The White House wants to establish the narrative that Bowe Bergdahl was a Prisoner of War, not a Hostage, because they want desperately to avoid saying they negotiated with terrorists.
Susan Rice made that argument on CNN’s State of the Union. Rice had the audacity to say that we negotiated with the government of Qatar, not the Taliban.
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney was asked by CNN why the administration “had Secretary of Defense say we did not negotiate with terrorists.”
“The fact is he was held in an armed conflict,” Carney replied. “We were engaged in an armed conflict with the Taliban, and we have a history in this country of making sure that our prisoners of war are returned to us.”
Carney went on to say that the circumstances now are such that the risk of the released Taliban returning to war was “sufficiently mitigated.”