I underestimated how demoralized I would be about the Bowe Bergdahl episode. No one wants to see hard-earned gains squandered, lives wasted and time invested on someone considered, by many accounts, to be the kind of platoon shit-bird who refused to simply shut up, take his post and pull his share of the load during a rough deployment.
No one wants to listen to arrogant government flaks and Beltway talking heads drone on about concepts which they know nothing about – ideas such as desertion, loyalty and duty.
And no one wants a commander people believe is either incompetent or indifferent.
Among the multitude of news articles and op-eds written about this saga, these stand out:
- The Washington Post published an exclusive that features accounts from Afghans who recounted Bergdahl wandering through their village. As one told The Post, “We think he probably was high after smoking hashish. Why would an American want to find the Taliban?” (Editor’s Note: I don’t know, man – ask one of D.C.’s native sons, John Walker Lindh.)
- This New York Times story second-guesses whether the manic search for Bergdahl could be directly tied to the deaths of 6 to 8 U.S. soldiers, as some from the Army sergeant’s unit have claimed.
- And another N.Y. Times story detailing how the exchange was orchestrated.
- And this story in Politico about Obama administration officials – including a former professor of mine – doing damage control with U.S. senators in a private, secure meeting on Capitol Hill.
- Here’s National Security Adviser Susan Rice, courtesy Breibart, insisting Bergdahl served with “honor and distinction.”
- And of course, the Taliban video showing his release: