Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl Prisoner Exchange

The release of US Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is welcome news. Sgt. Bergdahl, who had been held captive by the Taliban for five years, was released as part of a prisoner exchange negotiated between the US government and the Taliban.

This morning over at the Lawfare blog John Bellinger – former US State Department legal ad visor – argued that, as a matter of international law, these detainees would probably have to be released by the end of the year anyway when US combat operations in Afghanistan come to a close. Article 118 of the Geneva Prisoner of War Convention states that, “Prisoners of war shall be released and repatriated without delay after the cessation of active hostilities.” According to Bellinger: “The Administration appears to have reached a defensible, hold-your-nose compromise by arranging, in exchange for the release of Sergeant Bergdahl, for the individuals to be held in Qatar for a year before they return to Afghanistan.”

But, are these detainees really POWs since they consciously reject the law of armed conflict? In such a case Article 118 would not apply. I don’t see how this matters in the case of an exchange, though, since the decision is ultimately a policy one and not about the legal status of the 5 Afghan detainees.

Many Republicans are also questioning the exchange claiming this sends a message to terrorist groups like the Taliban that the US will negotiate with them. But such exchanges have a long history in armed conflict. Even terrorist groups can have rational demands, though there is no need to give in to all of them.As Joshua Hurst tweeted this morning, “In the real world, there are just more distasteful people who nevertheless have to be dealt with.”

There is also the accusation that Sgt.Bergdahl is a deserter and therefore not entitled to have US troops risk their lives to rescue him. But that determination is for the US military to decide. And if it is found to be the case, an appropriate punishment can be meted out then by the proper authorities.

You never leave someone behind.

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2 thoughts on “Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl Prisoner Exchange

  1. Reblogged this on Liberalism is Trust Fucked with Prudence. Conservatism is Distrust Tainted with Fear and commented:
    See what have you done?
    Only hard-hearted ain’t happy that Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl will soon be coming home to his family after five years as a prisoner of Afghanistan’s Taliban
    When Obama tried to fulfill his wish to shut down Gitmo Republicans got Gonorrhea and Chuck Schumer requested $175M if Gitmo detainees tried in NY.
    He quit to let “Joe the plumber” waterboard ‘em.
    The same Republicans shoved their heads up in their asses when Obama let Urine Almaliki get Hezbollah’s HITMAN Daqdoq outta Gitmo to rescue him from Sunni detainees who rammed his Shiite reeky rectum all day long.
    You fucked up your argument by posting the Examiner’s article as precedent to fortify your fiction.
    How would one feel safe when a Jackass as Eli Lake and Josh Rogan are the prosecutors?
    Shame on you.
    Let me summarize US Fuckocrasy. Take it from an Arab.
    “Listen to your enemy. Jackass!” Ron Paul. Just kidding!
    GOP are party of Rednecks and their Honiggas who believe that Ann Coulter is Virgin Mary, Sarah Palin is Mother of God and Jesus restricted as Rush Limbaugh.
    GOP religiously BELIEVE that America ain’t but a British Colony and Americans are Monsanto force-fed livestock grassing on their backyard.
    They’re Pro bono publico UNLIKE DEMs, they ain’t needing to be bribed in advance.
    GOP are the best to use the 2nd Amendment if you don’t or they let you pump iron in San Quentin until next draft.
    DEMs are party of Israeli Firsters, literally Liberal Hippies nutjobs and their bleached Niggas who’ll go to any war or loot any country if they ain’t allowed to even tax cockroaches for being Americans.
    Print money outta thin air and dump unemployables onto federal payroll to turn USA to Oppressive, bloodthirsty, predatory State alas USSR.
    Compared to GOP they are cheaper to bribe.
    Teeebaagerzz: Frogmarched Foodstamps Kochsuckers who quit watching Alex Jones and sleep across the aisles if they ain’t allowed to filibuster DEMs for Koch Brothers or fuck GOP if they ain’t either repeal Obamacare or government shutdown.
    Liberalism is Trust Fucked with Prudence. Conservatism is Distrust Tainted with Fear
    [Our secret] haha…
    DEMs & GOP have one thing in common: they will nuke America to save Israel.

  2. See what have you done?
    Only hard-hearted ain’t happy that Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl will soon be coming home to his family after five years as a prisoner of Afghanistan’s Taliban
    When Obama tried to fulfill his wish to shut down Gitmo Republicans got Gonorrhea and Chuck Schumer requested $175M if Gitmo detainees tried in NY.
    He quit to let “Joe the plumber” waterboard ‘em.
    The same Republicans shoved their heads up in their asses when Obama let Urine Almaliki get Hezbollah’s HITMAN Daqdoq outta Gitmo to rescue him from Sunni detainees who rammed his Shiite reeky rectum all day long.
    You fucked up your argument by posting the Examiner’s article as precedent to fortify your fiction.
    How would one feel safe when a Jackass as Eli Lake and Josh Rogan are the prosecutors?
    Shame on you.
    Let me summarize US Fuckocrasy. Take it from an Arab.
    “Listen to your enemy. Jackass!” Ron Paul. Just kidding!
    GOP are party of Rednecks and their Honiggas who believe that Ann Coulter is Virgin Mary, Sarah Palin is Mother of God and Jesus restricted as Rush Limbaugh.
    GOP religiously BELIEVE that America ain’t but a British Colony and Americans are Monsanto force-fed livestock grassing on their backyard.
    They’re Pro bono publico UNLIKE DEMs, they ain’t needing to be bribed in advance.
    GOP are the best to use the 2nd Amendment if you don’t or they let you pump iron in San Quentin until next draft.
    DEMs are party of Israeli Firsters, literally Liberal Hippies nutjobs and their bleached Niggas who’ll go to any war or loot any country if they ain’t allowed to even tax cockroaches for being Americans.
    Print money outta thin air and dump unemployables onto federal payroll to turn USA to Oppressive, bloodthirsty, predatory State alas USSR.
    Compared to GOP they are cheaper to bribe.
    Teeebaagerzz: Frogmarched Foodstamps Kochsuckers who quit watching Alex Jones and sleep across the aisles if they ain’t allowed to filibuster DEMs for Koch Brothers or fuck GOP if they ain’t either repeal Obamacare or government shutdown.
    Liberalism is Trust Fucked with Prudence. Conservatism is Distrust Tainted with Fear
    [Our secret] haha…
    DEMs & GOP have one thing in common: they will nuke America to save Israel.

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