Let's Be Glad An American Is Coming Home - And Response (7)

Thursday, June 5, 2014

The political chattering class would be whining if President Obama had left Berdahl in Afghanistan. Now that he is out, the same spectator/sideline critics are whining anyway. 

Have you ever noticed how those with little or no actual responsibility to protect lives or make operational decisions or act in fast-moving, difficult situations are always the first ones to whine and complain, regardless of what is done? 

I am glad Bergdahl is coming home regardless of what foggy circumstance may or may not have surrounded his initial captivity five years ago.  Every American soldier has value and this should not be made a partisan issue.

The elected 44th President, the Commander-in-Chief of our Armed Forces, made a difficult judgment call with the facts he had, as they presented themselves. He chose action instead of inaction regarding a captive American soldier. As someone who has seen the presidency operate from a unique perspective, those of us who do not have all the facts or any of the responsibility of making the difficult call should give the President any benefit of the doubt in this case. What's done is done. 

It's real easy to criticize when you aren't or have never been in the position of having to make some very difficult, demanding decisions involving very serious life and death matters.

Ultimately we are Americans first, not Republicans and Democrats.  Let's be glad an American is coming home and the elected American President and others cared enough to make the effort to get him out of the hands of the enemy. 

Tim Gobble

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Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. Certainly Tim is entitled to his. I don't agree with him at all. Seems he leans a little to the far left or worse.

I do agree that this released person should be brought back to the United States.........and shot for treason. That's my opinion.

But what to do with his cohorts in our own United States government?

Rocky Morgan
Cleveland, TN 

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Shot for treason?  Really?  Well, that's what makes this country great, the diversity of opinion, ignorant or otherwise. You think we could give the soldier the benefit a trial before we shoot him? Golly Rocky, you would have been right at home in Hitler's Germany. Since that's not possible, you might still have a bright future in the Tea Party. 

I find it ironic that on Feb. 18 of this year Senator John McCain advocated this exact kind of swap for Sgt. Bergdahl on CNN's Anderson Cooper 360. 

Herb Montgomery
Chattanooga 

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Give Obama the benefit of the doubt? One must earn being given the benefit of the doubt, and Obama has done the opposite.  He has flat out lied to us time and time again, and this made him a liar yet again--while campaigning in '08, he even went as far as saying he was "offended" that McCain insinuated that he would negotiate with terrorists. 

Speaking of ignorant opinions, with all due respect, comparing the Tea Party to Hitler's Germany certainly ranks high on the ignorance meter. I'll never understand why people, who presumably want to be taken seriously, make such silly statements. 

Personally, I can not be happy about someone being rescued when that person was being held as a result of his own act(s) of treason (which cannot be argued without also arguing that the soldiers who have spoken out against him are all lying, which I simply do not believe). 

Sam Horn 

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The President has the parents in the rose garden to make this announcement of the trade. I am glad a soldier will be coming home but have a problem. The President and most of the media supports the President and keeps using his words and reasons. My problem is this. Neither the president or 90 percent of the media ever mentions the six soldiers that were killed searching for him or their families. Apparently he left his gear and left his post voluntary to seek the Taliban. These soldiers were put in harms way because of him. They were out searching for him because we don't leave men behind and it cost them their lives.  

Two things I learned in the USMC was take care of your weapon and your buddy because your life depends on them as does theirs. Apparently the sergeant never learned this lesson or didn't care about his fellow soldiers. Will the six dead soldiers families be invited to the rose garden? I think not. 

N.D. Kennedy Sr.
Ooltewah 

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With all of this discussion about Bowe Bergdahl's release I wonder what  Eddie Slovik would think about all of this. You see poor Eddie Slovik was executed on Jan. 31, 1945 , in Saint-Marie-aux-Mines France for desertion of his post . Unlike Bergdahl the hapless Eddie didn't just leave his post and go over to the enemy but he merely walked back to a mess unit with a note saying he would not go back to his post as he was unfit for combat. 

Despite being encouraged by his commanding officer to tear up the note, Slovik refused and faced a court martial. He was convicted of deserting his post during wartime and sentenced to death by firing squad . Both Generals Norman Cota and Dwight Eisenhower upheld the conviction and he was executed on Jan. 31. 

If Eddie had only waited 69 years and instead of going back to mess area had crossed over to the Germans he would have been traded for five Nazi Generals and lauded for his honorable service by his Commander-in-Chief's National Security Adviser. Where is FDR when we need him? 

Douglas Jones
Ooltewah 

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It is interesting to see the "let him die" Tea Party out in full force. They complain regularly that four Americans were left to die in Benghazi because President Obama doesn't care about Americans in harms way. Now the same people are complaining that Obama worked to the free an American POW and he should have been left to whatever fate that the Taliban had in store for him. 

So if Obama works to free an American soldier for five years, he is wrong. If Obama were to let him die, the same people would criticize and say he just left a man behind. In the same situation, I would have made the trade. POW swaps are not uncommon in war. Additionally, the chances of these Taliban being in some kind of fatal accident is very high. I do not believe that any intelligent people would compare five guys who live in a cave to Nazi generals.  

I also find it interesting that the Tea Party seems to have already tried and convicted this kid. We do not know why he left his post and I am sure that he will be fully investigated. If it turns out he did voluntarily leave his post, then he should suffer the consequences. He deserves the same rights as any other citizen until proven guilty in a court of law.  

Don't worry about the Tea Party, Tim. They are not real Republicans and their 15 minutes of fame is coming to a close. These Libertarians disguising themselves as Republicans will soon be relegated back to their corner of the party to howl at the moon. 

John Harris
Ooltewah 

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Whereas I agree with Mr. Gobble that it is a good thing that Sgt. Bergdahl has been brought home, much about this incident is troubling.  The facts, as I perceive them, seem to indicate that Bergdahl did desert his post in a combat theater.  As such, I do hope that he will face an investigation and subsequent courts martial to determine if he is truly a deserter.  I will let the Army and the UCMJ determine whether he is guilty or not.   

Mr. Obama, on the other hand, continues to find one way after another to make himself look weak and foolish.  My read on the rather awkward Rose Garden ceremony with Bergdahl's parents was that it was staged primarily to take the VA scandal off the front pages and show Mr. Obama to be a concerned CIC who leaves no soldier behind.  Ironically, concern for Sgt. Bergdahl's health was the reason given for the need to expedite the prisoner exchange.  

I hope that Mr. Obama shows the same kind of speedy attention to the vets who, in dire need of medical care, are apparently being systematically ignored by the corrupt VA system. We can only hope. 

Jim Nelson


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