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.