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House Intelligence Committee chairman: Bowe Bergdahl deal empowered the Taliban

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Rep. Mike Rogers, who chairs the House Intelligence Committee, is no booster of the president's decision to trade five Guantanamo Bay detainees for an American soldier held in captivity.

“We have made a serious, serious geopolitical mistake,” Rogers said June 8 on ABC's "This Week." “We have empowered the Taliban.”

Rogers told host George Stephanopoulos that the exchange that resulted in the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl means Taliban members will now see aid workers, soldiers and diplomats as currency.

“This is a huge regional and geopolitical problem for the United States moving forward,” Rogers said.

When Stephanopoulos asked about the White House's assertion that immediately securing Bergdahl's release was the administration's only option, Rogers demurred.

“The administration has this theory that you’re either with them or you’re for thermonuclear war, and there’s nothing in between,” Rogers said. “That’s just wrong.”

But despite sharp criticism of the administration's decision, Rogers didn't echo Sen. Lindsey Graham, who recently made headlines by suggesting the president should face impeachment proceedings if he releases more Guantanamo detainees without Congressional approval.

“We need to unwind this thing and try to fix it before we start hanging scalps on a pole,” Rogers said.

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