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John McCain: Bowe Bergdahl prisoner swap a 'mistake'

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Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) on Tuesday assailed the Obama administration's decision to swap five Taliban prisoners for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, calling the move "ill-fated" and "a mistake." Given McCain's past — he was a POW for five years during the Vietnam War before being freed in a mass detainee exchange — his remark carried an added heft and, to some, more than a hint of hypocrisy.

McCain said earlier in the week that he was leery of the deal, though he did not condemn it in such striking terms.