'Price That We Paid Not Worth It': Former Bergdahl Platoon Leader Slams Taliban Swap
In the second part of an exclusive interview with Megyn Kelly, six of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's former platoon members answered the question many are now asking: Was the Taliban prisoner trade worth it?
Asked by Kelly to indicate by a show of hands who among them thought the swap was a good deal, not one hand went up.
"Those are very bad people," said Cody Full of the five Taliban detainees who were exchanged for Bergdahl. "Just because they go away for a while, they're not going to stop what they're doing."
Former platoon medic John Cornelison told Kelly that he believed that the five Taliban operatives would be back in Afghanistan within a year destroying everything U.S. troops had worked for in the country.
"The bottom line is that these guys terrorized the Afghan people," said former platoon leader Evan Buetow. "It's not like they're just terrorizing Americans."
"I never would ever expect for somebody to trade my life for prisoners, ever," said Matt Vierkant.
Buetow agreed. "I think we probably have all, after this happened, talked to our families and said: 'Look, if that was me, you can go ahead and leave me there, because I signed on the line to die for my country," Buetow said.
Buetow told Kelly that he believed every single soldier in the interview would rather die than see five dangerous, top-level Taliban operatives released.
Kelly pointed out that in a new TIME Magazine interview, Taliban leaders explicitly stated that the trade of five of their operatives for a single American soldier encouraged them and made them realize how valuable their captive was. The Taliban leaders said they look forward to taking more American prisoners.
"As soldiers yourselves, that's got to be somewhat chilling," Kelly said.
"It puts a price on soldiers, Marines, any armed forces that are deployed -- it puts a price on their head," said Full.
"The price that we paid -- not worth it at all," Buetow said.
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Video of the full interview is below.