Between yardwork, housework, two jobs, and a couple of health issues (I am officially old … have arthritis) about all I’ve been able to do is check up on world events via Twitter. That’s enough to piss me off. It has been building and building but today might have sent me over the edge…
WE DO NOT LEAVE AMERICAN SOLDIERS BEHIND. PERIOD.
Time magazine’s cover asks regarding Bowe Bergdahl, “Was he worth it?” Seriously?! What the fuck! Yes! He is an American soldier held by those we are fighting. The only thing that could have made the cover more offensive would have been had they dug up some unflattering picture. If there are any questions, and there look to be some legitimate concerns about the nature of his capture, then bring him home and ask him. But we do not leave him behind. We do not base decisions on whether the POW was a good guy or not or whether he was well-liked by his unit or not.
According to Wikileaks documents Bergdahl may have been captured while in the latrine. Embarrassing? Yes. Traitor/deserter? No.
There is so much conjecture, opinion, speculation being reported as fact and he has been condemned before he is even home. The Hailey, ID Chamber of Commerces ladies are getting hate calls. Fox News and others are attacking the family.
I just can’t even comprehend how people who do this stuff think.
Does anyone mention that the five guys we traded needed to be released at the end of the year anyway so at least we got something for them. And about 1/3 (that’s right only 1/3) of those released are even suspected of returning to participate in the “war.” I’ve seen these five described as the “worst of the worst” but if that is the case why haven’t they been tried? Oh right, there wasn’t enough evidence. But let’s not let facts get in the way.
Then as Jan mentioned Congress has been busily scrubbing any support for Bergdahl because they want to have it both ways. Bring him home because then they could slam the President when he didn’t but now that he has they are trying to claim it was a horrible deal.
And then they claim they were not consulted but there is ample evidence to the contrary. Mark Kirk says that based on the proof-of-life video they saw in December he might have made the same decision (someone else said the same thing but that name escapes me). So clearly, one, members of Congress were briefed and two, Bergdahl was not living it up at a swanky hotel with his new best friends.
Bizarrely, McCain and others have claimed that this deal will encourage more kidnappings. Putting aside the idea that the Taliban needed any encouragement, “more kidnappings” would indicate that Bergdahl was, in fact, kidnapped which would seem to put lie to the notion he is a deserter or traitor. Members of his unit were concerned that he leaked information about their location/movements to his captors. Well, I was only in the Navy and for a short period of time, but I would think the Taliban would be smart enough to figure if there was one US soldier in the area there would likely be more. Not rocket science (no weak pun intended). Bergdahl has also been blamed for the deaths of several soldiers who were trying to locate him but various reports seem to suggest they were actually killed during combat fighting. In fact, Balloon Juice has a link to an article that indicates they specifically didn’t try to get Bergdahl early on even though they had a good idea where he was being held. So not only are folks abandoning him now they abandoned him a long time ago. It’s enough to make you proud to be an American. Or not. But the same folks crapping on Bergdahl shit on John Kerry, Max Cleland and Tammy Duckworth, too, so I’m not sure why I’m surprised.