Obama admin official: Hey, maybe Bergdahl’s platoon-mates are all psychopathic smear merchants

posted at 8:41 am on June 5, 2014 by Guy Benson

Berdahl’s fellow soldiers — you know, the ones who didn’t desert their posts, and who risked their lives and sustained casualties searching for the guy who did — have graduated from mere “swift-boaters” to potentially lying psychopaths.  The tweets you are about to read aren’t from some obscure lefty troll. No, these are the Obama administration’s Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs at HUD floating an insulting and conspiratorial apologia for Bergdahl at the expense of his entire unit.  Read from the bottom up (via Gateway Pundit).  Hoo boy:

He’s no fan of idle speculation, mind you.  He just can’t help but wonder if perhaps Berdahl’s platoon was “long on psychopaths and short on leadership,” offering ample incentive for them to be “smearing him publicly” today.  The soft-hearted Bergdahl’s disillusionment, you see, may have led to a technically-illegal-but-possibly-sympathetic decision to…desert the United States Army, seek out the Taliban, and allegedly help them kill Americans more efficiently.  But far be it from Mr. Friedman (who is a veteran himself, I should add) to jump to conclusions.  Even though the military conducted an investigation at the time and “jumped to” the exact same conclusion being articulated by the would-be psychotic smear artists from Bergdahl’s platoon.  We mustn’t get ahead of ourselves on this desertion allegation, nor the motives behind Bergdahl’s actions.  It’s not like the guy left behind a desertion note that suggested he wanted to renounce his citizenship after having sent virulently anti-American emails to his parents.  In case you missed it yesterday, here’s Bergdahl’s unit leader talking with Jake Tapper about the controversy, calmly asserting that Bergdahl “totally deserted” his brothers in arms, and affirming that IED attacks against American convoys became more precise in the immediate aftermath of his disappearance:

Staff Sgt. Justin Gerleve strikes me as an honorable patriot, but what do I know?  One man’s “swift-boater” is another man’s psychopathic liar.

UPDATE – Friedman has scrubbed his Twitter bio, per Twitchy.  The president, meanwhile, is calling the Bergdahl/Taliban controversy “whipped up in Washington.”  This is in keeping with the White House’s new approach to this mess — namely, casting it as yet another unserious partisan food fight in DC.  I pick apart that insulting spin here.


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HUD projection. This administration is long on psychopaths and short on leadership.

de rigueur on June 5, 2014 at 11:06 AM

These Administration people all are supposed to be college graduates, right?
formwiz on June 5, 2014 at 10:36 AM
Obama supposedly graduated from Harvard but I’m skeptical he is not near bright enough to have gone there but he likely got a free pass.

sorrowen on June 5, 2014 at 11:04 AM

Obama is proof that you aren’t going to get a better education at Harvard than you can get at the local community college/State U…

ConstantineXI on June 5, 2014 at 11:07 AM

What if the Obama administration is long on psychopaths and short on leadership?

Resist We Much on June 5, 2014 at 11:07 AM

I am usually not an advocate for pitchforks and torches in the night but this current administration is rotten from the neck down. When the one is gone hopefully all the upper and midlevel appointees like this fool in this post will be gone too. It’s not only obama it’s all the like minded libs who have to go. By the way what does HUD have to do with DOD? He may have a right to express his private opinion but he has a government status that requires more descretion. These guys don’t even try to hide their contempt for us little folk.

warmairfan on June 5, 2014 at 11:08 AM

When obama gets to Allah, he’ll be assigned Tomasky and Eleanor Clift, along with Susan Rice.

Schadenfreude on June 5, 2014 at 11:08 AM

They should have sent Clarabell out to the Sunday talk shows and after.

Schadenfreude on June 5, 2014 at 11:10 AM

Hey, guess what? Somebody plans to run for office. He’s already written a book on his military experience. You will never in a million years guess who was disillusioned?

Cindy Munford on June 5, 2014 at 11:11 AM

This is calculated. From the top. I haven’t said it before, but Barack Obama needs to be impeached and removed from office. He is unfit to be president of the United States of America.

rbj on June 5, 2014 at 8:46 AM

I agree to a point, but I believe that you’re not thinking this through. That would leave Biden as President…

HiJack on June 5, 2014 at 9:59 AM

At this point, Biden is the lesser of two evils.

There Goes the Neighborhood on June 5, 2014 at 11:12 AM

After we replace Obama with a random homeless guy, can we then replace Congress/Senate with random names chosen from each district/state’s phone book.

And Obama is ALWAYS out of touch with the mood of most of the country, especially in “flyover country”.

Tinker on June 5, 2014 at 11:13 AM

I am usually not an advocate for pitchforks and torches in the night but this current administration is rotten from the neck down. When the one is gone hopefully all the upper and midlevel appointees like this fool in this post will be gone too. It’s not only obama it’s all the like minded libs who have to go. By the way what does HUD have to do with DOD? He may have a right to express his private opinion but he has a government status that requires more descretion. These guys don’t even try to hide their contempt for us little folk.

warmairfan on June 5, 2014 at 11:08 AM

They had to dredge up someone who had been in the military and this punk was it.

ConstantineXI on June 5, 2014 at 11:13 AM

psychopathic smear merchants

…he should know!

KOOLAID2 on June 5, 2014 at 11:14 AM

Yes, and perhaps Brandon Friedman is a psychotic axe murderer who lunches on his victims. Talk about strawmen…

zoyclem on June 5, 2014 at 11:14 AM

Next up on the ‘Name That Religion and Ethnicity’ game:

The Gas Station Mural Showing a ‘Priest’ and a Baby Is So Offensive, Local Stations Had to Blur It to Put It on TV

Resist We Much on June 5, 2014 at 11:14 AM

After 9/11, muslims should be apologizing for their institutional barbarism and thanking us for not mass deporting them.

Instead they joined the Democrat victim parade and we have a President with HUSSEIN in his name… We Sandra Fluke’d this big time.

ConstantineXI on June 5, 2014 at 11:19 AM

What a flunky and flack.

This administrations is puerile beyond imagination.

Schadenfreude on June 5, 2014 at 11:20 AM

At this point, Biden is the lesser of two evils.

There Goes the Neighborhood on June 5, 2014 at 11:12 AM

The lesser of two weevils.

de rigueur on June 5, 2014 at 11:21 AM

obama repatriated 6 terrorists.

Schadenfreude on June 5, 2014 at 11:21 AM

Not enough tar and feathers for all this administration that is in acute need of it.

WTF is wrong with these people???

txdoc on June 5, 2014 at 11:27 AM

Hey, guess what? Somebody plans to run for office. He’s already written a book on his military experience. You will never in a million years guess who was disillusioned?

Cindy Munford on June 5, 2014 at 11:11 AM

Good find! Strange guy. You’ll never read a puffier wikipedia post. Frequent contributor to Daily Kos, too. Which named his book “One of the Best Books of the Decade.”

We should award him “Worst Tweeter of the Decade.” Or “Most Psycho-babbling-pathic.”

de rigueur on June 5, 2014 at 11:29 AM

What if he grew disillusioned with what he saw…

 
It’s almost sort of sad to see how badly they were relying on this distraction from the preventable soldiers’ deaths at the VA.

rogerb on June 5, 2014 at 11:30 AM

de rigueur on June 5, 2014 at 11:29 AM

Thanks, the only reason I found it was because after he stepped in this big pile of excrement, he quickly scrubbed his bio. Twitter, through Twitchy, is forever. The other thing I found interesting was that he was with Dept. of Veteran Affairs, I wonder why the move to H.U.D.? Eeeh, I don’t want to make this guy more interesting.

Cindy Munford on June 5, 2014 at 11:35 AM

How does one respond to this. Exhibit A that they are incapable of shame.

Andrew Jackson knew how to deal with this kind of contemptible crapweasel behavior.

It cannot be allowed to stand.

Midas on June 5, 2014 at 11:36 AM

The other thing I found interesting was that he was with Dept. of Veteran Affairs, I wonder why the move to H.U.D.? Eeeh, I don’t want to make this guy more interesting.

Cindy Munford on June 5, 2014 at 11:35 AM

I noticed that, too. Obviously at some point he stopped thinking of himself as a warrior and as just another DC bureaucrat. A mouthy one.

de rigueur on June 5, 2014 at 11:38 AM

de rigueur on June 5, 2014 at 11:38 AM

I looked at your Wiki link and apparently he was coordinating social media for the VA under Tammy Duckworth. This sentence stuck out. Maybe he left when it turned out to be demonstrably untrue.

Cindy Munford on June 5, 2014 at 11:53 AM

Opps, my sentence didn’t link because it wasn’t a link. Let me fix that.

Additionally in 2011, AOL Government noted that VA was “becoming a model for other agencies.”

Cindy Munford on June 5, 2014 at 11:57 AM

Cindy Munford on June 5, 2014 at 11:57 AM

Interesting. Disillusioned with the military, then with the VA. Perhaps it was self-loathing that drove him then to the backwaters of the DC bureaucrazy. I mean, HUD? Really?

Or perhaps it was to determine for himself whether the VA was indeed “becoming a model for other agencies.” And, lo, so it is.

de rigueur on June 5, 2014 at 12:06 PM

No fan of idle speculation, but he’s pretty damn good at it.

Brandon Friedman, I’ve been trying to find his bio, and it is somewhat cryptic, according to Wiki, he was an officer in the Army during the start of hostilities in Afghanistan and Iraq, both in the first days. He graduated college in 2000, and was an Army officer in Oct, 2011? Did he go to school on ROTC? Was he one of those who he now claims were short of leadership and long on mental disease?
I know he’s been in management at VA, not a particularly bright spot on someone’s resume these days. And it seems he came to loath his decisions to join up and be involved in the fight, so he might have a personal connection to Bergdahl’s plight.

Maybe he’s living vicariously through Bergdahl. Do Friedman’s parents speak ill of the USA, or turned to Islam?

gonnjos on June 5, 2014 at 12:17 PM

Obviously at some point he stopped thinking of himself as a warrior and as just another DC bureaucrat.

de rigueur on June 5, 2014 at 11:38 AM

I’m not sure he *ever* thought of himself as a “warrior”, despite his commission in the Army.

GWB on June 5, 2014 at 12:19 PM

Look at the photo. Does he not look like a typical pseudo intellectual know-it-all idiot? Obama’s thug regime is full of
them.

The house cleaning is not just in the oval office, senate and
house, folks! We have a lot of work to do.

Amjean on June 5, 2014 at 12:19 PM

in 2009 where was this political appointee?
the troops were looking in caves, and tents and down wells for a deserter, some of them died in the process.

his comments shows how the obama admin REALLY THINKS about our military.

sniffles1999 on June 5, 2014 at 12:24 PM

I am usually not an advocate for pitchforks and torches in the night but this current administration is rotten from the neck down.

It’s even more rotten from the neck up.

Suck it up and salute Big Brother!

If you disagree, you’re a psychopath, and ‘Rats are waiting for you in Room 101.

Steve Z on June 5, 2014 at 12:29 PM

It’s all a simple misunderstanding.

What he wanted to say is I wonder if this administration is long on sociopaths and short on leadership. Stupid auto correct!!

crash1211 on June 5, 2014 at 12:46 PM

I am usually not an advocate for pitchforks and torches in the night but this current administration is rotten from the neck down.

It way passed that, it’s time for severed heads on every mile marker post within 40 miles of Washington DC, just as a reminder to the next bunch.

Wallythedog on June 5, 2014 at 12:57 PM

This is in keeping with the White House’s new approach to this mess — namely, casting it as yet another unserious partisan food fight in DC.

This mess? Every mess. Same routine. I’m waiting for the dog whistle of racism or does that just go without saying?

Cindy Munford on June 5, 2014 at 1:00 PM

HUD projection. This administration is long on psychopaths and short on leadership.

de rigueur on June 5, 2014 at 11:06 AM

And this sums it all up.

jimver on June 5, 2014 at 1:01 PM

de rigueur on June 5, 2014 at 12:06 PM

If you wipe out your bio and there is no longer a mention of working for the VA or actually being a veteran yourself, mouthy from HUD isn’t as compelling.

Cindy Munford on June 5, 2014 at 1:02 PM

No, these are the Obama administration’s Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs at HUD floating an insulting and conspiratorial apologia for Bergdahl at the expense of his entire unit.

I’d say this was a trial balloon, one that should be shot down quicker than a troll’s absurd allegation The Won is an admireable POUTS and deserves our respect because…POUTS…

Newtie and the Beauty on June 5, 2014 at 1:12 PM

HUD projection. This administration is long on psychopaths and short on leadership.

de rigueur on June 5, 2014 at 11:06 AM

He was formerly with the Obama Veterans Administration. With VA administrators like Friedman, veterans don’t need foreign enemies.

Resist We Much on June 5, 2014 at 1:14 PM

With VA administrators like Friedman, veterans don’t need foreign enemies.

Resist We Much on June 5, 2014 at 1:14 PM

Or domestic ones…

Schadenfreude on June 5, 2014 at 1:21 PM

Eff you you rat btards!

neyney on June 5, 2014 at 1:50 PM

The pot calling the kettle black.

bobthm3 on June 5, 2014 at 2:01 PM

I pray that our illustrious leader does not ‘Double Down’ and release a few more high-ranking detainees just to show us who is running things.

TimBuk3 on June 5, 2014 at 2:02 PM

The pot calling the kettle black.

bobthm3 on June 5, 2014 at 2:01 PM

“Racist” :)

Schadenfreude on June 5, 2014 at 2:03 PM

The Taliban has greater respect for the U.S. military than the members of Obama’s regime.

Hening on June 5, 2014 at 2:05 PM

Bergdahl’s unit leader talking with Jake Tapper about the controversy

OMG he looks Muslim! Here in the USA, we assume innocence until guilt is proven.

If this were WWII and some rough and tumble military general and FDR released some POWs to get a captured US serviceman speculated to have gone AWOL…. you’d think it was the most manly thing to have ever happened.

Your collective endocrine system would shut down because you got the biggest dose of testosterone evah. If FDR did that and then executed the AWOL soldier for desertion you would think what a badass!

But nah, it is Obama so lets make political hay out of it. Snooze.

antisense on June 5, 2014 at 2:58 PM

If this were WWII and some rough and tumble military general and FDR released some POWs to get a captured US serviceman speculated to have gone AWOL…. you’d think it was the most manly thing to have ever happened.

antisense on June 5, 2014 at 2:58 PM

First, the Pentagon had five years in which to designate Bergdahl a POW. It didn’t…for obvious reasons.

Two, do you know how FDR dealt with deserters?

Harshly. Just ask Eddie Slovik. Oh wait, you can’t. He was execution for desertion on 31 January 1945.

Resist We Much on June 5, 2014 at 3:00 PM

Harshly. Just ask Eddie Slovik. Oh wait, you can’t. He was execution for desertion on 31 January 1945.

Resist We Much on June 5, 2014 at 3:00 PM

Yes, but one would have to have a soldier first to execute him. Unless you prefer execution in absentia.

antisense on June 5, 2014 at 3:06 PM

Yes, but one would have to have a soldier first to execute him. Unless you prefer execution in absentia.

antisense on June 5, 2014 at 3:06 PM

FDR did not swap 5 4-star generals for any deserter.

Bergdahl chose to abandon his comrades-in-arms during a time of war. He was not worth the price we paid.

Resist We Much on June 5, 2014 at 3:10 PM

FDR did not swap 5 4-star generals for any deserter.

Bergdahl chose to abandon his comrades-in-arms during a time of war. He was not worth the price we paid.

Resist We Much on June 5, 2014 at 3:10 PM

Are you insisting the Taliban are 4/5 star general of WWII worthy? As in actually being worth one? I do not mean what the Taliban consider 4 and 5 star.

To me it means even the lowest soldier is worth 5 enemy.

antisense on June 5, 2014 at 3:13 PM

Are you insisting the Taliban are 4/5 star general of WWII worthy? As in actually being worth one? I do not mean what the Taliban consider 4 and 5 star.

To me it means even the lowest soldier is worth 5 enemy.

antisense on June 5, 2014 at 3:13 PM

FDR wouldn’t have traded Goring, Himmler, and Goebbels for any soldier, much less one that intentionally abandoned his comarades-in-arms during a time of war.

Resist We Much on June 5, 2014 at 3:21 PM

Comrades

Resist We Much on June 5, 2014 at 3:52 PM

antisense on June 5, 2014 at pretty much all of them

You are an idiot.

GWB on June 5, 2014 at 4:20 PM

Mr. Friedman has put it into reverse.

Cindy Munford on June 5, 2014 at 7:46 PM

Suggestion: Stick Friedman’s fat ass out on a fire-support-base.

GarandFan on June 5, 2014 at 8:04 PM

Separated at birth? Brandon “Long on Psychopaths Short on Leadership” Friedman and Pajama Boy

Or maybe not. Both just totally in love with themselves.

de rigueur on June 5, 2014 at 9:17 PM

If this were WWII and some rough and tumble military general and FDR released some POWs to get a captured US serviceman speculated to have gone AWOL…. you’d think it was the most manly thing to have ever happened.

antisense on June 5, 2014 at 2:58 PM

You obviously don’t know history very well.

zoyclem on June 6, 2014 at 7:25 AM

Obama Administration:

“No man Left Behind…but we will have Secret Death Panels put their @$$e% on Secret waiting lists until they die off”

(Years ago)
“Gen Patraeus is a LIAR!”
– GOP: “Ummm, he hasn’t even testified YET!”
(2014)
“(Deserter, traitor, Islamic Extremist-convert)Bergdahl served honorably.”
– (Bergdahl fellow soldiers:) “Bergdahl is a Deserter, traitor, Islamic Extremist-convert”
“You guys are LIARS!”

easyt65 on June 6, 2014 at 9:14 AM

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