During Sunday’s ABC This Week panel segment, former Bush campaign strategist Matthew Dowd tore into the Obama White House’s handling of the exchange of five Gitmo detainees for U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.
The swap for Bergdahl is “totally confusing,” Dowd said: “Here’s a guy that we would have sent and risked his life in order to kill or capture these same five men. But in order to get him back, we’re willing to give them back to the enemy.”
Dowd also pointed out that this situation raises questions about why the U.S. ever got involved in Iraq and Afghanistan in the first place, when both wars “seem to have no real outcome.” He also suggested the Bergdahl swap should bring the treatment of Gitmo detainees back into public focus.
But his most strident criticism of the deal was reserved for the White House’s actions and the handling of the fallout:
The White House and the administration has totally mismanaged this. The president and [National Security Adviser] Susan Rice stood up there like this was Saving Private Ryan, and it turns out it’s really The Gang That Couldn’t Shoot Straight. He should have never stood up there with those parents when he knew the information about this soldier was going to come out.
Watch below, via ABC:
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