The Bergdahl Boomerang: Gop Lawmakers Who Long Urged A Rescue Now Sour On The Idea - The Washington

Indeed, the broad outlines of this deal including the five Taliban commanders to be exchanged had been discussed publicly since at least 2011. But still, these conservatives say, they didn't expect the final deal would be this bad. In February, The Washington Post reported on the revival of talks to free Bergdahl in exchange for releasing five Taliban commanders held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, into the custody of Qatar the exact outlines of the deal that was eventually announced. When asked at the time by CNNs Anderson Cooper about reports of such a deal, Sen. John S. McCain (R-Ariz.) said he might support an agreement for Bergdahl that included some kind of prisoner exchange. Obviously Id have to know the details, but I would support ways of bringing [Bergdahl] home, and if exchange was one of them I think that would be something I think we should seriously consider, McCain said.