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Bowe Bergdahl is a subject of considerable controversy. An American soldier who wandered off from his base in Afghanistan and got captured by the Taliban, after five years American officials secured his release by trading him for five Taliban captives being held in Guantanamo.
While the future of the CIA drone campaign in Pakistan is uncertain, the terrorists have been given advance notice that the drones are once again hunting them.
The reason it's "totally inappropriate" to look Muslim or speak Pastho (ironically, we've been in Afghanistan for over a decade helping people who speak Pashto) is because such sentiments pander to the prejudice and biases possessed by certain viewers of Fox, as well as certain Republican voters.
Rep. Mike Rogers asked, "What does this tell terrorists, that if you capture a U.S. soldier, you can trade that soldier for five terrorists we've gone after?" Sorry to say, but if the goal is to reduce terrorism, then Gitmo's existence -- that unyielding cockroach of American politics -- looms far larger.
This country is being held hostage by a group of monsters masquerading as members of congress and senators from the Republican Party. Nothing is too big to destroy if it is spearheaded by Barack Obama; and that goes double for America.
Congressional outcry over President Obama's exchange of Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl for five Taliban leaders, is not due to any real or perceived violation of trust or of the law. It is due to the atrocious addiction to warmongering that has plagued our government for longer than we would like to admit.
As a Sikh American, I am dumbfounded by the irresponsible Islamophobic discourse that took place on two recent Fox News national broadcasts, The O'Reilly Factor and Fox and Friends, in which Robert Bergdahl was criticized for his appearance, namely his beard.
Consistency? Or obsession? ...
Iraq is self-destructing. This led the Wall Street Journal to call for a few airstrikes and some American paratroopers to fix the problem, because we all know how well that turned out the last time, right?
The Bowe Bergdahl saga has been used by Republicans to shape a convenient narrative; one that claims President Obama jeopardized the nation by free...
Whatever the circumstances, the basic, decent fact remains: American soldiers must not be abandoned, for whatever reason -- a principle that has been upheld throughout history, war after war after war.
Let's take the politics out of this action. Let's instead focus on rebuilding our broken VA system and building careers for our transitioning service members and military spouses.
It's a terrible precedent for Bergdahl's family to receive threats. Why hasn't the noise machine that put out those false translations been forced to issue a retraction?
I thought Karl Rove's 2004 Swift Boating of John Kerry's Vietnam service record in the US Navy was pretty disgusting, but the recent smears against President Barack Obama for winning Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's release have descended to a new low.
Whereas the Taliban might have justified such behavior because Bergdahl tried to escape or was an enemy combatant, Donald Rumsfeld justified his approval of interrogation techniques in his own manner.