A Magnificent, Complicated, Clouded, Controversial Story

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The Obama administration secures the release of a P.O.W. in Afghanistan, but the happy news is tempered by several emerging controversies. (4:43)

ALRIGHT A MAGNIFICENTCOMPLICATED WONDERFUL STORY.

HAPPY?

CAN WE GET BACK TO IT AND ENJOYTHE SHINING MOMENT FOR OUR

NATION.

>> ALL OF THE EARLY JOY ANDCELEBRATION OF BERGDAHL'S

RELEASE HAS BEEN CLOUDED OVERSEVERAL GROWING CONTROVERSE

>> JON: SEVERAL.

WE NEGOTIATED WITH TERRORISTS.IT'S ONE CONTROVERSY.

>> DID THE PRESIDENT BREAK THELAW?

>> DO YOU BELIEVE THE PRESIDENTHAS ENDANGERED THE COUNTRY.

>> DOES THIS BECOME ANIMPEACHABLE OFFENSE?

>> JON: ALRIGHT. FINE. AMAGNIFICENT WONDERFUL

COMPLICATED CLOUDEDCONTROVERSIAL STORY.

FINE. BUT, THAT'S IT.

IT'S ONLY BEEN LIKE A DAY AND AHALF.

AREN'T WE FORGETTING THEREAL HERO HERE?

THE AMERICAN HERO WHO PERSEVEREDFOR FIVE YEARS IN A TALIBAN

PRISON CAMP OR TALIBAMP,TRADEMARK JON STEWART.

>> IT'S THE QUESTION MANY WANTTHE ANSWER TO.

EXACTLY WHO IS SERGEANT BOWEBERGDAHL.

>> JON: OH, BERGDAHL. IS THATHOW WE'RE PRONOUNCING IT NOW?

THE PURPOSEFUL MISPRONUNCIATIONOF THE SOLDIER'S LAST NAME TO

MAKE IT SOUND ARABIC ISNOT PURPOSEFUL.

I MEAN, SEAN HANNITY IS NOT ANASS-HOLE RIGHT.

I MEAN, WHY WOULD HEDO THAT? ALTHOUGH MAYBE THERE IS

SOMETHING ABOUT THIS PERSON WEDON'T KNOW.

>> HE WANDERED OFF THEPOST ON HIS OWN. HE LEFT A NOTE

BEHIND SAYING HE HAD BECOMEDISILLUSIONED WITH THE WAR.

>> SOME ARE CALLING HIM ADESERTER.

>> SOME OF HIS FELLOWCOMRADES IN AFGHANISTAN ARE

CALLING HIM A COWARD AND EVEN ATRAITOR.

>> JON: THIS WAS SUPPOSE TO BEOUR MOMENT. TURNS OUT

IT'S OUR MAGNIFICENT WONDERFULSTORY, MAY BE COMPLICATED,

CLOUDY, CONTROVERSIAL ANDPOSSIBLY TREASONIST.

BUT WE DID IT. YOU KNOWWHAT? FINE

IT'S A DIFFICULT STORY.IT'S COMPLICATED.

WE DON'T NEED TO MAKE A BIGDEAL OUT OF THIS.

IT'S NOT LIKE THE WHITE HOUSEADMINISTRATION IS GOING TO MAKE

A BIG ROSE GARDEN ANNOUNCEMENT,BRING OUT THE GUY'S

PARENTS, WITH ONE OF THEM IKILLED BIN LADEN AGAIN MOMENTS.

PRESIDENT: BOB, JANNY TODAYFAMILIES ACROSS AMERICA SHARE IN

THE JOY THAT I KNOW YOU FEEL.

>> JON: OH [BEEP]. I AM NOT ANEXPERT ON

PRESS CONFERENCES OR AMERICANREACTIONS TO THINGS. BUT,

MY GUESS IS THAT PRISONER'S DADWILL NOT GO UNREMARKED ON.

>> ROBERT BERGDAHL, THE FATHERHAS LEARNED TO SPEAK PASHTO

THE LANGUAGE OF THE TALIBANAND LOOKS LIKE A MUSLIM.

>> HE SAYS HE WAS GROWING HISBEARD BECAUSE HIS SON WAS IN

CAPTIVITY. WELL, HIS SON IS OUTNOW. SO, IF YOU REALLY DON'T

WANT TO LOOK LIKE A MEMBER OFTHE TALIBAN YOU DON'T

HAVE TO LOOK LIKE A MEMBER OFTHE TALIBAN.

ARE YOU OUT OF RAZORS?

>> JON: WELL, THAT GOT UGLYPRETTY FAST.

FIRST OF ALL, WHO THE [BLEEP]ARE YOU TO JUDGE WHAT

A GUY DOES IF HE THINKS ITMIGHT HELP HIM GET HIS SON BACK.

I DON'T WANT TO COMPLICATE YOURHATRED OF FACIAL HAIR THERE,

FRIEND, BUT MY GUESS IS IF YOUGAVE BOB BERGDAHL A BANDANNA AND

A DUCK YOU WOULD LIKE HIMJUST [BLEEP] FINE.

HOW DID THIS HAPPEN?

HOW DID THIS HAPPEN?

[ APPLAUSE ]>> JON: HOW DID A SIMPLE CLEAR

CUT STORY OF AMERICAN HEROISM INA WAR GET COMPLICATED.

OH RIGHT.

IT'S A WAR.

THAT'S WEIRD.

THREE DAYS AGO THIS WAS GOING TOBE A GREAT [BEEP] MOVIE.

NOW I COULDN'T SELL THIS TOLIFETIME WITH ALYSSA MALANO.

IT'S BEEN THREE DAYS, REMEMBER.

>> BREAKING NEWS.

A GOOD NEWS STORY.

>> IT'S A MAGNIFICENT WONDERFULSTORY.

>> WE NEGOTIATED WITHTERRORISTS.

>> THE TALIBAN DREAM TEAM.

>> ODDS ARE, ONE OR TWO OUT OFTHESE FIVE ARE GOING TO GET

BACK IN THE FIGHT.

>> DID PRESIDENT OBAMA BREAK THELAW?

>> YES.

>> HEADLINES LIKE "BOWE BERGDAHLISN'T A HERO ."

>> HE SAID I'M ASHAMED TO EVENBE AMERICAN.

>> BRAND NEW EVIDENCE HE MAY OFBEEN HELPING THE ENEMY.

>> BRAND NEW EVIDENCE HE MAY OFBEEN HELPING THE ENEMY.

>> JON: WE WILL BE RIGHT BACK.

[ APPLAUSE ][CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

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