Former UN ambassador and current National Security Advisor Susan Rice should probably refrain from making the rounds on the Sunday morning shows in the aftermath of major foreign policy events. While her responses on Sunday to questions about Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s release may not be quite as egregious as her now infamous insistence that the September 11, 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya was in response to a YouTube video, she certainly didn’t do the Administration any favors.
During an appearance on CNN’s State of the Union, Candy Crowley asked, point blank, if the United States had negotiated with terrorists. Rice initially dodged the question, but Crowley asked again.
“I think the question now is,” Crowley asked, “and you point to the kinds of warfare we’re having now, that no longer can it be said that the U.S. doesn’t negotiate with terrorists?”
“I wouldn’t put it that way,” Rice said. “When we are in battles with terrorists and terrorists take an American prisoner, that prisoner still is a U.S. serviceman or woman.”
On radio this morning, Glenn played a portion of Rice’s appearance on ABC’s This Week. George Stephanopoulos grilled Rice on several points, but Glenn found his question about whether or not Bergdahl could face disciplinary action if it is found he did indeed desert his post.
Watch the interview below (applicable video begins at 7-minute mark):
“Wow,” Pat said disgusted.
Glenn was not impressed with Rice’s dismissal of the questions.
“What you say on this is,” Glenn concluded. “‘Look, we are glad to have any American soldier back. And because nobody needs to be held by somebody as brutal as this, we’re going nurse him back to health. It’s great to have him back, we have to do an investigation and we’ll take it from there.’”