We're glad to see Bowe Bergdahl finally be released after almost five years in captivity.
He was traded for five Taliban who had held civilian or military leadership positions in the old Taliban government that we destroyed a decade ago, so we suppose it could be considered sort of a prisoner of war exchange (the al-Qaeda terrorists we're holding at Guantanamo are a matter of much grayer legal status). Theoretically, they're supposed to stay in Qatar for a year, so they won't physically be returning to Afghanistan until after we've pretty much pulled out everything there (except some advisors, probably).
It's been interesting to see some of the people who were screaming that the administration wasn't doing enough to get Bergdahl home are now screaming that it did too much and negotiated with terrorists to accomplish his return. It's an election year, so the argument over whether or not the administration was right will probably drag out until at least November (when the House can then go back to its continuing hammering of Hillary over Benghazi).
But there are also issues as to whether or not Bergdahl was a POW or a deserter. The problem is, there have been several stories put forward as to what people think happened the day he disappeared. But right now, nobody has any real facts. As a result, trying to draw a conclusion on that point is ridiculous, no matter which side you're on. Bergdahl is going to be heavily debriefed. Let's see what comes out of that debriefing before any of us make our minds up on that subject.
-- Kelly Everitt