House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI) on Sunday warned that the U.S. decision to negotiate for the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl could give Al Qaeda the wrong idea that the U.S. is willing to negotiate with them for hostages.
"So many of us are concerned about what really is a break with U.S. policy of not negotiating with terrorists," he said on CNN's State of the Union, according to The Hill.
"We have now set a price," Rogers continued. “If you negotiate here, you’ve sent a message to every Al Qaeda group in the world – by the way, some who are holding U.S. hostages today – that there is some value now in that hostage in a way that they didn’t have before. That is dangerous.”
The House Intelligence Committee. Luckily there's only two words wrong out of four there.
OPERATION HOMECOMING returned 591 POWs: 325 Air Force personnel, 77 Army, 138 Navy, 26 Marines and 25 civilians. Those who were not freed at Hanoi–POWs held in South Vietnam by the Viet Cong, mostly Army and civilians–left from Loc Ninh, the scene of the North Vietnam-South Vietnam prisoner exchange. A total of 660 American military POWs survived the war.
Though I suppose the Viet Cong weren't "terrorists" or something.