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Defense Secretary Stands Firm Amid Criticism Of Bergdahl Deal

by Wochit 1:08 mins

Defense Secretary Stands Firm Amid Criticism Of Bergdahl Deal

by Wochit 1:08 mins

United States Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel took some significant heat from members of Congress at Wednesday's House Armed Services Committee hearing, but he dished a good amount right back. The meeting was called to discuss the circumstances surrounding the May 31 exchange of Taliban prisoners for U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, and criticisms levied by members of Congress centered around two issues: Whether the U.S. set a dangerous precedent by negotiating with a terrorist group when it exchanged prisoners with the Taliban, and whether Congress should have been notified 30 days prior to the planned transfer, as mandated by law. Hagel and some members of Congress reiterated a mantra of the U.S. armed forces, something written into various military codes of conduct and uttered by politicians on both sides of the aisle. “We do whatever it takes to recover any and every U.S. service member held in captivity," Hagel said.

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