President Barack Obama was correct in negotiating the freedom of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, but the way he announced it has been disastrous, according to David Swerdlick, columnist and contributing editor for TheRoot.com.
"I do think that the president took the right action here, but what they've done this week has amounted to, essentially, political malpractice,'' Swerdlick told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.
"They should not have rolled this out with the Bergdahl family coming to the White House.
"They should not have rolled this out with Ambassador Susan Rice going on the Sunday shows and saying Bergdahl served with 'honor and distinction' because clearly people that served with him don't feel that way.''
Bergdahl was freed last week when the United States swapped him for five high-ranking Taliban members imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay.
Allegations have since emerged that Bergdahl may have been a deserter and gone willingly to his captors.
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"The White House … could have just stuck to this line and said, 'Look, we don't leave anyone behind. He's a soldier, we're going to bring him back, then we'll deal with the other questions,'" Swerdlick said.
"They've gotten themselves in hot water … and it reflects poorly on the White House … What we have here is a failure to communicate.''
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