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The deal for Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl’s return has hardly generated the praise the Obama administration might have hoped. Hard questions abound.

Will negotiating with terrorists encourage them to snatch more Americans? Is freeing five hardened Taliban leaders too steep a price?  Is Congress rightly upset by a president who may have defied the law in releasing Guantanamo detainees?

Most troubling are emerging questions about the circumstances of Bergdahl’s capture. Was he a true victim of war or a deserter whose actions jeopardized fellow soldiers called upon to search for him?

All these uncertainties invite second-guessing, even claims of partisan political machinations.

But is our cynicism about government so deep that we can’t conceive that maybe, just maybe, it does something because it is the right thing to do? Even when the reward seems opaque and the cost is great?