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June 5, 2014 - 8:49 am

The chairman of the Democratic National Committee accused Republicans of  “grasping at straws” in their criticism of the Bowe Bergdahl case and “nitpicking” over the number of Taliban exchanged for his release.

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) accused GOP senators, specifically Susan Collins (R-Maine), of saying “we should leave a member of our armed forces who was in the midst of an armed conflict, regardless of the circumstances that he will likely be tried for and considered innocent until proven guilty later.”

“That she would leave a soldier in an armed conflict behind when we had intelligence from everything that I understand that he was — this was our last best opportunity. That he was potentially on death’s door. You know, looking at grainy video is not a way for us to determine that. But from everything I understand, this was our last best opportunity. And throughout the entirety of our military history, we do not leave our military behind,” she told CNN.

“When we have captives we do everything we can to bring them home and we had the highest levels of our military serving now who also said, you know, General Dempsey said we don’t leave anyone behind, regardless of the circumstances. We should all be unified around that.”

Wasserman Schultz argued that “we have throughout the tenure of many Republican and Democratic presidents, including George W. Bush, including President Nixon, President George W. Bush released 500 detainees from Guantanamo.”

“So we should not be second-guessing the administration when they have intelligence available to them and military advice. And the last best opportunity, as we are actually winding down our involvement in Afghanistan, the bottom line is we don’t leave our soldiers behind. We deal with the situation behind his finding himself captive later and we bring him home,” she said.

“I think we are really putting the details under a microscope that are — that pale in comparison in terms of their importance than the fact that we brought one of our own home… to suggest that we’re going to nitpick the president of the United States as commander in chief, bringing one of our own home and standing with his parents to celebrate that fact that we were successful and to celebrate our soldiers to help bring him home is really utterly ridiculous. It’s offensive.”

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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Wasserman Schulz actually makes some of the same points we've been making: that we did want to retrieve Bergdahl and that the circumstances of his case need to be examined.
But my word, why have the Dems selected someone so very awkward to be their most public face as a party?
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Personally Debbie, I find you ridiculous and offensive. I guess it's okay to abandon our loyal Americans in Benghazi behind right? It's only dishonorable deserters that deserve our all out efforts at rescue and recovery.
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It must be a tough job having to defend the incompetence of this administration everytime you turn around. Of course you couldn't have a worse defender then the loony Wasserman. Common sense people object to a "5 hardcore terrorist for 1 deserter" exchange and she says it's nitpicking. I am beginning to think we will never understand how a liberal mind works but given this administrations track record, this country needs to second guess ever rotten action they pull from here until 2016! These stinkin liberals never once let up on Bush and now it's pay back time except Obama is 10x more incompetent then anyone before him.
28 weeks ago
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Crazy Debbie would have a better argument if she were talking about Benedict Arnold.

Unlike Bergdahl, who apparently did nothing for his country except criticize it, Arnold was actually a war hero, who was wounded twice leading Americans in desperate battles, and is given credit for turning the tide in favor of the Americans at the Battle of Saratoga.
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You're right about Arnold's achievements. George still wanted to hang him and tried to swap Major Andre (whom George liked and did not want to hang) for Arnold.
It all turned out well enough for Arnold and even for Washington, but Andre rather got the short end of the stick.
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