Surprise, surprise… House Armed Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon (R-Calif.) said the Obama administration appears to be pushing Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel as the “fall guy” for the controversial Taliban prisoner swap that freed Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.
Administration briefers told his committee that Hagel was ultimately the one who decided to execute the swap, McKeon told Fox News.
“It sounded like it was a presidential program all the way, [but] now that there’s been a little pushback yesterday in our briefing, the briefers from the various departments were asked who made the final decision, and they said Secretary Hagel,” McKeon said. “So I hope they’re not just pushing him out to be a fall guy for this.”
During an appearance earlier this month on “Meet the Press,” Hagel said that Obama was the one who made the decision to trade Bergdahl for five Taliban militants being held at the Guantánamo Bay prison.
“I signed off on the decision. The president made the ultimate decision. We did spend time looking at this,” Hagel said.
Here was Barack Obama last week claiming it was a “unanimous decision” by “my government” to make the trade:
This should come as no surprise that Obama is once again back-peddling so not to be held accountable, especially in light of the fact his actions could land him in jail.
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