The kerfuffle of the day is over the release of U. S. soldier Bowe Bergdahl from his five year captivity in exchange for the release of five Taliban leaders from Guantanamo, negotiated by the Obama Administration. My immediate reaction to the news is that it highlights how glad I am that I don’t have to make decisions about matters like this. Do you choose the most prudent course of action or the most merciful? Which is the higher priority, security or not leaving a soldier behind in the hands of the enemy?
Additionally difficult are separating what’s important from what isn’t important in the decision. Does it matter whether Sgt. Bergdahl were a deserter? Does it matter that the Obama Administration negotiated with terrorists for the release? Does it matter whether the Taliban released were the worst of the worst? Does what the Israelis do or don’t do about their own soldier held captive by their enemies?
I don’t have formed opinions about any of those questions and I’m glad I don’t need to have them.