Video: Six members of Bergdahl’s unit tell Megyn Kelly he should be court-martialed

posted at 11:21 am on June 6, 2014 by Allahpundit

Must-viewing if you missed it last night. The court-martial bit comes near the very end, at around 16:30. I watched live and remember her asking them at one point whether they think Obama should have done the deal for Bergdahl if it meant springing the Taliban Five. If memory serves, not a single one raised his hand. I can’t find that bit in the clip below, though; it may have been a sneak preview of part two of the interview, which will air tonight.

YouGov’s got an interesting poll on that subject this morning. When you ask people a generic question about whether it’s okay for the U.S. to release suspected terrorists in exchange for an American soldier, 49 percent say no versus just 26 percent who say yes. When you tweak that question to ask them about the actual deal that was just made by the White House, the numbers tighten to 39 percent disapproval versus 36 percent approval. That may be simple partisanship at work, or it may be evidence that Obama’s Rose Garden ceremony with Bergdahl’s parents had the desired effect despite how tone-deaf it seems now. It’s easy for someone who follows the news casually to oppose a terrorist handover in principle, not so easy after they’ve just watched a mom on TV celebrating the return of her baby boy after five years.

What happens, though, when you tweak that poll question yet again to tell people Bergdahl is a suspected deserter? Uh oh:

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Independents break 25/49 on that question. If you tweak the question further and ask whether it’s the government’s responsibility to trade for a soldier who actually defected to the other side, the numbers naturally collapse: It’s 10/76, with little difference among the three partisan groups. Contra Obama apologist David Brooks, it does matter why Bergdahl went missing. Why people like him and William Saletan would intone in Bergdahl’s defense about our loyalty to each other when the whole thrust of the accusation against him is that he abandoned his fellow soldiers in the field, I can’t understand.

The whole clip is worth watching, especially the second half when they respond to the “swift-boating” nonsense, but pay attention to the exchange at around 7:30 regarding what Bergdahl told them about his view of the war. The e-mails he sent his father before he disappeared suggested that he was disgusted with the military for being too brutal and callous to Afghans. (“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, that they have no idea how to live.”) According to these guys, though, Bergdahl’s big complaint in conversation was that they weren’t being brutal enough. He wanted more gun battles, more “kicking in doors.” I don’t know how to reconcile that. Was he lying to them so that they wouldn’t suspect he was about to desert? If not, how do you resolve that discrepancy?


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Except that Mr. Kelly might not approve. She already has two children.

Mr. Kelly is a very lucky man!!!

Steve Z on June 6, 2014 at 1:00 PM

In a purely ‘visual’ aspect that is irrefutable to be sure………………BUT (aint there always a danged but?) we have no way of knowing if MsMegyn might just exhaust all of her “niceness” on camera each day and could easily be completely different at home…………..

Katfish on June 6, 2014 at 2:23 PM

In a purely ‘visual’ aspect that is irrefutable to be sure………………BUT (aint there always a danged but?) we have no way of knowing if MsMegyn might just exhaust all of her “niceness” on camera each day and could easily be completely different at home…………..

Katfish on June 6, 2014 at 2:23 PM

She was/is a lawyer, so that’s a distinct possibility.

jim56 on June 6, 2014 at 2:34 PM

GAlpha10 on June 6, 2014 at 9:53 AM

Bmore on June 6, 2014 at 11:26 AM

If there are any left-leaners/Obama supporters on this site, I’d love to hear your comments/rebuttal/thoughts as to GAlpha10′s post.

RI_Red on June 6, 2014 at 2:35 PM

RI_Red on June 6, 2014 at 2:35 PM

So far no takers. Though if you look just above your comment you’ll see one you might be able to taunt. ; ) In truth though he is a lying leftist. Hmmm….Are there any other types of leftists left?

The hyphen is just to set off what I’m responding to. People in the past have said there wasn’t enough difference between the two, so I’ve tried to do better.

Jimbo3 on June 11, 2010 at 5:28 PM

http://hotair.com/archives/2010/06/10/mitch-daniels-we-need-a-truce-on-social-issues-to-concentrate-on-our-fiscal-crisis/comment-page-4/#comment-3627532

–Links of calls to boycott United Airlines because of the personal actions of its CEO. You are wrong, Press1foEngrish.

jim56 on April 3, 2014 at 5:59 PM

http://hotair.com/archives/2014/04/03/mozilla-ceo-resigns-after-uproar-over-his-opposition-to-gay-marriage/comment-page-3/#comment-7896086

Bmore on June 6, 2014 at 2:41 PM

Having them appear as a group does make them look like ‘swiftboaters’. This was not a good idea.

Megyn is not helpful here.

faraway on June 6, 2014 at 11:53 AM

Did you watch the show? After their appearance no amount of administration spin is going to paint these men as psychopaths nor Bergdahl as a man who served with honor and distinction.

Even their introduction of the discordant information that, while serving with them, Bergdahl was even more gung-ho for kicking down doors than they were was the kind of unreconcilable real-life detail that doesn’t fit into anyone’s neatly constructed fact pattern, and actually added to the veracity of their testimony.

de rigueur on June 6, 2014 at 12:06 PM

faraway, you’re wrong. I did watch, and those men were impressive.

They were very credible and very well-spoken. In fact, IMHO they were more coherent, intelligent, measured, and reflective than about 99% of the politicians and pundits I’ve seen on TV. I include Obama and his minions.

They were excellent extemporaneous speakers, and their calm demeanor was that of rational men. No ranting and railing. Not all nervous, but clear speakers.

INC on June 6, 2014 at 2:41 PM

GAlpha10 on June 6, 2014 at 9:53 AM

Bmore on June 6, 2014 at 11:26 AM

Thanks for reposting GAlpha10′s comment Bmore.

INC on June 6, 2014 at 2:44 PM

Sorry for forgetting to use the quote button.

Bmore on June 6, 2014 at 11:27 AM

Here comes the ban hammer!!11!1!11!!1!

#BuckFarack

Nutstuyu on June 6, 2014 at 2:51 PM

INC on June 6, 2014 at 2:44 PM

It strikes me as a very good comment to share with all.

Nutstuyu on June 6, 2014 at 2:51 PM

Always! *ducks* Lolz!

Bmore on June 6, 2014 at 3:06 PM

They were very credible and very well-spoken. In fact, IMHO they were more coherent, intelligent, measured, and reflective than about 99% of the politicians and pundits I’ve seen on TV. I include Obama and his minions.

They were excellent extemporaneous speakers, and their calm demeanor was that of rational men. No ranting and railing. Not all nervous, but clear speakers.

INC on June 6, 2014 at 2:41 PM

That’s what I saw too.

jimver on June 6, 2014 at 3:57 PM

Except that Mr. Kelly might not approve. She already has two three children.

Mr. Kelly is a very lucky man!!!

Steve Z on June 6, 2014 at 1:00 PM

Schadenfreude on June 6, 2014 at 4:08 PM

Is it worth pointing out that the “swift boaters” were telling the truth back in 2004? Just because Democrats didn’t like what they had to say doesn’t make “swift boating” into some kind of disreputable thing.

Kensington on June 6, 2014 at 12:32 PM

The majority of Democrats absolutely did not believe the Swifties; the proof of that is that Thurston came within 1 state (Ohio) of beating Bush.

And many Democrats today still don’t believe they were telling the truth, and that Thurston was. That’s why the Democrats and their Media have successfully turned the S-Word into a smear.

Del Dolemonte on June 6, 2014 at 5:46 PM

They were excellent extemporaneous speakers, and their calm demeanor was that of rational men. No ranting and railing. Not all nervous, but clear speakers.

INC on June 6, 2014 at 2:41 PM

I saw a Sargent (former) of this guy’s group. Can’t remember which Fox news I was watching…..it was this evening. Calm, measured, and very intelligent. Made a good case against this worm w/o saying anything untoward about him……just the facts.

Anyone who thinks these soldiers have anything wrong with them or what they say, should do dunk their heads into a 10-gal milk jug full of ice cold water.

avagreen on June 6, 2014 at 9:09 PM

Jury of his peers.

bobthm3 on June 6, 2014 at 10:04 PM

“Meet my husband, injuries directly brought to you by the actions of this traitor. He can’t give an account of what went down, because he can no longer speak. Now, which guy is a ‘hero’ again?! Sick.”

Akzed on June 6, 2014 at 11:20 PM

They are not going to allow any investigation into Bergdahl, so I guess this will be the next illegal obstruction to be followed by an administration that wants to close GITMO (by emptying it).

The way to go after this administration is to start with the low-level functionaries that enabled the illegality, get them bargaining, then move up the chain. We aren’t at impeachment yet, but you have to start somewhere.

The US Congress appears to be afraid of conflict (even as it is forced down their throat in this illegal prisoner release). If you don’t act on this, the next affront will be worse.

virgo on June 8, 2014 at 10:43 AM

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