The complicated story of Bowe Bergdahl's release
On Saturday, May 31, President Barack Obama stood on the White House lawn flanked by Bergdahl's parents, to annnounce his release. Since then, the story has taken several twists and turns. Missouri School of Journalism faculty Amy Simons, Lynda Kraxberger and Jim Flink discuss the issue.
The Taliban freed Bergdahl as part of a prisoner swap. In exchange for his release, the U.S. government agreed to release five prisoners from Guantanamo Bay.
That part of the story caught fire quickly, as Republicans accused the Obama administration of negotiating with terrorists -- a claim the president denies.
In an opinion piece written for Fox News, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal said the agreement for Bergdahl's release was a "major departure from American policy."
When terrorists and criminals unequivocally know, as they did prior to this week, that the United States of America does not negotiate with them, they have far less incentive to abduct our citizens.
By its actions has the Obama administration inadvertently put a target on the backs of all Americans traveling abroad? Let's hope not.
But Jim Flink of the Reynolds Journalism Institute said these critiques only address one aspect of the story.