- There was never a good war, or a bad peace.
- Idealistically, everything should work as you planed it to. Realistically, it depends on how idealistic you are as to the measure of success.
- Better to be a pessimist before, and an optimist afterwords.
It should be noted that prisoner exchanges are not unprecedented practices. They become increasingly common toward the end of conflicts. At the same time, the Taliban members will remain under restriction in Qatar. Reuters reported, "The five are expected to live on compounds in Qatar, and their families will be brought there to live with them, officials said." Given Qatar's dependence on U.S. protection, Qatar's current government likely won't suddenly release them. Overall, the benefits of securing the release of the American soldier justify the modest risks undertaken in transferring the Taliban members to Qatar. From the Taliban's perspective, this arrangement is not so attractive that it would gain significant incentives to try to capture additional American personnel for exchange, especially as the process was so drawn out and the Taliban members did not acquire freedom.
And for that reason - again, if the stories are true - I cannot pity the guy, just as I have not one ounce of pity for Pvt. Manning. If you violate your oath of service, it'd better be for a doggone good reason...and even then, you have to be prepared to accept the consequences.
“To do evil, a human being must first of all believe that what he’s doing is good" - Solzhenitsyn
"...with the terrorists, you have to take out their families." - Donald Trump
GOP lawmakers: Prisoner exchange violated law
From the article:
"The White House agreed that actions were taken in spite of legal requirements and cited "unique and exigent circumstances" as justification."
If, when defending your support for Donald Trump, and your response is,
"But but but... HILLARY!!!", then you lost the argument before you even began.
seriously. i mean, i understand that it's possible to hate a president that much, but seeing it in the wild is still stunning every time. this guy is not the president. he is a POW. what is Fox saying about him?
never mind, i just went and looked. Fox cleverly inserted the "desertion" angle, just as i expected. and turned off comments for the article. i wonder why.