The GOP is making sure Americans don’t forget the role Hillary Clinton played in the controversial Bergdahl-Taliban prisoner swap, especially with new reports that one of the swapped terrorists has returned to military action.
U.S. intelligence has recently reported that it believes one of the detainees released under the Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl trade, guided by Hillary Clinton, has returned to terrorist activity from Qatar, where he and the other swapped Taliban leaders are being “detained.” Though he’s technically being classified as “suspected” of terrorist activity, some administration officials say there’s enough evidence to have “confirmed” his activities.
As CNN reports, the GOP is deliberately drawing attention to Clinton’s role in the controversial deal. While she downplayed potential security risks, they note, reality has proven her dismissive attitude reckless and wrong:
The Republican National Committee and the GOP opposition research firm America Rising both went after the former secretary of State. While she did push for a tougher deal for the swap, they pointed to her comments during a June Today Show appearance that “these five guys are not a threat to the United States” as evidence she’s out of touch with the national security challenges facing America, and tied her to President Obama on the issue.
“Each passing day, the Obama-Clinton foreign policy continues to unravel,” RNC spokesman Michael Short wrote in an email to reporters.
National security will certainly be a major issue in 2016, and the GOP is making sure to underscore the ways Clinton helped shape the foreign policy of the Obama administration—a policy they argue has left America more vulnerable in the war on terror. Clinton’s infamous “What difference at this point does it make?” response to questions about what led to the attack on the U.S. embassy in Benghazi and her role in the exchange of high-ranking Taliban leaders for a man the Army reportedly wants to charge with desertion will continue to haunt the presumptive 2016 Democratic presidential candidate.