June 4, 2014

5 Points Critics of Taliban Swap Are Missing

Steve Saideman, Globe and Mail

The Associated Press

The latest controversy in U.S. politics is over the trade of five Guantanamo detainees for one American soldier – Bowe Bergdahl. The strange thing about this is how ordinary it is: swapping prisoners is normal in war, even in unconventional wars. So, what is really going on here? Mostly, it is about blame-casting – criticizing the Barack Obama administration no matter what it does. The best illustration of this is John McCain, who is currently blasting President Obama for this trade after advocating it a few months ago. So, what is going on here?

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TAGGED: Barack Obama, Afghanistan, Bowe Bergdahl, Taliban


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