The Sad Case of the Political Response to Bowe Bergdahl’s Release

GOP duplicity has never been more evident than over the prisoner exchange of Bowe Bergdahl successfully carried out by Pres. Obama. After politicians, largely republican Senators, became aware that a US soldier had been held captive in Afghanistan for a period of several years, there was outrage and pledges to get him home.

Senator John McSenile, uh…McCain, yea, that’s it, the 2008 gop nominee for President, and himself a prisoner of war during Vietnam (played to the hilt by him during elections, but always failing to mention that it was his total incompetence as a pilot that got him captured in the first place) told CNN’s Anderson Cooper back in February that he would support an exchange of prisoners to get back US soldiers like that one held by the Taliban.

Fellow gop Senator Kelly Ayotte knew about his capture for years, and frequently wrote about how he needed to be found and brought home, and in fact within a week of his return, wrote "I renew my call on the Defense Department to redouble its efforts to find Sergeant Bergdahl and return him safely to his family."

Similarly, the gop’s ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Sen. Jim Inhofe, clearly stated that we “must make every effort to bring this captured soldier home to his family.”

So, what happened? Well, the Black Socialist Muslim president actually did it, and brought the captured American soldier to safety. They couldn’t let him get away with that, now could they?

So, now such a prisoner exchange, clamored for originally, is now not just an affront to the sanctity, and safety, of the United State, but in their words, also an impeachable offense.

Fox fixed news noise and their republican employees have voiced a couple of grounds for their "New" position. First and foremost, is their constant yelling about a supposed deal with terrorists, letting terrorists out of confinement, to engage in new terrorist acts. Try, for once, looking at the facts. First and foremost is the fact that the deal was not negotiated with "terrorists" or "for"

terrorists, but rather with representatives of a political faction and a military force in Afghanistan who are combatants in a war that the United States has been fighting for a generation. The deal was a release of prisoners of war, and did not involve hostages, as were, say, those Americans in the US Embassy in Iran whose release was presided over by that certain ex republican president. Furthermore, when the planned end to the war arrives soon, ALL US held Taliban and Afghan prisoners MUST be released under the terms of the Geneva Convention.

As to the five Taliban members released, they were held by the US for 12 years. IF the US government had a shred of competent evidence which could have ever been used to convict any of them of a single crime, they would have been prosecuted and so convicted.

As is the case with the vast majority of prisoners kept for years and years at Guantanamo, the vast majority of them were innocent people sold into captivity, just as Africans were sold into slavery hundreds of years ago. The few that could be prosecuted for actual crimes, were. Many, after years of horror, were ultimately returned to their

Second, right wingers seem horrified that the US would want to see an American soldier freed from captivity after he has been tried and convicted of desertion and treason. Oh, wait, the only such trials that have occurred have been on Fox fixed news noise, on right wing talk radio, in the rest of the right wing bubble, and wherever two gop politicians gather together. Bergdahl can be, and may well be, placed on trial, but it will be in an actual military tribunal on an actual military base, not in absentia and not in the media. Meanwhile, he is a US citizen and a US soldier, and he deserves to have his freedom from captivity as a prisoner of war as much as does any other citizen in a foreign land.

Bowe Bergdahl's father next to Duck Dynasty's Phil Robertson

Bowe Bergdahl’s father next to Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson

Finally, another part of the story is the venom being directed from all parts of the right wing against Bergdahl’s father, because of his “look”, a look that they say is UNAMERICAN, and one that could only mean that he is a Muslim and likely a terrorist himself. As pointed out by Jon Stewart, put a duck in his hand and a gun at his waist, and the right wing will have a far different opinion of him.

Remember, had Pres. Obama done nothing, he’d get the same criticism for doing that. Heaven forbid the fox fixed noise news and the screams from their gop underlings had Bergdahl died an Afghan captive.

About theHoundDawg

For many years as a lawyer, I saw much of the good and bad of society, and did what I could to right many wrongs. The lack of understanding of what is good and bad, right and wrong, just and unjust, as evidenced by such events as the election of King W as president, (who as such far surpassed the evil of richard nixon but not quite that of ronald reagan) lead me in a new direction, to spend my time trying to understand what is happening to our society, to try as best I can to spread my insights to others, and along the way to maybe even eke out a living through the internet.
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