Local Public Policy Expert Weighs In On Bowe Bergdahl's Release From Captivity

COLLEGE STATION - Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl is back in the United States, flying into Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio Friday.

He was released by the Taliban two weeks ago after five years as a prisoner of war.

As his recovery continues, so does the controversy over allegations he was an Army deserter and ashamed of the military's mission in Afghanistan.

News 3 spoke with a national security expert at the Texas A&M Bush School of Government and Public Service about whether the Obama administration did the right thing.

Joe Cerami is a Senior Lecturer on National Security Studies at the George Bush School of Government.

But it's his experience in the military that gives this retired Army Colonel more credence to debate whether the United States did the right thing by negotiating with terrorists.

"It's not an easy cost benefit calculation in terms of the risks and rewards of exchanging him for the Guantanamo prisoners," said Joe Cerami, Ph.D.

He says while the administration should be bound by the the creed to leave no man behind, the President and his national security team must be careful about what message they send after exchanging five Taliban detainees for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

"These five are not unique. They're certainly important and certainly we should be very much aware of that as we go through whatever the post conflict situation is like in any, any kind of a war. But we always want to get our soldiers back and bring them home alive. Our military justice system can deal with the reasons that he was captured to begin with," he said.

Cerami says even if turns out Bergdahl deserted his post, he didn't deserve to be held captive behind enemy lines.

"Bergdahl is an important story as a human being we should all feel empathy for him. He's in good hands at Brooke and the military will take good care of him," said Cerami.

Bergdahl is listed in stable condition at the Brooke Army Hospital in San Antonio.

The Military says there is no timeline on how long his treatment might take.


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