The old guys down at physical therapy are pissed. Evidently five of the Arab freedom fighters the US has been holding captive somewhere are going to be released so’s to get back one GI Arabs captured. Hell of a deal, seems to me, though some might argue a GI is worth ten of anyone else anywhere.
But there are a lot of different ways of looking at the matter. Elected officials are afraid we didn’t get our moneys worth on the deal. I’d have to suspect they think after five years captivity that GI isn’t going to be much use to anyone, which might be their rationale.
On the other hand, people get out of prisons all the time after being gang-raped repeatedly the way that GI almost certainly has been in captivity. And it doesn’t hold them back. Ex convicts are almost all able to stick up convenience stores, steal cars, sell drugs, do a little rape and mayhem. Being gang raped in prison hardly slows them down at all.
So my gut feel is this guy’s probably going to be okay and if he plays his cards right maybe he can sit on top of a building with a rifle somewhere and plink off a dozen-or-so anonymous people of one sort or another. Plenty of ex-GIs are doing that nowadays anyway who haven’t even been gang-raped that we know of.
Anyway, people who are against the trade still ought to feel good knowing an American is worth five Arabs. I can’t help wishing it was ten, though. Would have been ten back during WWII when it was Japanese, I’m guessing.