The Negotiation For The Release Of Bowe Bergdahl

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The negotiation for the release of Bowe Bergdahl in 2014 is the subject of my review. Bergdahl was the last United States (U.S) prisoner-of-war from the war in Afghanistan captured in 2009 by the Haqqani network, an ally of the Taliban terrorist group (Wallbank and Ratnam 2014). Bergdahl was taken after leaving his Army post and held by his captives in Pakistan for five years (CBS NEWS). According to reports, Bergdahl left his post as a result of becoming disillusioned with the war effort following the death of a fellow soldier; leaving many, including some members of congress, to consider him as a deserter (Capehart 2014).
The deal made for Bergdahl’s return to the U.S. has been very controversial. For more than 200 years, the U.S. has had a policy of not trading prisoners for American hostages. However, in this case five convicted terrorists were released to secure Bergdahl’s freedom. Opponents of the Bergdahl negotiation believe the U.S. policy against trading prisoners has been shredded as a result of the negotiation; placing U.S. soldiers in greater harm and posing an exceptional danger for Americans traveling abroad (Thor 2014). Skeptics of the deal claim using Special Forces to rescue Bergdahl would have been a better option since doing so would not have created the impression that the U.S. is open to negotiations with terrorist groups (Wallbank and Ratnam 2014).
White House officials claim the Bergdahl negotiation was necessary to aid in the long-term…

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