Bowe Bergdahl and Negotiating with Terrorists
by Cal Thomas
Euphoria over the Taliban's release of Army Sgt.
Does that include those children killed while being used as human shields by the Taliban? Where is Bergdahl's concern for women who die from "honor killings" and for girls who are denied an education?
The up-front cost of this "prisoner exchange" is the release of five terrorists from the U.S. prison at
Official U.S. policy has been "we don't negotiate with terrorists." Except when we do. Sgt. Bergdahl, America's only prisoner of war, was reportedly in failing health after more than five years in captivity and negotiations to secure his release were urgent and laborious, but freeing five dangerous men to secure the release of one soldier could very well put this country in increased danger. What should we have done? It depends upon the outcome one is seeking. If rescuing one man is paramount, then any price is worth it. But if that rescue leads to the deaths of others, as is likely, then the price is too high.
In a joint statement following President Obama's announcement of the terrorists' release,
The five terrorists include two senior militant commanders alleged to have been implicated in murdering thousands of Shiites in
The prisoner release is another in a growing list of executive actions that bypass
The track record of previous terrorist prisoners released from Gitmo is not a reason for confidence. According to a recent U.S. intelligence report, 603 prisoners have been freed from Guantanamo; 100 of them are confirmed to have returned to terrorism, and another 74 former inmates are suspected of returning to terrorism.
Radical Islamists are serious about killing in pursuit of their extreme objectives. Releasing their soldiers can only embolden them to take more Americans hostage. The deal for Sgt. Bergdahl may well turn out to have been a bargain with the devil.
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