The release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in exchange for five Taliban detainees held at Guantánamo Bay has become a political headache for the Obama administration.
Republicans have expressed anger at the deal that led to Bergdahl’s release, saying the U.S. should not negotiate with terrorists and that the Taliban detainees freed in exchange for Bergdahl are particularly dangerous. Other critics said Bergdahl’s actions prior to his capture raise questions — some members of his platoon called him a deserter and said soldiers died looking for him.
U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy took on those critics in a tweet Tuesday morning.
Really sad to watch Obama haters attack this kid who CHOSE to fight to protect the rest of us, just to score political points.
— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT)
Murphy also tweeted a link to a TPM story asserting that Republican strategists arranged media interviews with disgruntled members of Bergdahl’s platoon.
Murphy’s tweets prompted a demand for an apology by the National Review’s Jim Geraghty.
“Senator Murphy owes a lot of men and women in uniform an apology for not taking their objections about the Bergdahl deal seriously,” Geraghty wrote.