On a visit to Poland, the first stop of a three-nation trip to Europe, Obama said the United States “has a pretty sacred rule…. We don’t leave our men or women in uniform behind” on the field of battle.

“This is what happens at the end of wars,” he said, arguing that he had followed in the path of George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and Franklin Roosevelt.

FDR died before the end of WWII, professor.

Has the Afghan war ended? Only in Obama’s mind.

The idea of swapping prisoners emerged in early 2011, Obama administration and congressional officials said Tuesday, when U.S. officials still sought to convince Taliban political leaders to come to the negotiating table to end the grinding war in Afghanistan.

Having declared early on when the USA would depart Afghanistan, the Taliban would be idiots to negotiate an end.

Obama implicitly admitted the war was not over when he said the five released Taliban might return to the battlefield.