U. S. / Taliban prisoner exchange

It’s a big news day today.  Or rather it’s been a big news weekend plus today.  American Prisoner of War (P.O.W.) released!

This past weekend we heard that an American P.O.W. had been released from captivity under the Taliban, in a prisoner exchange.  SGT Bowe Bergdahl, an Airborne soldier in the U. S. Army was released from captivity in Afghanistan in an exchange brokered and/or authorized by the President.

So here are the facts of the exchange as I know them so far (courtesy of NBC News )

  • U. S. personnel released:  One U. S. Army Sergeant who was a Private First Class when captured.
  • There’s a certain amount of controversy regarding the released American.

Soldiers who served with SGT Bergdahl and officers who lead him (or knew those who lead him http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/06/02/we-lost-soldiers-in-the-hunt-for-bergdahl-a-guy-who-walked-off-in-the-dead-of-night.html) are writing on social media, writing on major websites, and calling radio talk shows to set the record straight. And they aren’t using words like hero or friend or comrade-in-arms.  Many of them say they signed non-disclosure agreements, so I’m not going to repeat exactly what they said here, but they used words like deserter and traitor.http://edition.cnn.com/2014/06/01/us/bergdahl-deserter-or-hero/index.html

I’m just giving you the facts here.

And this does prompt one question for the State  Department.  If  the U. S. can go to this length to get a POW released from a faction with which we’re at war, half way around the world, what will it take to obtain the release of U. S. Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi from a Mexican jail? #MarineHeldInMexico

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