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June 5, 2014 at 1:01 PM

Bowe Bergdahl’s release sets a bad precedent

Is a hero coming home or a deserter? It seems we can’t quite yet entirely be sure [“Officials: Threat to Bergdahl’s life led to action,” Nation & World, June 5].

Though, one would think, you better be when you’re prepared to trade a potent group of Taliban associates — each of whom would not be out of place on any Top-10-Most-Wanted list of terrorists, the kind on which billions of dollars are spent each year to terminate and catch, and have killed many Americans.

It certainly would be astonishing to set a precedent of such apparent disadvantage to Americans and innocents around the world. “One for all and all for one” is a nice heroic notion suited to a movie setting romanticizing war and death, but highly impractical and self-destructive in the real world — especially if each of those released would find themselves equipped prodigiously in order to exact a disproportionate revenge.

Michael E. White, Brush Prairie

Comments | More in Afghanistan | Topics: Afghanistan, Bowe Bergdahl, Michael E. White

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