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Did President Obama go too far in deal for prisoner of war?

Updated: Monday, June 2 2014, 06:35 PM EDT

WTOV9.com

Negotiating with terrorists has been a no-no in American diplomacy for generations.

But with the deal to free U.S. Prisoner of war Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl from the Taliban, did President Obama go too far?

"The problem is the Taliban isn’t really a legitimate government,” Franciscan University Political Science Professor Daniel Kempton said. “They're not really surrendering and the fighting is likely to go on long after the United States leaves.”

So will the controversy on how the Obama Administration secured the release of Bergdahl, who had been held hostage by the Taliban since 2005.

The Taliban is officially listed as a terrorist group with the U.S. State Department. The U.S. Government traded five Taliban detainees for Bergdahl's freedom.

Kempton said this opened up several problems.

“When you release terrorists, often they get involved in acts of terrorism,” Kempton said. “And the second problem is the organization that now has benefited by capturing an American soldier might say, ‘well gee, there are other things we'd like from the United States, how might we obtain them?’"

Kempton the President may have endangered other American Soldiers’ lives by doing this. And in the end, it's a decision that could have ramifications well beyond one soldier’s happy and safe homecoming.

“We do want Mr. Bergdahl back; he is an American soldier,” Kempton said. “We do not want to leave American soldiers behind, but when you release individuals who are known terrorists who have helped plan orchestrate operations in the past, this could help the war effort in Afghanistan and undermine the regimes."

Did President Obama go too far in deal for prisoner of war?


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