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Old 06-02-2014, 03:57 PM
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Should Bowe Berghdahl have been ransomed

NEW YORK -- On Saturday, American soldier Bowe Berghdahl was released by the Taliban after spending almost five years in captivity in Afghanistan. Cause to rejoice, yes? Not exactly. Reaction to the 28-year-old’s release (he was 23-years-old when captured in June 2009) has been mixed in the US - an oddity in a country in which members of the military rank only slightly lower than Jesus in the collective national consciousness.

Securing Berghdahl’s release came at a cost. In exchange for the American’s freedom, five senior members of the former Taliban government of Afghanistan were released from Guantanamo Bay, with the quintet currently heading for Qatar. And these are not foot soldiers but high level Taliban officials; as John McCain warned on Sunday, "the hardest of the hard core", with one, Khairullah Khairkhwa, a former interior minister with close ties to Osama bin Laden.

Were the US right to do this?
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