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Local Reaction, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl
While many around the country are celebrating the return of a prisoner of war from Afghanistan, some military veterans are concerned about the precedent it might set for the future.
The return of Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdhal has been met with celebration from some, and skepticism from others. Residents in his hometown of Hailey, Idaho, hung signs in his honor. But others wonder if the White House may have caused more problems then they've solved by releasing five high level Taliban prisoners in the process.
Ed Hubbard told us "I think the government of the United States is in a horrible, horrible situation where there is no real good answer."
Hubbard is a former POW who spent over six and a half years in a Vietnamese prison. He's concerned what those released from Guantanamo Bay might be capable of in the future.
He said "You haven't released just common criminals. You've released guys who's whole lives are dedicated to killing Americans."
Prisoner exchanges aren't new to American warfare, but Hubbard says the move might lead to a new interest in kidnapping Americans, because of their value.
He said "When we were prisoners in North Vietnam, they could've killed us all, and they didn't, and the only reason is they knew sooner or later they were going to sell us back. And essentially that's what they did."
Hubbard says he wants to hear the rest of the story, including the rumors of Bergdhal possibly being a deserter. But for now, he hopes the decision doesn't lead to more problems for Americans abroad in the future.
"Every time you have some kidnapped and you pay a random, somebody in the world says 'hey, I know a way to make a lot of money in a hurry.' And that opens the door for that."
Many veterans are saying they'll wait for the full story to come out before they pass judgement, but say overall, it seems to be a very complex situation.