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Michigan Congressman critical of deal that freed Bowe Bergdahl


WASHNGTON D.C. (WKZO) -- America’s last known missing soldier in Afghanistan, Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl is in Germany after a dramatic prisoner swap freed him from five years of imprisonment by Taliban warlords.

Now a Michigan congressman is criticizing the deal that will bring him home.

Bergdahl will be checked out at a military hospital before heading back to the states. Late word is that after 5-years of captivity, he may need a while to readjust to freedom.

The Taliban handed Bergdahl over Saturday after diplomats agreed to transfer five Taliban detainees at Guantanamo to the custody of Qatar.

Bergdahl was taken prisoner in June of 2009. He was swept up by a Special Forces unit in a military helicopter and reportedly broke down in tears upon seeing his countrymen.

There was joy all around as the White House announced his repatriation.

There has been a chorus of criticism from republicans.

On CNN's "State of the Union," Michigan Representative Mike Rogers suggested the Obama administration's willingness to negotiate with the Taliban for Bergdahl could send the wrong message. Rogers would like the United States to maintain a policy of never negotiating with terrorists.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says the five freed terrorists will remain in custody in Qutar for at least a year.  He says there were concerns that Bergdahl's health was deteriorating and that time was running out to get him back alive. 

White House and congressional officials say there was a more important policy that had to be protected, and that’s that we never never ever leave our boys behind.