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Gen. McCaffrey: Susan Rice Lied About Bergdahl's 'Honor'

By Lisa Degnen   |   Tuesday, 03 Jun 2014 04:52 PM

Retired U.S. Army Gen. Barry McCaffrey didn't mince words when he said National Security Adviser Susan Rice lied about former Taliban captive Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl during a TV appearance.

A report on Mediaite.com quoted Rice on ABC's "This Week" program. "Sgt. Bergdahl wasn’t simply a hostage; he was an American prisoner of war captured on the battlefield," she stated. "He served the United States with honor and distinction ... This is such a joyous day."

On Tuesday, McCaffrey disagreed with that claim and said there is a growing backlash against the White House decision to trade Bergdahl for five Taliban members.

"I think what bothers people is having our commander-in-chief on television putting a glow of euphoria around this guy," the site quotes McCaffrey as saying. "And then followed on with Dr. Susan Rice, who’s such a brilliant person, calling him having served with honor and distinction when they knew full well this wasn’t the case."

McCaffrey's criticism recalls the last time Rice was accused of making misleading public remarks.

On Sept. 16, 2012, she appeared on the Sunday morning news shows on five networks "to spread the ridiculous and untrue fable that a YouTube video had been the cause of four deaths in Benghazi, as opposed to terrorists the Obama administration and Hillary Clinton should have been prepared for," says Breitbart.com.

Mediaite says that as far back as two years ago, it was reported that Bergdahl had abandoned his post in 2009 before being captured by the Taliban, with many outlets saying he deserted.

They question why the White House would send Rice out again to mislead the public by saying the soldier served with honor.

"One thing is certain, though. Rice must be getting tired of being used by her employers as a prop to mislead the public on national television when the political situation demands it," the report says.

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