Krauthammer: Obama 'Out of Touch' for Thinking Bergdahl Swap Would Be Celebrated
Charles Krauthammer sat down with Greta Van Susteren Thursday night to weigh in on the latest remarks by President Obama on the Bowe Bergdahl prisoner swap. The president was asked about the criticism he has received for releasing five Taliban leaders in exchange for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was held in Afghanistan for the past five years.
He said he makes "no apologies" for doing what it took to bring an American soldier home, adding he has a responsibility to the parents when their child goes to war for the United States. He said the controversy that is being "whipped up in Washington" is not surprising to him.
Krauthammer expressed disbelief that the administration chose to present the exchange as "some sort of triumph," given the questions surrounding Berghahl's disappearance.
"The idea that they would think that the country would want to celebrate this tells you how out of touch they are and you got a sense of that when the president said, 'Oh the debates in Washington are being whipped up.' As if this is a phony debate and it’s not over fundamental issues where there are arguments on both sides," said Krauthammer.
He argued that the longer Bergdahl is kept out of the public eye, the more potential there is for "witness tampering."
"The administration has been saying through Susan Rice that he served with honor and distinction. They have a stake in that being the case. They have a stake in America thinking that. I would like to see them treat him as he needs to be treated, but then let him speak to the United States. Let him speak to the citizens who paid a very heavy price in releasing these senior Taliban guys and tell us what really happened without any coaching," he said.
Watch the full interview above, as Krauthammer talks about the "victory video" released by the Taliban, showing Bergdahl's handover.
"Here is the American under their custody, the prisoner, the guy who is sort of bewildered, blinking and in retreat. The Taliban are in control and what do they say as he leaves? Don’t come back. That’s the Taliban speaking to the United States, telling the world we have now driven out the United States, it’s now in withdrawal and don’t come back."
The Bergdahl controversy was also discussed among Chris Wallace, Charles Krauthammer, George Will and Mara Liasson on Special Report. Watch the All-Star Panel's take below: