The Bowe Bergdahl controversy has raised questions over two of the country’s most important unwritten rules of warfare. First, that the United States does not negotiate with terrorists. Second, that the government should do everything in its power to bring captured US soldiers being held by the enemy, back to the United States.
In negotiating for the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, President Obama saved a US soldier from Taliban captivity, but did so by negotiating with some of the most brutal terrorists that the world has ever seen. Additionally, he released five notorious Taliban commanders from Gitmo in exchange for Bergdahl.
Some worry that these five Taliban leaders may take advantage of their new found freedom and return to the battlefield. Many also wonder if the fact that the administration capitulated to the Taliban’s demands in exchange for a single soldier, may encourage terrorists to kidnap more Americans in hopes of getting a similarly sweet deal.
While television pundits and the political class have plenty to say about the Bergdahl controversy, MRCTV decided to seek out the opinions of Americans who had served in the military. So we traveled to the World War II memorial where a ceremony was being held to honor the 70th anniversary of D-Day.These veterans had a unique perspective into the considerations that go into an effort like the one that was mounted for Sgt. Bergdahl’s release and many had a first-hand understanding of how wars can turn a seemingly simple decision into something far more nuanced and complex.