On Fox News Channel’s “The Kelly File” on Tuesday, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) reacted to the Obama administration’s decision to swap five Taliban to secure the release of U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl by asking what exactly had been sacrificed and what will be sacrificed in the future because of these five individuals.
“This entire deal is extremely troubling,” Cruz said. “The president decided to make a deal with terrorists — Taliban that are closely affiliated and interwoven with al Qaeda and that deal we released five senior Taliban terrorists. And as you just observed a second ago, an obvious question that leaps to mind, how many soldiers lost their lives to capture these five Taliban terrorists? And how many soldiers may lose their lives in the future if and when these Taliban return to making war against Americans or how many innocent civilians might be killed. And, you know, as this thing has unwound in the last 72 hours and we’ve seen the questions that have been raised about Sgt. Bergdahl, there’s a whole new set of questions that are raised about what the president knew and when he knew — what they knew about Sgt. Bergdahl’s conduct, all the serious allegations that have been raised, what kind of vetting went on or did they simply make this deal and send these terrorists over without doing any vetting at all. And that’s a question we need to answer.”
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