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  •  The republicans (6+ / 0-)

    are all about war, but none of them had the balls to go and fight like Bergdahl did.

    Not to have a correct political point of view is like having no soul--- Mao Zedong

    by Justaperson on Wed Jun 04, 2014 at 06:37:19 AM PDT

    •  They're About Austerity Too -- For Guess-Who-Not. (2+ / 0-)
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      Pinto Pony, Phoenix Woman

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Wed Jun 04, 2014 at 06:57:31 AM PDT

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    •  Reposting a brilliant comment from Hesiod re (8+ / 0-)

      the partisan Repub / POTUS-hating game of gotcha plus the 'deserter' spin from hand-selected soldiers:

      The GOP's heading for a world of hurt on bergdahl. (22+ / 0-)

      As the actual FACTS start coming out, here is what we know:

      1. Bergdahl had left his base without permissions on at least one prior occasion, and had come back! This is according to a report in theArmy Times. The implications of this are huge. It means that it wuld be impossible to prove desertion under UCMJ Article 85, because you cannot prove he intended to leave permanently.

      2. According to the now famous article by Michael Hastings about Bergdahl, his unit was basically a bunch of undisciplined fuck ups who went out on patrol without helmets, lost weapons, total lack of morale and respect for military authority, etc. At least two commanders were actually demoted! So, you have to take with a grain of salt the accusations being made against Bergdahl by these people.

      3. The New York Times has also reported that it is almost impossible to attribute the losses the unit suffered to Bergdahl, or looking for Bergdahl. Given the lack of unit discipline, etc. one wonders whether Bergdahl is being scapegoated by these people, who were drummed up by GOP political operatives.

      4. And, finally, Bergdahl's apparent heroism while in captivity has been almost completely ignored and glossed over. The Daily Beast reported that Bergdahl lulled his captors into believing he was sympathetic o them, and when they let their guard down he escaped for 3 days. When they finally found him in a hand-dug trench he covered with leaves, he was nearly naked an exhausted. Yet, it took 5 Taliban to subdue him as he fought back trying to avoid being recaptured.

      And, finally, the infamous "ashamed to be an American" e-mails that numbnuts like Sarah Palin keep using to attacking Bergdahl, were actually quite patriotic in context. He was complaining about the low caliber of person he had to suffer through in his unit, and how crappily they treated the Afghans. He was ashamed of the way the military operated there.

      He was no expressing a desire to join the Taliban. He felt sympathy for the Agfghan civilians who were being mistreated and abused by both sides. (These e-mails were reported in Michael Hastings' profile pieces).

      When all is said and done, and Bergdahl is allowed to give his side of the story, the Republicans and Conservatives who were attacking him are going to regret it.

      by Hesiod on Wed Jun 04, 2014 at 10:55:00 AM CDT

      The Third Way ain't My Way!

      by JVolvo on Wed Jun 04, 2014 at 11:58:56 AM PDT

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