Hillary: 'It Doesn't Matter' If Bergdahl Deserted

A nuanced version of 'What difference, at this point, does it make?'


In what may be a nuanced version of her famous rhetorical question "What difference, at this point, does it make?," Hillary Clinton says "It doesn't matter," if Bowe Bergdahl deserted his platoon in Afghanistan. 

In an interview on ABC’s “World News with Diane Sawyer,” set to air Monday, June 9, the former Secretary of State said she would not second-guess the increasingly unpopular decision by President Obama to trade five high-level Taliban leaders from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba in exchange for Bergdahl. Clinton held fast to the "we bring our people home" talking point and said the reports from Bergdahl's platoon members detailing how the he left his post, deserted the Army and sought out the Taliban "doesn't matter."

“I think this was a very hard choice, which is why I think my book is aptly named,” Clinton said. “If you look at what the factors were going into the decision, of course there are competing interests and values. And one of our values is we bring everybody home off the battlefield the best we can. It doesn't matter how they ended up in a prisoner of war situation.”

“It doesn’t matter?” Sawyer asked the former Secretary of State and potential 2016 presidential candidate during her first televised interview ahead of the release of her new memoir, “Hard Choices,” which will be published on June 10.

“It doesn’t matter,” Clinton said. “We bring our people home.”

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