The swap of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five Taliban officials has infuriated many troops and lawmakers, especially considering questions about whether he deserted his unit in Afghanistan before being captured. But it’s actually far from the most lopsided international swap of prisoners in history.
Here’s a visual depiction of some others. By no means is it meant to be comprehensive, but it gets at the uneven nature of prisoner swaps over the past 50 years. Some cases have involved the United States, but many have not. We present it here on Checkpoint to inject some historical perspective into the debate: