Last year,without consulting Congress, because no president must do so to protect Americans, President Obama made a non-controversial deal that right wing fascists decided to turn into a “scandal”. He traded one American soldier who suffered extremely from PTSD-like symptoms and who one day disappeared. He ended up captive by the Taliban for many years. He was exchanged for five so-called Taliban commanders who had been jailed by the United States at Guantanamo, Cuba. We do not know if they were in fact commanders or if they were simply picked up in a round-up in Afghanistan at some point and held in Cuba. You can be sure, however, that the ultra-right made these five out to be the supreme commanders of all terror worldwide – especially Fox News which continues to do so.
That soldier’s name was Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.
The swap was non-controversial by any normal standard because only the President of the United States can make such an agreement as he is the Commander and Chief of the US armed forces and President Obama, after much consideration, decided not to leave an American soldier captive if he could trade roughly a handful of US prisoners captured in the deserts of the Middle-East at Afghanistan. These were early captured Taliban – not good people by any means but were, at that time, considered the legal armed forces of and by Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Saudi Arabia. – These were not members of Al Qaeda and ISIS did not exist as we know it at that time.
After all, there is not a single American warrior that does not believe that all soldiers must be found – dead or alive – and sent home no matter what is involved. So the President concluded a secret deal with terrorists, but also because the American soldier – Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl – had been captive for so long.
The agreement was secret because it would advertise to other Jihadists that it was possible to make such deals for American prisoners they retained. Sgt. Bergdahl, after the trade, was said to be a “deserter”, from a charge made by more than a few soldiers who served with him in Afghanistan.
In the end however, it may be that the several men who labeled him such showed little decency in not exploring the possible psychological reasons that Bergdahl may have simply put down his weapons and walked into the desert.
Some also report to this writer that the most vocal of his “fellows” about his “deserting” were the same men who teased or tortured him emotionally during the preceding period driving thus him to simply give up fighting with them or anyone – seeing the impossible-to- defeat negativity of these “heroes” who seemed to me to be excessively eager to turn on one of their own so brutishly. There is no proof I can offer here – but I believe that if this is true that the upcoming trial of Bergdahl may reveal it one way or another.
I cannot say that Sgt. Bergdahl was lop-sided, uneven, as are so many of our men and women at war or who have returned from wars over the entire history of the United States – including the Civil War.
What I can say is that it seems conceivable that Bergdahl was simply weakened by what he had witnessed in war and heard at his base, and especially among his comrades. In a sense – he was too thoughtful and not bowled over by the thought of killing men, women and children to help a nation so far from home and having no little or no impact on American lives that he could perceive.
A key to this analysis is that he took no arms nor body armor with him when he departed the day he disappeared – soon to be captured by the enemy and imprisoned.
There is also no proof of the reports his unit. Yet it was accepted and feasted-on by ultra-right-wing Fox News and hosts of television and producers, writers, and on-air personalities that Bergdahl “cooperated” with the Taliban for staying put waiting for the next ugly chapter in his life to occur.
What choice did he have once apprehended?
Everyone recognizes the “Stockholm Syndrome”, an in-situate psychological effect that causes one to befriend, even worship their captors.
This syndrome is prevalent among prisoners of war and kidnap victims worldwide and throughout written history – so that if Sgt. Bergdahl did somehow “do things “(other than share military secrets with the Taliban with which, of course, he had no ongoing access to) Perhaps he did things like teaching, cooking, cleaning or otherwise – This would appear to be normal under the terrorizing circumstances he found himself in if he was ordered to so.
As to the charges that 4, 12, 11, or 17 Americans were killed as a result of searching for Bergdahl. All I can say is this must be proved without any doubt.
Bergdahl did not cause their deaths – their own integrity, heroism, and normal operations would seem to be the cause. It seems to me that those who claim that Bergdahl “murdered” those on patrol looking for him – have no such proof.
The other day, after months of investigation, the United States Army made it official: It charged Bergdahl with one count of desertion and one count of misbehavior before the enemy. If he is found guilty he could spend the rest of his life in prison. Mr. Bernard Goldberg who probably has never served in the military nor knows much about what he yaps on is excited by this.
Goldberg is the is the perfect foil for that ninny Bill O’Reilly, a proven liar himself according to latest reports – and having never served their country in war it seems from their biographies. O’Reilly served only as a profligate reporter who claimed to be where he wasn’t and to have seen what he didn’t or so they sat.
Bernard Goldberg – much to his disgrace continually mocks Bergdahl and the President because he is miscarried reporter like so many on-air personalities without brains who clutter up that not-widely-viewed Fox News cable channel.
Fox calls itself a News Station – but it is anything but. Starting at 5 o’clock in the morning – Fox “News” begins its tirades against Democrats, progressives, and non-fascist Republicans who don’t toe the Fox/neocon/neofascist line which pushed us into the terror of the Middle East and North Africa via the fiendish Dick Cheney – Fox’ motorman at the time – and his beer-buddy boss who knew no better than not to follow President Eisenhower’s advice about those who appear to love war – as long as they are not in it – but profit from it.
Goldberg asks was the Bergdahl swap worth it?
OF course it was you jackass.
How despicable can Goldberg be?
Plenty – Goldberg is a pitiful catastrophe as a human being and is now no more than a sad sidekick of Bill O’Reilly who is a propagandist and a liar of great repute. His forte’ seemed to be sports news but he may have studied international relations and military law at The Mad Magazine foundation.
President Obama told us, “We have a basic principle, we do not leave anybody wearing the American uniform behind,” and he did not apologize as Fox News suggested he do – in yet another rectal demonstration of hocus pocus aimed at this the first Black President – a constant diatribe that has never been seen before in history.
Remember Fox News pretends to coddle the First Amendment and the fake-journalist shield it hides behind without practicing journalism – yet the only thing Fox loves about Freedom of Speech is that they can’t be sued for producing schlock “opinion” news.
Roger Aisles himself once remarked that Fox was not much more than a propaganda family show – but he was lying. At the time he said that I believed he could have been jailed for Treason and certainly indicted, along with dozens of others at Fox for violating Federal Election Law by screening 24/7 commercials for the Republican National Committee candidates.
Ailes is not stupid, but he is evil. When I took him on about this situation publicly he hired private investigators to find dirt on me. I have the proof for that and so do my acquaintances and partners. Yet I am sure he will deny it or cook up some fantasy.
Now thanks to the fascists on the right sitting on our Supreme Court – Fox can do and say whatever it likes and give as much FREE money in non-stop support of the right-wing – which could amount to billions if it chooses – credited of course, only to the candidates Fox favors – and none other.
The White House continues to ignore Fox and its apparatchiks with White House Communications Director Jen Psaki (who Fox also attempted to destroy along with Maria Harf) said the swap was “absolutely worth it.”
You are so very correct Jen. I would trade 100 sick and confused terrorists for one American military boy or girl or any American – dead, alive – or whatever.
Bernard Goldberg perhaps knows he will rot in Hell for what he does, and God forgive him, for he most likely needs to the cash to stay alive since he has closed every possible “real” job with the networks he could have by claiming everyone in the news media is as phony and moronic as he certainly is in my non-humble opinion.
Goldberg goes on hanging himself morally – Writing
“It is arguably a noble idea that the United States of America does not leave any American in uniform behind, as a matter of principle — no matter what he might have done. But getting an American, even one now charged with desertion out of captivity is one thing; trying to turn him into a heroic figure is something else.”
Goldberg thinks he is serving his aged puppeteer Bill O’Reilly who seems to relish that he and everyone on Fox have made Sgt. Bergdahl into a kind of criminal joke. But I can assure you there are many veterans and other serving today who think Fox News is a distasteful joke and an embarrassment to them and the horrifying job many of our warriors must do to protect us from whatever they are protecting us from. These are the true brave men and women who put their lives on the line for Goldberg et al, not bantam rats who appear on cable television and elsewhere to put diamond nails in the coffin of Sgt. Bergdahl who did nothing much more than, for some reason, become disgusted with death and destruction and now found nobody and nowhere to turn he could trust.
Bergdahl appears to have told his attorney that he was hiking off to report the terrible situation in his area. I don’t know if he was – and I don’t fret about that – because he went unarmed and without anything much more than a pair of pants and a shirt.
If he was so wicked why didn’t he frag someone at his camp or blow up a tank or some such?
Bernard Goldberg – a horrible man because his treason aimed at American Values, poisons his body. He also loves to mock President Obama and the Rose Garden ceremony where Bergdahl and his mom and dad were introduced to the world.
The president was proud to have obtained Bergdahl’ s release with the help of others in the military and the usual go-betweens yet people like Goldberg – and you know who you are – are submissively bowing to the nearly-insane Roger Ailes in my opinion, ready to cut Bergdahl’ s throat any way they could just to sell more advertising time.
Goldberg describes Bergdahl thus:
“There was the post-swap ceremony in the White House Rose Garden, the president walking arm-in-arm with Bergdahl’ s parents, giving the impression that Bowe Bergdahl was some kind of war hero returning home. Was that celebration – on national television — necessary? Was it intended to do anything more than make Mr. Obama look good as he was winding down the war in Afghanistan?”
Could anyone be as gangrenous and insane as Goldberg? Could anyone be as sick and bloodthirsty – drooling over what may have been a beaten man who tried to do his best for his country more than once and in the end, left in panic and disgust?
But Goldberg is not finished. He then attacked Susan Rice for telling us that “Sgt. Bergdahl had “served the United States with honor and distinction.”
Yes, no matter what the outcome. Bergdahl may have finally failed from the strain – but he was honorable and did serve with distinction as does any American soldier we send to do our needed but dirty work even if they don’t do it filthy enough.
Bernie Goldberg isn’t fit to lick the muddy soles of Susan Rice’s shoes and he has no right at all to claim she made up a story about Benghazi – the Hitlerian junta of Congress’ favorite mental cases are the only ones who might agree.
Yes, Rice is yet the President’s National Security Adviser, and Thank God. Can you imagine if some slob like “Bush’s Brain” — Herr Karl Rove – held such an important post – as he nearly did in the Bush-Cheney white house? Would Rove be a better choice – because he sure loves to beat-up on Bergdahl as well and participated in almost every lie and pose at the Bush-Cheney White House. (With glee)
And no- everything is not fair – in war or in politics you animals.
Bernard Goldberg, because he has little talent – either written or oral – makes his exit from his humiliating piece of tripe by telling us that Bergdahl and Obama “polarized” America. That the neocons think Obama is “out of his depth” and that “liberals” which are – in essence – the thinkers and academics of this nation who played and play a key role in bringing the USA as far as we have come – would approve of anything Obama did.
Bill O’Reilly and Bernie Goldberg – the Laurel and Hardy of the American Right Wing News Gestapo, were beside themselves with joy when it was announced that Sgt. Bergdahl would militarily tried, after months and months of distortion and lies and non-stop criticism of President Obama. Sgt. Berghdahl who did little more than collapse under the anxiety brought by war, and by American tormentors who drag him through their mud at every opportunity to sell a damn book
Goldberg and O’Reilly are thoughtless and malevolent men. Worse, they are vampires feeding on the blood of war. Sure, O’Reilly now a multimillionaire on the backs of idiots who believe in him – donates lots of cash to veterans. That’s easy to do but I I would suggest that he does so to assuage his guilt.
How he can sleep is beyond me- truly.
Goldberg signs off in his latest laughable and hateful “column” that no one reads : “But for those in the middle, for those without any particular pro or anti-Obama ideology, the deal the president made — given the charges just filed against Sgt. Bergdahl — cannot sit well.”
That sentence makes no sense, but let’s leaves that be.
Hate to tell you Bennie, you contemptible gadget – We Americans are in the middle, we on the right, and we on the left we are horrified by what you wrote here and the things you say about this man Bowe Bergdahl.
If I were you – I would put a pistol on my belt and volunteer to fight against the Jihad – And do it personally.
Sure Bernie – just go to Syria and volunteer as an unpaid aging helper – and, like so many, surrender yourself to the nearest Army or Marine Lieutenant instead serving up our children to these desert crazies. I would appreciate it. Or maybe you can review films for Stars and Stripes?
That’s more your depth.
But you won’t will you? – Because you are just a nothing – a whining, frightened old man who is the subject of sneers from your professional peers and most likely, I would guess, your own family.
You sicken me, and I was someone who once held you in esteem when no one else bothered.
Please, Stay out of public view. Quit Fox. Stop writing your drivel and play some golf or swim with the porpoises.
You’re a pariah.
Jeff Koopersmith, Editor Emeritus