Saturday, June 07, 2014
Bring them home! Never leave a soldier behind!
Is it an absolute that we should never leave a soldier behind?
Today we are hearing that it is. If any criticism is made regarding the price paid to bring a soldier home, we immediately hear, "We never leave a soldier behind."
Oh, ok I guess that's right, we never leave a soldier behind. There's nothing else to say.
But there is more to say.
We have to ask ourselves if there is ever a time or reason when we just have to leave a soldier behind.
Is there? Or is it really true, WE NEVER, EVER LEAVE A SOLDIER BEHIND. NOT FOR ANY REASON!
The influential conservative commentator Charles Krauthammer says he would have made the deal to bring St. Bowe Bergdahl home. Yes, he would have freed the five Taliban militants in exchange for Bergdahl.
I have great respect for Krauthammer. But I would not have made this exchange. It is bad in many respects. I rarely disagree with him but I do this time. Krauthammer and I do not agree on all theological and religious topics why do we have to agree on this? We don't! As wise as he is, he doesn't know everything.
Soldiers take comfort in knowing that Americans never leave a soldier behind if there is any way humanly possible to bring them home without paying a price that even the soldiers themselves would refuse to pay.
The price for Bergdahl was absolutely too high to pay. And if that is the only deal that the enemy would make, then it should have been refused.
War is hell!