Obama's Prisoner Exchange with the Taliban

  • Aired:  06/02/14
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President Obama convinces the Taliban to release an American prisoner in exchange for five detainees held at Guantanamo Bay. (3:42)

>> Stephen: THANK YOU SOMUCH, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN.

WELCOME TO THE REPORT.

(AUDIENCE CHANTING "STEPHEN")(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

(AUDIENCE CHANTING "STEPHEN")(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

>> Stephen: THANK YOU SOMUCH.

GOOD TO HAVE YOU WITH US.

PLEASE, EVERYBODY, FIRST OFF,EVERYBODY AT HOME WATCHING

RIGHT NOW, I WANT TO THANKEVERYBODY IN HERE, OUT THERE,

ALL AROUND THE WORLD.

BUT IF YOU ARE JUST-- IF AREYOU JUST JOINING OUR

BROADCAST ALREADY INPROGRESS, YOU MAY BE

NOTICING THIS.

(LAUGHTER)THIS WILL ALL BE EXPLAINED

LATER.

(LAUGHTER)FOR NOW JUST ENJOY THE RIDE.

(LAUGHTER)I KNOW I AM.

BUT FIRST, FOLKS, IT'S AGREAT DAY FOR AMERICA.

AND I COULD NOT BE ANGRIERABOUT IT.

(LAUGHTER)I TRIED GETTING ANGRIER AND I

COULDN'T DO IT BECAUSE ISTARTED GETTING HAPPY ABOUT

HOW ANGRY I WAS.

(LAUGHTER)>> AND IT'S ALL BECAUSE OF

MAJOR NEWS FROM OUR WAR INAFGHANISTAN.

FIRST WE'RE STILL FIGHTINGIN AFGHANISTAN.

(LAUGHTER)WHO KNEW THAT THING WAS

STILL GOING.

IT'S LIKE THE "GREY'SANATOMY" OF WAR.

(LAUGHTER)BUT THIS WEEKEND, THE

CONFLICT GRABBED HEADLINES.

>> A U.S. SOLDIER CAPTUREDBY THE TALIBAN FIVE YEARS

AGO IS FREE AND HE'S COMINGHOME.

BOWE BERGDAHL, SERGEANTUNITED STATES ARMY.

THE TALIBAN SNATCHED HIMWHILE ON DEPLOYMENT TO

EASTERN AFGHANISTAN IN 2009.

TODAY HE IS SAFE AND IN U.S.

MILITARY HANDS.

>> Stephen: THAT'S RIGHT,AFGHAN VETERAN BOWE BERGDAHL

IS SAFE UNLESS HE NEEDS THEVA HEALTH SYSTEM ANY TIME

SOON.

THEN, THEN THERE WILL BE ABIT OF A WAIT.

BUT BERGDAHL'S FREEDOMWASN'T FREE.

YOU SEE OBAMA NEGOTIATEDBERGDAHL'S RETURN IN EXCHANGE

FOR FIVE DETAINEES HELD ATGUANTANAMO BAY.

>> HE CAN'T RELEASE THESEGUYS.

WE WERE THIS CLOSE TOCHARGING THEM WITH

SOMETHING.

(LAUGHTER)AND I AM NOT THE ONLY ONE OUT

THERE WHO IS ABSOLUTELYADAMANT ABOUT BOTH OF HIS

FEELINGS ON THIS.

>> OBVIOUSLY WE SHOULD BEHAPPY FOR THE FAMILY.

THEY'VE GOTTEN THEIR LOVEDONE BACK, THAT'S VERY, VERY

IMPORTANT.

THE METHODOLOGY IN WHAT WEUSED IS VERY TROUBLESOME,

NEGOTIATING WITH TERRORISTS.

>> IT IS CAUSE FORCELEBRATION WHEN AN AMERICAN

IS RETURNED HOME.

WE NEGOTIATED WITHTERRORISTS.

>> FIRST OF ALL, WE ARE ALLHAPPY THAT AN AMERICAN HAS

BEEN RETURNED TO HIS FAMILY.

THIS WAS NOT THE RIGHTTHING.

>> YES IT IS A VICTORY AND ADEFEAT.

THE WHOLE SITUATION HAS USPUMPING OUR FISTS WITH JOY

WHILE SHAKING IT IN ANGER.

(LAUGHTER)OKAY, IT LOOKS LIKE, IT'S

LIKE I'M MASTURBATING A TALLMAN ON A TRAMPOLINE.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)IT IS A CELEBRATION THAT IS

ALSO VERY TROUBLING.

LIKE A PIZZA PARTY FORHITLER'S BIRTHDAY.

WAS IT FUN?

YES.

DO I REGRET IT? OF COURSE.

(LAUGHTER)SO AS HAPPY AS I AM THAT

SERGEANT BERGDAHL IS COMINGHOME IT ALSO MEANS FIVE

TERRORISTS ARE NOW FREE TOROAM IN A TREELESS DESERT

PATROLLED ONLY BY OURPREDATOR DRONES.

OH-- OH, WELL, YOU ENJOYTHAT FREEDOM, FELLAS.

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