Washington (CNN) — An elephant never forgets, they say, especially a veteran political one like Republican Sen. John McCain.
The Arizona conservative known for his hawkish views claimed a policy victory Thursday over the man who beat him in the 2008 presidential election.
He took to the Senate floor to declare himself right for opposing President Barack Obama’s decision to pull U.S. forces out of Iraq in 2011. FULL POST
President Barack Obama today defended the decision to undertake a prisoner exchange to secure the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl from Afghanistan. “We don’t leave men and women in uniform behind,” Obama said in Warsaw, Poland.
He said his administration had previously consulted with Congress on the possibility of a prisoner exchange for Bergdahl but then had to move quickly because of concerns over Bergdahl’s health and to not miss a window of opportunity.
Obama said questions about the circumstances of Bergdahl’s capture in Afghanistan were immaterial. “Whatever the circumstances may turn out to be, we still get an American soldier back if he is held in captivity. Period. Full stop. We don’t condition that.”
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