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How long of a head-start is the US Military giving the 5 Taliban prisoners they exchanged for the POW?

Asked by talljasperman (21818points) June 9th, 2014

How long until they start plotting again before they run out of a grace period? Or were they all reformed, and have no hatred to the US ?

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RealEyesRealizeRealLies's avatar

The only way I can see this trade as viable is if the released prisoners were chipped in some way, to be tracked back to larger lairs.

I’m really confused about Bergdahl though, and why he was traded for. I’ve seen interviews with three of his comrades who claim he is a deserter and traitor, responsible for American deaths. Such an odd trade.

I thought US Gov didn’t negotiate with terrorists?

filmfann's avatar

One year, unless they leave Dubai. Then, all bets are off.

zenvelo's avatar

@RealEyesRealizeRealLies Bergdahl is an Americansoldier that was held captive and it was possible to gain his release. John McCain, back in February called on the President to take the opportunity to get Bergdahl.

You would have preferred the US to just let hum languish and die? And the five detainees at Gitmo, who have never been charged or convicted of anything, should just be held captive by the US forever? They were under suspicion of fighting against the US, but if they are guilty of something, they should be tried in a court of law.

Jaxk's avatar

Negotiating with Obama is like playing chess with a pigeon. He knocks over all the pieces, shits on the board, then struts around like he won the game.

zenvelo's avatar

@Jaxk You sound like the Republicans. Set the rules, make demands (“Get Bergdahl now”) then throw feces when the President does exactly that. You don’t like the way the President negotiated with the Taliban? How would you have gotten Bergdahl back?

Jaxk's avatar


If the deal was worth taking I would have done it back in 2011 when it was first brought up. Either way, I would never have done a Rose Garden ceremony. And I would never have portrayed this as a major victory. Obama spent 3 years trying to get some concession on a peace treaty, never got it and made the deal as it was originally requested. This was no victory, at best it was the better of bad choices. He should be taking it reluctantly, not taking a victory lap.

Dutchess_III's avatar

@RealEyesRealizeRealLies Actually, we have a history of negotiating with terrorists.

@Jaxk There were reasons it wasn’t done in 2011. There were reasons it wasn’t done in 2009 and 2010, 2012, 2013. The is a reason it was able to happen at this time. Why do people like you just assume there was nothing in the way of things like this happening when you state it should have happened?

filmfann's avatar

If we didn’t make the deal now, there wouldn’t be another chance in 2015.

If you don’t support this deal, don’t tell me you have any interest in this

Jaxk's avatar


What, more health concerns? He couldn’t do the swap in an election year and most of his own administration was against it.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Don’t understand your point @Jaxk.

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