No, you missed the point.
1 US army deserter IS worth 5 Taliban high profile Taliban commanders. This is a commentary on just how worthless the Taliban are, that even high end Taliban are still worth less than 1 US deserter.
A few years ago, Israel had to release 1,000 Palestinian prisoners to get 1 Israeli soldier back. In other words, Palestinians are so worthless, it takes 1,000 of them to equal 1 Israeli soldier.