A headline on today’s EIN News website says “GOP turns on American POW.”
The video accompanying the story features the Rev. Al Sharpton pointing out that several congressional Republicans previously expressed support for a deal that would bring Pvt. Bowe Bergdahl home from Afghanistan.
Sharpton claims they only changed their minds for political reasons.
But maybe there’s more to it than that. Maybe the Republicans figured out what the White House should have known before approving the trade – that Bergdahl has not been a very loyal soldier, his captivity was the result of his own foolish (and possibly treasonous) actions, and his release hardly justifies the liberation of five very dangerous terrorists.
The difference in the deal is this – the Taliban is getting back five loyal soldiers who will rejoin the fight, while the U.S. got a possible deserter with a bad attitude who will probably never serve his nation again.
Perhaps the Republicans who changed their minds read the email that Bergdahl sent his parents from Afghanistan, which was published by Rolling Stone and RedState.com:
“In the U.S. Army you are cut down for being honest … but if you are a conceited brown nosing shit bag you will be allowed to do whatever you want, and you will be handed your higher rank … The system is so wrong. I am ashamed to be an American. And the title of U.S. soldier is just the lie of fools.”
We wonder if Bergdahl knows how many “brown nosing shit bags” risked their lives to look for him after he wandered away from his unit? We wonder if he’s still ashamed to be an American, now that his country cut a very foolish deal to secure his freedom?
We don’t have to wonder why some Republicans have turned against this trade. It’s stupid enough to negotiate with terrorists under any circumstances, but to do so on behalf of a soldier who hates his country is preposterous.