They know young Bergdahl will tug at our heart strings. I'm not sure the government is doing his family any favors by raising their hopes that we may actually accommodate them. But you never know these days.
There was a time it would never have been an issue. We don't negotiate with terrorists. Period. But with this administration anything is possible. Especially since the President is intent on convincing us the war on terror is over. So what if we return some of their former militants?
There are puzzling circumstances surrounding Bergdahl. On the plus side for him is that since his capture he has twice been promoted. On the other hand the reason he was captured is because he walked away from his base. There are those who consider him a deserter. Add to that the fact those wanting to negotiate aren't sure which of their associates actually have him and I'd question as to whether or not he is even alive. It has also been suggested that he has gone to their side. What is the truth? And do they think we are really so naive that we won't investigate? Probably.
Why this is getting the headlines it is puzzles me. The five the Taliban want back include the former deputy minister of intelligence, a former Taliban governor and military commander, the former army's chief of staff, the former Taliban governor of Herat province and a former commander that had ties to numerous terror groups. Granted it would take them time to get back up to speed having been incarcerated for so long, but just in time to be primed and ready for the retaking of Afghanistan after we leave next year. Have no doubt, they will challenge the Afghan government once we are gone.
One could argue that whether or not Afghanistan survives on its own is their problem, not ours and if releasing these men gets one of our own back then so be it.
On the other hand, do we have any idea just who will be coming back to this country other than a name and a vague recent history? And do we really want those five on the loose?
This is what happens when a country has no specific policy regarding much of anything other than the wishful thinking of the Commander-in-chief.
It has been suggested that a rescue mission be mounted, but when no one seems sure where he is that's not likely. Besides, we're not big on rescue missions. After all we wouldn't want to put those going in in peril. Just ask those who watched Benghazi go up in flames.
We can have meetings until we're blue in the face with everyone involved and give all those concerned a sense of hope. After we're gone, however, it will all have been for naught. The Taliban doesn't give a fig about what we think or want any more than al Qaeda does.
Yet we muddle along getting excited about the bone they've thrown to us. Like the Iranians electing a moderate. No, they didn't, by our definition of moderate. Only by their own determination of those the mullahs allowed to run. I expect the same is true in the case of the Taliban and Bowe Bergdahl.
I would love to see a happy ending here but I cannot imagine it possible. Both sides must be of honest intent and we know full well one isn't. It's sad that a citizen of the United States and a member of our military has ended up being the bone.