In case you hadn't noticed, capturing POWs has been a prized target of every insurgent group from Hamas to al Qaeda for more than half a century. Trading prisoners for prisoners is not going to increase the risk to soldiers in Afghanistan or anywhere else. How stupid is the target audience you Republikers are speaking to? Do they not recall hundreds of videos of POWs, the publicized beheadings, (surely the target market remembers the beheadings), the millions in ransom asked for and sometimes paid, and reports by former captives of being sold from group to group, captured by the locals, sold to the insurgents? Perhaps, dear GOP, the news media which cannot wean themselves off of any scandalous story, faux or not, is misleading you into thinking there is a target market for this latest nonsense. Don't be fooled by that microphone they stick in your face. It doesn't mean anyone believes what you are saying. Yes, you have gotten the ignorant Democratic leadership to believe they need to defend the action, saying the POW's health was deteriorating when they should just be telling you, the GOP, that the public is not stupid. Instead of defending a reasonable action, they've gotten the news media sniffing at a new scandal, was the health issue a lie? Is malnutrition going to look like a trumped up medical condition whether it was true or not? Sigh, I suppose that is a victory for you, dear GOP. And yes, dear GOP, you are getting lots of face time in the mainstream news who only throw softball questions your way, never once asking you if soldiers can possibly be any more of a target for capture than they already are? You know the public will turn on you, we want our soldiers returned. If only the Democratic leaders had any market savvy, they would have known to play up the benefit of other soldiers' confidence knowing they won't be left behind, they matter. If only the Democratic leaders figured out they could sell the narrative that the Taliban prisoners they released won't be able to be effective leaders now, others have taken their place that won't want to let them take over. If they repeated the narrative that those released prisoners were doing more harm as a symbol in Gitmo than they'd do if released. If only the Democratic leaders knew how to play the narrative game. But you, dear GOP, know they don't, don't you? You know you can easily switch from the narrative that dealing with hostage takers leads to more hostage taking as the public celebrates the homecoming of this soldier who's been a captive for five long years. You can change emphasis to the release of dangerous men, even though you don't know either what to do with these Gitmo remnants of the GW Bush abuse of power, imprisoning people without due process, calling them enemy combatants though some of them have been shown to be innocent. We need to release or move Gitmo prisoners at some point. You don't want them in the US subject to the light of the judicial system being shone on the travesty of imprisonment without evidence. But to your credit, you've kept that little matter out of the narrative altogether. Release of this POW was a win win for Obama and the US. But you know how to sabotage that, don't you? The truth, the facts, common sense, none of that matters when one is skilled at delivering the narrative and one's opponent is not. I guess Captain Obvious should have known.