Questions about whether Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl intentionally walked off his base in Afghanistan five years ago are no reason for the U.S. to limit its efforts to recover the American soldier, White House press secretary Jay Carney said Tuesday.
“We do not allow members of the military being held by the enemy to sit and rot,” Carney said on CNN.
Carney also defended comments National Security Adviser Susan Rice made Sunday, claiming that Bergdahl “served the United States with honor and distinction” in Afghanistan. […]
Carney stood by Rice’s remarks, but suggested she was focused on his service in general terms and not on the allegations surrounding his disappearance.
“Sgt. Bergdahl put on the uniform of the United States voluntarily and went to war for the United States voluntarily. That takes honor and is a mark of distinction,” Carney said in the CNN interview. The spokesman said the military will investigate how and why Bergdahl went missing, but that’s a separate issue from the need for a full effort to retrieve him.
“The principle at stake here is: Do we, the United States, leave our uniformed members of the military behind when they’ve been captured by the enemy. And the answer is: no. We don’t do that. That’s why the commander in chief acted as he did,” Carney added.