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Before He Was Rescued, Republicans Said Obama Had ‘Left POW Sgt. Bergdahl To ROT In Afghanistan’


It’s funny how things can change so quickly. One minute Republican pundits in America are demanding that the Obama administration do something – anything – to rescue prisoner of war Sgt. Bowe Robert Bergdahl. The next minute they are saying that he was never a P.O.W. in the first place, he was traitor, coward, deserter and needs to be brought up on charges. Furthermore, they contend, the Obama administration never should have traded detainees for Bergdahl in the first place. What’s going on here?

Conservative sites like Freedom Outpost had nothing but scathing remarks for President Obama when he had yet to order the prisoner exchange and rescue of Sgt. Bergdahl. We read the following from October of last year on the aforementioned site:

Many Americans do not know, or have forgotten, American POW Sgt. Bowe Robert Bergdahl. Sgt. Bergdahl’s capture was not the media event we experienced like the highly publicized rescue of Jessica Lynch during her 30 day capture/imprisonment. However, it has been over four years since Sgt. Bergdahl’s June 30, 2009 capture and imprisonment in Afghanistan by a Taliban-affiliated insurgent group. It is time America demanded his release and return to his family…

After four years of Hillary Clinton and a changing of the guard to John Kerry, the State Department is less vocal about its efforts to secure Bergdahl’s release. Apparently, State is still miffed by the Bergdahl Family decision to go public about their son’s ongoing imprisonment. My guess is—much like Benghazi—the Obama administration wanted this all kept within the federal family.

At Counter Current News, we are quick to give the president a hard time for the many things that he does wrong. His hypocracy and failure to act when he said he would on closing Guantanamo, or even ending the Iraq war on March 31, 2009, as he had campaigned on… His escalation of the use of drones against targets which often almost seem to be civilian in nature, due to the high rate of collateral deaths caused by these Drone Wars.

But one thing we do not, and must not, do is blame him for the sake of blaming him. When there are enough legitimate gripes to raise with this administration’s actions and policies, it becomes clear that those arguing both sides of an issue just to say that Obama did something wrong no matter what actually have something else going on beyond legitimate critique.

When you engage in this practice and people call you racist, it is not because Obama is African American, it is because you are, whether you acknowledge it or not. Otherwise you would stick to one side of an argument and not say that it was wrong to not rescue Bergdahl, and yet is now wrong to have done so.

You are, of course, free to do whatever you want, but engaging in this sort of rhetoric makes it clear that you are simply looking for a way to blame the president for everything, and do not actually care about the issues or people you are discussing – whether Bergdahl or Ben Ghazi – beyond their use in demonizing anything and everything this current president does.


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