- The criticisms can be countered. In the big picture, this made sense.
- Part 1: The Real Villains of the Bergdahl Tale
- Part 2: Bergdahl critics desert U.S. values
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Part 1: The Real Villains of the Bergdahl Tale
The right-wing media is denouncing Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl as a “deserter” who wasn’t worth ransoming from the Taliban, but the real villains are the architects of the disastrous Iraq and Afghan wars who frivolously put the many Bergdahls in harm’s way.
Ray McGovern, Consortium News
President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney receive an Oval Office briefing from CIA Director George Tenet. Also present is Chief of Staff Andy Card (on right).
June 3, 2014 | For me, the Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl affair brings back angry memories of how, in 2009, President Barack Obama caved in to be-medaled and be-ribboned generals like David Petraeus and ordered a modified-limited-hangout-type “surge” of 33,000 troops into Afghanistan. Consequential cowardice at work – trading lives for political advantage – as bad as it gets.
Bergdahl was quick to discern that he and his comrades were pawns of a policy doing far more harm than good in terms of helping the Afghans. Emailing from Afghanistan in late June 2009, Bergdahl pointed out the main problem in these words: “In the US army you are cut down for being honest… but if you are a conceited brown nosing shit-bag you will be allowed to do what ever you want.”
Ray McGovern works with Tell the Word, the publishing arm of the ecumenical Church of the Saviour in inner-city Washington. In the Sixties he served as an infantry/intelligence officer and then became a CIA analyst for the next 27 years. He is on the Steering Group of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS).
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Part 2: Bergdahl critics desert U.S. values
Trading for POWs is nothing new, and honors obligation to troops.
Editorial Board, Minneapolis (MN) Star Tribune
U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl Photo: U.S. ARMY, NYT - NYT
June 3, 2014 - 5:57 PM | After five years as a prisoner of war, Bowe Bergdahl’s freedom is what matters, not the circumstances of his capture.
It’s to our nation’s disgrace that rather than welcome the young man home from Afghanistan, some have marred this occasion with attacks on Bergdahl’s character because it’s unclear how he fell into enemy hands.
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