The Pardu

The Pardu
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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

MSNBC's The Last Word Broadcast; The Perfect Segment On the Bergdal Release!


Anyone who reads the TPI and considers themselves an open-minded person, should watch the following segment in its totality (11:55 minutes). While I recognize those who need to see, hear and contemplate the most are not readers of this site, you may know some of these people.  People are are falling for each and every nuanced subterfuge from the Right; People who soak-up Right-wing media like a Black hole in a far universe. 

Ari Melber, stand-in host for the recuperating Lawrence O'Donnell, follows the talent of O'Donnell's team and delivers a cogent segment related to Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. The focus the segment is of course, related to the chorus of "noise" from the Right and gullible progressives who feel the swap of the Gitmo 5 and Bergdahl was an unacceptable deal. Also know I have read (today) how right-wing websites (politicians, propagandist and others) are scrubbing their past comments related to the Taliban captive.

The Daily Banter has published a few additional "Filp-Flip" comments from conservative politicians.  I have posted one set of comments from John McCain and I linked The Daily Banter piece here.

Be aware The Banter starts with the inane drivel of one Sarah Palin. A person who is qualified to actively discus or posit on anything involving a modicum of intellect.

The Daily Banter
Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) Then:
“I would support. Obviously I’d have to know the details, but I would support ways of bringing him home, and if exchange was one of them, I think that would be something I think we should seriously consider.” February, 2014
Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) Now:
“This decision to bring Sgt. Bergdahl home – and we applaud that he is home – is ill-founded … it is a mistake, and it is putting the lives of American servicemen and women at risk. And that to me is unacceptable.”June, 2014
 Huffington Post 
But prior to Bergdahl's release, Republican lawmakers were some of the sergeant's biggest advocates, and repeatedly pressed the administration to do something -- in fact, everything within its power -- to get him returned to the United States. 
A May 22 press release from Ayotte's office read, "As part of ongoing efforts to urge the Department of Defense to do all it can to find Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl and bring him home safely, Senator Ayotte worked successfully to include a provision in the bill that presses Pakistan to fully cooperate in the search for SGT Bergdahl."

Politics aside, the reality here is Begdahl should not have been left in Afghanistan one minute longer than opportunity presented itself.  I have read the Taliban initially asked for 15 of their comrades to be released from GITMO.  I have also read that Bergdhal has a penchant for wandering off and returning to his post within hours. Once at a base in California and another "walk-off/return" location escapes my short-term memory. Desert?  AWOL.

It really does not matter, if he is alive he is a candidate for what President Obama called "FULL-STOP." Military "ethos" is a more powerful and guiding principles that most Uniform Codes of Military Justice. Troops readily relate to not leaving another behind.

As to the line-up of former soldiers who served with Bergdhal. I have not heard one of the lot say he should not have been rescued (swapped). A couple stubble through half-logical comments about the nature of the swap and they obligingly state their thought so "desertion" for CNN and Fox News, but they fall shy of being the properly authority to dispense all-knowing dispenser of justice. 

A word or two of those who are relishing the prospect of another "alleged" White House Scandal. You may find yourself longing for a false reality. Of the 603 (As of December 2013) detainees released from GITMO, 71 have been released via the Obama Administration.  Of the 71 release by Obama I have read possible seven return to life as a combatant, and the majority of those were either arrested of killed.

The most salient of all points? The five detainees  released last week were Taliban. (Prisoners...detainees was a Rumsfeld term)They were not Al Qaeda. We must realize US troops are in their country and affecting the wad they chose to carry-out their lives. Should we assume Bush's charge (and then forsaking) into the country continues as a valid reason to be there? How many threats to US citizens in this country or abroad have been perpetrated by the Taliban. I should qualify with specificity; " How many Americans have been killed or maimed by the Taliban who are not within the borders of Afghanistan or Pakistan?"

If you watched the recently released propaganda video from the Taliban, you will see a telling graphic. The staged comments from one captor to the sitting Bergdahl was ".... NEVER RETURN TO AFGHANISTAN." Well, No problem! But, did you read or hear captor comment about attacks or retribution against the US outside of Afghanistan?

Now, why do yo think conservatives, especially GOP politicians, are scrubbing past comment from the Internet?

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