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Knowing an epic political disaster when she sees one, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is seeking to distance herself from the swap of five Taliban commanders for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who has been described by fellow army soldiers and official Pentagon reports as a deserter who may have been seeking to join the Taliban.
The presumed Democratic presidential front-runner for 2016 was deeply involved in deliberations about the secret negotiations between the United States and the Taliban in 2011 and 2012 that eventually led to the five-for-one exchange, reports The Daily Beast.
Now that the deal is quickly becoming a public-relations nightmare for the Obama administration, unidentified pro-Clinton insiders have begun frantically spinning Clinton’s involvement in the trade as Clinton’s disagreement about the terms of the trade.
The story goes that a first round of negotiations about the swap went on for many months before temporarily falling apart. Bureaucrats from the White House, the State Department and the Defense Department negotiated directly with Taliban leaders on several occasions during 2011 and 2012 in Doha and Munich. During that time, Clinton’s surrogates swear, she had managed to outline an agreement that would have been far stricter on the Taliban than Obama’s deal in 2014.