Van Jones: These soldiers speaking out against Bergdahl are part of Republicans’ “orchestrated smear campaign”

posted at 1:21 pm on June 4, 2014 by Erika Johnsen

Well. This is almost as clever as his little “Benghazi-ization” zinger from the night before, in which he boldly called out Republicans for “building up” the released Taliban prisoners into a “mega threat against us” (so out of line, Republicans!) for the sake of their falsely scandal-icious narrative. Via RCP:

Now, I admit, there are important answers we have to answer here, but Sergeant Bergdahl isn’t even out of the hospital yet and already the air waves are being filled mysteriously with former soldiers just trashing the guy. What is going on here? Well, it turns out that there are Republican operatives who are working behind the scenes to get some of those guys on television. This is an orchestrated smear campaign. The implication is that President Obama should have left a U.S. soldier to die, but if he had done that, the same Republicans would be attacking him for doing that, so the whole thing is completely outrageous.

The big point there, I suppose, is that super-duper-shadowy “Republican operatives” are working “behind the scenes to get some of those guys on television.” …Yeah, so what? Is Van Jones suggesting that the soldiers personally and professionally familiar with Bowe Bergdahl don’t have a right to be heard publicly at a highly relevant moment, or perhaps even trying to imply that Republicans are somehow tampering with the veterans’ stories? Because that is total baloney, as Allahpundit aptly noted in covering the specific instance to which I think Jones is referring yesterday; the entirely independent accusations against Bergdahl from his fellow vets have already been out there for years. I might also ask Van Jones to explain how it is that the supposedly constructed “Benghazi-ization” narrative is less worthily critical than the narrative from the “Do And Say Anything To Cover President Obama’s Behind” camp to which he apparently belongs.


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Verby is Van Jones, huh.

22044 on June 4, 2014 at 1:23 PM

Sure thing commie.

Bmore on June 4, 2014 at 1:23 PM

Is Van Jones suggesting that the soldiers personally and professionally familiar with Bowe Bergdahl don’t have a right to be heard publicly at a highly relevant moment, or perhaps even trying to imply that Republicans are somehow tampering with the veterans’ stories?

Yeah, pretty much. If you have anything to say that could harm Obama politically, you are illegitimate, racist, and hateful and have no business being heard. Even if you’re putting your own life on the line serving your country.

Doughboy on June 4, 2014 at 1:25 PM

van who? Why do we care what that moron says?

crosshugger on June 4, 2014 at 1:25 PM

Will wonders never cease, a Marxist defending a traitor and deserter.

oscarwilde on June 4, 2014 at 1:25 PM

“These are not the right kind of whistle-blowers.”

Ricard on June 4, 2014 at 1:25 PM

Right cueball, and I suppose that the 2010 Pentagon investigation of Bergdahl, which concluded that he had willingly deserted, was also “a Republican smear campaign.”

Get stuffed, you clueless commie fraud.

AZCoyote on June 4, 2014 at 1:25 PM

Truther

gracie on June 4, 2014 at 1:26 PM

Van Jones is clearly in need of a new battery.

“We’re not gonna put a new battery in a broken system. We want a new system. We want a new system!”

Electrongod on June 4, 2014 at 1:26 PM

Now, I admit, there are important answers we have to answer here

Right on, brother, we need to answer those answers.

You were let go because your intellect outshone Dog Eaters, correct?

Bishop on June 4, 2014 at 1:26 PM

I put no merit in the words of Mr. Van Jones, communist f**k-sl*t.

Turtle317 on June 4, 2014 at 1:27 PM

Keep talking, Obamadons – keep talking. The military personnel and families that you are directly shitting on with every utterance like this will be won over by this tactic, I’m sure.

Midas on June 4, 2014 at 1:27 PM

Really, Van?…the republicans aren’t capable of “orchestrating” anything.

That’s why they continually get their butts kicked by the dimocrats in driving any narrative – on any subject.

golds1 on June 4, 2014 at 1:28 PM

Eh, the transcript was wrong.

Bishop on June 4, 2014 at 1:29 PM

We will smear you with the truth.

anuts on June 4, 2014 at 1:29 PM

These arrogant, contemptuous crapweasels clearly think that the American people are a bunch of completely vapid morons who will believe anything.

They take the ‘big lie’ to levels that Lenin, Stalin, Goebbels, and Mao never imagined possible….

Athos on June 4, 2014 at 1:29 PM

Ugh, when will be ever be rid of this f*ckwits?

Midas on June 4, 2014 at 1:30 PM

Get’em erika :)

cmsinaz on June 4, 2014 at 1:30 PM

Bit of projection here. Van Jones occupation, literally, is to set up fake grass roots campaigns for left wing causes.

pat on June 4, 2014 at 1:31 PM

FYI—-the Invasion of the United States by Mexico continues..

Treason is running the show at the White House and Congress.

USA

Viva the New States of Meximerica!!!

PappyD61 on June 4, 2014 at 1:32 PM

To Democrats the Republicans are total imbeciles… unless they are needed to be the masters of deception in which case they can create conspiracies so deep and complex no Leftist can figure it out.

It is always that dichotomy.

ajacksonian on June 4, 2014 at 1:32 PM

Trust me, Van, you don’t want to go down the road of “Let’s rip up all the non-disclosure agreements so we can get to the truth!” Right now the only thing holding his theory together is the relatively small number of Soldiers (who knew Bergdahl and his mindset just prior to his disappearance) who are speaking out. Opening the floodgates is the last thing he wants at this point.

What a sad, tired talking point.

Sgt Steve on June 4, 2014 at 1:32 PM

Perry Jones: Your Honor, the charges against my client should be dismissed immediately because the prosecution found this witness with the sole intent of impugning the defendant.

Judge: But the witness claims to have witnessed the murder.

Perry Jones: It doesn’t matter, your Honor. The prosecutor doesn’t like me, and so that automatically makes all witnesses he presents suspect.

Judge: …

NotCoach on June 4, 2014 at 1:32 PM

Pure desperation…

Van Jones???…HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA….(gasp)…hahahahahahahaha….

PatriotRider on June 4, 2014 at 1:33 PM

Bit of projection here. Van Jones occupation, literally, is to set up fake grass roots campaigns for left wing causes.

pat on June 4, 2014 at 1:31 PM

We know Van Jones is a communist fraud – however – millions still follow this sick socialist.

We don’t need to try and convert these people…..we just need to push them to the side.

redguy on June 4, 2014 at 1:33 PM

Because an operative like Van would know an orchestrated smear campaign when he knows one! It’s called the media

sgtstogie on June 4, 2014 at 1:34 PM

Why is the commie Van Jones smearing these soldiers who actually did serve with honor and distinction?

rbj on June 4, 2014 at 1:34 PM

We will look back at these hours as the last days of this nation.

We all work for the Chamber of Commerce now.

Berdghal who dat? Oh yeah, that was when we still had a military back in the teens.

PappyD61 on June 4, 2014 at 1:34 PM

I think I’ll believe the words of those that served with the gutless deserter over a racist gutless scumbag like Jones.

bbinfl on June 4, 2014 at 1:34 PM

Those Republicans have a strange mystical power they use to make Obama act like an idiot.

kcewa on June 4, 2014 at 1:34 PM

Hey VJ;thanks so much for giving us the lies story we need to keep these right wing characters from embarrassing us.
Maybe if the Whitehouse could just either directly text us, or e-mail us daily we wouldn’t have to run away when we see a conservative (ugh) coming to show us the truth.
Good job though VJ, almost had me fooled that you were sincere.

Don L on June 4, 2014 at 1:34 PM

There is a used car dealership missing its idiot somewhere.

Rix on June 4, 2014 at 1:35 PM

I can see it now…

All military ballots in the mid-terms will be lost…

PatriotRider on June 4, 2014 at 1:35 PM

Orchestrated? Like Sandra Fluke? Like Cindy Sheehan? Like Barack Obama?

rhombus on June 4, 2014 at 1:35 PM

Folks… what we have here is the next John Kerry… A coward, a hippie America Hater, made into a hero by the left wing media and lefty politicians. HE will be running for congress in a few years. (assuming the nation lasts that long).

And CBS says that He is going to get another promotion.
Why not go all the way Barack, and make him a 5 star and put him in charge of the Perfumed Princes of the Pentagon.
…………………

We have been using the wrong D- word.
Calling him a Deserter…

When we SHOULD be calling him a DEFECTOR.

LegendHasIt on June 4, 2014 at 1:35 PM

Comrade Jones will protect Comrade Obama at any cost.

/spit – he’s a worthless POS

Key West Reader on June 4, 2014 at 1:35 PM

Yup, mysterious and shadowy Republican operatives are busy behind the scenes orchestrating a smear campaign against Bowe Bergdahl by having men that served with him come out with smears against him.

Yeah, Van Jones is a genius.

EA_MAN on June 4, 2014 at 1:35 PM

Of course, the Mao loving fascist truther thug knows all about ‘orchestrated smear campaigns’ – it’s how he got where he is.

If he had any intelligence whatsoever, it would be a textbook case of projection – but all this moron knows is his allegiance to a morally, ethically, and intellectually bankrupt fascist ideology.

Athos on June 4, 2014 at 1:35 PM

Does this idiot realize that he’s smearing these veterans just to protect Obama?

Irony.

blink on June 4, 2014 at 1:32 PM

Do you think he gives a shit????

My brother in-law, sister, niece & nephew are now stationed in South Korea….
You don’t think our radars have been going off non-stop since Obama has taken (stolen) office?

redguy on June 4, 2014 at 1:36 PM

Soooooo – all these other soldiers are liars? Is that your point?

dentarthurdent on June 4, 2014 at 1:36 PM

Gene Hackman had one of the best lines in history in “Mississippi Burning” that totally applies to every leftist on the planet. He tells Willem Dafoe’s ‘Mr. Ward’, “You know what your problem is? You don’t know when to talk and when to shut up; and that makes you a FOOL!”

I’ve never seen a more appropriate application of that than right now for the left.

a5minmajor on June 4, 2014 at 1:37 PM

Just like Verbie, Vancie is attempting to escape the massive blowback that would come if he claimed that ALL of Bergdahl’s fellow platoon mates are lying by hiding behind Richard Grenell’s skirt.

Resist We Much on June 4, 2014 at 1:37 PM

What a latrine-rat Jones is. Only leftist Soldiers’ words count.

I hope you choke, you bastard.

Schadenfreude on June 4, 2014 at 1:37 PM

I wish he would have to speak to all of these young men IN PERSON. TO THEIR FACES.

djl130 on June 4, 2014 at 1:37 PM

Oh, so these “same republicans” have been screaming for 5 years that Obama had left Bergdahl to die? Because I don’t recall this happening…it was also very obvious that there was a concerted effort to get these service members’ accounts about Bergdahl out in the media, to which I ask, SO WHAT?

ellifint on June 4, 2014 at 1:38 PM

They accuse others of doing what they, themselves do. Scumbag Jones is a well known liar and traitor so it’s no surprise he’d be part of a coordinated effort to smear honest Americans to help his fellow traitors like obozo and bergdahl.

Flange on June 4, 2014 at 1:38 PM

He just called thee Vets liars, I definitely see a war on Vets starting.

Sven on June 4, 2014 at 1:38 PM

I find it quite satisfying that our Brightest and Best, who Obama his his fellow travelers view as “Political Tolls” are now being a sword of truth.

kingsjester on June 4, 2014 at 1:38 PM

Jones, you marxist fool, how many Soldiers have spoken out in defense of Bergdahl?

#Boomeranggate

I love the leftists’ predicament.

Schadenfreude on June 4, 2014 at 1:38 PM

The implication is that this particular Real Poli Sci Graduate of Genius is accusing these soldier of reading from a prepared script.

Man up, boy. Prove it.

MNHawk on June 4, 2014 at 1:39 PM

More, “The means justifies the end” scenario.

Everyone on the left cares so much to cover Oblahblahs ass, they will all sink to new unheard of lows, to do so…

Scrumpy on June 4, 2014 at 1:40 PM

You have not heard from Wasserman-Schmutz, Pelosi, and heard only negative things from Feinstein.

Also, it was proven in the senate hearings last night that Reid lied about having been told by obama about the Bergdahl operation on Friday. He found out Saturday, with the rest of the swine.

Schadenfreude on June 4, 2014 at 1:40 PM

Help the Fist ‘Lady’.

Schadenfreude on June 4, 2014 at 1:41 PM

Van Jones is a communist. Why he is on TV at all is a curious at best. He cannot answer the charges against this administration so he demonizes the questioner. Someone should call him out on his politics so we know what he is about. I think the son of bitch belongs in jail.

Zelsdorf Ragshaft on June 4, 2014 at 1:41 PM

9-11 Truther Van Jones

FIFY. Come on, Erika.:)

faraway on June 4, 2014 at 1:42 PM

Muzzled

Schadenfreude on June 4, 2014 at 1:42 PM

I have a window into what regular libbies are thinking from inane comments coming from VJ.
“By any means necessary – Repubs! Bush! Koch! Tea Party! Conservatives! Racists! Homophobes! War on Womynz!”

22044 on June 4, 2014 at 1:42 PM

Yeah, Jake Tapper is part of the “smear campaign.” ///

mjbrooks3 on June 4, 2014 at 1:43 PM

another idiot that needs to be not alive

dmacleo on June 4, 2014 at 1:43 PM

Van Jones knows these troops are lying.

He was there in the field fighting with them, after all.

Good Lt on June 4, 2014 at 1:43 PM

Or, Defender of Cop Killers Van Jones

faraway on June 4, 2014 at 1:43 PM

The welfare queens agitator f***ed up this thing beyond belief as he did in almost everything he touched… However this is very personal with the military… No lie is going to change the facts here… The agitator of parasites is in deep sh*t here and nothing can save him… It is over…

mnjg on June 4, 2014 at 1:44 PM

We have a triumvirate of wisdom on Bergdahl:
Maddow, Jones and Reid.

mjbrooks3 on June 4, 2014 at 1:44 PM

Van Jones is obviously not the sharpest knife in the drawer, but he is a useful “tool” for this pathetic administration.

bobthm3 on June 4, 2014 at 1:45 PM

Help the Fist ‘Lady’.

Schadenfreude on June 4, 2014 at 1:41 PM

Is that intentional, or a Freudian slip? Anyway, she may have a new nickname….

notropis on June 4, 2014 at 1:45 PM

CNN proving their irrelevancy by continuing to use this communist as one of their main contributors

burserker on June 4, 2014 at 1:46 PM

There is a used car dealership missing its idiot somewhere.

Rix on June 4, 2014 at 1:35 PM

…..only if they are selling “certified used cars”…out of a junkyard!

KOOLAID2 on June 4, 2014 at 1:46 PM

Van Jones: These soldiers speaking out against Bergdahl are part of Republicans’ “orchestrated smear campaign”
 
POSTED AT 1:21 PM ON JUNE 4, 2014 BY ERIKA JOHNSEN

 

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!
 
verbaluce on June 4, 2014 at 11:55 AM

 
I’ve never seriously considered the possibility verbaluce was paid to be here, but that sure is an interesting coincidence.

rogerb on June 4, 2014 at 1:46 PM

You can just how bad a situation is for their fallen messiah by how upset Internet Trolls get.

…and, they are positively losing their minds over this one.

kingsjester on June 4, 2014 at 1:46 PM

Van Jones knows these troops are lying.

He was there in the field fighting with them, after all.

Good Lt on June 4, 2014 at 1:43 PM

Seared in his memory?

David Blue on June 4, 2014 at 1:47 PM

Is Van Jones suggesting that the soldiers personally and professionally familiar with Bowe Bergdahl don’t have a right to be heard publicly at a highly relevant moment, or perhaps even trying to imply that Republicans are somehow tampering with the veterans’ stories?

Doughboy nailed it. Yes, that’s exactly what he’s claiming and, yes, it’s ridiculous.

What’s more, I think he knows it’s ridiculous & doesn’t care – turning this into a “is this Swiftboating?” debate takes the attention off of where it should be.

Who prepared Susan Rice’s talking points this time? (heh)

BD57 on June 4, 2014 at 1:47 PM

Van Jones is projecting. It’s what Democrats would do in the same situation, and he’s so prejudiced against Republicans that he doesn’t even bother to try to verify his assumptions before going nation-wide on TV to libel them.

Politics in the Age of Obama has become a brass-knuckled mud-wrestling match. Way to bring us together, Lightbringer.

Socratease on June 4, 2014 at 1:47 PM

Van Jones on Van Jones

I met all these young radical people of color. I mean really radical: communists and anarchists. And it was, like, ‘This is what I need to be a part of.’ I spent the next ten years of my life working with a lot of those people I met in jail, trying to be a revolutionary.

I became a communist.

faraway on June 4, 2014 at 1:47 PM

in all seriousness, how does an idiot and hack like Van Jones get on television?

In a world where people cared about intelligent discussion or informed opinion, this guy would not exist.

Monkeytoe on June 4, 2014 at 1:48 PM

I’ve never seriously considered the possibility verbaluce was paid to be here, but that sure is an interesting coincidence.

rogerb on June 4, 2014 at 1:46 PM

…I think…there is a couple of them!…with socks!

KOOLAID2 on June 4, 2014 at 1:48 PM

On the eve of the 70th anniversary of D-Day, the leftists are staging
a full assault on the military.

Brilliant.

MichaelGabriel on June 4, 2014 at 1:49 PM

I’ve never only once very recently seriously considered the possibility verbaluce was paid to be here, but that sure is an interesting coincidence.
 
rogerb on June 4, 2014 at 1:46 PM

 
FIFM

rogerb on June 4, 2014 at 1:49 PM

I find it quite satisfying that our Brightest and Best, who Obama his his fellow travelers view as “Political Tolls” are now being a sword of truth.

kingsjester on June 4, 2014 at 1:38 PM

America does too, and it has the leftist thugs in desperado mode.

#Boomerangate

Schadenfreude on June 4, 2014 at 1:50 PM

Come on now. I fully expected the race card to come out.

Have we ever seen a regime like Obama’s where the people in the highest offices smear Americans. third world banana republics are looking good now. King Barky the Liar is doing what he does best, LIE.

jukin3 on June 4, 2014 at 1:50 PM

And jones is part of a dhimmicRAT smear campaign to cast aspersions on the people who were there.

davidk on June 4, 2014 at 1:50 PM

Let’s see, some even in the MSM, noticing that Bergdahl deserted his post at the very least and that it is possible that Bergdahl gave aid and comfort to the enemy, someone at MSNBC or WH staffers must be working feverishly to find a way to inject racism into the Bergdahl story.

Wallythedog on June 4, 2014 at 1:51 PM

Oh. Well. If Van Jones said it, then, . . ., uh, I am not, I don’t
care. Next.

FineasFinn on June 4, 2014 at 1:51 PM

Here’s a thought…

Obama didn’t release 5 Taliban. He released 6 of them including the coward deserter who left his post that cost 6 lives of honorable men to join the Taliban.

You want schmear? I’ll give you schmear you commie bastiges.

Key West Reader on June 4, 2014 at 1:51 PM

He was not a U.S. soldier, if he deserted, and this is some surprising benefit of the doubt from a truther. Seriously, couldn’t they find anyone more credible than a disgraced former cabinet member?

ezspirit on June 4, 2014 at 1:51 PM

…and, they are positively losing their minds over this one.

kingsjester on June 4, 2014 at 1:46 PM

Premise…that they had any to lose.

Schadenfreude on June 4, 2014 at 1:51 PM

The only orchestration is by the administration lying and covering up this scandal.

Blake on June 4, 2014 at 1:52 PM

The military never classified Bergdahl as a POW. They know.

When is Jones and related going to call all the Soldiers racists?

Schadenfreude on June 4, 2014 at 1:52 PM

Go #@*$ yourself, commie.

With a chainsaw.

Hayabusa on June 4, 2014 at 1:53 PM

in all seriousness, how does an idiot and hack like Van Jones get on television?

In a world where people cared about intelligent discussion or informed opinion, this guy would not exist.

Monkeytoe on June 4, 2014 at 1:48 PM

…the politburo press…grasping at straws!
…just saw Susan Rice’s face on another channel speaking about Syria…who in their robotic right mind… would even stick a mic and camera in front of her face with her obvious blatant bullshit?

KOOLAID2 on June 4, 2014 at 1:53 PM

I’ve never seriously considered the possibility verbaluce was paid to be here, but that sure is an interesting coincidence.
rogerb on June 4, 2014 at 1:46 PM

What is an interesting coincidence? I think the idea that this blog would pay commenters to post opposing opinions is absurd, with all due respect. It’s not like it is all that hard to attract liberals online to post voluntarily.

bluegill on June 4, 2014 at 1:54 PM

The only orchestration is by the administration lying and covering up this scandal.

Blake on June 4, 2014 at 1:52 PM

But this door has barely been cracked open, and it ain’t gon’ get shut. It’s a flood, way bigger than the VA, and related too. They thought they’d get away from the VA and jumped into melted steel.

Schadenfreude on June 4, 2014 at 1:54 PM

I can’t wait to hear what Mary Mapes has to say about this

Roy Rogers on June 4, 2014 at 1:54 PM

Dan Rather is too senile to comment.

Schadenfreude on June 4, 2014 at 1:54 PM

“Mysteriously” my left rear deltoid. The Regime makes a huge deal of his “release” complete with Rose Garden comedy show and this moron has never heard of internet, apparently?

PJ Emeritus on June 4, 2014 at 1:55 PM

Yeah, Erika. This thread must be moved to the left!!!

Schadenfreude on June 4, 2014 at 1:55 PM

Key West Reader on June 4, 2014 at 1:51 PM

OOORAH

Roy Rogers on June 4, 2014 at 1:55 PM

What is an interesting coincidence? I think the idea that this blog would pay commenters to post opposing opinions is absurd, with all due respect. It’s not like it is all that hard to attract liberals online to post voluntarily.

bluegill on June 4, 2014 at 1:54 PM

…………….^case^ in point!

KOOLAID2 on June 4, 2014 at 1:57 PM

C’mon, the same Rolling Stone magazine that put a domestic terrorist on the cover reported Bergdahl deserted in 2012. His father told him to OBEY YOUR CONSCIENCE.

ezspirit on June 4, 2014 at 1:57 PM

War on Vets!

Sven on June 4, 2014 at 1:57 PM

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