“I think we need to have more information about the long-term consequences, and do everything that we can to make sure that these terrorists do not get back onto the battlefield,” said Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.) on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”
“I would’ve been a strong voice of caution at the table if I were still in government during this discussion. I don’t know that I would’ve fallen on my sword on this one. But I would’ve made very sure that decision makers understood the risk they were embracing,” said former CIA director and NSA general Michael Hayden also on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”
“It was an extraordinary day yesterday and an extraordinary day for America, because a member of our armed forces who had been in captivity almost five years will now be reunited with his mother and father, whom we had the opportunity to see yesterday and who are over the moon,” said National Security Advisor Susan Rice on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
“We have in the past had extensive consultations with Congress. They were well aware that this idea and this prospect was one that the administration was seriously considering, but when it came to fruition, the Department of Defense, in consultation with the Department of Justice, determined that it was both appropriate and necessary for us to proceed in an expedited fashion, and that’s what the president decided to do. And as a consequence, we have Bowe Bergdahl back,” said Rice on ABC’s “This Week.”
“By the way, National Security Advisor Susan Rice is appearing on two Sunday Shows today, but the White House still has not made her available to us since we interviewed her back in September of 2012 just five days after the Benghazi attack,” said FNC’s Chris Wallace on his program.