US Vets Oppose Berghdal Deal 68% to 16%

Only 6% of veterans who responded say they sympathized with him


These are the people who would know. Many of them were there. They know what is at stake. They understand honor and duty.

And they have spoken.

A new USA Today/Pew poll shows that American veterans strongly oppose President Obama's decision to release five Taliban commanders in exchange for U.S. soldier Bowe Bergdahl:

Veterans are much more harsh in their assessment of the 28-year-old sergeant. Only 6% of veterans who responded say they sympathized with him, while 33% say they were angry. By 68%-16%, veterans say Obama made the wrong decision.

"If he was a captured prisoner of war, we wouldn't be having this discussion," says Joe Davis, the director of public affairs for the Veterans of Foreign Wars. "He put his teammates in jeopardy, and you absolutely don't do that in a combat zone."

Veterans are worried about the precedent set by the transfer, Davis says. "We have a long history in this country of not negotiating with terrorists," he says. "And we just did."

This probably won't hurt Obama too much with the general public, but it's another reminder to vets how Un-American this administration is.