’t among those who were slated for prosecution. [Emphasis added]
Harf said that because the detainees would likely be transferred or freed at some point, “in line with our commitment to close Guantanamo Bay,” America should “get something” in return.
The NBC report continues:
So there you go… The Obama administration’s rationale for all of this may have simply been about starting the process of emptying Gitmo. And it certainly now appears that among the reasons the White House decided to set up a Rose Garden announcement last weekend was about trying to deflect the start of the Gitmo debate — by focusing attention on Bergdahl.
“So they have lied to you now,” Beck said Thursday. “What they did was not a trade — not trying to do something heroic or ‘sacred.’ They kept saying over and over and over again, ‘This was a ‘sacred’ responsibility.’ How dare you invoke the word ‘sacred’ over and over and over again?”
Beck said that if NBC’s report is accurate, the “sacred” commitment to leave no man behind could be better described as: “We were releasing the Taliban guys and went, ‘You know what? We might as well get something for it, so let’s get that guy, too.’”
NBC isn’t the first to suggest the exchange may have been motivated more by a desire to close Guantanamo Bay than free an American soldier in Taliban captivity.
Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) said Wednesday he believes the exchange was driven by President Barack Obama’s “obsession” to close Guantanamo Bay, and thereby ensure his legacy.
Watch Beck’s complete reaction to the NBC report, below:
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