I’m going to go on record and say that I believe there was absolutely no “right way” to secure the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who had been held by Afghanistan rebels for five years. No matter which way it happened, it would be both right and wrong.
Did President Obama “negotiate with terrorists”? I guess to a certain extent he did. Agreeing to free five Taliban officials to secure the release of Bergdahl is essentially striking a deal with terrorists.
But what should we have done, just let him die? Even if he was a deserter and put his fellow soldiers in harm’s way, should we have just let him rot in the hands of the Taliban forever?
Maybe we should have considered what Ted Cruz says he would have done and “used military force” to get Bergdahl back.
That is an idea. But “using military force” wouldn’t have guaranteed his safe recovery. Imagine if we had used military force, Bergdahl was then killed during the raid, and 5 other Americans died trying to retrieve him. Republicans like Cruz would then be bashing President Obama for using military force.
So when Cruz sits there and says,”We can go in and use military force, as needed, to rescue our fallen compatriots. But, look, Sergeant Bergdahl was fighting to capture these terrorists. Can you imagine what he would say to his fallen comrades who lost their lives to stop these people who were responsible, either directly or indirectly, for threatening or taking U.S. civilian lives.”
All I can do is shake my head at another Republican trying to make this no-win situation into a partisan attack on the president.
Not to mention these comments assume that “using military force” was never considered. I’m just going to go out on a limb here and say that using military force was probably one of their first options, but due to circumstances surrounding where he might have been kept, the probability of any operation to capture him alive being successful were probably very slim.
So I think it’s fairly safe to assume that after five years of trying to figure out the best way to bring this soldier home, this was probably their “best option.” But like I said, it was really a no-win situation.
The options were essentially to use our military, risking more lives, while not even guaranteeing the safe recovery of Bergdahl or release a few detainees to guarantee his freedom.
And while I recognize the risks that come with even the slightest hint that we “negotiated with terrorists,” I ask those who feel that what Obama did was wrong to close their eyes for a moment and imagine if it was their son, daughter, father or mother who had been sitting halfway around the world for five years as a prisoner.
Wouldn’t you have wanted the president to do whatever he could to bring them back safely?
If I were President Obama, I think would have done the same thing. And while it’s easy for everyone who didn’t have to make this decision to sit on the sidelines and pick it apart, all I know is I’m glad I wasn’t the one who had to make that call.
But I’m almost certain, no matter what President Obama ultimately ended up deciding, Republicans like Ted Cruz would have just said they would have done the opposite – and then criticized him and lied about exactly what he did.
After all, “opposing and lying about whatever President Obama supports” has been the Republican motto since January 2009.
Watch Cruz’s comments below:
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