The freeing of five high-ranking Taliban terrorists will go down as "one of the greatest sins'' of the Obama administration, says Ed Rollins, a Fox News senior political analyst and former chairman of the Reagan-Bush 1984 campaign.
"Why would you ever under any circumstances turn these five criminals loose? Who basically not only planned to attack this country and played major roles in the Taliban, [but] murdered people in their own country. These are bad guys,'' Rollins told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.
"Of all the things that [President Barack Obama has] done, letting five murderers, criminals, terrorists free, to me, is one of the greatest sins of this administration," he said Tuesday.
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But the swapping of five terrorists for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl — who himself may have been a deserter, according to members of his military unit — comes with consequences, Rollins says.
"The fallout is very significant for two reasons. One is we don't have all the facts on whether this guy deserted or didn't desert . . . but we do have facts that five very, very severe criminals were released from Guantanamo and turned over to the enemy,'' he said.
"No matter what the president says, they are now in their hands, not our hands, and we have left less than 10,000 troops in Afghanistan, every single one of those are at risk.
"If you know you can grab one of them and get five criminals, five leaders of the Taliban back, the stakes are very high.''
Rollins also says National Security Adviser Susan Rice may have been sacrificed to wax poetic about Bergdahl because she is already tarnished from her statements about the Bengahzi attack, which she blamed on an anti-Islamic video.
"The fact she has absolutely no credibility after Benghazi may be the reason they put her out there,'' Rollins said.
"But at the end of the day, if she is the national security adviser and does have data that she should have, she clearly knows the truth, and if you burn me once, as she claims she was burned before, at this point in time I'd be very, very careful what I said.
"She's a terrible spokesperson, she's a lousy national security adviser, and my sense is that the American public is not being well served.''
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