Originally Posted by Dedhed
If he was a deserter and reportedly "hated" America wouldn't it be more important to get him back in US custody?
If our enemy has a captive who is loyal to the US I would be much less worried about it from a national security perspective than I would be if they captured a turncoat with inside information who's not only likely to give up information, but actively aid said enemy.
I don't know if the guy is a turncoat or not. If he is, I would imagine that he would have given over whatever useful information he had years ago. The damage would already be done. Giving up 5 more (potential) terrorists in exchange for him just doesn't make sense.
It's like giving your enemy five bullets in exchange for a spent shell.