While explaining the exchange of five terrorists at Guantamano Bay for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl on several Sunday talk shows, Susan Rice, national security advisor to President Obama, stated that Bergdahl had served his country with honor and distinction.
Controversy arose as it became apparent that Bergdahl voluntarily left his post and walked into an area inhabited by the Taliban and its sympathizers. Then, the rationale for the exchange changed. The new reasoning focused on the principle that no American soldier should be left behind.
When Bergdahl walked away from his unit -- deserted it, according to former members of his platoon -- Bergdahl left not only his unit behind but also his country.
Soon after his disappearance, his unit reported an increase in attacks in the Paktika province. The mission changed to finding Bergdahl, CNN reported soldiers were killed, directly or indirectly, while searching for him.
Recently, former members of the sergeant's unit who have called him a deserter have been vilified by some.
As a Vietnam veteran, I am all too familiar with this type of rhetoric from those who have never worn the uniform or who have their own agenda.
While I am glad Bergdahl is back in the United States, I believe the price was too high, and I fully expect the terrorists, at some later date, to again become active in planning ways to kill Americans in this country and overseas.
Hilton Head Island