During today’s White House press conference, Josh Earnest was asked if steps had been taken to attempt to secure the release of an Italian and an American hostage who were subsequently killed in a drone strike near the Afghanistan/Pakistan border. Earnest’s reply?

Is that so?

In Earnest’s alternate reality, releasing five Taliban commanders from Gitmo for the return of Bergdahl was not a concession to terrorists:

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