It’s come to this: White House aides now accusing Bergdahl’s squad of “swift-boating” him

posted at 11:21 am on June 4, 2014 by Allahpundit

Via the Weekly Standard. “Swift-boating,” as you may recall, is when critics tell the truth about someone’s military service when the truth is unhelpful to Democrats. Consider this the beginning of phase three of the Bergdahl fallout. Phase one was when soldiers from Bergdahl’s unit caught the White House off-guard by publicly accusing him of desertion. Team O probably thought the combination of nondisclosure agreements that they were forced to sign and the prospect of retaliation if they made life hard for the Pentagon would keep them quiet. That was the key misjudgment from which everything else over the past three days has flowed.

Phase two was the White House desperately searching for someone, anyone, from Bergdahl’s unit who’d stand up in front of the media and vouch for his character. That’s happening entirely out of public view, but rest assured, it’s happening. The fact that they’ve come up with nothing so far speaks volumes about how uniform opinion is within Bergdahl’s old squad about him and his motives. If Team O could produce just one witness willing to face the cameras and argue that Bergdahl was a good soldier who was probably taken against his will, it’d plant enough doubt in casual observers’ minds that this whole thing might be reduced to a he said/she said matter for many — even though there are at least six veterans already who’ve come forward to support the desertion theory. But they can’t find anyone to do it. It’s been a complete barrage of anti-Bergdahl witnesses on cable news since Monday morning. The State Department is so bereft of third-party support that they were forced last night to tell reporters to trust Bergdahl himself over his squad mates, as if a repatriated deserter wouldn’t have an incentive to lie about why he went missing upon his return.

So now, phase three: Start discrediting the soldiers who’ve accused him. It’ll have to be done subtly and tactfully. If they go dumpster-diving on these guys for things like substance-abuse problems or financial trouble, the nastiness of it might backfire on the White House and make their Bergdahl problem even worse. Babbling about “swift-boating” is a good way to get the ball rolling, at least among liberals who are grasping for ways to defend Obama and have come up empty thus far. “Swift-boating” implies that the vets who’ve accused Bergdahl have some political motivation in doing so; it’s of a piece with that BuzzFeed story yesterday hyperventilating about Republican Ric Grenell helping Bergdahl’s comrades get in touch with media outlets. The point is to suggest that this is some sort of dirty trick, maybe even invented whole cloth by nefarious conservatives to wound the president, rather than a bunch of guys who’ve spent five years boiling inside because their friends got killed on patrol searching for Bergdahl finally choosing to come clean. To protect a guy who allegedly served dishonorably, the White House and the left now have no choice but to go after the honorable ones.

Any predictions on what the next bit of oppo is, or who the target will be? I think Evan Buetow’s interview with Tapper yesterday was the most damaging to the White House so far. Hope you don’t have any unpaid parking tickets, buddy.


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Once again, we have disappointed the Lightbringer. He must feel like we have forsaken him or something.

BobMbx on June 4, 2014 at 11:23 AM

Swift boating = telling the truth

Tater Salad on June 4, 2014 at 11:23 AM

Maybe instead the White House just goes mea culpa?

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!

Marcola on June 4, 2014 at 11:24 AM

Next it will be “White House aides say Bergdahl’s squad was full of racists that just hate Obama for being black”

DethMetalCookieMonst on June 4, 2014 at 11:24 AM

This is John Kerry’s contribution to the debacle…

djl130 on June 4, 2014 at 11:26 AM

Yes, by all means. Let’s have a discussion about the POS that is currently serving as our SecState.

ElectricPhase on June 4, 2014 at 11:26 AM

What part will Dear Leader play in the D Day 70th anniversary…?

d1carter on June 4, 2014 at 11:27 AM

“Swiftboating” is where people recollect decades later how a teammember was derelict. These guys have been saying Bowe deserted almost since day 1. Big difference, especially since no politics were involved until oboobi made it so years later

AH_C on June 4, 2014 at 11:27 AM

BREAKING FROM DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE:

Earlier this morning, the DOJ announced it was opening an investigation into charges of war crimes committed by the crews of the “Enola Gay” and “Bocks Car”, the name of the B-29 bombers that dropped atomic weapons over the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan.

BobMbx on June 4, 2014 at 11:28 AM

The arrogance and ignorance of this administration is staggering. This is a fight that it simply can’t win. There is no institution in the country more trusted and respected than the military. Its members, both past and present, are – rightly – given a special place in society. The WH doesn’t even come close in commanding the respect and honour that most Americans still give to the lowliest of soldiers.

These people were there – on the ground – at the time – and they know what happened.

Kerry: ‘President Nixon secretly sent me to Cambodia during Christmas of 1968.’

Fact: Nixon was NOT POTUS in December, 1968.

Bergdahl: ‘I was captured when I lagged behind on patrol.’

Fact: There was NO patrol that evening and it is incontrovertible that he walked away from his post, according to the 2010 Pentagon report. Incontrovertible.

Resist We Much on June 4, 2014 at 11:29 AM

Let’s see, trust the guys who defend our country with their lives to tell us the truth, and who have served with honor and dignity, or…

trust the lying PO(TU)S in the White House.

That was simple.

Turtle317 on June 4, 2014 at 11:30 AM

It’s not just that Bergdahl did these things, it’s because this adminstration has designated him a hero. Talk about rubbing salt in an open wound!

Blake on June 4, 2014 at 11:30 AM

for the sake of fuchs..the white house does not want to go there and should be smarter than this.

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on June 4, 2014 at 11:30 AM

The Bergdahl Desperado movie will be epic.

I love the leftists’ desperation.

obama is a treacherous CiC.

obama kills children in the desert of AZ, encouraging thousand to cross the border, dumping them into AZ to spite Brewer and the Rs.

Wake up already. If you weasels on the right don’t fight him, you deserve him in full.

Schadenfreude on June 4, 2014 at 11:31 AM

Phase two was the White House desperately searching for someone, anyone, from Bergdahl’s unit who’d stand up in front of the media and vouch for his character.

Even his former roommate and ballet partner has said that there is no question that he walked away from his post and must face the consequences.

I saw her say it myself.

Resist We Much on June 4, 2014 at 11:31 AM

Obama always doubles down on a triple dog dare…

So heroes, some of whom died in combat because of this deserter/traitor are going to be slandered by the Democrat Party and commander in chief?

This isn’t going to fly. The narrative is out of the Spite House’s control at this point.

ConstantineXI on June 4, 2014 at 11:31 AM

verbaloon, come out and play…

Del Dolemonte on June 4, 2014 at 11:31 AM

encouraging thousands to cross the border…wake up already. obama is for modern day slave labor. He hates blacks and unions, who lose out to the slave labor from elsewhere.

Schadenfreude on June 4, 2014 at 11:32 AM

Bergdahl was bought for 5-6 million dollars. The investigation needs to be about “who paid that loot?” Was it you, the taxpayer?

Schadenfreude on June 4, 2014 at 11:32 AM

fresh round of audits coming for everyone who voices their opinion.

also

If Team O could produce just one witness willing to face the cameras and argue that Bergdahl was a good soldier who was probably taken against his will, it’d plant enough doubt in casual observers’ minds

they can always use the strawman theroy, “there are people out there who”

phatfawzi on June 4, 2014 at 11:32 AM

The mistake Berdahl made was not stubbing his toe during the release, he lost out on a Purple Heart.

right2bright on June 4, 2014 at 11:33 AM

Next we’ll have Talibani-American-enclaves

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Three women were found dead at home in a working-class Mexican-American enclave on the edge of Fort Worth’s city limits with their throats slit, family members of the victims say.

Please help me out – what is a Mexican-American enclave?

Schadenfreude on June 4, 2014 at 11:33 AM

What part will Dear Leader play in the D Day 70th anniversary…?

d1carter on June 4, 2014 at 11:27 AM

I’d love to see him re-enact the landing but with life fire…

ConstantineXI on June 4, 2014 at 11:33 AM

After leaving Vets waiting to die in the VA Scandal, now the WH is attacking military members who HAVE served with honor for telling the truth and telling about how this traitor deserted his unit / country – even wrote a letter declaring what he was doing, taught our enemies bomb-making techniques (aiding and abetting the enemy who were killing our troops), converted to Islamic Extremism, and openly condemned and aided in negative propoganda against his own country.

Obama ILLEGALLY / CRIMINALLY released the ‘Taliban Dream Team’, wanted for U.N. War Crimes, in exchange for a deserter / traitor / Islamic Extremist Convert…ya know, Obama’s kinda guy. Obama has wanted to close Gitmo and was stopped…so he is releasing them on his own (crime)…he wanted to make this swap 3 years ago and was denied – it was voted down – so he did himself (crime)…and now he is attacking and slandering honorable military members for telling the truth!

Somebody PLEASE Impeach this b@st@rd?!

easyt65 on June 4, 2014 at 11:34 AM

Well, they had to come up with SOMETHING – since he’s white they can’t use the standard “RACISM” charge.

dentarthurdent on June 4, 2014 at 11:34 AM

Susan Rice is Valerie Jarrett’s ventriloquist.

Susan, you scumhag, when it’s Sunday, shut up. You need to learn, but you’re stupider than Jeantel, on TV, on Sundays.

Schadenfreude on June 4, 2014 at 11:34 AM

Bergdahl was bought for 5-6 million dollars. The investigation needs to be about “who paid that loot?” Was it you, the taxpayer?

Schadenfreude on June 4, 2014 at 11:32 AM

It came from Obama’s stash.

ConstantineXI on June 4, 2014 at 11:34 AM

Yes, by all means. Let’s have a discussion about the POS that is currently serving as our SecState.

ElectricPhase on June 4, 2014 at 11:26 AM

Yep.

Please, please, please keep using the term “swiftboat”. Let’s give the public a clear mental image of the differences between Mr. “I threw my medals over the White House fence” and today’s veterans.

Please, let’s have this President, Mr. Buck Stops At The VA, insult the veterans of his preferred war in Afghanistan.

Bring it.

M240H on June 4, 2014 at 11:35 AM

Any predictions on what the next bit of oppo is, or who the target will be?

If the White House was smart(I know, but just play along here), they’d admit they f’ed up bigtime and ignored the allegations about Bergdahl being a deserter, take the inevitable hit that Obama is disengaged and incompetent, and try to move on.

Going after American soldiers like this will backfire in a big way. If they had no qualms about violating their NDAs, rest assured they’ll fight back against this smear campaign. And others may be motivated to come forward as well.

Doughboy on June 4, 2014 at 11:35 AM

Well, they had to come up with SOMETHING – since he’s white they can’t use the standard “RACISM” charge.

dentarthurdent on June 4, 2014 at 11:34 AM

They could start referring to him as a white hispanic.

ConstantineXI on June 4, 2014 at 11:35 AM

…2 crimes, a national-security threatening move, aiding and abetting the enemy…and Obama’s 1st reaction, as usual, is to BLAME SOMEONE / ANYONE ELSE!

easyt65 on June 4, 2014 at 11:35 AM

Earlier this morning, the DOJ announced it was opening an investigation into charges of war crimes committed by the crews of the “Enola Gay” and “Bocks Car”

Where’s the link?

Oh, it’s satire? It’s so hard to tell with this administration.

Socratease on June 4, 2014 at 11:35 AM

Shameful but par for this administration …..
the rest of the lsm will follow suit

cmsinaz on June 4, 2014 at 11:36 AM

Wow this whole thing went downhill fast

GO BARAKA!!!!!!

Chuck Schick on June 4, 2014 at 11:36 AM

The State Department is so bereft of third-party support that they were forced last night to tell reporters to trust Bergdahl himself over his squad mates, as if a repatriated deserter wouldn’t have an incentive to lie about why he went missing upon his return.

…the blonde bimbo spokesslut at State said Bergdahl himself can ‘recall better himself’…what happened on “that day” than everybody else!…of course…he can’t remember the English language!…I’m still trying to figure out why no one in the media… brought that up to her!

KOOLAID2 on June 4, 2014 at 11:36 AM

I am still reeling from the small fact that we traded 5 high level Taliban leaders, for one common military man.

Who was that negotiator?

right2bright on June 4, 2014 at 11:36 AM

Going after American soldiers like this will backfire in a big way. If they had no qualms about violating their NDAs, rest assured they’ll fight back against this smear campaign. And others may be motivated to come forward as well.

Doughboy on June 4, 2014 at 11:35 AM

The military might also get fed up enough to just arrest this “president” who is stepping into treason.

ConstantineXI on June 4, 2014 at 11:37 AM

The irony.
Look up what ‘swiftboating’ means.
They weren’t ‘right’.
Kerry, a privileged young man who could easily have avoided service, volunteered and sought to be placed in combat.
Seems even John McCain’s story is fodder for mockery for some on the right these days.

verbaluce on June 3, 2014 at 2:48 PM

“Swiftboating” was not lying, as much as you want everyone to think. They had a valid beef, with compelling evidence.

Buck Farky on June 3, 2014 at 3:06 PM

I do not agree.
But let’s just leave it at that.
No need to go all 2004 here.

verbaluce on June 3, 2014 at 3:14 PM

Sorry Rogerb, I’m preempting you.

nobar on June 4, 2014 at 11:37 AM

Next it will be “White House aides say Bergdahl’s squad was full of racists that just hate Obama for being black”

DethMetalCookieMonst on June 4, 2014 at 11:24 AM

Maybe WH aides will say that the entire Military is full of Racists that just Hate Obama for being black? Nah, Obama LOVES is military toys boys.

SayNo2-O on June 4, 2014 at 11:37 AM

The mistake Berdahl made was not stubbing his toe during the release, he lost out on a Purple Heart.

right2bright on June 4, 2014 at 11:33 AM

Maybe he got hurt somehow while out planting IEDs with the Taliban.
I’m sure that would qualify him – and I’ll bet HE gets decent treatment from the VA…..

dentarthurdent on June 4, 2014 at 11:37 AM

Step One: Berg comes out as gay thus immunizing him from criticism. Homophobic fellow troops!

Step Two: If by some miracle the deserter is tried by the Army, upon leaving office Obama issues a Presidential pardon, a final FU to the military rank & file he despises.

philw1776 on June 4, 2014 at 11:38 AM

Go for it Obama.Pretty please with sugar on it.

docflash on June 4, 2014 at 11:38 AM

Who was that negotiator?

right2bright on June 4, 2014 at 11:36 AM

King Putt sez – “I don’t negotiate with terrorists. I give them whatever they want.”

dentarthurdent on June 4, 2014 at 11:38 AM

What part will Dear Leader play in the D Day 70th anniversary…?

d1carter on June 4, 2014 at 11:27 AM

I’m sure it will involve plenty of pictures of himself.

NotCoach on June 4, 2014 at 11:38 AM

Obama to Bergdahl’s platoon mates:

‘If you liked the distinction of serving ‘honourably and with distinction’, you can keep it.’

Resist We Much on June 4, 2014 at 11:39 AM

I am still reeling from the small fact that we traded 5 high level Taliban leaders, for one common military man.

Who was that negotiator?

right2bright on June 4, 2014 at 11:36 AM

Fast and Furious: didn’t know
VA scandal: didn’t know
IRS scandal: didn’t know
Bergdahl negotiaions: MASTERMIND on Sunday, now didn’t know
Kill Bin Laden: STILL MASTERMIND

ConstantineXI on June 4, 2014 at 11:39 AM

At least the junior NCO’s in the military still have a set, unlike the senior brass. for them I suggest they look up Montrose toast

sammus on June 4, 2014 at 11:40 AM

Please help me out – what is a Mexican-American enclave?

Schadenfreude on June 4, 2014 at 11:33 AM

It’s a Buick, I think. :-P

bigmacdaddy on June 4, 2014 at 11:41 AM

Susan Rice is Valerie Jarrett’s ventriloquist.

Susan, you scumhag, when it’s Sunday, shut up. You need to learn, but you’re stupider than Jeantel, on TV, on Sundays.

Schadenfreude on June 4, 2014 at 11:34 AM

…I swear to gawd…if they trot her out one more time to be a spokes slut for another fockup…and a news outlet lets her on their show…after her track-record?…I won’t have any blood vessels left!

KOOLAID2 on June 4, 2014 at 11:41 AM

Please continue, nothing makes Americans swell with pride quite like having political monkeys slur servicemen.

Dog Eater’s next move: Find a Mongols hangout and start kicking over motorcycles.

Bishop on June 4, 2014 at 11:41 AM

the blonde bimbo spokesslut

KOOLAID2 on June 4, 2014 at 11:36 AM

is that really necessary?

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on June 4, 2014 at 11:41 AM

The biggest liberal on my Facebook feed is pissed about this deal. That says everything.

Glad the guy is safe but court martial the SOB.

gophergirl on June 4, 2014 at 11:41 AM

for the sake of fuchs..the white house does not want to go there and should be smarter than this.

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on June 4, 2014 at 11:30 AM

But their not. Welcome to the “Koch” conspiracy. You just learned fact #1: this administration is highly incompetent.

I mean smearing a bunch of Veterans who haven’t changed their story and have no political agenda for one guy who you used as a spiked football is great political strat.//

melle1228 on June 4, 2014 at 11:41 AM

The Story You Haven’t Yet Heard About Bowe Bergdahl’s Desertion

http://www.gopusa.com/commentary/2014/06/04/the-story-you-havent-yet-heard-about-bowe-bergdahls-desertion/

The Bowe Bergdahl mess isn’t just a story about one deserter, but two. There’s the muddle-headed lowlife who left his post and brothers behind. And there’s the corrupt commander in chief who has jeopardized more American soldiers’ lives to “rescue” Bergdahl by bowing to the Taliban, while snubbing the surviving heroes and the eight dead American soldiers who lost their lives because of him. This cannot stand.

redguy on June 4, 2014 at 11:41 AM

Bergdahl was bought for 5-6 million dollars. The investigation needs to be about “who paid that loot?” Was it you, the taxpayer?

Schadenfreude on June 4, 2014 at 11:32 AM
It came from Obama’s stash.

ConstantineXI on June 4, 2014 at 11:34 AM

All of the Taliban got Bamaphones too…

dentarthurdent on June 4, 2014 at 11:41 AM

At least the junior NCO’s in the military still have a set, unlike the senior brass. for them I suggest they look up Montrose toast

sammus on June 4, 2014 at 11:40 AM

On a positive note, we can trust the NCO’s to protect the US, even if the senior brass is incapable.

Turtle317 on June 4, 2014 at 11:42 AM

Wow, when you’ve lost Tina Brown…

Tina Brown ‏@TinaBrownLM Jun 3
#BobBergdahl grew his stupid Jethro Tull beard in Afghan sympathy. Suggest shave it for soliders who died searching for deserter son.

Blake on June 4, 2014 at 11:42 AM

Team O probably thought the combination of nondisclosure agreements that they were forced to sign and the prospect of retaliation if they made life hard for the Pentagon would keep them quiet.

The NDA’s could only be enforced while in service. Once discharged, they can’t stick.

I assume the Admin/DOD/State never thought these guys would be smart enough to know the limits of an NDA, because up until Sunday a number of these cats were still fretting the blowback.

I think that’s where the Grenell piece stems from. Someone in his sphere would know what the NDA consisted of and let it be known they would win in court because they’re discharged. You can’t bind someone to an NDA when the situation at heart no longer exists.

budfox on June 4, 2014 at 11:42 AM

Good lapdog chuck

cmsinaz on June 4, 2014 at 11:42 AM

When any concept of loyalty to America is as foreign as colors to a blind person, this kind of thing does tend to take one by surprise.

WhatSlushfund on June 4, 2014 at 11:43 AM

for the sake of fuchs..the white house does not want to go there and should be smarter than this.

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on June 4, 2014 at 11:30 AM

But you know that they’re not.

Thanks for voting for these un-Americans clowns who are ruining this country.

Satisfied?

BuckeyeSam on June 4, 2014 at 11:43 AM

verbaloon, come out and play…

Del Dolemonte on June 4, 2014 at 11:31 AM

LOL! There aren’t enough The Warriors references on Hot Air.

Throat Wobbler Mangrove on June 4, 2014 at 11:43 AM

And who defines “unstable,” Senator ma’am?: http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/06/03/Dem-Senator-Introducing-Bill-To-Allow-Gun-Confiscation-From-Unstable-People

Confiscation. Toe in the door.

davidk on June 4, 2014 at 11:43 AM

Jake Tapper is the White House’s biggest problem here. He is after the truth on this story and won’t shut up about it. He’s on CNN now and neither he nor the network can be smeared as right-wing hacks.

I think the White House worried about blowback on the release of the Taliban guys and never even considered any possible blowback on Bergdahl himself. They’ve been caught flat-footed here and it’s going to be really hard for them to reverse the narrative. I gues you have to give them a E for Effort in throwing out the Swiftboating charge, but I don’t think it will stick.

Though the NYT does have a big writeup today trying to tear down the “6-8 men died looking for Bergdahl” story.

rockmom on June 4, 2014 at 11:43 AM

But their not.

Edit fail: they’re

melle1228 on June 4, 2014 at 11:43 AM

Shouldn’t it be banana boating?

Come, Mister Tally-ban, tally me banana
Daylight come and me wan’ go home

ElectricPhase on June 4, 2014 at 11:44 AM

There is no lie that they come up which will change the truth and the facts… They have been very badly crushed on this subject and there is no way under the sun to save them…

mnjg on June 4, 2014 at 11:44 AM

The swiftboating comparison is apt. With both Kerry and Bergdahl, it is their peers confronting them over their conduct during conflict.

Not sure how the WH thinks this is going to help them outside the choir, though.

Buck Farky on June 4, 2014 at 11:45 AM

What part will Dear Leader play in the D Day 70th anniversary…?

d1carter on June 4, 2014 at 11:27 AM

Hitler. Sleeping while his nation’s enemies begin their assault.

Bishop on June 4, 2014 at 11:45 AM

rockmom on June 4, 2014 at 11:43 AM

It wasn’t just that. The admin doesn’t understand the military culture. They think in military clichés.. “Don’t leave any man behind.” They didn’t understand that to military men and woman, the only thing more despicable than a traitor is a deserter, especially ones that caused the deaths of his brothers.

melle1228 on June 4, 2014 at 11:45 AM

I’d love to see him re-enact the landing but with life fire…

ConstantineXI on June 4, 2014 at 11:33 AM

If he “took the beach” anything like he throws a baseball, rides a bike, or fires a weapon, it would be a YouTube classic.

GAlpha10 on June 4, 2014 at 11:46 AM

LOL! There aren’t enough The Warriors references on Hot Air.

Throat Wobbler Mangrove on June 4, 2014 at 11:43 AM

Because that’s an AoSHQ gag.

Buck Farky on June 4, 2014 at 11:46 AM

and I’ll bet HE gets decent treatment from the VA…..

dentarthurdent on June 4, 2014 at 11:37 AM

Ha, you know he got the full medical treatment…

right2bright on June 4, 2014 at 11:46 AM

The swiftboating comparison is apt. With both Kerry and Bergdahl, it is their peers confronting them over their conduct during conflict.

Not sure how the WH thinks this is going to help them outside the choir, though.

Buck Farky on June 4, 2014 at 11:45 AM

It’s a dogwhistle to the Lefty blogosphere. Watch them all line up today to try to push this meme. It will be hilarious.

rockmom on June 4, 2014 at 11:46 AM

What part will Dear Leader play in the D Day 70th anniversary…?

d1carter on June 4, 2014 at 11:27 AM

I’d love to see him re-enact the landing but with life fire…

ConstantineXI on June 4, 2014 at 11:33 AM

Nope. I’d like to see him re-enact the landing and getting a medal for it. Posthumously.

HiJack on June 4, 2014 at 11:46 AM

The Bowe Bergdahl mess isn’t just a story about one deserter, but two. There’s the muddle-headed lowlife who left his post and brothers behind. And there’s the corrupt commander in chief who has jeopardized more American soldiers’ lives to “rescue” Bergdahl by bowing to the Taliban, while snubbing the surviving heroes and the eight dead American soldiers who lost their lives because of him. This cannot stand.
redguy on June 4, 2014 at 11:41 AM

Thank you for posting, says it all, short and sweet :)

Military: Do Not Let This Pass!

Scrumpy on June 4, 2014 at 11:47 AM

Well, they had to come up with SOMETHING – since he’s white they can’t use the standard “RACISM” charge.

dentarthurdent on June 4, 2014 at 11:34 AM

Well, good luck to them with playing any kind of race card…

Private First Class Morris Walker was black.

He made the ultimate sacrifice while looking for this deserter, a white man.

Resist We Much on June 4, 2014 at 11:47 AM

LOL! There aren’t enough The Warriors references on Hot Air.

Throat Wobbler Mangrove on June 4, 2014 at 11:43 AM

It’s not easy finding 3 actual glass Coke bottles these days….

dentarthurdent on June 4, 2014 at 11:47 AM

There is no lie that they come up which will change the truth and the facts… They have been very badly crushed on this subject and there is no way under the sun to save them…

mnjg on June 4, 2014 at 11:44 AM

Agreed…get your popcorn and let’s sit and watch who and what else they trot out.

right2bright on June 4, 2014 at 11:48 AM

It wasn’t just that. The admin doesn’t understand the military culture. They think in military clichés.. “Don’t leave any man behind.” They didn’t understand that to military men and woman, the only thing more despicable than a traitor is a deserter, especially ones that caused the deaths of his brothers.

melle1228 on June 4, 2014 at 11:45 AM

Absolutely correct. But this was also another case of incompetence as well; by limiting knowledge and consultation on this deal the White House failed to get the feedback that Bergdahl is considered a deserter and his release might not be received so well by the military.

rockmom on June 4, 2014 at 11:48 AM

“Swift-boating,” as you may recall, is when critics tell the truth about someone’s military service when the truth is unhelpful to Democrats.

“Swift-boating” never quite congealed into the universally-recognized pejorative that Democrats and leftists succeeded in doing with “McCarthyism”* (or for that matter, “racisim”). Too many of us equate “swift-boating” with “truth-telling.” I noticed one tone-deaf troll experiencing the blowblack when she trotted out the term on one of the morning Bergdahl threads yesterday.

White House aides can look forward to the same, as honored American soldiers step forward to testify about the one they know who deserted.

de rigueur on June 4, 2014 at 11:48 AM

Slightly Off-Topic…

Anyone play this angle yet where Holder used to represent terrorists at Gitmo when he worked at Covington & Burling?? I remembered that last night & was like, WTF??

blockchords on June 4, 2014 at 11:49 AM

Still digging that hole eh?

1) Good men died, others were gravely wounded while searching for a deserter.
2) Evil men were released and will soon rejoin the fight.

The American public will, for very sound reasons, believe the word of men that have NOTHING to gain, politically or otherwise, from lying about the events when Mr. Disillusioned took a hike. The American public will, for very sound reasons, not take kindly to the release of mass murderers and terrorists, particularly to a country that has no interest in keeping them from returning to the fight.

JusDreamin on June 4, 2014 at 11:49 AM

So now, phase three: Start discrediting the soldiers who’ve accused him. It’ll have to be done subtly and tactfully. If they go dumpster-diving on these guys for things like substance-abuse problems or financial trouble, the nastiness of it might backfire on the White House and make their Bergdahl problem even worse.

That’s phase 3-B. Of course, how well did that work for Jean Kerry in 2004?

Steve Eggleston on June 4, 2014 at 11:49 AM

Let’s see how the VFW and Legion respond, my Legion clan is distinctly….upset.

Bishop on June 4, 2014 at 11:50 AM

It’s not easy finding 3 actual glass Coke bottles these days….

dentarthurdent on June 4, 2014 at 11:47 AM

What??? My fridge disappeared? No, I think it’s still in the kitchen where I left it. Yes, there are 3 actual glass bottles of Coke in it (ok, more than three) but hey whose counting eh?

oscarwilde on June 4, 2014 at 11:50 AM

Well, good luck to them with playing any kind of race card…

Private First Class Morris Walker was black.

He made the ultimate sacrifice while looking for this deserter, a white man.

Resist We Much on June 4, 2014 at 11:47 AM

be a darling and publish all the soldiers names who died looking for that traitor :) Thanks

Scrumpy on June 4, 2014 at 11:52 AM

That’s phase 3-B. Of course, how well did that work for Jean Kerry in 2004?

Steve Eggleston on June 4, 2014 at 11:49 AM

We could always ask him. I’m sure it’s seared into his memory.

NotCoach on June 4, 2014 at 11:52 AM

the blonde bimbo spokesslut

KOOLAID2 on June 4, 2014 at 11:36 AM

is that really necessary?

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on June 4, 2014 at 11:41 AM

Actually, I think it is rather understated. When I heard that woman say what she did, I nearly lost it. Believe me, I would be banned for eternity if I wrote what I honestly thought about that cucking funt.

Resist We Much on June 4, 2014 at 11:53 AM

Has the Obama White House have no shame?

Evi L. Bloggerlady on June 4, 2014 at 11:54 AM

Come on, Army. You know what to do, right? That oath – something about enemies, foreign and domestic.

Rix on June 4, 2014 at 11:54 AM

Slightly off topic, but only slightly, it just occurred to me that Snowden must be kicking himself in the a$$ for exposing the NSA the way he did instead of just going AWOL while letting Greenwald do his bit and let Russia announce he’s there. Then he could wait a year or two, get Putin to negotiate with the O’Dimwits Administration for his return for something, and Obama would be doing a Rose Garden photo op and Susan Rice would be calling his work at NSA “honorable and distinguished”.

Dusty on June 4, 2014 at 11:54 AM

Alternate headline: Obama to Vets: Drop Dead — Again

Socratease on June 4, 2014 at 11:55 AM

Yours, Lord Barack, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is yours. Yours, Lord Barack, is the kingdom; you are exalted as head over all. 1 Chronicles Valerie 29:11 NIV BHOV

Nutstuyu on June 4, 2014 at 11:55 AM

So now, phase three: Start discrediting the soldiers who’ve accused him. It’ll have to be done subtly and tactfully. If they go dumpster-diving on these guys for things like substance-abuse problems or financial trouble, the nastiness of it might backfire on the White House and make their Bergdahl problem even worse.
– Allah

Allah –
Colorful. But who is making an effort to discredit or denigrate these soldiers?
Do you consider mentioning (or as you call it, ‘hyperventilating over’) the mere fact there was/is an effort by GOP strategists to manage these guys?
But maybe Grenell & co were merely offering a lift to various news studios. Nothing more than ‘hey, you can use my cell phone for this interview if you like’.
How nice of them!
So aside from pointing to that, what terrible things are being said about this soldiers? And who is saying it?

(And you do know where to look if you want to hear terrible and awful things said about a US Soldier and his family, right?)

verbaluce on June 4, 2014 at 11:55 AM

#BuckFarack

Nutstuyu on June 4, 2014 at 11:55 AM

What??? My fridge disappeared? No, I think it’s still in the kitchen where I left it. Yes, there are 3 actual glass bottles of Coke in it (ok, more than three) but hey whose counting eh?

oscarwilde on June 4, 2014 at 11:50 AM

Just asking – you do know what I’m referring to re 3 glass coke bottles?

dentarthurdent on June 4, 2014 at 11:55 AM

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