Bowe Bergdahl

(image) In June 2009, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was taken captive by members of the Taliban in Afghanistan. On May 31, Bergdahl was released and recovered by U.S. special operations forces. Bergdahl's freedom came with the exchange of five high level Guantanamo Bay prisoners.  National Security Advisor Susan Rice has said that Bergdahl had an "exemplary service to his country," though fellow soldiers have described him as a "deserter." The circumstances under which Bergdahl went missing are still unclear.

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Should the U.S. have released 5 high level Taliban detainees at Gitmo in exchange for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s freedom?
 No, this only opens the door for US citizens around the world, military or civilian, to be abducted for ransom.
 I do not have an opinion on this issue.
 No, this violates U.S. policy on not negotiating with terrorist organizations and violated the law by not giving Congress 30 days notice of the release of anyone from Gitmo.
 Yes, as President Obama said, "The United States of America does not ever leave our men and women in uniform behind.”
 Yes, but only because Bergdahl had already been held captive for 5 years with no indication of release and was in deteriorating health.
 No, not only does this violate U.S. policy, but Bergdahl apparently deserted his fellow soldiers by choosing to walk off base. Several other soldiers died in efforts to find him.

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