Israel exchanged 1,027 prisoners to win the release of soldier Gilad Schalit, held by Hamas for five years. Included in that swap were more than 250 Palestinian prisoners who had received life sentences for planning or participating in terrorist acts against Israel. The Obama administration came under serious criticism for negotiating the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, not only because of the stealthy manner in which it was carried out but also because we released five Taliban leaders in exchange for Bergdahl, men who were in the upper echelon of Taliban leadership and who were dead set on continuing their violent acts.
On the other hand, don’t we have to do everything in our power to get a POW back home, even if, at one time, he may have been a defector? But if we make terrorists more powerful by negotiating with them, are we putting others at greater risk?