Sunday, June 8, 2014

Public Affairs Deputy Brandon Friedman Defends Bergdahl

A few days after the Obama-terrorist trade, Sgt. Bergdahl returned home to the United States and five terrorists were released from Guantanamo Bay. Also, many Americans are upset over this deal, including myself. A traitor of the United States army, a deserter, is saved after being held hostage by the Taliban for five top terrorists. But what if we have the story wrong? What if the other troops with Sgt. Bergdahl are not telling the truth? Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Brandon Freidman, tweeted to defend Sgt. Bergdahl.

His tweets are as follows:

 Here's the thing about Bergdahl and the Jump-to-Conclusions mats: What if his platoon was long on psychopaths and short on leadership? (1/5)

What if he grew disillusioned with what he saw, didn't trust his leadership, and walked off? Legal? No. Worthy of sympathy? Maybe. (2/5)

If that were the case, the soldiers in his platoon would have all the more reason to smear him publicly now. (3/5)

Given other examples, it's not out of the realm of possibility--and more reason to withhold judgment until after an investigation. (4/5)

I'm not a fan of such speculation, but this story could not be more unbalanced--with so many premature calls of "traitor." (5/5)

He later apologized for the tweets.

Yes, the leadership was not trustworthy. And of course his fellow soldiers were just crazy. Is this why he sympathized with the American-murdering Taliban? Is this why he deserted his post to find the Taliban, who kidnapped him and held him captive for five years?
He should be on trial for this. Period.
Bad deal Mr. President.
Bad deal.