Questions About the Return of Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl

A sign announcing the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl sits in the window of the Hailey Paint and Supply store on Main Street June 1, 2014 in Hailey, Idaho.  - Scott Olson/Getty Images

A sign announcing the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl sits in the window of the Hailey Paint and Supply store on Main Street June 1, 2014 in Hailey, Idaho.

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Questions About the Return of Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl

Army Sgt Bowe Bergdahl, held by the Taliban for five years, will return to the US in exchange for five Taliban prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay. Diane and guests discuss the questions surrounding his capture and the terms of his release.

In exchange for the release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the U.S. agreed to free five Taliban commanders from detention at Guantanamo. Bergdahl was the last U.S. soldier in captivity and was held by the Taliban for nearly five years. The White House touted the deal as proof of its commitment to bring every soldier home. But critics say the exchange may encourage hostage-taking by terrorists, while others say the administration might have broken the law by failing to notify Congress it was releasing detainees. And some of the soldiers who served with Bergdahl now say he deserted the platoon. Diane and guests discuss questions about Bowe Bergdahl’s capture and the terms of his release.

Guests

David Ignatius

columnist, The Washington Post, and contributor, "Post Partisan" blog on washingtonpost.com. His new novel is "The Director."

Tom Bowman

Pentagon correspondent, NPR

James Kitfield

contributing editor, National Journal, Atlantic Media's Defense One and the National Interest; senior fellow at the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress.

Eugene Fidell

Florence Rogatz Visiting Lecturer, Yale Law School, and former president, National Institute for Military Justice.

Gerald Sutton

former U.S. Army specialist; veteran of the war in Afghanistan; served in Bowe Bergdahl’s platoon

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