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Published: Sunday, June 1 2014 2:06 p.m. MDT

Updated: Sunday, June 1 2014 2:06 p.m. MDT

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BJMoose
Syracuse, UT

I can't believe the audacity of McKeon and Inhofe in complaining about Congress not getting their 30 days notice on a prisoner exchange. What did they want Bergdahl to be told? We'd love to bring you home now but we have this silly rule we've got to follow so see ya in a month. Sometimes bold decisions have to be made and actions have to be taken. I think the administration was 100% correct in doing what they did. I hope that McKeon and Inhofe along with their party get skewered for their callousness and lack of compassion over this incident. If they make any more noise about it I feel the President is completely within his right to tell them the issue has been addressed and is closed.

riverofsun
St.George, Utah

Of course the Republicans do not like this.
Should we expect anything else from them?

RockOn
Spanish Fork, UT

Okay, okay, complainers against Republicans. Seems Congress passed a law demanding that the president of the USA not be allowed to negotiate with terrorists unless he/she first consults with Congress. Part of the "advise and consent" part of that thing called the U.S. Constitution. Now, this president when HE SIGNED IT, said he didn't think it constitutional and has unilaterally decided he will break the law. Welcome to lawlessness and chaos if future presidents have his approach.

Now as for the logic... once you're past the emotion of it is good to get one of our soldiers back... is it in this nation's best interest to swap one enlisted man with little strategic impact on policy, who left his post and took a walk without notifying his superiors and was captured... and trade him for 5 -- yes 5 -- high level known Taliban terrorist leaders?

Do you worry about such a precedent being broken (not negotiating with terrorists) and setting a new level of cache on what the US will pay for getting their guy back? How will you feel when the next American soldier is captured and held for ransom? This is going to encourage more.

annewandering
oakley, idaho

PTSD is a very difficult thing to deal with. It would be befitting to people to not judge another when they do not know the facts. I am glad he is back and hope his health improves. He did not look well at all.
Perhaps I am an eternal optimist but wouldnt it be wonderful if this event could lead to a lessening of hatred between us and those who hate us? We will never make progress to a lasting peace if we are always looking for reasons, even valid ones, to hate and seek retribution. EVEN the Taliban has good people who want to do good for their people. Perhaps we can help them to learn better ways to air their grievances or would it be better to continue to battle and hate? I mean us. We need to learn to seek new ways and help others to do the same.

buhler@stratanet.com
Vernal, UT

To my Liberal Democrat friends this is what the Republicans Said: "Have we just put a price on other U.S. soldiers?" asked Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas. "What does this tell terrorists, that if you capture a U.S. soldier, you can trade that soldier for five terrorists?"" asked Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas. This law was passed by both houses. Yes, I'm glad the soldier is back, but does this make our troops safer?

UtahBlueDevil
Durham, NC

"Now, this president when HE SIGNED IT, said he didn't think it constitutional and has unilaterally decided he will break the law. "

Good grief.... and had Obama let the Taliban kill this dude.... then we would be having a whole different story. If you have a family member that needs urgent medical help, are you worried about getting consent to speed first?

The emancipation proclamation was extra-constitutional by any definition. Lincoln did not view the south as a foreign country, therefor did not have the right to seize the property of the other combatant. But the circumstances warranted a different solution.

So if you must, please Republicans, go ahead with impeachment hearings on Obama gaining the release of this kid because he broke the rules. Do that, and good luck next election. You already have lost the non-white male vote. You punish the president for not leaving a soldier over seas, you can kiss the veteran vote off that you just thought you had won with the VA issues.

Somethings are not worth being politicized... unfortunately not to Republicans it seems.

The Judge
Kaysville, UT

This put a target on the back of every US soldier and citizen in the world. Thomas Jefferson learned this lesson the hard way 220 years ago, and presidents have realized the folly of negotiating with terrorists ever since. Until the reign of Obama the lawless.

The Wraith
Kaysville, UT

When I first heard the news that this young man was being freed and coming home I was thrilled. I couldn't imagine anyone having any other reaction. I guess I was wrong.

Mexican Ute
mexico, 00

A soldier is now home. Let's not politicize this.

EdGrady
Idaho Falls, ID

Why didn't we sweeten the pot with Ted Cruz as a throw in.

Unreconstructed Reb
Chantilly, VA

"This put a target on the back of every US soldier and citizen in the world."

Nonsense. A target's been on the back of every US soldier and citizen in the world for over a decade. This does nothing to increase its size. The fact that Bergdahl's the only prisoner the Taliban has taken since 9/11 says something by itself.

And despite all the "we don't negotiate with terrorists" bluster we hear, we've been quietly doing it at least since we released frozen assets of the Iranians in exchange for the embassy hostages in 1980.

We're in a war. This man is an American soldier. We negotiated a prisoner exchange for him. There's always a risk that the guys you let go will go back into the fight. That's part of war. No soldier gets left behind. That's a promise and if you have an opportunity to bring the man home, you take it.

The Israelis do this fairly frequently. Considering they've exchanged over 7000 prisoners for only 27 of their own (8 of them bodies), I'd say we got a discounted rate at 5-to-1 instead of 259-to-1.

Howard Beal
Provo, UT

The Judge:

Please study some history and you will find your statement that "every other President", save Obama I guess, is truly laughable...

UtahVoter
Spanish Fork, UT

I'd love to see some evidence that the five prisoners traded for this US soldier were some kind of threat to anyone, anywhere. After over a decade, of the 757 known prisoners shackled into Guantanamo exactly three had charges finally leveled against them. Over the years, those in Guantanamo have been being super slowly (and quietly) released -- for total and complete lack of cause.

Our foreign policy is sadly largely without honor and without reason. The people in Guantanamo were not those that attacked the US on 9/11. The governments of Afghanistan and Iraq were not those that attacked the US on 9/11. Our wanton, revenge-fueled policy of scooping up anyone on the streets in certain countries accused of being against foreign occupation (and keep in mind that we were paying people hard cash to point out suspects with absolutely no proof required) is much too similar to the terrorism we should be fighting -- sowing fear, hurt, and death amongst innocent people to make some sort of political point on the flimsy argument that those people might be guilty by some crazy broad interpretation of "association".

I'm really glad to see one more of our brave volunteers brought back home.

truth in all its forms
henderson, NV

The people on this comment board ought to be ashamed of themselves. Everyone is complaining that a soldier is now home. This young man bravely fought so that you could have the freedom to criticize the military and the leaders of our nation. I think the founding fathers would be rolling in their graves if they saw some of these comments! we should be thankful that finally a soldier is home. This is not the the time to be politically divisive.

rvalens2
Burley, ID

The U.S. "does not ever leave our men and women in uniform behind." - Barack Obama

Hmm ... I wished he had had that philosophy in mind when he failed to send help to Ambassador Stevens and Sean Smith, the U.S. Foreign Service Information Management Officer in Benghazi, Libya. They were calling for help for hours and the U.S. government did nothing to help them. It still begs the question. Why?

TA1
Alexandria, VA

How about a simple "Welcome Home Soldier" now - is that too much to ask?

pragmatistferlife
salt lake city, utah

" I wished he had had that philosophy in mind when he failed to send help to Ambassador Stevens and Sean Smith, the U.S. Foreign Service Information Management Officer in Benghazi, Libya. They were calling for help for hours and the U.S. government did nothing to help them. It still begs the question. Why?"

rvalens2, here's why..there was no help available. This has been established over, and over, and over.

At some point asking the same question again and again after you've been given the answer by the most credible sources starts to look looney.

GaryO
Virginia Beach, VA

BJMoose -

"What did they want Bergdahl to be told? We'd love to bring you home now but we have this silly rule we've got to follow so see ya in a month."

If Republicans in Congress had been powerful enough to cause that delay, then Bergdahl should have been told the truth . . . That yes we'd love to bring you home now but American "Conservatives" don't think you're worth the effort.

IDC
Boise, ID

Great news that he is home.

Negotiating with terrorists is stupid and will likely cause other soldiers and citizens to die. Break the rule once, probably pay for it many times.

UT Brit
London, England

@IDC

Ha, might want to check some of the deals the US has done with terrorists in the past. If you think this is a new thing you must not have any idea of your own history.

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