The ongoing complexities of the Bergdahl story
TIME reports that a Taliban commander warns of more kidnappings after Bowe Bergdahl. At the National Journal, Clara Ritger reacted, "Wow. @arynebaker talks to a Taliban commander, says the #Bergdahl deal has 'encouraged' them to kidnap more soldiers." Others found this revelation less stunning. "Because the Taliban was totally not doing kidnappings before Bergdahl, apparently they will now," mused CNN's Evan Perez. Hayes Brown noticed something else, though: "Wait, wait, wait. Wait. We let the Taliban give blind quotes because 'they're not authorized to speak to the media'?"
Relatedly, TIME's cover photo for that story is also causing quite a stir, with a headline that pointedly asks, "Was he worth it?" At the Associated Press, Kyle Hightower called it "[a] bold cover either way."