You need to research topics, before creating a poll. Bowe Bergdahl was NEVER listed as a deserter. He was AWOL. There is a difference. You must be AWOL for a month to be considered a deserter. Bergdahl was captured, within 24 hours of leaving his post.
FYI ... http://usmilitary.about.com/od/justicelawlegislation/g/desertion.htm
The leavd no man behind rule applies for POW's to. It was formalized following WW2. We had to go back and liberate prisoner camps, because of this. Even if you're right, which you aren't, I think the idea is still pretty solid.
Members of his platoon said that Bowe talked often of walking off to India. More than one media source points towards a letter left by Bowe refuting his Us citizenship ( although the White house has denied it) Seems like damning evidence for his desertion.
ChosenWolff ... Your remarks on POWs is spot-on. I have a lot of military in my family (active & ret.) and that was the definition of "Leave No Man Behind" that I heard from all of them -- Privates to Brig. Generals!
I believe in the Leave No Man Behind rule, but five Taliban leaders is to much. I not sure if it has been confirmed, but the is talk of the US exchanging millions of dollars in ransom for Bergdahl along with the five Taliban leaders. I do wish Bergdahl back, but not at such a high price.
http://www.politico.com/story/2014/06/chuck-hagel-bergdahl-right-decision-107719.html event the republican secretary of defense supported it and signed off on it. He was the whole reason it even happened!
I think it comes down to how much damage the prisoners are capable of causing, when freed they could cause the deaths of many more people. In which case they traded the life of one soldier for said number of people.