After nearly five years in captivity, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the only American soldier held prisoner in Afghanistan has been released and is back in United States custody. The Taliban agreed to turn over Bergdahl in exchange for the release of five Afghan detainees from Guantanamo Bay. The transfers were agreed upon after a week of negotiations mediated by Qatar, which will take custody of the Afghans.
President Obama said Bergdahl’s recovery “is a reminder of America’s unwavering commitment to leave no man or woman in uniform behind on the battlefield.” But many on Capitol Hill have questioned the legality of Bergdahl’s release in exchange for terrorists.
As TheBlaze reported, Republican leaders condemned the Obama Administration, saying the President broke the law by going forward with the exchange without giving Congress 30 days notice.
Furthermore, there are questions over the circumstances in which Bergdahl was captured. Shortly before he went missing on June 30, 2009, the soldier sent his parents emails saying how he was disillusioned with the war and “ashamed to even be an American.” It remains unknown whether Bergdahl was captured or deserted.
Just days before his son was released, Bergdahl’s father Robert allegedly tweeted and subsequently deleted a bizarre message that further muddies the water:
On radio this morning, Glenn reacted to Bergdahl’s release and the Obama Administration’s actions. Given the conversations he has had with veterans like Marcus Luttrell and others, Glenn couldn’t help but wonder how most soldiers would feel about being released in exchange for five terrorists that men and women gave their lives to capture.
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