The U.S. has a “sacred rule” that it does not leave any prisoners behind in warfare, regardless of circumstances, President Barack Obama claimed in a June 3 press conference in Poland.
Obama’s “sacred rule” is an important new principle in U.S. national security strategy, because it elevates the fate of any individual soldier — and their parents — above the needs of national security for 310 million Americans.
“We don’t condition” those prisoner trades, Obama said. “That’s what every mom and dad who sees a son or daughter sent over to a war theater should expect.”
Obama also claimed that the prisoner, Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, was held by the Taliban, even though he was captured by the Haqqani network, which is a group that Obama declared to be terrorists in 2012.
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