House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI) on Sunday warned that the U.S. decision to negotiate for the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl could give Al Qaeda the wrong idea that the U.S. is willing to negotiate with them for hostages.
“So many of us are concerned about what really is a break with U.S. policy of not negotiating with terrorists,” he said on CNN’s State of the Union, according to The Hill.
“We have now set a price,” Rogers continued. “If you negotiate here, you’ve sent a message to every Al Qaeda group in the world – by the way, some who are holding U.S. hostages today – that there is some value now in that hostage in a way that they didn’t have before. That is dangerous.”
Rogers said that “the No. 1 way Al Qaeda raises money” is by kidnapping.
National security adviser Susan Rice told CNN’s Candy Crowley that she wouldn’t characterize Bergdahl’s release as negotiating with terrorists.
“When we are in battles with terrorists, and the terrorists take an American prisoner, that prisoner is still a U.S. serviceman or woman. We still have a sacred obligation to bring that person back,” Rice said.