“If you read up on McCain's time he spent as POW there are some who were POWs with him that state he "went" to the other side.. So tell me why we should not believe them and should believe that Bergdahl was bad?”
“I find people who make comments like this clueless.. Too many people have him guilty when the facts haven't been given.. If all these people had such a hard time with this how come they did not speak out prior to his being released - when people set up Facebook pages and were all over the place yelling for his release? Why now?”
“They could have read the article too.. How do we know he was not CIA? We left him there for 5 years.. There have been other stories that started like this and in the end when the true story was told many people ate crow..”
nkdgolf on Jun 2, 2014 at 18:41:25
“6 soldiers died trying to find him when he walked away. CIA......uh, I don't think so.
You are right about one thing.....this story is far from over.
Just wait for a year (or sooner) till these 5 terrorists are returned to the Talban.”
“You know that trial by internet does not make it true.. I am sure in the upcoming weeks we will be hearing more.. If this was you how would you want to be treated?”
kaykaythere on Jun 2, 2014 at 18:36:40
“if it turns out he MIGHT have had issues, WE as a country do not leave a soldier behind. EVER
This man was never convicted of a crime under the Uniform Code of Military Justice and as such he committed no crime and was as such a POW.
Do you understand the concept of the US, based on political posturing, JUDGING a soldier to deem if they were worthy or unworthy of saving?
Could I be left there due to my being a woman or a gay even though I served honorably for over 25 years?
Could someone be left there because they were not a Christian? or lord forbid a Democrat?
I mean the US is already creating incentive for other countries by using Torture and indeterminate detection without redress.
Now we will pick and choose which of our OWN are worthy enough to be taken care of?”
“I also was trained by the Army, but why under the pillow? I don't think I need to remind you that the reason you wore the uniform was to give businesses like these the choice to allow weapons or not..”
“Ok open carry.. How do you know a "good guy" vs a "bad guy"? How is that suppose to make anyone feel safer? If nothing else it makes the suspicions even more...”
JHouser12 on May 30, 2014 at 23:34:54
“I totally understand that line of thinking and those questions. If I'm honest, I'm not sure my stance is even a valid one because it's based only my own experiences: I was instilled with a priority for safety in the storage, handling, and operation of guns. I learned to enjoy spending an hour or two of my Saturday at the range, but I don't stockpile guns or ammunition. Most importantly, I've never been touched personally by gun violence (except a friend who turned the barrel on himself). The point is that I couldn't pick out a "bad guy" with a gun because I've never seen, known, or learned from one (but some of the "good guys" I know might not look the part to everyone).
What I can say is that, personally, I worry more about the guns that I can't see than the ones I can; I tend to believe that only people with nefarious intentions would want to conceal their firearms. Sort of that "if you aren't doing anything wrong, you don't have anything to hide" argument. On the other hand, I really do appreciate that some folks just don't like guns and prefer not to see them in public. That's why I ultimately believe that business operators should be able to make their own decisions about firearms on-premise without haranguing from whichever special interest group they didn't side with. I was just tossing out my own two cents on the open carry thing.”
“I don't want your guns, but I think it is well past time that both sides come together and do more to protect innocents. If you are a law abiding gun owner who has nothing to hide you should be working towards not having guns taken away, but legislation that makes it tougher for the crook on the street on the child in the home that accidental gets a gun. This is not about us vs them.. It is about working together ...”
“They needed a fall guy and it was him. I cannot and will not believe that members of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs were not aware of the issues and did nothing. This committee has republican's as the majority. The General was once again not given the right tools to perform the mission assigned to him and yet he is made out to be the bad guy. I would like a hearing on what the members of the Veteran's Affairs committee knew and why they did not assist the General in helping out veterans. I salute the General for taking on this job - and I have complete disgust for those who made him the fall guy!!”
“Yup saving us from Bushes depression was horrid right? Getting OBL was so bad too! The only people I want to see take a walk is all of us who will be taking back the house from the worthless republicans! The only time I want a GOPer in the white house is to scrub floors!”
GhostHorse3 on May 31, 2014 at 15:33:40
“Totally nailed it. And, fanned!”
Deanr on May 31, 2014 at 03:26:47
“The no growth Obama recovery, what a salvation. As for getting OBL I do beliee that was the Seals not Obama who did that. Aand you do know the recession caused by the collapse of the housing market was casued by the democrats and their liberals policies of forcing banks to make bad loaans to unqualified buyers right?”
“Why have a Committee for the VA when they do nothing?”
bhcarley on May 29, 2014 at 11:24:22
“I will admit that it seems the hearings accomplish very little. But again I ask you why pay any government employee a bonus? And whether we like it or not Obama is the head and the report is in . Firing the Sec. in my opinion will accomplish very little if anything . But firing those connected to any cover up of any kind and charging the people knowing fixing the situation with false book with criminal charges will do a lot. It is hard to fire a union worker in the government but the house passed a bill making it easier and Reid will not bring it up for a vote. I wonder why ? Holder could act but he will not . Holder needs to be charged himself for not obeying the oath he took”
“They would be getting exorbitant bonuses for running it into the ground.. The answer is not to privatize; it is to make the current system work better. Let's start by giving no bonuses.. Next let's put compliance people into each hospital whose reports are made public. The system is flawed but fixable. Privatization is NOT the way to go..”
Craig Schultz on May 29, 2014 at 10:53:15
“In the private sector, committing fraud would be criminally charged.
As for bonuses, VA healthcare administrators received those far and away beyond any "improvement" in performance as well.
At least in the private world, administrators are responsible to someone. In the public sector, bureaucrats are virtually untouchable and when "touched" given a legal pass by whomever they were scapegoated for.”
“Before this is through the GOP will be held accountable. The house committee did not do it's job and we are organizing to ask why.. No more Benghazi hearings.. No more ACA hearings.. Why didn't the GOP on the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs do their job?”
zooks1 on May 29, 2014 at 18:53:24
“I must point out since January 2009 the Democrats and Obamas appointees are the one in charge. Petzel resigned in may after being sworn in some time mid 2010. General Shinseki since 2009. The GOP was not in charge, Democrats were. The individuals responsible for falsifying reports and lying to investigators should be held criminally accountable, how many people died because of the lack of care and concern?
"The United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is a government-run military veteran benefit system with Cabinet-level status".
"The Department of Veterans Affairs is headed by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, appointed by the President with the advice and consent of the Senate. The current Secretary of Veterans Affairs is Retired Army General Eric Shinseki"”
“With that said is it fair to blame the President or the guy (administrator) who is playing politics to look good? The majority of us have been in the work place and seen what people will do to get to the next level..”
Imperial Quirk on May 29, 2014 at 09:11:08
“There is a difference in most workplaces and a hospital. When you forget about the patients, their lives may literally be at stake. A life lost never makes anyone look good, including the president. While this problem is definitely no one person's fault, it is the fault of management. Which is why I said the top needs to go, meaning the more than one person including all of those responsible for these mistakes that may have very well cost veteran's their lives.”
“This is a lack of poor oversight by the GOP. Why have the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs if they are not going to provide proper oversight? With the amount of public out cry how come they did not know - or better yet do anything? They have some explaining to do..”
“I see the screams saying that the President should resign and that every person in the VA system should be fired. What I am not seeing is answers to the hard questions. The VA falls under the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs - Chairman Republican Jeff Miller from Florida. Why didn't they know about this? How come nothing was done? The Republicans are well known for holding hearings for items that make the public shake their head, ye nothing on this, why? They are the majority on this Committee and no one knew about it? Maybe if it would have had the word Benghazi attached it would have been important? After all their history of supporting vets is pretty dismal!”
“Actually you are right but wrong.. I do not blame all 41, but who I do blame is the Republicans who sit on the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs. Where was their oversight? Why didn't tey know what was going on? They have the majority and still we heard nothing. The VA falls under them and we heard nothing? Oh wait, it wasn't Benghazi right?”
bubbyejm on May 29, 2014 at 08:46:38
“but the president knew in 2007 (as per the televised clips of a speech he made) and HE didn't do anything about this (he gets his information from the newspapers just like we do) - he's the commander in chief - WHY didn't he do anything
If you're looking to blame someone there's plenty to go around for both parties”
“Just an observation.. It says we can have guns, but nowhere does it state that certain practices cannot be put into place to ensure our safety. I too can quote the constitution and I especially like the line that goes "We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility.." Insure domestic tranquility; what does that mean exactly? Does that make my right less then a gun owner? My domestic tranquility is that OK you can have your gun, but I can also have my officials do what they need to do to provide me with domestic tranquility..”