The prisoner swap that could haunt us

June 15, 2014 

As a parent, I understand the feelings of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's family in wanting him back whole, healthy and happy. I understand the devastating losses suffered by the families of the soldiers who died trying to rescue him when he went missing in Afghanistan.

As a human, I mourn the loss of those soldiers for the impact their lives would have had. I struggle with the domino effect, the release of five members of a group whose primary goal seem to be the annihilation of U.S citizens by any means.

As a U.S. citizen, I am appalled that those in power blatantly ignored policy regarding negotiating with terrorists and, thereby, offered every U.S. citizen as a target for the Taliban horde. How dare they?

Shouldn't we be able to count on elected officials to follow laws, protocol, and common sense? Again, consider the domino effect if even one person is injured or killed because of the release of those five. I pray this fiasco was not just an election year photo op.

Sure, the five promised not to re-join the fight -- for a year. But historically, the Taliban has no timeline. The Taliban has an agenda.

Carol Perez

Belleville

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