To the Editor:
Deserter or hero?
The Pentagon investigation of 2010 revealed that Sgt. Bergdahl put down his weapon, and left his unit with a canteen full of water and a compass.
The U.S. conducted a few missions of a search and rescue nature early after his departure. Several soldiers lost their lives in these attempts.
Perhaps the response of the troops congregated at a Bagram hangar lets us know how the troops really feel.
After Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel made the announcement, “This is a happy day. We got one of our own back,” it was met with absolute silence. No applause, no cheers.
The administration has denied that there were negotiations. Excuse me! According to some sources, the exchange plans had been going on for a while, to include President Barack Obama speaking with the Qatari emir May 27.
According to U.S. officials, they had to act quickly because of Bergdahl’s health and safety.
It seems to me that the administration has set a dangerous precedent.
The U.S. released ministers in the Taliban government, commanders and even one that was close to Osama bin Laden.
No one knows for certain how many Americans’ lives these terrorists are responsible for. Will their action lead to more Americans held hostage or more American lives? Is there any doubt that the “Bergdahl 5” will rejoin the terrorists’ ranks?
retired Master Sgt. Pedro C. Santiago