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YOUR THREE CENTS: Should the U.S. negotiate with terrorists for the release of American prisoners?
Americans are evenly divided on whether the U.S. should negotiate with terrorist groups to secure the release of American prisoners.
A Gallup poll out today finds that forty-three percent of Americans say it is more important for the U.S. to secure the safe release of prisoners, even if it means compromising with terrorist demands.
44% say it is more important to discourage future prisoner-taking by refusing to negotiate with terrorist groups... even if that means risking the lives of the U.S. prisoners.
But Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is defending the deal that led to the release of Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl.
During a congressional hearing Tuesday morning, Hagel told the House Armed Services Committee the administration "made the right decision" in releasing five Taliban detainees in exchange for Bergdahl.
Bergdahl had been held in captive by the Taliban in Afghanistan for five years.
Critics of the exchange say the administration put more American lives at risk by releasing the detainees to Qatar, where the government has promised to keep watch over them for at least a year.
Hagel also testified that no American combat deaths were linked to the previous searches or the rescue of Sergeant Bergdahl.
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