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Letter: Obama made right deal

Your editorial about Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl (Monitor, June 5) was way off the mark. On the contrary, I think President Obama hit a home run.

Think about it. With his speedy action, the president gained release for the only remaining American held as a prisoner of war in Afghanistan, allowing this soldier access to immediate medical care. Whatever Bowe Bergdahl’s status, it is secondary to the need to bring home an American POW.

With the prisoner swap, Obama reduced by five the number of detainees at Guantanamo, frustrating many in Congress who were all too sanguine about holding the remaining prisoners without charge and/or trial, and denying them access to the American court system, which in fact has a good record of trying and convicting suspected terrorists.

This is not American justice: rather, it’s a shameful legacy of the last Bush administration.

Imagine the reverse situation if people were to find out that President Obama had a chance to bring home the last American prisoner of war in Afghanistan and failed to do so because he thought it was more important to keep the accused terrorists in Guantanamo.

Let’s face it: President Obama, like other minority people, is damned if you do, damned if you don’t.



Legacy Comments2

The US always had to worry that if they hit the Taliban too hard, they could take it out on Bergdahl even to holding a public beheading. The Taliban have lost a negotiating tool. There is nothing new in them wanting an American soldier, they always have.

Please, please please may it really be “the last Bush administration.”

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