When it comes to the decision to release five Taliban leaders in exchange for Bowe Bergdahl, President Obama can count on New York Times columnist David Brooks for his support.

According to Brooks:

The president’s instincts were right. His sense of responsibility for a fellow countryman was correct. It’s not about one person; it’s about the principle of all-for-one-and-one-for-all, which is the basis of citizenship.

But if Bergdahl indeed deserted his unit, does he deserve to be treated as a fellow countryman?

As far as the freed Taliban prisoners are concerned, Brooks does acknowledge that they “seem like terrible men who could do harm,” but he says the Taliban aren’t, you know, terrorist-terrorists:

No, he really said that:

Dude. Major crazy talk.


That’s good advice, Mr. Brooks.



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