Just one day after a leading Republican warned that further releases of prisoners from the U.S. prison on Guantanamo Bay could lead to calls for his impeachment, President Barack Obama said Thursday he has "no apologies" for trading five high-level Taliban members for the return of Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, who had been held by the Taliban for the past five years.
With the narrative of Bowe Bergdahl, the American POW from Idaho held by the Taliban for five years, changing by the hour, it is perhaps premature to pass judgment on the actions of the recently freed soldier or on the Obama administration’s actions to secure his release.
Speaking in Warsaw, Poland, on June 3, President Obama proposed the creation of a European Reassurance Initiative, a $1-billion fund that would be used to increase a U.S.-led military presence in Central and Eastern Europe.
Vice President Joe Biden, addressing the Air Force Academy’s graduating class on May 28 in Colorado Springs, said he believes that the class “has an incredible window of opportunity to lead in shaping a new world order for the 21st century."
The United States will continue to lead the world without stumbling into military misadventures, President Obama said in a commencement address at West Point Wednesday, where he made no mention of plans to provide military training to the rebels in Syria's three-year-old civil war.
The chief of CIA operations in Kabul was identified Saturday when a White House list of U.S. officials taking part in President Obama's surprise Memorial Day visit to U.S. troops in Afghanistan was released to the press.