WASHINGTON — 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 prisoners held at the Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, detention facility, Obama administration officials said Saturday.
I’m happy that Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has been released. I’m sure his family is very relieved and one can’t help but feel good about that.
But at what cost? Perhaps this administration was planning on releasing the Guantanamo prisoners anyway. This of course goes against one of the longest standing policies we’ve had. We don’t negotiate with terrorist. Why do we have the policy? It’s not complicated. If we negotiate it only encourages more kidnappings worldwide.