The swap of a captured U.S. Army sergeant for five Taliban terrorists was dead wrong, Republican strategist and Daily Beast columnist Ron Christie says.
"These are terrorists that should have been kept in Gitmo and they were there for a reason," Christie told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.
He added that the question remains of whether Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was a deserter. Bergdahl's disappearance prompted a massive search in which six American soldiers lost their lives.
"You had a lot of feedback from the soldiers who … said we can't talk about this person but he walked off base, he did not get lost in a patrol,'' said Christie, a former member of Vice President Dick Cheney's staff.
"So you say to yourself, was this guy a deserter that we lost six American lives for and then we traded five Taliban? It's a disgrace in my view."
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Christie's comments came during a Newsmax panel discussion on the swap with Newsmax White House Correspondent John Gizzi.
"My guess is we will see congressional hearings on this and we're going to have a lot of questions brought out, including why no one in Congress was brought in on this when the deal was being made,'' Gizzi said.
Gizzi is suspicious of a statement made by Bergdahl's father, Robert Bergdahl, when he appeared with President Barack Obama at the White House.
The Daily Caller reports that the father recited "Bismillah ir-Rahman ir-Rahm,'' which means "In the name of Allah, most Gracious, most Compassionate.'' Afterwards, he was hugged by the president.
"It would not surprise me if Mr. Bergdahl's words were vetted within the White House,'' Gizzi said.
"They sound very much like an endorsement of the same line the president delivered to us in the Rose Garden to proclaim the American mission in Afghanistan a success and announce the gradual withdrawal.''
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