Freed soldier's parents say they're proud of son
BOISE, Idaho - (AP) The father of an American soldier just released from captivity in Afghanistan says he's proud of how far his son, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, was willing to go to help the Afghan people.
Bob and Jani Bergdahl didn't elaborate on what that meant during a Sunday press conference in Boise. Bowe Bergdahl was freed Saturday in exchange for five Guantanamo terrorism detainees after spending nearly five years as a Taliban prisoner.
His parents said they haven't spoken with Bergdahl and will wait until military experts say he's ready to talk to family. Officials did not offer details about Bergdahl's health.
Bob Bergdahl said he was proud of how Bowe wanted to help the Afghan people, and how far he was willing to go to achieve that goal.
Meanwhile, the Obama administration faces mounting questions over the prisoner swap that won freedom for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl after five years in Taliban hands.
The release of five terrorist suspects from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, is stirring a debate over whether the exchange will heighten the risk of other Americans being snatched as bargaining chips and whether the released detainees will find their way back to the fight.
U.S. officials say that Bergdahl's health and safety appeared in jeopardy, prompting their quick action.
Republicans say the deal could set a troubling precedent. Arizona Sen. John McCain calls the five released Guantanamo detainees "the hardest of the hard core.