On May 31st, US soldier Bowe Bergdahl was released from Taliban captivity in exchange for 5 known Taliban fighters being held at Guantanamo Bay. In the wake of this exchange, the backlash has been ferocious. There have been opponents on both sides of the isle that condemn this prisoner swap as an illegal act of Presidential power and some that reduce it to a political opportunity to vent. So what else is new in DC?
Although I in no way support the President, for many reasons, I haven’t forgotten the platform he ran on in 2008. He was elected to be this kind of president. His major goal at the time was to end the war in Iraq, scale back the war in Afghanistan, and he explicitly pledged to avoid any other conflicts that would spill American blood. And as the son of a former military serviceman, I can appreciate that, albeit from an emotional and personal standpoint. The circumstances surrounding Bergdahls disappearance notwithstanding, it’s good to see him back on US soil in good health (at least physically).
Now, concerning the view that these five men may or may not pose a danger to US soldiers, it is my firm belief that they are a danger to the element in that region that want change, progress, and development. I have no doubt that these 5 men in some way, shape, or form support the intentions of those men who shot little Malala Yousafzai for simply wanting to go to school and they will do all they can to prevent equal status to women and others who oppose them. Releasing these men back into the fight against progress, reason, and development may prove to be catastrophic.
Despite the way I feel emotionally about the return of a US soldier, I can’t help but feel that the people in which the Taliban persecute have been put in even more danger. Not to mention the feelings of abandonment they must feel. With the bigger picture in mind, this was the move of a coward and as I stated before, Barack Obama was elected to be just that.