GOP Blasts Bergdahl Exchange

    U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Berghdal is pictured in this undated handout photo provided by the U.S. Army and received by Reuters on May 31, 2014. Bergdahl, who had been held for nearly five years by Afghan militants, was handed over to U.S. Special Operations forces in Afghanistan on May 31, 2014 in a dramatic swap for five Taliban detainees who will be handed over from Guantanamo Bay prison to Qatar. REUTERS/U.S. Army/Handout via Reuters (UNITED STATES - Tags: MILITARY POLITICS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS PICTURE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. REUTERS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE AUTHENTICITY, CONTENT, LOCATION OR DATE OF THIS IMAGE. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - RTR3RNL6

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    The Obama administration is facing increasing scrutiny from congressional Republicans for its decision to release five Guantanamo Bay detainees for America’s lone POW, Bowe Bergdahl. The GOP is worried the deal is the first step in emptying out Gitmo entirely, Josh Rogin reports. “They’ve lined up all the dominoes to be able to move a lot more detainees out of Guantanamo and this could be just the beginning,” said one Senate aide. Meanwhile, Ted Cruz called the prisoner swap “very disturbing” and said “What does this tell the terrorists? That if you capture a U.S. soldier, you can trade that soldier for five terrorists.” John McCain, who was a prisoner of war in Vietnam, said it is “disturbing that these individuals would have the ability to reenter the fight” because they are “the hardest of the hard-core.” National Security Adviser Susan Rice defended the decision, noting, “In all likelihood, [the returned Taliban detainees] will not pose a national-security risk.” Bergdahl is expected to return to the U.S. this week.

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