I get that the exchange of five members of the Taliban for POW Bowe Bergdahl is a controversial topic. Not only did we negotiate with terrorists (Obama can say he didn’t but that’s complete nonsense) but as this story develops it seems as if Bergdahl was captured because he deserted his post, and it’s even possible that he might have aided the enemy.
Though if he did, as it stands now, we have no idea if he was tortured in order to extract any information he might have revealed.
And of course there are signs that he had some strong anti-American sentiment after being sent over to Afghanistan.
Well guess what? Many Vietnam veterans had anti-American sentiment over why they were being drafted against their will and sent to go die in a war they disagreed with.
I’m not saying that excuses his alleged desertion – he was not drafted into war. But to act as if Bergdahl would be the first soldier who disagreed with what we were doing once they got over there, resulting in voicing their displeasure with the United States, is absurd.
I’ve met several veterans who don’t have the love for their country they once did after seeing the things they saw us doing while they were sent to war.
I’m not defending Bergdahl – there’s still a lot about this entire situation we don’t know. If he broke laws, rules and regulations, he’ll now have to answer for those.
But the way in which conservatives have verbally defecated all over this story has been absolutely embarrassing. From several Fox News hosts pointlessly mocking Bergdahl’s father’s beard (a beard he grew to show support for his son), to Sarah Palin publicly trashing him based off of nothing more than assumptions, conservatives have reached a whole new level of disgusting.
They don’t even seem to take into account the personal hell his family has probably endured these last five years. Oh, no. Let’s just make fun of the beard his father grew in support of his son because “it makes him look like a member of the Taliban.”
Seriously, are we in middle school?
Conservatives have been in an uproar over the fact that President Obama made a deal with terrorists to save an Americans life. What do they think we should have done, just let him die?
Why? Because there are allegations that he abandoned his post? Are those allegations proven yet? No. And if he did in fact illegally leave his post, resulting in his capture, then he’ll face the consequences for those actions.
I know, we should have used military force to secure his capture. I can guarantee you had President Obama used military force to try to get Bergdahl back (especially if he had been killed in the process of that rescue) these same conservatives bashing him now would have really been losing their minds.
And spare me this conservative uproar about “we don’t negotiate with terrorists.” Conservative hero Ronald Reagan sold illegal arms to Iran to secure the release of hostages.
Oh, and then we have massive hypocrite John McCain who only a few months back voiced support for getting Bergdahl back by whatever means possible, but is now backtracking and saying President Obama made a bad call.
Republicans (and one Democrat) have been so hypocritical about this entire issue, that some have been caught deleting Tweets of support for Bergdahl after his release.
But what would a story like this be without Republicans calling for President Obama’s impeachment. That’s pretty much the “go to” phrase for Republicans. They’ve used it so much that if President Obama actually did something worthy of impeachment (he has not) nobody would probably listen to them.
So the question remains, did President Obama do the right thing? No matter which answer you give, I think you’d be partially right. Negotiating with terrorists does set a dangerous precedent (though we’ve done it before). But is it right for us to simply let a captured American soldier die? And if you think we should have found a way to free Bergdahl, should we have done so with military force – risking even more lives?
Let’s not fool ourselves. This uproar over Bergdahl has really nothing to do with how he was released and everything to do with conservatives using anything they can to attack President Obama. But the way they’ve tried to make this into a political circus has been embarrassing.
The bottom line is, Bergdahl has been released and President Obama didn’t break any laws in obtaining that release. If Bergdahl broke laws which resulted in his capture, especially if soldiers died trying to find him after he disappeared, he’ll now have to answer for his crimes.
But the truth of the matter is that no matter what Obama had decided to do in regards to Bowe Bergdahl, Republicans would have just said he should have done the opposite. Conservatives say they wanted him back home alive, but they know that any way we would have gone about trying to accomplish just that would have been risky.
Outside of a flawless military extraction where Bergdahl lived and no other American troops died (something that was probably highly unlikely), anything would have triggered some kind of pathetic conservative uproar over what President Obama decided to do.
And once again conservatives have proven that no matter the circumstance, there’s no depths to which they won’t sink to embarrass themselves attacking any decision the president makes.
Even if that means mocking a beard grown by the father of an American POW in a show of support for his son.