Thursday, June 5, 2014

The Bergdahl Release

Like always, Republicons are attacking President Obama for doing something they said they were for until he did it -- when, like always, they did a 180. Some are actually saying Bergdahl wasn't worth it and that the principle of bringing back everyone in uniform should be ignored. Here's what the last top general in Afghanistan had to say about that...

McChrystal on Bergdahl: ‘We don’t leave Americans behind. That’s unequivocal’
And don't judge freed soldier yet, retired general says

Stanley McChrystal defends Bowe Bergdahl search
By: Jonathan Topaz
June 5, 2014 06:08 AM EDT

Former top Afghanistan commander retired Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal wants those critical of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl not to rush to judgment before “we know the facts.”

“We don’t leave Americans behind. That’s unequivocal,” McChrystal said during a Yahoo News interview published Wednesday. McChrystal was commander of the International Security Assistance Force and U.S. Forces Afghanistan when Bergdahl disappeared in June 2009.

He also pushed Americans not to “judge” the soldier until all the facts are settled.

“One of the great things about America is we should not judge until we know the facts,” he said.

The retired general alluded to past efforts to try to recover the soldier after his disappearance, though he would not confirm whether Bergdahl walked off his base or whether, as some reports have said, troops died while on search missions to find him.

“After Sgt. Bergdahl, then Pvt. Bergdahl, came up missing, we did a huge number of operations to try to stop the Taliban from being able to move him across the border into Pakistan,” McChrystal said. “And we made a great effort and put a lot of people at risk in doing that.”

“But that’s what you should do. That’s what soldiers do for each other, so it wasn’t the wrong thing to do,” he added.

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The other hornet's nest issue where right-wingers are calling for impeachment (again) is the timing of notification to Congress. Amazingly, Fox Noise broadcast the following opinion from one of its commentators that doesn't follow their attack line. I don't take Krauthammer's opinion on anything as definitive but it is surprising . . .

Krauthammer: Obama Didn't Have to Notify Congress of Bergdahl Swap

On Special Report, Charles Krauthammer defended President Obama’s power to release the detainees without telling Congress. He said the spirit of the law was to prevent the president from emptying Guantanamo.

Krauthammer said, “The one area where the president holds the upper hand in those disputes is in matters of war and peace, he’s commander in chief. And I think a prisoner exchange is in the province of the presidency.”

Tonight on The O’Reilly Factor, Krauthammer said a country has two “iron clad” obligations.

The first is if there’s a soldier being held prisoner, you get him back. The second obligation he outlined is, “If you desert your unit, you are subject to military discipline. I would say you free him, and then you try him.”

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