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Ted Cruz Is A Little Confused About The Iran Prisoner Agreement

The Huffington Post | Zach Carter | Posted 01.17.2016 | Politics

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Here's Why We Held The Story On The U.S.-Iranian Prisoner Exchange

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grim | Posted 02.12.2016 | Politics

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The U.S. Is Being Hypocritical on Hostage Exchanges

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 03.30.2015 | World
Daniel R. DePetris

Didn't the White House negotiate with the Taliban in Afghanistan in order to gain the release of Bowe Bergdahl -- an American soldier who was held by the Haqqani Network for close to five years?

Cuba: A Small Role in Improving Relations

Connie Lawn | Posted 02.17.2015 | DC
Connie Lawn

Sometimes people can change the course of history by being in the right place at the right time. This was my fortunate experience in helping to change America's 54 year old policy towards Cuba.

Fact Checking the Bergdahl Affair

Janet Ritz | Posted 08.09.2014 | Politics
Janet Ritz

It's a terrible precedent for Bergdahl's family to receive threats. Why hasn't the noise machine that put out those false translations been forced to issue a retraction?

Smearing Private Bergdahl: the Republican Right Descends to a New Low

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 08.09.2014 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

I thought Karl Rove's 2004 Swift Boating of John Kerry's Vietnam service record in the US Navy was pretty disgusting, but the recent smears against President Barack Obama for winning Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's release have descended to a new low.

Thousands of Prisoners Have Been Exchanged By Israel, Colombia and Others. Someone Tell Rand Paul.

H. A. Goodman | Posted 08.07.2014 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

Sen. Paul and the rest of the GOP should realize that even nations that have learned to live with terrorism as a way of life (states like Israel, Colombia and Sri Lanka) have traded thousands of prisoners in exchange for hostages.

Friday Talking Points -- An Alternate Reality to Consider

Chris Weigant | Posted 08.06.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The talking points flying around this week have all been on a single subject -- the release of Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, the only American soldier captured in the war in Afghanistan.

Obama: "No Apologies"

Joe Peyronnin | Posted 08.05.2014 | Politics
Joe Peyronnin

Last Saturday the president was joined on the White House South Lawn by Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl's family as he announced their son had been released. But the good news, many Republican members of congress had quickly tweeted their support, suddenly turned into a political firestorm of controversy.

Sam Stein

Obama On Bowe Bergdahl: 'I Make No Apologies' For Bringing Him Back

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 06.05.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Saying that he no longer gets surprised by "whipped up" controversies in Washington, D.C., President Barack Obama on Thursday gave his m...

America... What the Hell Is Wrong With Us?

Will Bunch | Posted 08.05.2014 | Politics
Will Bunch

The hypocrisy manages to be both stunning yet also banal, even predictable. It's not rocket science. Sgt. Bergdahl was never a living, breathing human to these people -- just what the director Alfred Hitchcock would have called a "MacGuffin."

Foggy Points of View on Bergdahl

Chris Weigant | Posted 08.04.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

What at first seemed very clear-cut almost instantly became clouded in fog. This fog may clear some when the Army makes a formal statement about the circumstances of Bergdahl's capture by the Taliban, but until that point the speculation is running pretty wild.

The Despicable Republican Attack on an American Prisoner of War

Robert Creamer | Posted 08.03.2014 | Politics
Robert Creamer

It is hard to fathom. Major elements of the once-proud Republican Party have stooped so low that they are systematically attacking an American prisoner of war because they believe it discredits their political adversaries.

Taliban Suspends Talks About Captured Soldier

AP | KATHY GANNON | Posted 04.24.2014 | World

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) — Afghanistan's Taliban says it has suspended "mediation" with the United States to exchange captive U.S. soldier Sgt. Bowe...

It's Time to Bring Bowe Bergdahl Home

Jason Ditz | Posted 08.31.2013 | World
Jason Ditz

Sunday marked the four-year anniversary of the capture of Sergeant (then Pfc.) Bowe Bergdahl by Taliban fighters in the Paktika Province of Afghanistan. Four years and several Taliban offers later, he is still in their custody, and the Obama administration shows little interest in getting him released.

Worth Versus Value: Hamas and the Case of Gilad Shalit

Shai Baitel | Posted 12.17.2011 | World
Shai Baitel

In the Middle East a transaction should not be measured by its worth rather than by its value. Hamas has won much more than the release of over a thousand Palestinian prisoners. It has won strength and influence.

Take a Hike: Misconceptions and Machinations Keep Activists Incarcerated in Iran

Randall Amster | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Randall Amster

You've probably heard about the three hikers being held in Iran since last summer. Their case has become a political football, highlighting the inhere...

My Interview With Deborah Campbell: How Hezbollah's Triumph is Blowback for U.S. Policy

Omid Memarian | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Omid Memarian

Why after the Israel-Lebanon 34-day war two years ago, and particularly after the Doha accord in May, which restored Hezbollah to the Lebanese governm...