The weekend news that the Obama Administration negotiated with the Taliban for the release of one American for five Taliban prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay’s Gitmo means each and every American now has a target painted on his chest or her back.
There are areas, if not countries, whose sole income comes via the kidnapping and holding of hostages for monies or favors. We have just told the world we will negotiate with terrorists.
I am refraining for speculating why now it was so urgent to get this American freed after five years of captivity because I am so spitting mad I may use language I would regret. The circumstances around the soldier’s disappearance back in 2009 is being hotly debated. Was he taken or was he a deserter and just surrendered once off base. In the search for him back in 2009, several soldiers died looking for him.