M.A. Davidson, Jonesboro: “I think it’s a bad deal, considering we have never done those trades before. It actually isn’t written in Congress that way. But as a humanitarian, I believe that’s his heart and I understand why he would want to do something like that.” Photo by Vincent Christie.
Kenya Durden, Atlanta: “I feel that if he [the American soldier] was a true prisoner of war, then he deserves to be free, but if he, in any way, decided to desert his post or his duties and just join in with the Taliban, then no, I don’t think he deserves to be free.” Photo by Vincent Christie.
Marc Turnley, Atlanta: “Sounds like a good deal. You know we don’t leave anybody behind; American soldiers are never left behind. The Israelis, by comparison, traded a thousand Palestinians supposed terrorist for one Israeli private. We traded 5-for-1 as opposed to 1000-for-1. So it’s no problem for me. I don’t care if he’s a deserter or not.” Photo by Vincent Christie.
Sammy S., Atlanta: “I think he did the right thing, because I think any POW who is a hostage in the world has given his life for America, and if you have an opportunity to rescue him, in whatever way, then it’s what you have to do. The consequences of being criticized by the other side is going to always happen. But I think it was the right thing to do.” Photo by Vincent Christie.