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Published: Monday, June 2 2014 9:05 p.m. MDT

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Virginia Beach, VA

"Did cost of NOT recovering Idaho POW include the life of Utah soldier?"


What if the prisoner exchange never happened?

What would the question be then?

"Did cost of NOT recovering Idaho POW include the life of Utah soldier?"

West Valley City, UT

Soldiers Creed:
"I am an American Soldier.
I am a warrior and a member of a team.
I serve the people of the United States, and live the Army Values.
I will always place the mission first.
I will never accept defeat.
I will never quit.
I will never leave a fallen comrade.
I stand ready to deploy, engage, and destroy, the enemies of the United States of America in close combat...."
Unfortunately soldiers still have a duty to never leave a fallen or captured comrade even though that comrade hasn't done his duty to place the mission first and never quit.

Salt Lake City, UT

Such a waste.......the individual lives of everyone of these men who laid down their lives for Bergdahl were better men than this traitor and collaborator. Just reading the accounts of the soldiers who served with Bergdahl who were forced to sign non disclosures by the Obama administration up until now, say he was a loser and a deserter and should never have represented our country.

Who am I sir?
Cottonwood Heights, UT

The "cost" will take a decade to determine. How many lives will be lost due to the release of the 5 terrorists? How many soldiers will be captured now that it is known our president will negotiate and release 5 times the number of captives as they release? This is such a diplomatic failure!

Alpine, UT

The next in an ever growing line of debacles by this administration. Besides being illegal by not giving Congress the required 30 day notice, this action of giving back to the Taliban their top 5 highest ranking officials held in prison by the USA will, undoubtedly rejuvenate the Taliban.

There will undoubtedly be many more American lives lost because of this negotiated trade with and for terrorists. This was a major mistake by Obama and another lapse in judgment.
It would certainly be nice to have a do-over of the last presidential election. There are many who would undoubtedly change their votes thereby causing a different and much needed outcome.

American Fork, UT

So how should this have played out? Up until a few days ago no one here knew this guy existed. Now, not only does he exist, he's been released. Had he come to our attention prior to his release, there would have been faux outrage. The commander cares naught for his soldiers, we'd see here. Accusations all over the place. So here we are, the administration has secured his release. Traded for five small time thugs who can only hope to cause enough terror that we respond to it a hundred fold. Professional victims, those. Traded for someone it turns out must have been with John Kerry on a swift boat; people can be found to say bad things if need be. So, knowing what you do now, should we have left him there? Or maybe gotten a good hockey goalie out of the deal? Seriously, if the taliban wanted more than a handful of beads for this, an american captive, would you respect the administration that turned the deal down?

Virginia Beach, VA

" How many soldiers will be captured now . . . "

I don't know.

How many American service members will desert now that they know they might be held captive for several years by the Taliban in miserable conditions . . . and then returned to the United States possibly to face charges?

Omaha, NE

"he was a deserter" according to some undisclosed source.

This is not the time nor the place to bring this type of uncorroborated evidence up. Get more proof before publishing "he said" type of things. To me this just feels like gossip that's been published. And at the time when he is returning home. Yuck!

Honolulu, HI

Concerning this matter, I think the President's actions would have been criticized in either way. This soldier has paid a price for his actions and will likely be paying for it for the rest of his life.

Incite Full
Layton, UT

There is currently evidence under investigation and coming to the public that this fellow was no prisoner of war, but went AWOL and is a taliban sympathizer. If this is proven, it would be a huge embarrassment considering the loss of life and scoundrels set free to acquire his return.

Rugeley, Staffs

"TRUTH," It is easy to sit comfortably at home in Salt Lake City, and say such things about this young man. Have you ever been in combat? Have you ever been in constant fear of your life, and the lives of those that you serve with? Have you EVER had such pressure that it seems inescapable? If not, you are not stating "TRUTH" but your own opinion of what it MAY be like.

This young man may have deserted his post, and may have cost lives, BUT none of us know what fear and suffering might have led to that decision, or whether something inside just "snapped" because of that suffering and fear. Another thing we don't know is what would be our actions faced with that same level of fear and pressure. As I say, it's easy to sit home and lay guilt on someone, but it is totally unfair if we have never walked where he walked.

Every life lost in the cause of freedom is heartbreaking. Some live through wars, and yet are never really alive again. This young man from Idaho may well be one of the latter. He has my sympathy.

Alexandria, VA

You NEVER leave a fellow soldier behind (see prior post to mine about "Soldiers Creed" - "I will never leave a fallen comrade") and any wrong doing on the rescued SGT's part will be addressed by the Military Justice system under UCMJ (and it will be addressed there not in the political court although more than a few politicians would like to do otherwise).

Kaysville, UT

Our military men and women not only have creeds and conventions to agree to, they have consciences they were given when coming into this life. I remember soldiers in the Army who had disagreements with how the Vietnam war was handled but they still served and served well. There were others that subverted the system and even went AWOL or deserted to another country. They were not POWs in that other country. POWs have a code they are to live by with honor and integrity. Senator McCain may do some things politically that I don't agree with but he definitely set the example for military men and women for a standard of that code. He is one of the politicians that knows what it is like in a captive situation in places that were very heinous for guards and food in maltreatment.

This President and high advisers are not taking us into Integrity of mind and conscience with high standards. Moroni and Helaman and others went through this same type of process in their time. Military members and especially their leaders need the fortitude and prayerful thoughts today. Wickedness never was happiness.

Mesquite, NV

"a groundswell of anger is rising over the Obama administration’s silence on perhaps the most blah blah rant rave blah blah. . ." Great! Another non-issue for Chaffetz, Lee, Stewart and the rest to spend the next 3 years "investigating" and bloviating over while doing absolutely nothing to move the nation forward. The fact that the president exists causes "a groundswell of anger" with some of these clowns.

Ralph West Jordan
Taylorsville, UT

Re" "TRUTH and Who am I sir?"

At this point we REALLY don't know what led up to Bergdahl's capture! We only assume we know from assumptions made by others, and fanned by the ever carnivorous and self serving press and media! No matter what the circumstances were that led to his capture I still have this nagging question I ask myself and now I ask you! If that captured soldier were my son or daughter, would I not want the POTUS and the military to exhaust all efforts in gaining their release!

If indeed Bergdahl did walk away, we have no Idea of his mental state or motivation! I do know what PTSD can do as I served with a sergeant who suffered from his service in Korea. It was not pretty, he ended his suffering by committing suicide!

I am wondering if it wouldn't be best to wait and let those who are REALLY in the know, ie the Military and State dept. to sort things out, then when all the facts are on the table, we can discuss the issue intelligently!

Escalante, UT

The president brought home the only US soldier in captivity before ending the useless war in Afghanistan...Right wingers are quick to send them off to fight some war for questionable reasons but not interested in bringing them home or caring for them after they've served(been used)....wake up kids,it ain't patriotic,you're just being used by corporate interests and the republican vampires that serve them!

Mont Belvieu, TX

It would seem that this soldier should be subjected to the court marshal process, but I would be very surprised if the Obama administration allows it. He is their poster boy for the diplomatic process and will most likely be lauded as a military hero.

Las Vegas, NV

What is it about Pres Obama that everything he does, looks good on the surface, but deep down is a total failure, incompetent...i.e. Obamacare, Bengahzi, Solyndra, Fast & Furious, POW trade, IRS scandal, etc

Carl G
Chicago, IL

Well, he promised to close Gitmo.

He never mentioned this is where he would put the prisoners.

salt lake city, utah

"Concerning this matter, I think the President's actions would have been criticized in either way."

Now there's the truth. This President would be criticized from the right for choosing corn flakes over cheerios.

What's an even trade for an Americans life? Are we worth one Afgany? Maybe we should get two.
This isn't monopoly or some real estate transaction, it's war and first of all we don't ever, yes ever leave anyone behind when possible...period. Secondly the five Afghan soldiers are Taliban who's sole interest has been to control Afghanistan. Bad guys yes but local bad guys.
They shot and killed us because we came in and shot and killed them..

They didn't hang out with Al Qaeda, Al Qaeda hung out with them. We ran off Al Qaeda and still stayed there and shot and killed Taliban members re-creating another scene in a 500 year old saga that always ends the same, and this ending is no different.

Bad war, bad ending.

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