A headline on today’s EIN News website says “GOP turns on American POW.”
The video accompanying the story features the Rev. Al Sharpton pointing out that several congressional Republicans previously expressed support for a deal that would bring Pvt. Bowe Bergdahl home from Afghanistan.
Sharpton claims they only changed their minds for political reasons.
But maybe there’s more to it than that. Maybe the Republicans figured out what the White House should have known before approving the trade – that Bergdahl has not been a very loyal soldier, his captivity was the result of his own foolish (and possibly treasonous) actions, and his release hardly justifies the liberation of five very dangerous terrorists.
The difference in the deal is this – the Taliban is getting back five loyal soldiers who will rejoin the fight, while the U.S. got a possible deserter with a bad attitude who will probably never serve his nation again.