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Hypocrisy in Politics: Republicans Supported Release of Bergdahl Until Obama Did It (Video)

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President Obama has been attacked on a daily basis by numerous Republicans for exchanging five Taliban detainees, who were held at Guantanamo Bay for years, for U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

Ironically, some Republicans had previously called on Obama to get Bergdahl back to the U.S.

Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona) told CNN in February that he would "support" a prisoner exchange for Bergdahl, notes MediaMatters.org (video below).

"Now this idea is for an exchange of prisoners for our American fighting man. I would be inclined to support such a thing depending on a lot of the details," said Sen. McCain. "...Obviously I'd have to know the details, but I would support ways of bringing him home and if exchange was one of them I think that would be something I think we should seriously consider."

However, now Sen. McCain claims the prisoner exchange was "ill-founded" and a "mistake," notes TalkingPointsMemo.com.

Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-New Hampshire) has been calling on the Obama administration to find Bergdahl and return him safely to his family for years.

Last week, Sen. Ayotte wrapped herself in the American flag when she wrote a patriotic op-ed in the New Hampshire Union-Leader, in which she called for the return of Bergdahl:

This Memorial Day, we also remember the men and women of our armed forces who are currently serving in harm's way. We thank them for their service and pray for their safety. We also must continue to keep Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, who has been held prisoner by the Taliban for nearly five years, in our thoughts and prayers - and I renew my call on the Defense Department to redouble its efforts to find Sergeant Bergdahl and return him safely to his family.

According to The Washington Post, Sen. Ayotte said in a statement this week, "With 29 percent of former Guantanamo detainees having reengaged or being suspected of reengaging in terrorism, the administration’s decision to release these five terrorist detainees endangers U.S. national security interests."

Columnist Bridget Johnson urged on the conservative website PJMedia.com to rescue Bergdahl by any means necessary, including the possible exchange of five Taliban detainees, reports LittleGreenFootballs.com.

However, once Bergdahl was freed, Johnson tweeted, "Analyst on CNN says 'well, Israel's done it' re prisoner swaps, as if those have turned out so well."

Johnson later explained her side of the story on PJMedia.com.

According to Rolling Stone, Pres. Bush and Israel have done the same types of prisoner swaps as Obama:

Gen. David Petraeus... has pointed out in discussions about Bowe that U.S. forces made distasteful swaps in Iraq – including one involving Qais Khazali, a Shiite extremist who orchestrated the kidnapping and execution of four U.S. soldiers in Karbala in 2007.

Even a hard-line Israeli nationalist like Benjamin Netanyahu has recognized the value of a single soldier: In October, the prime minister agreed to free 1,027 Palestinian prisoners in exchange for the release of Gilad Shalit, an Israeli corporal who had been held captive by Hamas for five years. The move was overwhelmingly supported by the majority of Israelis.

Ed. Note: This article incorrectly stated that Bridget Johnson was a Republican and a conservative columnist. The appropriate corrections were made.

Sources: Rolling Stone, LittleGreenFootballs.com, The Washington Post, New Hampshire Union-Leader, TalkingPointsMemo.com, MediaMatters.org, PJMedia.com

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