Many React to Bowe Bergdahl's Release


HARRISONBURG,Va. (WHSV)-- U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was held by the Taliban after wandering away from his base, is now free.

He is recovering at a military facility in Germany, undergoing a re-integration after five years in Taliban custody. His parents have said he is physically weakened and is struggling to speak English.

Five high-risk Taliban fighters were freed in order to secure Bergdahl's release. Some of President Obama's critics have said that the swap sets a dangerous precedent of negotiating with terrorists.

There is also outrage at the risks taken to free Bergdahl, who sources have said was captured by the Taliban after willingly wandering away from his base.

The deal is receiving criticism from many Republicans for breaking a policy of not negotiating with terrorists. They're afraid that terrorists will have more reason now to capture soldiers.There is also the question of whether or not Congress was given proper notification of the deal. One Valley veteran said he also worries about the effects of the transfer.

"It's a Catch 22. You're glad they're back, but you hate how you got them and it wasn't the way we're supposed to do. I'm glad he's home, great. I'm glad when anybody gets to come home, everybody deserves that right," said Jerry Connor, a desert storm veteran.

Connor also said that we shouldn't forget about the many other prisoners of war that are still out there.


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