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Pew Poll: American Veterans Oppose Bergdahl-Taliban Swap 68% to 16%

3:46 PM, Jun 9, 2014 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
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A new USA Today/Pew poll shows that American veterans strongly oppose President Obama's decision to release five Taliban commanders in exchange for U.S. soldier Bowe Bergdahl: 

Veterans are much more harsh in their assessment of the 28-year-old sergeant. Only 6% of veterans who responded say they sympathized with him, while 33% say they were angry. By 68%-16%, veterans say Obama made the wrong decision.

"If he was a captured prisoner of war, we wouldn't be having this discussion," says Joe Davis, the director of public affairs for the Veterans of Foreign Wars. "He put his teammates in jeopardy, and you absolutely don't do that in a combat zone."

Veterans are worried about the precedent set by the transfer, Davis says. "We have a long history in this country of not negotiating with terrorists," he says. "And we just did."

Via Hot Air, six soldiers who served with Bergdahl told Fox News host Megyn Kelly that they opposed the deal. "There's other ways to get him back than trading five hardcore prisoners out of Gitmo," said Matt Vierkant, the team leader of a squad in Bergdahl's platoon. "You could do missions."

"The bottom line is these guys terrorized the Afghan people. It's not like they're just terrorizing Americans," said Evan Buetow, Bergdahl's team leader. "Even if we're not in Afghanistan, they're going to go right back to Afghanistan to continue to terrorize the people who live there."

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