NY Times: Bergdahl’s Unit is Responsible for His Desertion or Something

Posted by on Jun 06, 2014 at 7:43 am

This idiocy laments that people are allegedly rushing to judgment about the suspicious disappearance and subsequent capture of Bowe Bergdahl, then they rush to blame the other men in his unit for their lack of discipline which ostensibly caused him to abandon them. So nice of the Times to use such reputable sources as the Puffington Host and Democratic Party “blog” Think Progress as their sources. Journalism, baby!

Though we criticized the administration for ignoring the law in not informing Congress of the transfer of the Taliban detainees 30 days in advance, leave it to Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and other hyperventilators to claim that continued release of prisoners from Guantánamo without prior notice is now considered an impeachable offense, a ludicrous leap.

Gov. Rick Perry of Texas says the whole exchange was cooked up to distract the public from the Veterans Affairs scandals, and the talk-show crowd has piled on Sergeant Bergdahl’s father for his suspiciously long beard.

Rick Perry is far from the only person to believe Obama rushed into this to distract from his VA scandal, and his media dutifully dropped that story. But our question is, when have Democrats and the Times, among others, not rush to demonize Republicans on any story that might make them look bad? Heck, aided by the tools from the PuffHost and Think Progress, who pretty much make stories up to demonize the right, they plow headfirst in made-up controversies and run with them 24/7. Look in the mirror, folks.

This duck-and-cover response is the result of the outrageous demonization of Sergeant Bergdahl in the absence of actual facts. Republican operativeshave arranged for soldiers in his unit to tell reporters that he was a deserter who cost the lives of several soldiers searching for him. In fact, a review of casualty reports by Charlie Savage and Andrew Lehren of The Times showed there is no clear link between any military deaths and the search.

Again they go with this canard that it’s GOP “operatives” pushing this story. Well, if these folks didn’t reach out to Richard Grenell, who would have helped move the story? The liberal media? The Democrats? They imply it’s something suspicious for anyone affiliated with the GOP to help a story gain traction. Would they be saying the same thing if disgruntled soldiers went to Think Progress of the Puffington Host to push a story? Hell no. They’d be repeating the same story.

And a classified military report shows that Sergeant Bergdahl had walked away from assigned areas at least twice before and had returned, according to a report in The Times on Thursday. It describes him as a free-spirited young man who asked many questions but gave no indication of being a deserter, let alone the turncoat that Mr. Obama’s opponents are now trying to create.

If anything, the report suggests that the army unit’s lack of security and discipline was as much to blame for the disappearance, given the sergeant’s history.

Suggests does not mean it’s fact. Meanwhile, less than 24 hours after this nonsense was published there already are two corrections:

Correction: June 5, 2014 
This editorial previously omitted a portion of a statement Mr. McCain made on CNN. The full quote is reflected in this version.

Correction: June 5, 2014 An earlier version of this editorial referred incorrectly to the deletion of a Twitter message from Representative Terry.

Solid work there, folks.

Fox’s Megyn Kelly had six of Bergdahl’s former platoon mates on Thursday night (more to come tonight). These guys don’t strike us as the psychopaths one of Obama’s thugs implied they are:

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