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Why did we trade ‘CEOs’ for a deserter?

By From page A8 | June 08, 2014

The information about a suspected deserter – and that six people were killed looking for this sergeant – and man who allegedly left a letter saying he was deserting his duties as an American soldier, makes it clear the trade should have never taken place.

The five people this sergeant was traded for were like the CEOs of the Taliban and should have never been released, since they are now leaders. They may cause further threats to soldiers in Afghanistan now serving this country with good form. The prisoner swap may have put the lives of American service members at high risk.

This sergeant may have deserted his post, leaving behind his weapon and a note stating he was on his way to the Taliban. Desertion during combat areas used to be reason for the firing squad or life in prison.

Lloyd Willmschen


Letter to the Editor


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  • boomJune 08, 2014 - 12:48 am

    Easy for you to say. I bet you'd trade the nuclear attack codes if it was your brother though.

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  • PornacJune 08, 2014 - 6:14 am

    No American is worth five CEOs. A CEO is much more important.

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  • PornacJune 08, 2014 - 6:15 am

    It's like chess!

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  • CD BrooksJune 08, 2014 - 6:31 am

    Mr. Willmschen like Mr. Horvitz does not visit here and is never held accountable for his misinformed rants.

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  • rlw895June 08, 2014 - 7:45 am

    I guess you have to watch MSNBC to get the answer.

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  • mike kirchubelJune 08, 2014 - 9:43 am

    I never got an answer when i posed this question on kecks rant, so here it goes again: would it have been better to give the enemy weapons and money in exchange for the hostage?

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  • Teach5thJune 08, 2014 - 3:40 pm

    Let's see - they have weapons and money . . . But, guns and weapons aren't useful to them unless they have folks to come up with plans to put them to good use. That's what they got with the swap. Why do you think they asked for those specific five guys? And now, in addition to the strategic planners they've also got 2 more things in their favor: 1) a way to get more guys out of Gitmo; and 2) propaganda re: USA's weaknesses. Good job, Obama!

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  • USA weakness hrmph!June 08, 2014 - 4:09 pm


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  • Danny BuntinJune 08, 2014 - 7:15 pm

    @Teach: It is the Armchair anti-terror warrior Teach5th from Dick Cheney s bunker calling the play by plays. She only calls it, as she sees it - on Foxnews.

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