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Was Bergdahl worth the price?
June 4th, 2014
05:37 PM ET

Was Bergdahl worth the price?

A new video released by the Taliban showed the final moments of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's five years in captivity, just before he was handed over to the United States.

At one point in the video, Taliban members start chanting, "Long live Mujahideen of Afghanistan, long live Mullah Omar, the leader of Taliban."

Mujahideen refers to those who carry out jihad. Full story

At 6:30pm ET, Van Jones and S.E. Cupp are joined by fmr. Gov. Bill Richardson and Frank Gaffney,President of Center for Security Policy.

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We want you to weigh in: Was bringing Bergdahl back to the U.S. worth the price?

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  1. davidfarrar

    Obama, in giving in to Taliban demands, has clearly committed desertion to the US mission in Afghan and to the people of Afghan, every bit as much as Bergdahl's desertion represents the abandonment of his post, his brothers in arms and his country.

    ex animo
    davidfarrar

    June 9, 2014 at 11:53 am | Reply
    • cnnife

      Despite all your claims, saving the life of one person from the hand of those who strongly belief in killing others is worth more than all the Gitmo detainees.

      June 9, 2014 at 3:18 pm | Reply
  2. Alita

    How can you put a price on a life? Who are you or anyone to say that this man's life isn't worth saving. Shame on all those, especially Christians, who say he isn't worth it! Every life is valuable in God's eyes and those of you condemning this exchange are making the Taliban more valuable than an American life. And why are you afraid of the Taliban you have your guns right.

    June 8, 2014 at 12:20 pm | Reply
  3. jonathan

    would we have traded our general for five American captives? no, but we will trade 5 taliban generals for one soldier. think about that for a minute. there is a reason we don't negotiate with terrorist.

    June 7, 2014 at 6:32 pm | Reply
  4. Mr. Balls

    One does not put a price on an American soldier.

    June 7, 2014 at 4:14 pm | Reply
  5. David Saint

    ANY American is worth the price..even if its AK Gov deserter Palin.

    June 7, 2014 at 3:35 pm | Reply
  6. pbca

    Who would ask a question of what a human life is worth? Certainly CNN has no one on its staff qualified to answer that.

    June 7, 2014 at 9:46 am | Reply
  7. Bud Abbot

    Was this entire war worth the price? No.

    June 6, 2014 at 5:41 pm | Reply
    • MARY from Jacksonville, Florida

      CRITIZE POLICY, CRITIZE THE PRESIDENT, CRITIZE OUR GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS HEADS BUT DO NOT PUT THIS SOLDIER UNDER A MICROSCOPE. . AS A NATION WE CLAIMED TO HAVE LEARNED OUR LESSON FROM THE WAY VIETNAM VETS WERE TREATED. WE ARE SO ASHAMED OF THAT PART OF HISTORY BUT NOT REALLY BECAUSE WE ARE STILL BULLIES. HE IS A SOLIDER WHO SPENT 5 YEARS AS A PRISONER OF WAR. HOW MANY OF YOU WHO SIT IN JUDGEMENT OF THIS """YOUNG""" MAN FACE DEATH EVERYDAY FOR OUR FREEDOM. ALL OF US WHO LIVE WITH INCURABLE CANCER FOR YEARS CAN ONLY PEAK AT DEATH AND CANNOT IMAGINE LIVING WITH DEATH IN MY FACE EVEN FOR A DAY. QUESTION THE POLICY OF THE DECISION..

      June 7, 2014 at 7:37 am | Reply
  8. Matt

    What putting 5 Guys on the hit list if they do anything naughty perhaps even if they don't. These guys have limit POW training, it is unfair to judge his actions. Have you ever been psychological tortured, given anti-psychotic truth drugs dribbling out the side of your mouth, been bashed, raped, POW training and you may die a stroke or heart attack, overdose. These al-qaida guys with stress positions, water boarding, please. It is nothing.

    June 6, 2014 at 4:11 pm | Reply
  9. davidfarrar

    The idea that the Taliban had simply accepted Bergdhal's story without proof is hard to imagine. In these kinds of situations proof generally means ratting out your brothers in arms as the price of admission

    It should now be also clear Obama is in the middle of doing the very same thing to convince the Taliban he is serious about pulling out of Afghanistan. In turning over these five high Taliban officials, Obama wasn't paying the price for Bowe Bergdahl's release, but the price of capitulation to the Taliban of Afghanistan.

    ex animo
    davidfarrar

    June 6, 2014 at 1:35 pm | Reply
  10. Rick

    Another class act move by our beloved democrat leaders.

    June 5, 2014 at 10:09 pm | Reply
    • So to clarify

      So to clarify. You would rather watch a video of an American being beheaded by the Taliban than bring him home (and face due process)? Ok. I got it.

      June 6, 2014 at 2:15 pm | Reply
  11. CALIFORNIA

    DEMOCRATS ARE SO COMPLETELY IGNORANT AND STUPID EVEN FOR BEING DOLTS.

    June 5, 2014 at 1:36 pm | Reply
    • So to clarify

      So to clarify. You would rather watch a video of an American being beheaded by the Taliban than bring him home (and face due process)? Ok. I got it.

      June 6, 2014 at 2:17 pm | Reply
      • CALIFORNIA

        The terrorists are celebrating their win Obama literally gave them. This will obviously encourage the terrorists to kidnap American citizens and ask for at least 5 more of their high raked buddies.

        CONGRATS.

        June 7, 2014 at 12:04 am |
  12. Larrym14169

    No. Plus his Father should be slapped for that stupid beard

    June 5, 2014 at 12:30 pm | Reply
    • mom lindax3

      Agreed...why would you allegedly honor your son by growing the same kind of unkempt beard his captives wear? are you trying to intimidate your son as he transitions home? remind him that he was abused and malnourished for five years by people who wear these kinds of beards? I don't get the beard.

      June 5, 2014 at 10:14 pm | Reply
    • kurt

      Yeah... because it's not like if he were wearing a bandana and making duck calls while spouting racist rants he wouldn't be a GOP hero with that beard.

      Oh wait...

      June 6, 2014 at 12:21 pm | Reply
  13. kurt

    We were going to release these guys anyway. The Afghani government is trying to negotiate peace with the Taliban. These guys were going to be released at some point as part of that process. We might as well get our last soldier released in exchange rather then just releasing the guys and leaving him there.

    June 5, 2014 at 11:52 am | Reply
    • Smitty

      Even mathews on msnbc thinks this stinks, enough said.

      June 5, 2014 at 8:21 pm | Reply
      • kurt

        Statements like that are stupid. Here's the reverse for you:

        "Even Krauthammer on Fox news thinks the exchange was a good idea, enough said."

        June 6, 2014 at 12:22 pm |
  14. Yes

    Yes it was. Cheaper to jail one than 5 if it turns out he was a deserter.

    June 5, 2014 at 10:59 am | Reply
  15. Jan

    Stephanie just stated that they were asking for 15, not five prisoners.
    If you want to go back only as far as one YEAR ago, the US was asking much more, too.
    NBC June 2013:
    However, a senior Taliban official said "formal talks" would not begin immediately and any negotiations would be conditional on the release of Taliban commanders from Guantanamo Bay.

    The talks, which follow numerous failed attempts to start peace negotiations, would represent the first time the U.S. and Taliban militants have met to discuss ending the war since the Afghanistan conflict started in 2001.

    The negotiating conditions require the Taliban to break their ties with al Qaeda, end the violence and accept the Afghan constitution, especially the protections for women and minorities, the officials said.

    June 4, 2014 at 6:41 pm | Reply

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