Diana West recently posted two entries at her eponymous website:
“Cross Your Fingers: It Looks as if Sgt. Larry Hutchins Will Be Free at Last” (June 26, 2013)
“Mission Happy 30th Birthday to Sgt. Derrick Miller” (June 26, 2013)
And while Hutchins may indeed gain his freedom, Miller and other U.S. servicemen remain in prison, convicted for activities done in war zones during the past 10-plus years.
Yet there has been relatively little media attention and scant concern or support for the imprisoned servicemen from the American public. There have been relatively few calls for clemency or pardons for these troops, even as the current Attorney General has in the past helped pardon Marc Rich and FALN terrorists; even as the U.S. has released hundreds of enemy prisoners as parts of so-called reconciliation processes in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Meanwhile, the U.S. government continues attempting to negotiate with the Taliban in Afghanistan even as the Taliban refuses to do so, and even as it refuses to quit attacking and killing Afghanis and U.S. troops.
The American public has not objected to this much.
The Obama administration also recently hosted in the White House a sheikh tied to Islamic terrorists.
Again, the American public largely appears to be unconcerned with this.
This reveals the mindset of both the American government and the American people; how they view troops who fight the enemy versus how they view the enemy.
This worldview is a crucially important strategic point to understand when analyzing and assessing any American national security issue and action.