Jon Stewart recaps the evolving Bergdahl prisoner swap story.
The Times covers disgruntlement on the Hill:
Senators Show Frustration After Briefing on Ex-P.O.W.
WASHINGTON — White House officials failed Wednesday night to quell rising anger and frustration in both parties on Capitol Hill after a senators-only classified briefing about President Obama’s decision to free five Talibanprisoners in return for the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who military officials say walked off his base in Afghanistan five years ago.
enator Joe Manchin III, Democrat of West Virginia, exited the briefing visibly angry and said he left with more questions than answers. “I think we can all agree we’re not dealing with a war hero here,” he said.
Senator Kelly Ayotte, Republican of New Hampshire, said she remained concerned about what she called the five “high risk” detainees. “I’m not satisfied with their ability to prevent them from re-engaging in the fight,” she said. “I think that is one of the things that worries me most.”
Senator Mark S. Kirk, Republican of Illinois, said senators pressed the briefers — top officials from the Pentagon, the State Department, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the Joint Chiefs of Staff — on whether Mr. Bergdahl deserted in 2009. But the senator said they gave no answer.
“They ducked it,” he said, characterizing the response as, “We’re looking into that.”
An enduring mystery - who among the current crop of Best and Brightest thought that setting up a Rose Garden victory lap with Obama was a good idea? And even though the buck always stops elsewhere, how did Obama's political radar fail to register the problems here?
To be fair, it has moved the conversation away from the VA scandal.