Letter: GOP wrong about captive trade

  • Posted: Sunday, June 15, 2014 12:01 a.m.

After years of GOP leaders in Congress browbeating President Barack Obama to take some action to get Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl released from Taliban captivity in Afghanistan, when he finally got a deal done to get the soldier released, the GOP is crying foul.

In February 2014, U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., was in favor of a Guantanamo Bay swap of Taliban prisoners for Bergdahl, but when the swap occurred, he is now claiming amnesia.

Based on the comments of some GOP leaders, it appears that they would have been okay to leave Bergdahl in his precarious status forever.

What kind of signal does that send to other military personnel that may find themselves in a similar position in the future? The military has a history of trying to get its prisoners of war released from captivity.

Bergdahl should not have been treated any differently.

Some are claiming that Bergdahl deserted his post, but an Army investigation that was done a few years ago did not reach that conclusion. Bergdahl should be treated to due process, and be given an opportunity to defend himself. Until that happens, all of the negative speculation of what contributed to his captivity should cease.

When unwise and unwarranted decisions are made to go to war, prisoner of war events are almost inevitable. Fortunately, the United States only had one POW in Afghanistan. It could have been many more.

Moses Mims

Aiken

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