- “The future is too good to waste on lies,” Bowe wrote. “And life is way too short to care for the damnation of others, as well as to spend it helping fools with their ideas that are wrong. I have seen their ideas and I am ashamed to even be american (sic). The horror of the self-righteous arrogance that they thrive in. It is all revolting.” --From “America’s Last Prisoner of War”, by Michael Hastings. Rolling Stone, June 7, 2012
- The Debate We Won't Have but Should
Winston Warfield, Counterpunch
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U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl Photo: U.S. ARMY, NYT - NYT
June 6-8, 2014 | Nothing exposes the decadence of American militarism and the ideology of American exceptionalism better than the explosion of emotion sweeping the internet, Congress and the news media over the prisoner exchange of Bowe Bergdahl for five Taliban. He is being vilified as a deserter and personally responsible for the deaths of fellow soldiers missioned to find him. The American right-wing located in the Republican party, some liberals like Chris Matthews and Dianne Feinstein and some of his fellow soldiers are all calling for his head in a display of vengeful nastiness bordering on psychotic. Bergdahl’s motivations for walking away from the bizarre U.S. counterinsurgency expedition in Afghanistan, a “dirty war” seemingly without purpose or end, are being lost in the fog of infantile political temper tantrums.
Bergdahl was according to an in-depth Rolling Stone article in 2012 by the late Michael Hastings, an exceptionally competent and motivated soldier during training, serious about preparing himself for combat. So serious and competent, that his fellow soldiers kidded him about being too gung-ho. He was moved in part by what he had read or viewed of reports of atrocities against civilians by the Taliban and other jihadist groups in other countries. His was an honest and heartfelt desire to “serve and protect” the poor and destitute in conflict zones. He was a highly-motivated foot soldier for “humanitarian imperialism”, the perfect youthful idealist falling for the good-vs-evil fairy tale of American exceptionalism.
Winston Warfield is a member of the Smedley D. Butler Brigade of Veterans for Peace, in Boston.
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Obama was right to bargain with Taliban for Bergdahl, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest
- 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