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Published: Thursday, June 12, 2014, 12:01 a.m.
Taliban


Trade for soldier not worth the risk

Pakistan and India both have nuclear weapons. They hate and fear each other. Studies have shown that a nuclear exchange between the two would put the world into a “nuclear winter.” Hundreds of millions could die (to name just one of many possible scenarios — all terrible).
The Taliban recently attacked one of Pakistan's major airports, weakening the government. The U.S. recently released five horrifically evil Taliban leaders (one of whom may be found online pridefully posing before the heads of five people whose heads he sawed off with a kitchen knife). This release (for a soldier ) made all five Taliban leaders heroes, raised the credibility of the Taliban and took the world one giant step closer to Armageddon.
Yes, I know that the U.S. has a policy of “leave no man behind,” but perhaps when bringing him back defeats the very purpose of his being a soldier (to defend the nation) — and so endangers the security of our nation that the right decision is to not make a trade, someone should show some leadership and bar the trade?
With President Obama (without consulting Congress) making decisions like this, it's only a matter of when, not if, our children and grandchildren's futures, if not lives, are destroyed by this administration's lack of courage and resolve and its unwillingness to respect the rule of law per our constitution.
David Meyering
Arlington
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