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July 20th, 2009
01:22 AM ET

Who Benefits from Airing Taliban Video of Captive Soldier?

A lot of CNN's viewers have expressed concern about the video of captive U.S. soldier Pfc. Bowe R. Bergdahl. Some believe it's blatant propaganda by the Taliban and should not be aired. Others say it provides valuable information to the U.S. military. CNN's Don Lemon spoke with former military intelligence officer Ken Robinson about it.

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  1. Larry

    If it helps the military let them look at it.

    We don't need to see it.

    July 20, 2009 at 9:06 am |
  2. Troy Martens

    I thought the USA did not negotiate with terrorists, so then what is the point of them being willing to communicate??

    July 20, 2009 at 9:09 am |
  3. michael armstrong sr.

    It's a good example to other soldiers of what being careless can do for them at least there being civil to the guy hopefully they will get tired of there new pet and turn him loose,

    July 20, 2009 at 9:22 am |
  4. Adaorah Onyekwena

    I think the U.S. benefits because they have a proof of life and they can work towards rescuing the soldier. I doubt if the Talibans are using this video as a bargaining chip because the soldier is well dressed, well fed, and he looks well, in fact he looks like a guest in their home. I've never seen any footages of any Taliban prisoners in the U.S. who look respectable. I think the U.S. can use this footage as a tool to reconsider the way they treat prisoners from the nations that they are at war with.

    July 20, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  5. Sam

    Because it gives them a point of who and where to start searching for the captive marine so they can free him.

    July 20, 2009 at 1:29 pm |
  6. Dave

    This is blatent sensationalizm on your part. There is no value to the viewing audience in this video. Shame on you!

    July 20, 2009 at 2:08 pm |
  7. esi dawson

    its very good this video is touches the hearts of people like me so we can pray for the soldier. my heart goes out to the family and friends of this soldier and am praying that he wl be set free.and return back home to us

    July 20, 2009 at 2:12 pm |
  8. Art Holmes

    Please stop showing video of US Prisoner , it only indangers his life.

    July 20, 2009 at 3:29 pm |
  9. Kate

    How could he just walk off base? These soldiers are required to keep their weapon with them at all times. Wouldn't someone notice? Obviously he knew he was getting himself into trouble if he intentionally only brought a compass and knife with him.

    July 20, 2009 at 3:54 pm |
  10. Crystal

    This helps remind us Americans sitting at home, what our troops are fighting for; everyone says "We need to pull out of the war", why would we back out of a war and let these terrorists win the battle? These terrorists need to be set in their place! If we leave there is no telling how many new recruits will be obtained and how strong the groups will become. We need to stop them in their foot steps and prevent them from becomeing an even larger threat to America and our allies.

    July 20, 2009 at 7:18 pm |
  11. Crystal

    We do need to see it because it helps those who go on with their daily lives rediscover why and what our Troops fight for! People think that if you can't hear it or see it, then it does not exsist but it does and educating people on what is really going on in the world, helps us to solve issues. We may not like it but knowledge brings us together.

    July 20, 2009 at 7:22 pm |
  12. L. Reid

    Dear Mr. Lemon,

    I believe you stated the other day that someone called President Obama a scree? The word scree has at least two meanings.

    Firstly, a scree is special bed for alpines which is largely made of gravel. According to an article I saw on line, I believe a "scree bed" is a process that is used to help tulips grow. What is known as a "rich" scree is half good soil and half gravel well mixed and laid over a base course of more gravel and small stones. The idea is to get a medium in which the plants can root deeply and which also has perfect winter drainage (Carol Jenson, http://wwww.gardenerscorner,org/subject 074505.htm.).

    Secondly, a scree plot is a two dimensional graph with factors on the x-axis and on the y-axis. This is used in statistical research to determine data-the number of factors associated with a scree plot in descending order.The term “scree” is taken from the word for the rubble at the bottom of a mountain. A researcher might examine this plot and decide there are two underlying factors and the remainder of factors are just “scree” or error variation.

    Therefore, the person that made this stated in my opinon was attempting to use a term that is not well known by most people outside of research. Perhaps he or she was implying that President Obama is making less or no impact on mproving the ecomony and his rating have dropped. So what! We did not get into this situation overnight and it will take some time to straighten our economic fiasco. We will get through this if we work together, remain resilient , faithful, focused as a nation, and as individuals.

    It would have been better if this person had not attmpted to appear so highly cryptic about his or her opinion of President Obama. High and lofly statements sometimes end up just being high and lofy but not understood. So, what 's the point!

    I hope the word was scree or I will be totally embarrased. If you can , please let me know.

    CNN news team is the best!
    Love you guys and keep up the good work.

    L. Reid

    2. Scree

    July 21, 2009 at 3:37 am |
  13. Eugene

    If the U.S military is trying to keep this situation quite to protect the soldier..why then are the media broadcasting it to the world. That doesnt seem very patriotic to me

    July 22, 2009 at 9:38 am |
  14. Betty J.

    When President Obama used the word “stupid” to describe the actions of the Cambridge police officer who arrested Professor Gates, he was implying that the actions that the Police Officer displayed was stupid not that the Officer was stupid himself. Of course the President words caused a fire storm which I knew they would. See, here in the United States we have did ourselves a disservice by putting the law enforcement officers on pedestals and just assume that they’re perfect. Here’s a headline for you all: no one is perfect not even those in law enforcement. There are bad apples in all aspect of life. Let’s not pretend that “racial profiling” doesn’t exist. I strongly feel that had Professor Gates been white or if the officer was black who came initially on the scene this scenario would've played out differently. The reason why Professor Gates was arrested is that the Police Officer felt insulted and wanted to show Professor Gates that he has more clout then he does. How there a black man insult a white police officer? This was such a poor excuse to arrest Professor Gates. Let’s not forget, that the charges were dropped. So, apparently someone there at the police headquarters didn’t feel that the arrest was warranted. Until the law enforcement in this country begins to think along the lines that not all blacks or Hispanic men are criminals, racial profiling will continue to plague this country. Maybe, now we can all address this issue. Too many black men have lost their lives because of stereotyping and prejudicial ways of thinking by the some of the same law enforcement officers who are suppose to protect us all.

    July 25, 2009 at 6:22 pm |

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