Tags: Afghanistan | Al-Qaida | Bowe Bergdahl Freed | Emerging Threats | War on Terrorism | John Boehner | Taliban

Boehner: Americans Will Die Because of Taliban Deal

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Tuesday, 10 Jun 2014 06:30 PM

By Lisa Degnen

House Speaker John Boehner says all Americans will suffer the consequences of President Barack Obama's decision to negotiate with terrorists.

The Hill reports that Boehner sharply criticized the decision to trade Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five Taliban leaders.

"We're glad that Bergdahl is back, but the biggest issue here is the violation of the policy that the United States has had for many, many years that we don't negotiate with terrorists," Boehner is reported to have said.

"The fact is that we have violated that policy and, as a result, we have made Americans less safe here and all around the world. And we're going to pay for this. There is not any doubt in my mind that there are going to be costs of . . . lost lives associated with what came out of this."

The White House held a classified briefing on Monday night, but House Republicans said there were very few revelations.

Boehner also said the argument from the White House that it had to keep the exchange a secret, even from Congress, to keep Bergdahl safe just didn't stand up.

In fact, The Hill report says the speaker was briefed numerous times before the attack on Osama Bin Laden in 2011.

"This idea that they couldn't trust us to not leak things was just not true," Boehner said, according to The Hill.

Boehner spoke to reporters shortly after a closed party meeting, Politico reports.

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