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  •  I have a slightly different take (32+ / 0-)

    My impression, from everything I saw today of his writings, is that he was a very creative person who could sometimes be poetic, although also troubled, but whose spelling could best be characterized as idiosyncratic, and who seemed to be decompensating mentally as his deployment continued. I've seen something similar happen with a friend when severe pressure intervened, although in that case it wasn't a military deployment, but rather the serious illness of a close family member.

    The fact that he had apparently been reading Atlas Shrugged not long before he walked off base further convinces me that zero good can be achieved by reading Ayn Rand novels. For most who aren't immediately repelled, it convinces them that the utmost selfishness is somehow a good thing. For others, it convinces them to do things like walking unarmed into a hostile country where one knows nobody and doesn't even speak the language.

    The Coast Guard evidently recognized, very early on, Bowe Bergdahl's lack of fit for military service. Unfortunately, the Army in 2008 was desperately needing warm bodies, and so they were willing to waive (in 20% of all case, from one article I saw today) things that would normally bar one from enlisting.

    The right-wing vilification of this young man and his family is one of the most disgusting things I have ever seen. I couldn't sleep if I was a part of their noise machine accusing him and his family of treason.

    Bin Laden is dead. GM and Chrysler are alive.

    by leevank on Wed Jun 11, 2014 at 11:52:47 PM PDT

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    •  Well put. (5+ / 0-)

      Certainly I see the evidence of decompensation that you do in some of his writings. But it's difficult to discern precisely because of his eccentricity of expression, and the uninhibited nature of his communications in general. I'm more impressed overall with evidence in his writings of his obvious moral turmoil, than I am with the "proof" of "mental illness". He certainly was a peculiar sort of a person, with impressive vulnerabilities. If he went "crazy", then it's the kind of "crazy" I sort of understand, even if I'm probably too pragmatic to consider such an action.

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      by candid psychiatrist on Thu Jun 12, 2014 at 05:10:22 AM PDT

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    •  It is amazing the death threats being sent (1+ / 0-)
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      to people in his town and to his family. That is disgusting. But what do we expect from the party of Swift Boaters.

      "It were a thousand times better for the land if all Witches, but especially the blessing Witch, might suffer death." qtd by Ehrenreich & English. For Her Own Good, Two Centuries of Expert's Advice to Women pp 40

      by GreenMother on Thu Jun 12, 2014 at 08:03:04 AM PDT

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