President Barack Obama is only following in the footsteps of other nations in cutting a deal for the return of a captured soldier, says syndicated columnist Roland Martin, host of "NewsOne Now" on TV One.
"The president's doing what the commander in chief is supposed to do, and that is get a soldier back,'' Martin told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.
Martin doesn't buy the argument of critics that America had no business negotiating with terrorists for the freedom of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.
"Look at other countries around the world. Israel has given up Palestinian militants to get Israeli troops back,'' he said Wednesday.
"I would probably say from the Israeli standpoint, the last person they want to give up is a Palestinian militant for one of their soldiers, but they have.
"So, please explain to me how all of a sudden we are just so different from anybody else?''
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Martin said terrorists consider a captured U.S. soldier "a prized possession . . . somebody who they can put before the cameras.''
He added that if Bergdahl is guilty of any wrongdoing — some soldiers have suggested he had deserted his unit when he was captured — a military court will take action.
"If he deserted, if he was a traitor, well, guess what, we can slap his behind . . . and he can be dishonorably discharged, he can serve time in prison,'' Martin said.
"If he's convicted of that, he deserves every single year he's sentenced. So, he might wish he was still held by the Taliban.''
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