Hillary's Book: Obama Always Insisted on Bergdahl Release

Thursday, 05 Jun 2014 06:14 PM

 

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Hillary Clinton writes in her new book that in every discussion the U.S. held with the Taliban about prisoners, the Obama administration demanded the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

CBS News obtained a copy of the book, "Hard Choices," which is to be released Tuesday. The network said on its website that Clinton writes that there would not be any agreement about releasing Taliban prisoners without Bergdahl's release. The swap of Bergdahl for five Taliban prisoners has drawn criticism in Congress from lawmakers who say they weren't properly notified.

Clinton writes she acknowledged at the time that opening the door to negotiations with the Taliban "would be hard to swallow for many Americans."

The book covers topics such as the deadly 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya; U.S. relations with Russia; and the raid that killed Osama bin Laden.

Clinton describes the bin Laden operation in detail, recalling that she thought back to the people she had known and worked with who had been killed in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. She says President Barack Obama, her former rival, remained calm as his top advisers monitored the May 2011 raid into Pakistan by Navy SEALs. Clinton writes that "rarely have I been prouder" to have served with the president.

She also discusses her 2009 meeting with Russia's top diplomat, Sergey Lavrov, in which she offered a red button labeled "reset," to symbolize how U.S. relations with Russia had thawed. But the button also contained a word in Russian meant to be a translation of "reset." Lavrov said it was wrong.

Clinton writes it was "not the finest hour American linguistic skills."

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