Kerry: Americans Shouldn't Worry About the Released Taliban Leaders

Posted: Jun 08, 2014 7:40 PM

Secretary of State John Kerry defended the release of alleged deserter Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in a heated interview aired on CNN Sunday.

“It would have been offensive and incomprehensible to consciously leave an American behind,” Kerry stated. Kerry suggested that the five Taliban leaders (those exchanged for Bergdahl’s freedom) would face dire consequences should they attempt to threaten American lives.

Not everyone is as confident about the decision as Secretary Kerry. Senate Intelligence Committee head Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said the administration kept information on the Bergdahl deal “too close,” during an interview on “Face the Nation” Sunday.

Kerry’s advice to not worry about the Taliban leaders in Doha is difficult to accept, Feinstein explained:

You can’t help but worry about them in Doha. We have no information on how the United States is actually going to see that they remain in Doha, that they make no comments, that they do no agitation.

And another rumor is that one Taliban has apparently said that he would return to the battlefield.

So it’s a mixed bag at best.

There is no sign that the Taliban will relent, Feinstein said:

It’s hard to be comfortable when you really haven’t been briefed on the intricacies of this agreement.

Watch Feinstein's full comments here.