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Mixed Reactions From Local Veterans on Soldier’s Release

At the American Legion in Swoyersville, members are watching the latest on the news of the release of Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, who had been held captive by the Taliban for the last five years.

Some here are applauding the effort.

“We do what we have to do to bring them back,” said one member.

However, others feel the Obama administration gave up too much.

In exchange for Bergdahl`s release, the U.S. handed over five Taliban detainees from Guantanamo Bay to Qatar.

“Why is it five for one? One for one I could see maybe, I could do that, but not five for one,” said Bill Storz of Forty Fort. “You`re letting five terrorists out, doesn`t make sense.”

Some said Obama broke national protocol by not going to Congress first.

“The whole policy was to wait for Congress for 30 days and Obama didn`t do that. That`s wrong,” said Tom Skudalski of Swoyersville.

Still for those here who have served, they firmly believe that no man should be left behind.

“I think it was something that needed to be done. We want to bring our soldiers home. There is a controversy about it but it was definitely the right thing to do,” said Jack Perfetto, a Vietnam Veteran.

“As long as we got one of our American boys back that`s all that matters and I`m not worried about Taliban, I`m worried about our own guys,” said another member.

14 comments

  • TONY

    CLOSE IT DOWN NOW !! THE TAXPAYERS OF THE US ARE DONE PLAYING GAMES!! CAMP DELTA, CUBA MUST TO CLOSED. THE TOP 5 ARE RELEASED, WHO IS LEFT, YEARS NEVER CHARGE,FOR TRUE NEWS WATCH RT. COM

    • chris

      So those people can be detained inland in the U.S? no thanks, gitmo is legally there in cuba and is runned by the navy. RT.com is nothing more than anti american propaganda.

  • chris

    This soldier went AWOL and abandoned his post because he lost faith in the war. Hes a traitor and a piece of trash.

    • Tony

      Having “loved ones” is not relevant to this. Osama bin Laden had loved ones, should we not have killed him? The six men killed looking for this guy had loved ones. Should The Deserter not be held accountable for their deaths?

  • Claire Moran

    What will be do the next time a soldier is kidnapped? After all the detainees are released the only thing remaining is money or concessions within America. I have empathy for all soldiers and we have just placed an additional danger on their plate. The rule is: We do not negotiate with terrorists. Obama still thinks he is above the law.

  • tom

    What’s with the Muslim beard-he looks stranged,brainwashed or something.Maybe we should keep an eye no him.Can he be trusted?

  • Tony

    The guy is a deserter. The vets who are happy at his return are unaware of the facts surrounding his abandoning of his post, or else they wouldn’t be so supportive. I’m happy at his return, but only because I want to see him court martialed and executed.

    • Charles Lee Ray

      did it say in another report that he abandoned his post if not why do you say he abandoned his post

      • Tony

        They have said in the news reports that he abandoned his post. More importantly, I have a close friend who was in this guy’s unit when this happened. The deserter was on duty on a guard post when he left.

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