[Ed. – It’s too ‘nuanced’ for the right to understand.]
He broke the laws that govern transfers at Guantánamo Bay.
He has strengthened the enemies of the Afghan government that the United States has fought to establish with blood and treasure for a decade.
Mr. Obama has opened himself to all these charges with his decision to transfer five high-level Taliban detainees from Guantánamo to Qatar Saturday in exchange forSgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the only US prisoner of war in Afghanistan.
Yet in the administration’s answers to all these criticisms, it becomes apparent that this weekend’s prisoner swap is about more than Sergeant Bergdahl. It is a statement of Obama’s deeply held views about American foreign policy, which unapologetically see the world in innumerable shades of gray and are willing to challenge how the country has conducted itself internationally in the past.
There is no doubt that the successful return of Bergdahl to the United States will be an emotional and poignant moment. But there is also no doubt it is a risk.