Lots of vets here. Not happy. Most emphatically not happy.
There goes another officer, purged from the military.
Carole King is still alive?
Hell come out as gay and everything will be fine.
Target and General Mills will sponsor the parade.
Hell jump Ellens couch and be on Dancing with the Stars.
After that hell run for US Senator for Massachusetts and win after tossing his medals over the White House fence.
Good on this Platoon Leader!
Just some general info about Bergdalhs home town.
Hailey and the Valley running up to Sun Valley there are the only majority liberal area of Idaho. Most of the people there do not have a clue about what really went on with Bergdalh...and a lot of the liberals there share the anti-American military sentiments of Bergdahls father and that Bergdalh himself developed.
Bergdahl was a clear deserter, and American lives were lost searching for him in the first months after he went AWOL. IMHO, he was probably an enemy collaborator, and I believe his father encouraged him to become one when he told him to obery his conscience and seek men of like mind to stand with. After that email, Bergdahl did precisely that.
It is a travesty and it is disgusting.
I believe Obama thought there would be some kind of euphoria over a US soldier released...not matter the circumstances or cost. I also believe he calculated to have this story get the VA scandal off the front page.
Now it too is blowing up in his face, as well it should.
Finally, I believe that Obama did a three way deal for Bergdhals relese. The Taliban itself was not holding Bergdahl. He was under the control of the Haqqanis. They always want a ransom...money...and lots of it for their hostages. I believe if someone digs deep, they will find that not only were the Taliban given their top commanders...all of whom are bloodthirsty killers of Americans and innocents...but that the Haqqanis got a cash payoff too.
If this is so, Obama himself and his administration are guilty of providing financial material aid to terrorists...as well as abjectly violating the law over the release of the five GITMO prisoners.
An Artcile 32 needs to be held on Bergdahl and get the mountains of evidence sworn in and on the record. Then they need to convene a Court Martial for his desertion...in which case he should spend the next 20 years in Leavenworth. If they find he also collaborated, he should be executed.
Having said all of that...and knowing that the majority of Idahoans feel as I do...I do not know anyone who would go over to Hailey and try to physically stop or disrupt their parade. Thats not where the treason and the problem lies. They are just a bunch of uninformed and misguided people, being wagged by the dog.
I believe the town politicians have figured out that this would be a bad thing...for the image of the twon, and for them politically...so they are backing away from it..
The GOP should hire this guy as a consultant. Liberals use this kind of rhetoric to attack the GOP over the most mundane issues.
So does Kennedy have a rank? I don't think Platoon commander is a rank. Is/was he a Lieutenant? It would be nice to address him as such.