…that Obama passed on the idea of a rescue operation for Bergdahl because he wanted to free the Taliban Five and close Guantanamo. A rescue would have made that a lot more difficult.
It seemed pretty clear from the start that this was Obama’s goal. I think it also was probably true that he didn’t like the PR risk of possible casualties during a rescue attempt, and that he underestimated the PR risks of releasing the Taliban.
I’ve also noticed for quite some time that the British papers frequently publish a lot more information about American stories that reflect poorly on Obama than American papers do, and that the information from the Brits often turns out to be correct.
The military must be incredibly angry at Obama right now. I expect more leaks of this nature in the future.