Word on the street: Residents were asked three questions about trade for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl
by Hilary Butschek
June 09, 2014 04:00 AM | 2127 views | 2 2 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print

Dirk Ebener, CEO of Global CIF, Kennesaw

Q1: What do you think of President Obama’s decision to trade five Taliban figures held at Guantanamo Bay for one American prisoner of war in Afghanistan?

A1: I feel it is our need and responsibility to bring soldiers back no matter what, and unless we know what his circumstances were exactly, it’s not right to make a judgment.

Q2: Do you believe Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was a deserter as he is portrayed in the media?

A2: I don’t think that we should make judgment calls. We don’t know what his situation was.

Q3: Do you think releasing five Taliban members was worth it?

A3: I think bringing him back no matter what was the most important thing.


Brad Quinlin, historian, Suwanee

A1: I volunteer at the Andersonville historic site, and I honored Sgt. Bergdahl there by carrying around his mock ID tags one weekend, so I’ve known about him for three-and-a-half years. I’d like to wait to make a decision about the trade until we get all the details of his captivity.

A2: If one of our veterans says something, I will believe it until proven otherwise.

A3: I do believe we should have brought him home.


Hubert Brown, retiree, Marietta

A1: I was in the Korean War, and I think (the trade) was just the most ridiculous thing.

A2: I think he was a deserter.

A3: It wasn’t worth it. That man was a deserter and he was captured.


Anne Moran, retiree, Canton

A1: I think it was necessary to get him back if we don’t want to leave anyone behind, because that’s our motto.

A2: I’m really not concerned about the five other people from the Taliban being released because they’ve been out of the circuit for a while now.

A3: The five Taliban being released doesn’t have any bearing on whether they should bring him back or not.


Hillery Cecil, occupational therapist at WellStar Health System and Scottish Rite, Marietta

Q1: What do you think of President Obama’s decision to trade five Taliban figures held at Guantanamo Bay for one American prisoner of war in Afghanistan?


A1: I think it was reckless and misguided, but I have a jaded opinion because my husband is currently serving in Afghanistan.

Q2: Do you think Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was a deserter as he is portrayed in the media?

A2: It’s especially misguided because of the fact that he wasn’t a good soldier, he wasn’t exemplifying the ideals of a soldier.

Q3: Do you think releasing five Taliban members was worth it?

A3: I don’t think that was a fair trade.


Yvonne Link, full-time volunteer, Kennesaw

A1: I think it was justified because when they put on the uniform, it is a written or unwritten law that they leave no one behind.

A2: I think it is a rush to judgment, and I really think they need to wait until he’s well enough to get his side.

A3: People say that we can’t negotiate with terrorists, but practically every president must negotiate. Presidents in the past have done it too.


Alain Springs, owner of Springs Consulting, Marietta

A1: I’m mostly worried about the political agenda behind it — using something like this against the President.

A2: I would like to see some more information come out about whether he was a deserter or not.

A3: I disagree with the way people are using the term murderer with these five Taliban members because they’re in a war, and they’re enemy combatants. They’re not murderers. But, I think five for one soldier is valid.


Mario Cruz, employee at Doc Green’s Salads & Grill, Smyrna

A1: I don’t think it was the right choice to make.

A2: I think he was a deserter.

A3: I wouldn’t let out five Taliban for one soldier. I agree with not negotiating.

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eoJ
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June 09, 2014
I trust what the soldiers in his unit say so this tells me his capture was his own doing. This makes no difference however in whether the trade was worth it. Simply, it was illegal by the White House for a reason...it isn't worth it.
Rhett Writer
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June 09, 2014
How come nobody was asked what they thought should happen to the President for breaking the law in making this trade.
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