Hagel to face Armed Services Committee and address Bergdahl swap
So Chuck Hagel, Secretary of Defense will be testifying before the House Armed Services Committee today, I don't predict it going well. To some degree it appears to break down around political affiliation.
The Daily Beast yesterday cited this statement, that doesn't bode well:
Obama’s top intelligence officers warned that four out of the five Taliban prisoners swapped for Bowe Bergdahl would return to the battlefield.
A top intelligence official told lawmakers in a classified Senate briefing last week that he expected four out of the five Taliban leaders released by the Obama administration to eventually return to the battlefield.
According to a pair of U.S. officials, the briefing from Robert Cardillo, a deputy director of national intelligence, represented the latest community-wide U.S. intelligence assessment on these Taliban Five, completed in 2013.
Congressman McCaul is not pleased with this:
Meanwhile Congresswoman Spier thinks that the Taliban is not a terrorist organization and that they will have to play a part in Afghanistan's future:
I'm sure the Taliban will play a huge role in the future of Afghanistan, but the part about them NOT being Terrorists.....that just doesn't match what I have seen over there. Last time I was there, in 2011 or 2012, every time the US troops moved out of town the Taliban (specifically the Taliban) would come in behind us and threaten to kill anyone who talked to the US again, and promised repercussions if the schools for girls were re-opened. Most of the brave Afghans who were teachers were scared out of their minds, mostly for what might happen to their families if they went back to the schools.
This whole thing is bad. Should be an interesting Congressional hearing.