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Of course: White House tells Congress Chuck Hagel made the final call on the Bergdahl/Taliban leaders swap

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By Doug Powers  •  June 9, 2014 10:28 PM

**Written by Doug Powers

Hey look at this — Team Obama is selflessly sharing credit for yet another popular decision. The humility of this White House never ceases to amaze.

From ABC News:

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel – not President Obama – executed the administration’s final call to proceed with the prisoner exchange of five ranking Taliban detainees for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, administration officials told Congress today in a classified briefing today.

“They indicated [it was] Secretary Hagel [who made the final call],” House Armed Services Chairman Buck McKeon, R-California, told reporters following the briefing Monday evening. “It was the president of the United States that came out [in the Rose Garden] with the Bergdahls and took all the credit and now that there’s been a little pushback he’s moving away from it and it’s Secretary Hagel?”

Officials also told Congress that 80 to 90 people within the administration knew of its plans to go forward with the controversial swap, exacerbating tensions between the White House and members of Congress.

CNN also reported the same thing.

This is pretty much all we need to know about the White House’s read of the barometer that’s gauging reaction to the Taliban/Bergdahl swap.

As proof that the Bergdahl/Taliban deal was totally Chuck Hagel’s call, the White House released this photo of the announcement being proudly trumpeted in the Rose Garden on March 31:

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Hopefully Hagel can at least change the oil while he’s under Obama’s bus.

Update:

White House now saying Obama did make the final call on the Bergdahl swap.

**Written by Doug Powers

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