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Ex-V.A. official walks back suggestion that Bergdahl's unit may've been infested with 'psychopaths'
The Washington Examiner ^ | June 5, 2014 | T. Becket Adams

Posted on 06/05/2014 4:11:25 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

A former Veterans Affairs official apologized Thursday for suggesting that Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl may have left his post in Afghanistan five years ago because he was surrounded by “psychopaths.”

“While I just wanted to make the point that the public should wait before passing judgment, I unfortunately used my own poor judgment in choosing inappropriate language that many view as disparaging to U.S. service members,” Brandon Friedman, who currently serves as a spokesman for the Department of Housing and Urban Development, told BuzzFeed.

“That was certainly not my intent and I regret making the comments on my personal account in such a way. I apologize to those with whom I work in the Administration, at HUD, and, most importantly, to any service members who took offense,” he said.

Friedman, himself a veteran, sparked outrage Wednesday night after he floated the idea that maybe Bergdahl's comrades pushed him to leave his post.

“Here's the thing about Bergdahl and the Jump-to-Conclusions mats: What if his platoon was long on psychopaths and short on leadership?” Friedman asked in a series of tweets. “What if [Bergdahl] grew disillusioned with what he saw, didn't trust his leadership, and walked off? Legal? No. Worthy of sympathy? Maybe.”

“If that were the case, the soldiers in his platoon would have all the more reason to smear him publicly now,” he added. “Given other examples, it’s not out of the realm of possibility–and more reason to withhold judgment until after an investigation.”

His musings were met with predictable pushback, ultimately forcing him to walk back the claim.

“I'd like to clarify tweets I wrote last night on my personal Twitter account concerning the return of Bowe Bergdahl. First, I do not speak for the Administration on national security issues in any capacity -- public or personal,” he told BuzzFeed. “As a former infantry officer and combat veteran of both Iraq and Afghanistan, I have only the highest regard for our servicemen and women. They are my friends, my colleagues, my mentors, my brothers, and sisters.”

A former veteran who served in Afghanistan and Iraq between 2001 and 2004, Friedman was vice chairman of the Democratic-aligned organization VoteVets before joining the Obama administration in 2009 as a public affairs officer in the Veterans Affairs Department.


TOPICS: Conspiracy; Government; Military/Veterans; Politics
KEYWORDS: afghanistan; army; bergdahl; brandonfriedman; collusion; cultureofcorruption; democratscandals; military; obamaadministration; va; veterans; votevets; votevetsdotorg; votevetsorg

1 posted on 06/05/2014 4:11:25 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

did he walk back the idea that it would be okay to commit treason and join the enemy of the squad were nuts?


2 posted on 06/05/2014 4:13:50 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Brandon Friedman, the enemy within. TREASON - continuous, in-your-face, agenda-driven, collective-conspired, ongoing.


3 posted on 06/05/2014 4:15:28 PM PDT by PGalt
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

What a piece of $h!t. He was willing to lie to protect the big boss.


4 posted on 06/05/2014 4:15:45 PM PDT by I want the USA back (Media: completely irresponsible. Complicit in the destruction of this country.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Bergdahl's unit looks like it was almost certainly infested with a psychopath.
5 posted on 06/05/2014 4:16:14 PM PDT by Will88
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
‘A former veteran who served in Afghanistan and Iraq between 2001 and 2004, Friedman was vice chairman of the Democratic-aligned organization VoteVets before joining the Obama administration in 2009 as a public affairs officer in the Veterans Affairs Department.’

What is really known about this guy. Is a political appointee who has been backdoored into a GS civil service position? What did he do in Iraq and when,exactly, was he there? Does any Freeper actually have knowledge of this man. At the least his unprofessional behavior should generate lots of mail to Freeper friendly Congresscritters such as Louis Gomert demanding that he be fired.

6 posted on 06/05/2014 4:16:34 PM PDT by robowombat
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

and this idiot was named by Obama to a post in the VA...no wonder the VA has so many problems.


7 posted on 06/05/2014 4:16:49 PM PDT by tioga (WFTD...be there or be square.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Brandon Friedman, who currently serves as a spokesman for the Department of Housing and Urban Development…

DISMANTLE H.U.D.


8 posted on 06/05/2014 4:17:32 PM PDT by PGalt
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Well, at least he doesn’t work in the VA any longer.


9 posted on 06/05/2014 4:17:58 PM PDT by ConservativeInPA (We need to fundamentally transform RATs lives for their lies.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Please Dear God,

Will someone please ask the president or state department how much cash was thrown in on the deal as well?

It's pretty clear that was a requirement in the past. Funny if it just left the table?

10 posted on 06/05/2014 4:23:09 PM PDT by blackdog (There is no such thing as healing, only a balance between destructive and constructive forces.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“Given other examples, it’s not out of the realm of possibility–”

What examples? If you’re going to say “given other examples”, you should give at least two.


11 posted on 06/05/2014 4:24:28 PM PDT by Hugin
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To: blackdog

Stockman to Obama: Did you pay terrorists?
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/3164142/posts


12 posted on 06/05/2014 4:24:52 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2Million USD for Cruz and/or Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: robowombat

When your loved one is in jeopardy any rationalization will do, not matter how absurd. Remember “sex is not sex.” This clown may be a veteran but he has displayed his contempt for the military, a characteristic of the left. The deserter is a hero, his comrades are sickos. “Ignorance is strength.”


13 posted on 06/05/2014 4:25:45 PM PDT by Vehmgericht
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To: Will88

I agree with you. The more we learn about Bergdahl the more it seems like he may have developed schizophrenia.


14 posted on 06/05/2014 4:28:15 PM PDT by wideawake
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The EVIDENCE has been on the table for all to see for 5 years!

Obama knows the facts and that’s why he FORCED Bowe’s fellow Soldiers to sign NDAs!

Obama wants a prop for his agenda, and has only contempt for the facts that would get in his way.

I’ll wait for a fair trial before the hanging, but the guilty verdict is already in.


15 posted on 06/05/2014 4:33:20 PM PDT by G Larry (Which of Obama's policies do you think I'd support if he were white?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

George Washington would have frog marched that man behind the nearest barn.


16 posted on 06/05/2014 4:34:31 PM PDT by samadams2000 (Someone important make......The Call!)
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To: PGalt

From a combat officer to a HUD spokesman. Now that is a put-down in the job career.

Yet, the pay is higher and nobody is shooting at you, but the job has “no honor”, being a mealymouthed regime shister and propagandist.

If he belongs to any veterans group, I hope that they oust his backstabbing ass, ASAP.

A typical Obama asskissing appointee.


17 posted on 06/05/2014 4:41:17 PM PDT by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: samadams2000

George Patton might have shot him.


18 posted on 06/05/2014 4:42:15 PM PDT by Farmer Dean (stop worrying about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I wonder if there’s a prog equivalent of journal-list where they coordinate their talking points? Shortly after he started floating this claim, Pelosi’s daughter was pushing a different version of the same story, demanding an investigation of the “defective platoon”.


19 posted on 06/05/2014 4:52:55 PM PDT by ArmstedFragg (Hoaxey Dopey Changey)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

From the condition of the VA system it looks like it has been run by psychopaths.


20 posted on 06/05/2014 4:55:39 PM PDT by MagnoliaB
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

This Veteran Affairs official doesn’t have enough on his plate…….he has to go to this place?


21 posted on 06/05/2014 4:56:49 PM PDT by Texas Songwriter
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Probably because it’s true. Five of that group died trying to find him. He should be shot. Period. No, wait. Only soldiers should be shot. He should be hanged.


22 posted on 06/05/2014 4:59:26 PM PDT by SkyDancer (If you don't read the newspapers you are uninformed. If you do read newspapers you are misinformed)
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To: wideawake
I agree with you. The more we learn about Bergdahl the more it seems like he may have developed schizophrenia.

Yep, and dulusions of grandeur, common to many leftist nutcases, that led him to believe that in his small role in the conflict he could cause some change in a direction he thought to be more humane, or whatever such leftists think.

23 posted on 06/05/2014 5:09:26 PM PDT by Will88
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Weird.

I thought Brandon Friedman was a Nazi sympathizer and a pedophile.

He never said any different....


24 posted on 06/05/2014 5:15:54 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: Vendome

Don’t you mean FLDS polygamist and cannibal? Did he act in a manner reminiscent of Ghenghis Khan while in Iraq I wonder?


25 posted on 06/05/2014 5:19:44 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2Million USD for Cruz and/or Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

His credentials/position accompanied his tweet screed, for heft I’m sure.

FIRE this guy, who is far prouder of his resume than our fighting infantrymen.


26 posted on 06/05/2014 5:38:15 PM PDT by RitaOK ( VIVA CHRISTO REY / Public education is the farm team for more Marxists coming.)
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To: MadMax, the Grinning Reaper; All
If he belongs to any veterans group, I hope that they oust his backstabbing ass, ASAP.

Comment/thread BUMP!

27 posted on 06/05/2014 6:15:58 PM PDT by PGalt
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Your intent was to lie about servicemen who did serve with honor and dignity. You should be ashamed to call yourself an American. We sure are.


28 posted on 06/05/2014 6:18:37 PM PDT by justa-hairyape (The user name is sarcastic. Although at times it may not appear that way.)
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To: justa-hairyape

..ashamed to call you an American.


29 posted on 06/05/2014 6:19:18 PM PDT by justa-hairyape (The user name is sarcastic. Although at times it may not appear that way.)
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To: robowombat

Its’ not likely that a spokesman for HUD or any other dept/agency would be “civil service.” Political appointees have usually had a specific designation, not the same as non-political.

The V.A. has been reputedly one of those terribly run govt agencies for as long as I can remember. Tho I doubt before now, or before Clinton, it was with callous disregard.

This vet is particularly warped, and probably why he fits so well with this Administration. The will stretch, bend, twist, do or say anything to come up with rationalizations for inexcusable behavior. It’s who they are.


30 posted on 06/05/2014 7:13:25 PM PDT by EDINVA
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

He wrote an article for Time Magazine June 3, 2014 and was on Obermann’s show in 2008 representing VoteVets.org (i think that’s the website) complaining about Bush (and McCain).

He sure wears a lot of hats (HUD too).


31 posted on 06/05/2014 9:09:57 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (The new witchhunt: "Do you NOW, . . . or have you EVER , . . supported traditional marriage?")
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To: robowombat
A former veteran who served in Afghanistan and Iraq between 2001 and 2004, Friedman was vice chairman of the Democratic-aligned organization...

Freepers would be shocked at how many liberals there are in the US military these days. The military used to be a bastion of conservatism, but it's crawling with libs these days.

The liberal movement has grown by leaps and bounds over the past 20 years, while the conservative movement has all but disappeared as a serious political power.

Why? Because we don't fight like the liberals do. We're wimps.

It pains me to say that, but it's true.

32 posted on 06/05/2014 10:35:56 PM PDT by IDontLikeToPayTaxes
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To: ArmstedFragg; GeronL
I wonder if there’s a prog equivalent of journal-list where they coordinate their talking points? Shortly after he started floating this claim, Pelosi’s daughter was pushing a different version of the same story, demanding an investigation of the “defective platoon”.

He wears a lot of hats. He wrote an article for Time Magazine June 3rd (about the VA scandal). He works for HUD. He worked for the VA (and cited that as his credit in the Time article he authored). He was vice-chairman for VoteVets.Org and has appeared in 2008 on Oberdork's program representing them and attacking Bush and McCain.

He's a career Democrat activist, sitting away at unelected positions doing his deeds.

33 posted on 06/06/2014 7:08:50 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (The new witchhunt: "Do you NOW, . . . or have you EVER , . . supported traditional marriage?")
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