<b>A smart move</b>

EDITOR: Ed Gregoire's letter ("An inept president," Thursday) seems to be more about scoring points for the hard right's President Barack Obama Haters Club than about trading prisoners and the return of an American hostage.

Seemingly, Gregoire has already tried and convicted the hostage for ... what? For doing something dumb as a 19-year-old kid and being lucky enough to live to regret it?

Here are some facts you won't hear from conservative sources about this incident. These trades are common throughout the years with all presidents. The five Guantanamo detainees are required to stay in Qatar for one year. We are leaving Afghanistan; the war is done.

These are not al-Qaida members; they are Taliban, which is still a powerful political faction in Afghanistan that we must be able to deal and negotiate with.

The exchange seems like a smart move on the president's part.