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Bowe Bergdahl, American Soldier, Freed by Taliban in Prisoner Trade

Posted on June 1st, 2014 at 15:29 by John Sinteur in category: News -- Write a comment

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The lone American prisoner of war from the Afghan conflict, captured by insurgents nearly five years ago, has been released to American forces in exchange for five Taliban detainees held at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, Obama administration officials said Saturday.

What a missed opportunity. They should have traded him for all Guantánamo prisoners, and close down the facility.

  1. If it turns out that guy was a deserter, the US may ask for a refund … :)

  2. You’ve been watching too much Homeland!

  3. Homeland is on the premium pay channels. I don’t have any of them. The only thing I know about Homeland is the parodies what I’ve gleaned on Saturday Night Live.

    I don’t think the military is going to pursue desertion but they most definitely are going to debrief him. They’re doing so now. If someone in on that doesn’t like what he has to say, it will get out and Bergdahl is going to have a hard life in America … even with his parents’ protection. Not saying he’d be better off with the Taliban but he’s not going to be all that welcome here. You were in the military, John. What do you think of deserters?

  4. Nothing I can say here without being accused of suffering from tourette syndrome.

  5. And when I’m done ranting, I will question his motives. Because I must be sure HE is in the wrong, not me for not doing the same thing.

    A small percentage of deserters have good reasons for doing so. I must keep that option open.

  6. Like I said, I don’t think the military is going to pursue it. At least, not in any official capacity. However, Americans lost their lives looking for him. If it turns out he left them willingly, I’m sure some will be happy to listen to his reasons. Some others, though, not so much.

  7. I can understand the position of both groups. I just hope that I would remain cool headed enough to listen first.

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