WTVM 6/6/14 Editorial: The Bowe Bergdahl controversy

(WTVM) - Because of Fort Benning's vital role in training our troops, it was no surprise to learn that Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl trained here before eventually deploying to Afghanistan.

That makes his story of major interest to local military families.

He left his unit under circumstances that look like he went AWOL—Absent Without Leave—at best, or deserted at worst.

His release after five years with the Taliban, in exchange for the top five terrorists at Guantanamo Bay, is creating cries of "foul" from Republicans, Democrats and members of the military.

Democratic Senator Diane Feinstein is upset the president failed to notify Congress as the law requires, prior to the release.

Georgia Republican Senator Saxby Chambliss wants the classified files on the five free terrorists made public.

Then, there are the many soldiers coming forward to blast Bergdahl for walking away from his post.

Our own News Leader 9 web poll asked if America should negotiate with terrorists: 69 percent said no, 20 percent said yes, and 11 percent were undecided.

All of us deserve details about Bergdahl, and the prisoners exchanged for his freedom. We should demand our Representatives and Senators in Washington get those answers in a full and open hearing to help clear the air.

Finding out whether Bergdahl is a traitor is one question. But the most pressing question is: "How can America ensure that the five released terrorists, and those they inspire, don't kidnap or kill more us soldiers and citizens?"

Until we get the answers, we should all be skeptical of the Bergdahl trade.

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