Rice: Bergdahl served with “honor and distinction”

posted at 12:01 pm on June 2, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

Did the White House send Susan Rice out on another Sunday talk show fool’s errand? Just as with the Benghazi attack, Barack Obama’s national-security adviser went out on a Sunday to discuss a burgeoning controversy, and perhaps without a full set of the facts in front of her. When questioned by George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s This Week, Rice tried to parry the question about Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s initial disappearance, which some of his fellow soldiers believed to be an act of desertion that cost more American lives. Rice insisted that Bergdahl had served with “honor and distinction,” a claim that will be tested in the coming days and weeks (via Daniel Halper):

“Certainly anybody who’s been held in those conditions, in captivity for five years, has paid an extraordinary price. But that is really not the point. The point is that he’s back,” Rice told ABC host George Stephanopoulos when asked whether Bergdahl was a deserter and whether he’d face punishment.

“He is going to be safely reunited with his family. He served the United States with honor and distinction. And we’ll have the opportunity eventually to learn what has transpired in the past years, but what’s most important now is his health and well being, that he have the opportunity to recover in peace and security and be reunited with his family. Which is why this is such a joyous day.”

Halper notes that Rice also claimed in this segment that “Sergeant Bergdahl wasn’t simply a hostage; he was an American prisoner of war captured on the battlefield.” That depends on a very broad definition of battlefield. Fellow soldiers from his unit claim Bergdahl deserted and was captured well away from any military action, and they’re far from joyous over the deal that freed him. One of them, Nathan Bradley Bethea, wrote a damning piece today for The Daily Beast expressing outrage over the swap of Bergdahl for five high-value Taliban targets:

The Daily Beast’s Christopher Dickey later wrote that “[w]hether Bergdahl…just walked away from his base or was lagging behind on a patrol at the time of his capture remains an open and fiercely debated question.” Not to me and the members of my unit. Make no mistake: Bergdahl did not “lag behind on a patrol,” as was cited in news reports at the time. There was no patrol that night. Bergdahl was relieved from guard duty, and instead of going to sleep, he fled the outpost on foot. He deserted. I’ve talked to members of Bergdahl’s platoon—including the last Americans to see him before his capture. I’ve reviewed the relevant documents. That’s what happened.

Our deployment was hectic and intense in the initial months, but no one could have predicted that a soldier would simply wander off. Looking back on those first 12 weeks, our slice of the war in the vicinity of Sharana resembles a perfectly still snow-globe—a diorama in miniature of all the dust-coated outposts, treeless brown mountains and adobe castles in Paktika province—and between June 25 and June 30, all the forces of nature conspired to turn it over and shake it. On June 25, we suffered our battalion’s first fatality, a platoon leader named First Lieutenant Brian Bradshaw. Five days later, Bergdahl walked away. …

On July 4, 2009, a human wave of insurgents attacked the joint U.S./Afghan outpost at Zerok. It was in east Paktika province, the domain of our sister infantry battalion (3rd Battalion, 509th Infantry). Two Americans died and many more received wounds. Hundreds of insurgents attacked and were only repelled by teams of Apache helicopters. Zerok was very close to the Pakistan border, which put it into the same category as outposts now infamous—places like COP Keating or Wanat, places where insurgents could mass on the Pakistani side and then try to overwhelm the outnumbered defenders.

One of my close friends was the company executive officer for the unit at Zerok. He is a mild-mannered and generous guy, not the kind of person prone to fits of pique or rage. But, in his opinion, the attack would not have happened had his company received its normal complement of intelligence aircraft: drones, planes, and the like. Instead, every intelligence aircraft available in theater had received new instructions: find Bergdahl. My friend blames Bergdahl for his soldiers’ deaths. I know that he is not alone, and that this was not the only instance of it. His soldiers’ names were Private First Class Aaron Fairbairn and Private First Class Justin Casillas.

Though the 2009 Afghan presidential election slowed the search for Bergdahl, it did not stop it. Our battalion suffered six fatalities in a three-week period. On August 18, an IED killed Private First Class Morris Walker and Staff Sergeant Clayton Bowen during a reconnaissance mission. On August 26, while conducting a search for a Taliban shadow sub-governor supposedly affiliated with Bergdahl’s captors, Staff Sergeant Kurt Curtiss was shot in the face and killed. On September 4, during a patrol to a village near the area in which Bergdahl vanished, an insurgent ambush killed Second Lieutenant Darryn Andrews and gravely wounded Private First Class Matthew Martinek, who died of his wounds a week later. On September 5, while conducting a foot movement toward a village also thought affiliated with Bergdahl’s captors, Staff Sergeant Michael Murphrey stepped on an improvised land mine. He died the next day.

It is important to name all these names. For the veterans of the units that lost these men, Bergdahl’s capture and the subsequent hunt for him will forever tie to their memories, and to a time in their lives that will define them as people. He has finally returned. Those men will never have the opportunity.

Bill Kristol wondered this morning whether Rice ended up holding the bag again for another false narrative from the Obama White House:

“Those are the people who fought, who fought in the same company in some cases, and who feel like they sacrificed to get this guy back who may have behaved at best irresponsibly and at worst worse. And we need to have honesty about that. There was a big Army investigation–what did Susan Rice know? What did President Obama know about the investigation about Bergdahl?

“It’s one thing to trade terrorists for a real POW, someone who was taken on the battlefield fighting honorably for our country. It’s another thing to trade away 5 high-ranking terrorists to someone who walked away.”

Kristol asks the right question, at least in terms of the politics of it. If the White House was this ignorant of the issue, then it calls the administration’s competence into question. If they did know it, then it calls something else into question, too.

Update (Allahpundit): To follow up on Ed’s point, Rice saying that Bergdahl was captured “on the battlefield” smells like a sly way of implying without clearly stating that he was captured during combat, as most POWs are. I think she and the White House are calculating, possibly correctly, that most voters will pay attention to this story for 48 hours after Bergdahl’s release and then tune out. To the extent they can use that window to create the impression that Bergdahl is a POW as that’s commonly understood, they’re going to do it.

Simple question: If he was captured “on the battlefield,” during which battle, specifically, was he taken?


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It isn’t like Rice would whore herself out to prop up a lie for the administration.

Immolate on June 2, 2014 at 12:03 PM

Let’s let Susan do it, she’ll say anything……..Liar in Chief’s chief liar.

d1carter on June 2, 2014 at 12:03 PM

“Honor and distinction” says the video fool. “Deserter” say his colleagues.

Pretty easy call.

MTF on June 2, 2014 at 12:05 PM

Of course.

There are no patriots in D.C.

Murphy9 on June 2, 2014 at 12:05 PM

He was drunk and left on his own, not like Susan Rice said “he was caught by the Taliban in the field”.

First, he has never been with the Taliban. He’s been with an AlQauida branch of really bad terrorists, one of the worst. They cut off 6,000 heads of sheepherders and such, with their wives/kids forced to watch.

His father is a buffoon, who made him.

obama is a traitor, who needs to be punished in a commensurate way…by Boehner, who’s the real traitor to the land.

Schadenfreude on June 2, 2014 at 12:06 PM

Susan rice sure is big on telling all of us what is “important.”

LASue on June 2, 2014 at 12:06 PM

So are conservatives going to really dumb on a POW for political points?
I’m not sure this a good strategy. It has backfiring written all over it.

weedisgood on June 2, 2014 at 12:07 PM

Oh, wow.

Midas on June 2, 2014 at 12:07 PM

The State Run Media will get to the bottom of this………………hey, the VA scandal was getting really bad.

d1carter on June 2, 2014 at 12:07 PM

I side with the people who were actually there.

gophergirl on June 2, 2014 at 12:07 PM

“The US doesn’t ever leave anyone behind”.

This biggest of traitorous swine has forgotten Benghazi.

The first two minutes tell all.

In the video you have your Traitor in Chief and a horrific father.

Question, if obama called the Bergdahls “this morning”, how did they make it to DC so quickly?

If you believe one single word from obama, you are part of the ones the extraterrestrials don’t want to meet :)

Schadenfreude on June 2, 2014 at 12:07 PM

I’m beginning to suspect Susan Rice is just plain stupid.

KS Rex on June 2, 2014 at 12:08 PM

Susan Rice: Useful Idiot with no sense of self respect.

ConstantineXI on June 2, 2014 at 12:08 PM

Yeah but she’s good looking so there’s that.

LeftCoastRight on June 2, 2014 at 12:09 PM

I’m beginning to suspect Susan Rice is just plain stupid.

KS Rex on June 2, 2014 at 12:08 PM

Just a useful scumhag, stand-in for Valerie Jarrett.

Schadenfreude on June 2, 2014 at 12:09 PM

None of the people in this Obama regime are loyal to the United States of America. They do not serve her citizenry. They are enemies, on what will soon be a battlefield.

Murphy9 on June 2, 2014 at 12:09 PM

I’m beginning to suspect Susan Rice is just plain stupid.

KS Rex on June 2, 2014 at 12:08 PM

Hussein only surrounds himself with a rare kind of person: his intellectual inferiors…

ConstantineXI on June 2, 2014 at 12:09 PM

So are conservatives going to really dumb on a POW for political points?
I’m not sure this a good strategy. It has backfiring written all over it.

weedisgood on June 2, 2014 at 12:07 PM

Your concern is noted, troll.

By the way, it’s his fellow troops that are ‘on point’ here – you have a beef with *them*? You siding with the fellow for whom it was known and reported when he disappeared that he went AWOL over *them*? Siding with the guy whose father is a clear terrorist sympathizer over *them*?

Really? Great strategy, champ.

Midas on June 2, 2014 at 12:09 PM

Bergdahl is a deserter. Period.

He never was with the Taliban. He was with the terrorists.

Schadenfreude on June 2, 2014 at 12:10 PM

So are conservatives going to really dumb on a POW for political points?
I’m not sure this a good strategy. It has backfiring written all over it.

weedisgood on June 2, 2014 at 12:07 PM

This man was no POW. He was a deserter who turned coat to the enemy. We exchanged 5 Taliban big chiefs for 1 Taliban little indian.

ConstantineXI on June 2, 2014 at 12:11 PM

I am seriously stunned on so many levels.

Especially that this guy is going to get the Wonka Ticket treatment from the both VA and Preezy while honorable vets are dying on waiting lists.

And Susan Rice … again? The only real question is how many people really are as dumb as they think? Too many to have a great country, this is certain.

LetsBfrank on June 2, 2014 at 12:11 PM

So are conservatives going to really dumb on a POW for political points?
I’m not sure this a good strategy. It has backfiring written all over it.

weedisgood on June 2, 2014 at 12:07 PM

Choomerica, Choomerica,
God wasted his grace on thee,
And crown thy good with stupidhood
From thee to shining thee.

Schadenfreude on June 2, 2014 at 12:11 PM

Update (Allahpundit): … I think she and the White House are calculating, possibly correctly, that most voters will pay attention to this story for 48 hours after Bergdahl’s release and then tune out. …

But a few will wait, patiently, quietly, like they do for John Walker Lindh.

M240H on June 2, 2014 at 12:12 PM

No case is more perturbing in the obama-legacy than the Bergdahl case. Mark my words.

This will be obama’s legacy, traitor of the USA.

Schadenfreude on June 2, 2014 at 12:12 PM

I don’t know what morale is like in the military right now, but I can’t imagine Obama is doing it any good with this fiasco.

NotCoach on June 2, 2014 at 12:13 PM

Are there types of Susan Rice telling the truth? I wonder if she blinks her eyes that fast all the time, or just when she knows it’s all BS.

reaganaut on June 2, 2014 at 12:13 PM

types = tapes

reaganaut on June 2, 2014 at 12:14 PM

I Like how you refer to what she’s doing as a “Fool’s Errand” instead of “Deliberately Telling Lies That She KNOWS Are Lies To Cover-Up The Evil Deeds Of Her Masters”……..because “Fool’s Errand” taker her compliiciness right out of the equation….

Makes her sound like an innocent bystander.

What did she say about The Video on Berhdahl?

williamg on June 2, 2014 at 12:14 PM

I do believe that his captors were motivated by an ugly YouTube video. Ya. That’s the ticket.

NOMOBO on June 2, 2014 at 12:14 PM

… I’m not sure this a good strategy. It has backfiring written all over it.

weedisgood on June 2, 2014 at 12:07 PM

Sorta like your ’89 Volvo wagon with the Nader sticker?

M240H on June 2, 2014 at 12:15 PM

By the lights of Obama and Rice, desertion and abetting the enemy is serving with ‘distinction’.

bildung on June 2, 2014 at 12:15 PM

Rice: Bergdahl served with “honor and distinction”
posted at 12:01 pm on June 2, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

Ed -
I can’t see that you or I are in any position to make a judgement here. As for whatever went down with Bergdahl is the days and moments leading to his capture, we just don’t know the story there at all. And it should be so hard for people to be more compassionate about the psychic wounds that may have been present for him. If he’d frozen from fear in a foxhole, would be dignified for folks to mock him for that?
Would a guy who was rationally planning to desert make his move in that place and that hostile climate and environment?
Everyone should try and not to go off the rails here.
Maybe a good time to try and let patriotism trump judgment.

verbaluce on June 2, 2014 at 12:15 PM

New D slogan

Sell your land to the terrorists

Schadenfreude on June 2, 2014 at 12:16 PM

So are conservatives going to really dumb on a POW for political points?
I’m not sure this a good strategy. It has backfiring written all over it.

weedisgood on June 2, 2014 at 12:07 PM

Going through life constantly baked is such a sad sight.

Desertion can be punished by execution. It is a very serious crime. And Americans lost their lives trying to find this possible deserter. Furthermore, it is those serving are the most upset about all of this. What say you to them?

And none of that even touches on Obama’s lawlessness in doing this.

NotCoach on June 2, 2014 at 12:16 PM

No case is more perturbing in the obama-legacy than the Bergdahl case. Mark my words.

This will be obama’s legacy, traitor of the USA.

Schadenfreude on June 2, 2014 at 12:12 PM

Just when you think you’ve seen everything Obama can do, he tops it with another atrocity.

ConstantineXI on June 2, 2014 at 12:16 PM

verbaluce on June 2, 2014 at 12:15 PM

LOL

Wow, where to begin… never mind, not worth the effort.

Midas on June 2, 2014 at 12:17 PM

verbaluce on June 2, 2014 at 12:15 PM

Yes, we know. You’re either naive or utterly stupid about it.

Schadenfreude on June 2, 2014 at 12:17 PM

He served the United States with honor and distinction.

Of course, she’d say the same thing about Obama.

PersonFromPorlock on June 2, 2014 at 12:17 PM

I am sure he did just like all the others that went AWOL, RIGHT. They all get medals and honorable discharges. And don’t forget bragging rights now that the left has decide that you can lie about your military careers and have, like Senator Richard Blumenthal to name one. You remember him as one of the early ones to came out to fire General Shinseki, who actually served his country.

pwb on June 2, 2014 at 12:18 PM

Maybe a good time to try and let patriotism trump judgment.

verbaluce on June 2, 2014 at 12:15 PM

Verbaldouche spewing his patented dishonest drivel once again.

“The truth and lawlessness doesn’t matter because, um, something…shut up.”

NotCoach on June 2, 2014 at 12:18 PM

Yes, we know. You’re either naive or utterly stupid about it.

Schadenfreude on June 2, 2014 at 12:17 PM

Neither. He is a dishonest sack of shiite.

NotCoach on June 2, 2014 at 12:19 PM

Susan Rice appears to be the designated liar for the Obama Regime.

bw222 on June 2, 2014 at 12:19 PM

Just when you think you’ve seen everything Obama can do, he tops it with another atrocity.

ConstantineXI on June 2, 2014 at 12:16 PM

Wait until after Nov, when he loses the senate. Until then he does things out of fear, to awaken his leftist thugs.

After, he’ll do things out of sheer desperation, feeling like a cornered snake in need of a legacy, with said thugs, which includes most of the media.

It will all catch up with them, but it will be too late by then, primarily for them, and for the land.

Schadenfreude on June 2, 2014 at 12:19 PM

Isn’t this woman the same bald-faced liar who said Benghazi was all because of, and all about, that video?

VorDaj on June 2, 2014 at 12:19 PM

See, to Talibama and his Regime, deserting IS serving with “honor and distinction”.

You all just need to learn to hear their dog whistles and stop giving these traitors the benefit of the doubt.

Meople on June 2, 2014 at 12:20 PM

Served with honor? This stupid whore doesn’t know what that word means.

Happy Nomad on June 2, 2014 at 12:20 PM

Getting 6 of your unit killed is honorable now?

VorDaj on June 2, 2014 at 12:21 PM

Maybe a good time to try and let patriotism trump judgment.

verbaluce on June 2, 2014 at 12:15 PM

Fluke off. It’s not patriotic to support a deserter and Traitor in Chief.

Dissent is patriotic. I learned it from the left.

Schadenfreude on June 2, 2014 at 12:21 PM

What battle? How about “The Battle of the Bowl”, since one terrorist account has him grabbed right off the loo. That’s about the measure of his manliness.

Via CNN: They’re going to promote the SOB to SSgt next month as well. Sounds like he’s already part of the administration.

How about some answers and payback for the souls lost trying to find this worthless POS when he ‘wandered off’? Their families, to paraphrase Bergdahl’s father’s words about other GITMO detainees, would “like their sons back”, too.

tree hugging sister on June 2, 2014 at 12:21 PM

Yep, there with you. And what makes it even more frustrating; that as a voter we are powerless, because the opposition party who is supposed to be a check and balance- isn’t doing crap about the abuse of power.

melle1228 on June 2, 2014 at 11:27 AM

100%. And the LIV walk around saying – “oh, it’s good that we got our soldier back after he was captured, just goes to show you that the terrorist aren’t all that bad”. I hope they burn first.

VegasRick on June 2, 2014 at 11:31 AM

Reposted.

VegasRick on June 2, 2014 at 12:21 PM

I’d like to see a chyron on that TV screen labeling her “Advisor Step’n’Fetchit”.

Tom Servo on June 2, 2014 at 12:22 PM

Getting 6 of your unit killed is honorable now?

VorDaj on June 2, 2014 at 12:21 PM

Good that you’re back. You fight well.

Schadenfreude on June 2, 2014 at 12:22 PM

So are conservatives going to really dumb on a POW for political points?
I’m not sure this a good strategy. It has backfiring written all over it.

weedisgood on June 2, 2014 at 12:07 PM

How is it you know the political leanings of the men that were there at the time, you know, the ones that have nothing to gain by embellishing the facts?
Fools, tools, and trolls. But I repeat myself.

JusDreamin on June 2, 2014 at 12:23 PM

Rice: Bergdahl served with “honor and distinction”

And we should believe what she says on Sunday news shows, why?

dirtseller on June 2, 2014 at 12:23 PM

Simple question: If he was captured “on the battlefield,” during which battle, specifically, was he taken?

And, why then did he forget to take his weapon into the “battlefield”?

Rovin on June 2, 2014 at 12:23 PM

Maybe a good time to try and let patriotism trump judgment.

verbaluce on June 2, 2014 at 12:15 PM

So patriotism to you is only of value when it provides political cover for a left-wing politician.

Not terribly surprising.

sharrukin on June 2, 2014 at 12:23 PM

Served with honor? This stupid whore doesn’t know what that word means.

Happy Nomad on June 2, 2014 at 12:20 PM

I suppose if he had gotten 600 American troops killed, instead of 6, Rice would recommend him for the Congressional Medal of Honor.

VorDaj on June 2, 2014 at 12:23 PM

obama must be IMPEACHED.

Pork-Chop on June 2, 2014 at 12:24 PM

How is she not Obama’s new press secretary?

Oh right, she’s not a white male.

Herod on June 2, 2014 at 12:24 PM

When Movie Girl speaks, it is a lie.

pat on June 2, 2014 at 12:24 PM

Could there be an unanticipated backlash from our military men and women?

How would you feel knowing O negotiated with terrorists to get this guy home? And that 5 terrorists are now on the loose to help kill our military men and women? Now sprinkle the hero’s welcome on top of this cake. Might our heroes in uniform decide they cannot stay silent?

LetsBfrank on June 2, 2014 at 12:25 PM

Classic case of mis-direction. Were these guys released from Gitmo? I think BHO would trade anything to get prisoners out of Gitmo. If he can get away with this one…there will be more.

Can’t get Gitmo closed? Watch him. He will release these terrorists by the handful until there is no one left to detain. Look for more releases in the near future.

theosdad on June 2, 2014 at 12:26 PM

So are conservatives going to really dumb on a POW for political points?
I’m not sure this a good strategy. It has backfiring written all over it.

weedisgood on June 2, 2014 at 12:07 PM

He isn’t a POW. At best, he was a prisoner of his own stupidity, at worst, a traitor who thought his “captors” were his friend, since he sympathized with them.

And it isn’t just conservatives who are going after Bergdahl. It is the military community. The man is a disgrace who got people killed. He should be court-martialed and jailed.

melle1228 on June 2, 2014 at 12:26 PM

Maybe a good time to try and let patriotism trump judgment.

verbaluce on June 2, 2014 at 12:15 PM

One word “chimpey”.

Schadenfreude on June 2, 2014 at 12:26 PM

Technically, I guess, everywhere that a battle ever took place is a “battlefield”.

So, most places on earth are probably technically “battlefields”.

Which means, anyone kidnapped anywhere, at any time, were “take from the battlefield”.

I love the new Obama-English. It makes the language used in Orwell’s 1984 (newspeak?) look like child’s play.

Monkeytoe on June 2, 2014 at 12:26 PM

His comrades think he’s a deserter. The Obama administration says he served with “honor and distinction”. I wonder who to believe.

ncjetsfan on June 2, 2014 at 12:26 PM

Maybe a good time to try and let patriotism trump judgment.

verbaluce on June 2, 2014 at 12:15 PM

AS if leftist has any idea what patriotism even is.

Too funny.

Monkeytoe on June 2, 2014 at 12:27 PM

An important point to remember when calling Bergdahl a deserter is to remember that he didn’t just ‘desert’, he defected, far worse.

VorDaj on June 2, 2014 at 12:27 PM

Bergdahl will be nominated to replace Shinseki.

Gene Hunt on June 2, 2014 at 12:28 PM

A simple court martial can clear all this up very quickly, one would think.

If Berghdahl has nothing to fear, then a court martial is his way to vindication.

If he does have something to fear, expect Obama to step in to try and stop it.

Really a military court is what you want if you are innocent.

A civilian court is what you want if you are guilty.

Oh, and desertions have and do happen even on an active killing field. No excuse for it even if that is the case.

So sorry.

ajacksonian on June 2, 2014 at 12:28 PM

And, why then did he forget to take his weapon into the “battlefield”?

Rovin on June 2, 2014 at 12:23 PM

Maybe it was “Fight like the French” Day or something.

Seriously, I think the administration is trying to spin this as if Bergdahl is some kind of war hero (like Jessica Lynch or Scott O’Grady) but they unfortuantely have a left-wing family who praises the Taliban and whose son deserted when he got tired of the Army.

If I were the administration I would make this rat bastard’s return to the US as low key as humanly possible.

Happy Nomad on June 2, 2014 at 12:28 PM

Was there a YouTube video involved in the capture of Sgt. Bergdahl ?
I thought Susan Rice only handled YouTube induced activities.

J_Crater on June 2, 2014 at 12:28 PM

Everyone should try and not to go off the rails here.
Maybe a good time to try and let patriotism trump judgment.

verbaluce on June 2, 2014 at 12:15 PM

Define ‘patriotism.’

‘The title of US soldier is just the lie of fools’…

- Bowe Bergdahl

‘The horror that is America is disgusting’…

- Bowe Bergdahl

“I am sorry for everything here. These people need help, yet what they get is the most conceited country in the world telling them that they are nothing and that they are stupid.”

- Bowe Bergdahl

“I am ashamed to be an American.’

- Bowe Bergdahl

“But most of all, I’m proud of how much you wanted to help the Afghan people, and what you were willing to do to go to that length. I’ll say it again: I’m so proud of how far you were willing to go to help the Afghan people. And I think you have succeeded.”

– Bob Bergdahl said, ‘fighting back tears’ during a press conference in Boise

Robert Bergdahl @bobbergdahl

@ABalkhi I am still working to free all Guantanamo prisoners. God will repay for the death of every Afghan child, ameen!

5/28/14, 2:43 PM

Bob Bergdahl Again Tweets Support For Releasing More Gitmo Terrorists…

Second since his son’s release.

Let’s look at the ‘math’ here:

We lost 6 American heroes.

We gave up 5 top-level Taliban jihadists, including 2 wanted by the UN for war crimes.

We got back 1 possible deserter, who was ashamed of being an American, and returned him to his Taliban-sympathising, ‘democracy is a cult’ father, who has argued that the death of every Afghan killed by the United States must be avenged.

In Obama’s Amerika, this is the definition of #Winning.

Resist We Much on June 2, 2014 at 12:28 PM

Rice?… Seriously?…We’re supposed to believe Rice?

Thee administration isn’t even trying to come off as credible anymore.

lynncgb on June 2, 2014 at 12:29 PM

Midas on June 2, 2014 at 12:17 PM

Schadenfreude on June 2, 2014 at 12:17 PM

Are you guys at least open to a trial after you’ve hung Bergdahl?

verbaluce on June 2, 2014 at 12:29 PM

Would a guy who was rationally planning to desert make his move in that place and that hostile climate and environment?
Everyone should try and not to go off the rails here.

verbaluce on June 2, 2014 at 12:15 PM

So, the soldiers in his unit are lying but Rice is telling the truth? And she knows this how?

Do you support president’s ignoring laws they don’t like – as Obama did here?

Monkeytoe on June 2, 2014 at 12:29 PM

And it isn’t just conservatives who are going after Bergdahl. It is the military community. The man is a disgrace who got people killed. He should be court-martialed and jailed.

melle1228 on June 2, 2014 at 12:26 PM

The LEAST crime he’s guilty of is deserting his post at time of war. He’s probably also a traitor (soldiers who served with him have said they believed he was AIDING the Taliban attacks against them).

Both crimes carry the DEATH SENTENCE.

As long as he remains in the United States there is always the chance a future Administration grows a pair and prosecutes him. Which is why I predict he will flee back to his Taliban budz soon as he can.

ConstantineXI on June 2, 2014 at 12:29 PM

Another Rice bowl of “BS”. The slacker went AWOL and got caught by the Taliban. On the other hand he makes a perfect Obama “hero’.

rplat on June 2, 2014 at 12:29 PM

Rice insisted that Bergdahl had served with “honor and distinction,” a claim that will be tested in the coming days and weeks

The claim might be tested on the internet, or even in some media outlets, but it’s very unlikely that it will ever be tested in a military court.

There is already an abundance of evidence in the public arena that supports the conclusion that Bergdahl was a deserter, and possibly even an enemy collaborator. But it is clear from the Obama administration’s statements, like this one by the despicable liar Susan Rice, that they won’t allow an investigation or a trial to determine the facts. The narrative they’ve created, to serve their obvious political purposes, is that Bergdahl was a good soldier and a POW, and that’s the story they’ll stick to — facts be damned.

AZCoyote on June 2, 2014 at 12:29 PM

An important point to remember when calling Bergdahl a deserter is to remember that he didn’t just ‘desert’, he defected, far worse.

VorDaj on June 2, 2014 at 12:27 PM

I don’t think we have evidence of a defection or that Bergdahl went out in search of joining the Taliban. But, it does seem odd that they didn’t behead Bergdahl which is their usual way of dealing with infidels.

Happy Nomad on June 2, 2014 at 12:30 PM

AS if leftist has any idea what patriotism even is.

Too funny.

Monkeytoe on June 2, 2014 at 12:27 PM

The left’s idea of patriotism is worship of the state.

VorDaj on June 2, 2014 at 12:30 PM

This was NOT a “Fool’s Errand”

It was a DELIBERATE and CONSCIOUS Effort To LIE and COVER UP the Truth – As The Administration DIRECTED HER TO DO!!!

williamg on June 2, 2014 at 12:30 PM

Would a guy who was rationally planning to desert make his move in that place and that hostile climate and environment?
Everyone should try and not to go off the rails here.

verbaluce on June 2, 2014 at 12:15 PM

Before he deserted he sent all his stuff home, and he left camp not in uniform and without his weapon.

Everyone who gets captured on the field of battle does that…

ConstantineXI on June 2, 2014 at 12:31 PM

Susan Rice for Press Secretary

koaiko on June 2, 2014 at 12:31 PM

Weeks of searching turned into months. The military pushed his parents and fellow soldiers to sign nondisclosure agreements. But before everyone signed, a comrade from his unit publicly called on Facebook for Bergdahl’s execution as a deserter.

Schadenfreude on June 2, 2014 at 12:31 PM

Once again: How in the world did we ever lose to these idiots twice…?

JohnGalt23 on June 2, 2014 at 12:32 PM

Are you guys at least open to a trial after you’ve hung Bergdahl?

verbaluce on June 2, 2014 at 12:29 PM

No – are YOU with Benghazi and Fast and Furios?

williamg on June 2, 2014 at 12:32 PM

I don’t think we have evidence of a defection or that Bergdahl went out in search of joining the Taliban.

Happy Nomad on June 2, 2014 at 12:30 PM

Yes we do, from his unit members and what Afghan kids told them.

VorDaj on June 2, 2014 at 12:32 PM

*waves hand* This not the Shalit you are looking for.

Ben Hur on June 2, 2014 at 12:32 PM

Maybe a good time to try and let patriotism trump judgment.

verbaluce on June 2, 2014 at 12:15 PM

It’s not patriotic to put America in worst danger for a man that simply walked away from his unit, and essentially caused the death of several soldiers. THEY are the ones who deserve justice not Bergdahl.

melle1228 on June 2, 2014 at 12:32 PM

Are you guys at least open to a trial after you’ve hung Bergdahl?

verbaluce on June 2, 2014 at 12:29 PM

Release the straw men!

NotCoach on June 2, 2014 at 12:32 PM

From 2004:

George W. Bush: a deserter, or just AWOL?

To be “AWOL” means to be absent without leave from a branch of the military. “Desertion,” on the other hand, is a “prolonged absence.” You can be AWOL for 30 days. After that, you are a deserter. The military is a show-up sort of business. When you don’t show up–you get court-martialed.

There are peacetime desertions and wartime desertions. Wartime desertions are generally considered worse.

In the early 1970s, young George W. Bush was a wartime deserter.

This is not a matter of opinion. It is a matter of fact. It is backed up six ways from Sunday by solid documentary evidence, witness statements and research by journalists.

-snip-

It’s true that George W. Bush was never convicted of desertion. It’s also true that the Hollywood image of desertion (a soldier fleeing a battlefield in cowardice) does not apply here. Bush never got anywhere near a battlefield. He wasn’t capable of committing that kind of desertion.

But that George W. Bush was guilty of desertion–and in more than just a technical sense (i.e., “missed a few meetings,” the RNC spin)–is virtually undeniable. It’s not an opinion. It’s the only reasonable conclusion from the facts.

Personally, I don’t care if young George W. Bush was snorting cocaine off the bellies of prostitutes instead of doing his Air Guard duty. His desertion adds some hypocrisy to the more recent Operation Flight Suit, but in the big scheme of things Dubya’s lost youth (even though it lasted until he was 40) is not the most pressing of national issues.

But when, on a nationally broadcast debate, one of the top three news anchors in America, Peter Jennings, states unequivocally that the claim that George W. Bush is a deserter is “a reckless charge not supported by the facts,” there is a problem.

A fact being irrelevant is not the same thing as a fact being untrue. Michael Moore is a liar if he says Bush is a deserter when Bush was not in fact absent from duty without permission for more than 30 days.

But if Bush was absent without permission for more than 30 days…well, shouldn’t we at least proceed based on the facts? Do we start calling people liars because we don’t like the facts they cite?

Del Dolemonte on June 2, 2014 at 12:32 PM

I’m good with emptying Gitmo, as long as we kill all of the enemy combatants.

If we didn’t handcuff our military with idiotic rules of engagement, they would have been killed on the “battlefield” to begin with. And should have been.

Meople on June 2, 2014 at 12:33 PM

Are you guys at least open to a trial after you’ve hung Bergdahl?

verbaluce on June 2, 2014 at 12:29 PM

He’s fully entitled to a trial before any criminal sanction is taken against him.

But, as you well know, that is not the same standard for policy or for politics. Besides, Obama will never let the military investigate or try the guy b/c it would hurt Obama. So, arguing “wait for the trial” is asking the fox to guard the henhouse.

Obama did this secretly, without following the law.

He negotiated with terrorists, which isn’t a good idea.

Even assuming you are OK with his negotiating with terrorists, he made a lousy deal – giving away far too much for what the U.S. received in return.

But top all that off with the fact that the guy they traded for appears to be a deserted and terrorist sympathizer?

Monkeytoe on June 2, 2014 at 12:33 PM

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