Washington, DC, United States (4E) – Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday defended the release of five detainees in Guantanamo Bay prison in exchange for the release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl by his Taliban captors amid criticisms the swap would endanger American troops overseas.
“What I know today is what the president of the United States knows, that it would have been offensive and incomprehensible to consciously leave an American behind, no matter what, to leave an American behind in the hands of people who would torture him, cut of his head, do any number of things,” Kerry said in an interview with CNN’s State of the Union.
Kerry also allayed fears the Taliban fighters released from Guantanamo Bay would return to their terroristic activities saying the U.S. is capable of killing them if they do so.
Bergdahl, 28, was captured by the Taliban after he left his post in Afghanistan in 2009. He was released on Saturday and was brought to a U.S. base in Germany for treatment. President Barack Obama announced Bergdahl’s release on Sunday at the White House immediately getting the ire of Republican lawmakers, who complained that the prisoner swap encourages enemies to take American prisoners for leverage.