Skip to comments.The not-so-dirty half dozen (PFC Bergdahl's unit)
Posted on 06/09/2014 10:51:59 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
The New York Times has been working overtime to discredit members of Bowe Bergdahls platoon who, with seeming unanimity, believe he deserted. First, the Times editors complained that the six platoon members who have appeared before the media to call Bergdahl a deserter were being served up by Republican operatives.
But the Times presented no evidence that the platoon members themselves are political partisans. Moreover, Times reporters Richard A. Oppel Jr. and Eric Schmitt, who conducted their own research into the platoon, appear to have found no basis for disputing the six platoon members view that Bergdahl deserted. Indeed, they acknowledge that Bergdahls fellow soldiers say he did desert.
Accordingly, Oppel and Schmitt are peddling a second defense of Bergdahl, and thus the Obama administration one alluded to in the Times editorial. They argue that Bergdahl was part of a misfit platoon and that this might have made it too easy for him to walk away.
What is the Times evidence that Bergdahls was a misfit platoon? First, it says that members of the platoon were known to wear bandannas and cutoff T-shirts. It therefore characterizes the platoon as raggedy.
But wearing bandanas and cutoff T-shirts while working in the scorching Afghanistan heat is hardly Dirty Dozen stuff. Rather, its what most Americans would expect from soldiers in these conditions. The Times is praising the platoon with faint damnation if thats the best its reporters can come up with.
The Times also points out that the platoons original leader, and then its original sergeant, were replaced relatively early in the deployment the original leader for incompetence; the sergeant over the bandanas and cutoff T-shirts. But platoon member Cody Full has said that the new leader of the platoon was liked and respected by the men, and the Times does not dispute this. The competence of the original leader, who had been replaced by the time Bergdahl walked away, has no bearing on the issue of desertion.
Indeed, none of the Times reporting does. What does the Times even mean when it says that the platoon might have made it too easy for Bergdahl to walk away? Surely it isnt suggesting that sloppy attire by platoon members contributed to, much less excused, Bergdahls desertion.
Maybe the Times means that it was too easy, physically, for Bergdahl to walk away. It notes that the rear section of the base was not covered with razor wire and was guarded only by Afghan police officers.
But the Army doesnt rely on fencing in its soldiers to prevent desertion. It relies, as any proper fighting organization must, on the honor of soldiers who have taken an oath in this case, an oath to obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice.
Moreover, it was no easier for Bergdahl to leave than it was for any other soldier in his group. The entire platoon operated under the same conditions, and the same leadership, as Bergdahl. Only he deserted.
The left, including prominent politicians, has treated American soldiers as victims for more than a decade. Now, its premier MSM organ is taking this view to its logical conclusion that desertion is an understandable response to the American soldiers life in combat conditions.
People can disagree in good faith about the merits of the Bergdahl deal. They can also disagree about the amount of compassion they want to direct Bergdahls way, given the suffering he likely endured after he deserted.
But to the extent that people excuse Bergdahls desertion, or to find it understandable given his circumstances, we are on the road to national ruin. Our Army cannot remain a viable fighting force if this view gains currency.
Is defending Barack Obama at that level worth the price? Does the New York Times even consider it a price?
If the Times article had validity....then we would have had two million GI’s from WW II defect to the Germans...at least 500,000 defect to North Korea....at least a million defect to Vietnam Communist forces....and 250,000 defect to Iraq.
Raggedy? I’m trying to imagine in my mind....how this works in the real world, and how you get identified as raggedy. A guy wearing shorts in hot weather...is raggedy? That would bust about ninety percent of the South Carolina teenage young men.
“The New York Times has been working overtime to discredit members of Bowe Bergdahls platoon”
Those men truly served with “honor and distinction” yet the slime attempts to trash them, while the deserter, they paint as a victim.
What a despicable rag.
I well remember the newsreels of WWII with artillery crews stripped to the waist in the heat, kerchiefs around their brows to stem the sweat, and grimy with perspiration and gunpowder residue. Ditto Vietnam. Ditto Afghanistan. To suggest, as the NY Times did, that this made them "raggedy," synonymous with undisciplined and unmilitary, is fatuous in the extreme. Such are the extremes to which the leftist claque will go to protect the Obamanation.
Somebody ought to show those chowderheads who spew this drivel some Willie and Joe cartoons, or enlighten them on the fine tradition of “raggedy ass Marines” in combat.
Honestly, you can’t make this stuff up.
Their uniforms they wear on Fridays at the ramrod are quite spiffy!
In a time when people can get news from the internet, and some of them have stopped buying newspapers, it leaves me wondering why an editor would allow the printing of such trash. An entire platoon have all said Bergdahl deserted. What to I care what some goofball at the New York Times surmises?
If in the '60s, they would have been at the airports to spit on returning soldiers.
If Jane Fonda, they would be calling soldiers baby-rapers.
If John Kerry, they would be calling the military stupid and uneducated.
If talking about Bush, they would be calling him a deserter.
If talking about the deserters to Canada, they would be calling them heroes of conscience.
It is hard to imagine what will spew from their mouths tomorrow.
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