Who didn’t see this one coming? Apparently the brain trust that is Washington, DC.
The AP reports:
The exchange of five Taliban detainees at Guantanamo for a U.S. Army soldier held captive in Afghanistan could set a precedent for a similar swap with Cuba, a Cuban intelligence agent who spent years imprisoned in the United States said Monday.
Fernando Gonzalez, who returned to the island in February after serving more than 15 years behind bars in the United States, said the deal to secure the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has a clear parallel to the cases of Alan Gross, a civilian U.S. government subcontractor, and three Cuban agents still imprisoned in the United States.
“It is obvious that the only thing needed is the will on the part of the U.S. government to bring about that swap or exchange,” Gonzalez said in his first news conference back in Havana. “This latest development makes that clear.”
Fiddlesticks, says U.S. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki, because Gross wasn’t captured in a “war zone.” Yet strong evidence indicates American Bowe Bergdahl wasn’t captured at all and instead, deserted his post.
But Gonzalez’s point is right: there is now a price on American servicemen: 5 of yours for one of ours.