In a letter released by Senator Carl Levin (D), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, all seven members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff – the most senior general grade officers in the military – unanimously supported the prisoner exchange of five Taliban operatives for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.
A risk remains that the five Taliban may return to the battlefield and possibly bring harm in the future, but that is an acceptable risk. At the end of every war/conflict the United States has been involved with prisoner swaps have been one of the final closing actions. Win or lose it is our inherent duty to bring our men and women in uniform home. Leaving a man behind is not something that is acceptable for any that are over there, and neither should it be to the men and women in Congress.
Admiral James Winnefield, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs stated:
We have a sacred commitment to the young men and women we place in harm’s way that we will never leave any of our fallen on the battlefield. We must reinforce this principle any time it arises.
It is so obvious to any who have served. That is the sacred promise they make to each other. That is the promise the Republic made to them as they head over into a war – regardless of the politics of any war. And it is a promise that needs to be kept.
h/t Wall Street Journal.