Regarding the exchange for five Taliban prisoners: Im intrigued by the persecution of a soldier weve yet to hear from. Fox News host Chris Wallace even asked, should Bowe Bergdahl be executed?
Hes a soldier of the United States and entitled to have his say according to the Uniform Code of Military Justice, not the Taliban or the right wing. Further, Bergdahl volunteered when many who criticize him wouldnt go or send their own.
Breaking news: The war is ending and we need to get our people out. Its customary to exchange POWs at wars end. Dont agree? Then al-Qaida has succeeded in changing your values.
Hes not the first to be disillusioned with a mission; we dont know his intentions or circumstances, but he deserves the benefit of the doubt. The man was held for five years.
The exchange should be scrutinized. Yet, the return of Bergdahl should be seen as, hopefully, closing chapters of Guantánamo Bay, hypocrisy of our values and ending the war.
Unfortunately, the Taliban may regain power. As in Vietnam and Iraq, they must determine their destiny. Our focus should be on al-Qaida and veterans returning with physical and mental health needs, not political football with a soldiers life.
George Medina, Turlock