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Pete Kaliner

POW swap or negotiating with terrorists?

 
Posted June 2nd, 2014 @ 10:54am

This weekend, the USA swapped five detainees held at Guantanamo Bay prison in exchange for the Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl - a soldier who disappeared in 2009.

The swap is raising all sorts of questions.

Was it legal?

Some Congressmen argue it was not legal for the Obama administration to make this kind of a deal without approval from the legislature. White House officials say it was a prisoner swap.

 

 

Was it worth it?

The USA gave up five men in exchange for one soldier. These same five men were deemed to dangerous to release in 2012, according to CNN.

 

 

 

 

 

Was Bergdahl a POW?

This might be confusing to people who haven't followed the story since 2009, but there is mounting evidence that Sgt. Bergdahl was not abducted by Taliban fighters. According to fellow soldiers who knew him (and those who helped search for him), Bergdahl is a deserter who spoke against American military actions.

The next morning, Bergdahl failed to show for the morning roll call. The soldiers in 2nd Platoon, Blackfoot Company discovered his rifle, helmet, body armor and web gear in a neat stack. He had, however, taken his compass. His fellow soldiers later mentioned his stated desire to walk from Afghanistan to India.

 

There are also questions about some tweets that Bergdahl's father sent out ... and then deleted.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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