State Department Barbie wants the world to know that Bowe Bergdahl wasn’t a deserter. In an exchange with Fox News, reporter, Lucas Tomlinson, Marie Harf made it clear only Bergdahl could be trusted.
“Does the State Department consider Sergeant Bergdahl to be a deserter?” Tomlinson asked.
“The State Department — no, Lucas. Look, what we’ve said is we are going to learn the facts about what happened here,” she responded. “He’s been in captivity, Lucas. I think he’s probably the person who knows best what happened on that night”
“According to those around him, his platoon-mates his squadron-mates said he walked off,” Tomlinson responded. Harf, however, dismissed the assertion.
“Lucas, some of them, there are conflicting reports out there about this,” she said.
“The guys on national television last night, his squad-mates, platoon-mates were not correct?” Tomlinson asked.
“I’m saying we do not know the fact pattern yet. We don’t. Nobody knows exactly what happened that night,” Harf said in response.
“Well, I think that his squad-mates would have the best indication,” Tomlinson said.
“I don’t think that that’s the case,” she said.
I don’t know what a “fact pattern” is, but I am fairly certain Marie Harf is dipping her fact bucket into the same well of bulls**t as Susan Rice.
Rice made the weekend show rounds over the weekend. I can only assume the White House scheduled this PR tour expecting congratulations and pats on the back. Not only did Rice claim Bergdahl served with “honor and distinction” she went for broke with the following: “Sergeant Bergdahl wasn’t simply a hostage. He was an American prisoner of war captured on the battlefield. We have a sacred obligation we have upheld since the founding of our Republic to do our utmost to bring back our men and women who are taken in battle.” (Except for Benghazi)?
Does anyone have any boots I can borrow? It’s getting hard to wade through all of this.
I have several questions for Ms. Rice. Bergdahl was taken in battle? A battle of what, his conscience? Does serving with honor and distinction include quitting now? Is there a special medal for that? Can we find a YouTube video to blame it all on before the Today Show calls?
I guess no one told Ms. Rice that the Pentagon already determined he was a deserter in a report several years ago; an action worthy of a court martial. Maybe she just couldn’t be bothered to study the topic at hand before going on television to speak about it. After all, it worked so well in September 2013. Or maybe she was just following Marie Harf’s directive that the men serving beside Bergdahl simply couldn’t be trusted to know what happened.
According to fellow soldier Cody Full, Bergdahl’s behavior before he left was suspect. “Bergdahl was talking extensively to the Afghan national police in a way that was not about hearts and minds, there was an agenda there when he spoke to them.” Former Army Sgt. Evan Buetow, Bergdahl’s team leader, had even more disturbing things to say.
Him walking away from the base, that wasn’t surprising to me. Things that he said to me personally, things that he said to others in the platoon, they were not that shocking or alarming at the time. But when he walked away, that light bulb went off, and it was like, ‘Yep, he walked away.’ In the days following, with all the assets we had in the area looking for him, we heard over the radio chatter that there was an American looking for someone who spoke English so he could talk to the Taliban. I heard that right over the radio and right from the interpreter’s lips when he said it. That alarmed everybody. We knew at that point that he had walked away, but he was attempting to contact the Taliban of his own accord.
But why should Harf or Rice take their word for it when they can hear it from Bergdahl himself. In an email written to his parents, published in Rolling Stone in 2012, “The future is too good to waste on lies. And life is way too short to care for the damnation of others, as well as to spend it helping fools with their ideas that are wrong. I have seen their ideas and I am ashamed to even be American. The horror of the self-righteous arrogance that they thrive in. It is all revolting.”
Honor and distinction, indeed.
I suppose I should give both women some slack. After all, they’re just following the abysmal example of their boss, President Obama. Bergdahl’s health was cited as the reason for the President not notifying Congress before freeing five terrorists. That is, until the Taliban released a video of Bergdahl walking of his own accord, seemingly not on his death bed. Shelving that line of BS, the President then implied the war was winding down anyway and we’d have to return all of the Gitmo detainees. I believe Andrew McCarthy addressed that assertion best, “Just because Obama says we’re going to take our ball and go home doesn’t mean the war is over.”
That pesky 30 day notice to Congress rule is nothing compared to the possibility that the President could be guilty of “providing material support or resources to designated foreign terrorist organizations” (18 U.S. Code § 2339B). It won’t matter, though.
President Obama won’t be investigated by AG Holder. And Congress continues to lack the testicular fortitude to do their jobs.
Senator Dianne Feinstein came out, with both guns blazing (sort of):
It comes to us with some surprise and dismay that the transfers went ahead with no consultation, totally not following law. And in an issue with this kind of concern to a committee that bears the oversight responsibility, I think you can see that we’re very dismayed about it.
She, too, will do nothing to ensure that the President doesn’t continue to thumb his nose at the law.
To his credit, he did warn them at the State of the Union he was willing to usurp the role of Congress in government to get his way. In hindsight, they probably shouldn’t have given him a standing ovation for it.
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