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Bring our soldier home and let him heal (Beyond barf alert - plus poll to FReep)
Idaho Mountain Express and Guide ^ | June 4, 2014 | The Editors

Posted on 06/03/2014 9:51:41 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

When the news broke that Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl of Hailey would return to the U.S. and eventually to his family after five years of being held captive by the Taliban in Afghanistan, Sun Valley-area people erupted with joy and relief.

People called this newspaper, called their friends, and announced to perfect strangers that Saturday was a great day because of the news that the young soldier was coming home. People gathered spontaneously in Hailey where they hugged, shed tears and smiled at the same time. A valley-wide celebration was immediately scheduled for later this month.

Americans are proud of bringing our lost soldier home. Our nation and President Obama did what needed to be done as we wind down military operations in Afghanistan.

Yet within hours of the announcement that the U.S. had traded five Taliban prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay prison for Bergdahl’s release, some senators, military experts and broadcast media commentators shamelessly made Bergdahl’s release into a political football. The bloodhounds took up the cry and bayed on and on about so-called “questions” about the manner of Bergdahl’s capture and the exchange of prisoners. It was a despicable display of politics gone off the rails.

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, insisted that the Obama administration erred in not providing 30 days notice to Congress before the exchange. He called the exchange “disturbing” and a change in U.S. policy of not negotiating with terrorists.

Even Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., who was a prisoner of war in Vietnam, said, “It is disturbing that these individuals would have the ability to re-enter the fight.”

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Roger, R-Mich., said the White House made a mistake by negotiating with terrorists.

So, what would these critics have preferred? That our nation abandon its soldier and leave him to rot in Afghanistan? It’s a good bet that Cruz, McCain and Roger would have gone into a self-righteous snit had the Obama administration failed to successfully negotiate Bergdahl’s release and would have accused Obama of heartlessly abandoning our soldier.

The self-proclaimed critics have shamelessly and destructively put the administration and all Americans in a no-win position for some perceived political gain.

As in all things in life, there is a time for joy, celebration and healing, and a time for reflection and examination. This is the time for joy and celebration, not for speculation and trial by sound-bite.

The politicians, military experts and critics should stop their shameful bleating and let our nation, our local community and Bergdahl’s family enjoy the return of our lost soldier.

Five years of captivity is enough. Bring him home. Leave him alone, and let him heal.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; Government; US: Idaho
KEYWORDS: afghanistan; bergdahl; gop; obama
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Remind me, did John McCain sneak away from base, walk into a Viet-Cong controlled village and ask the villagers how to find the NVA or was he shot down during a bombing mission? And did his admiral father learn Vietnamese, grab an AK-47, put on a conical hat, convert to Marxism and vow to work on releasing all VC and NVA prisoners in allied hands? If so, I might see their point.
1 posted on 06/03/2014 9:51:41 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

This appears to be written by the Benedict Arnold Admiration Society and Sewing Circle.


2 posted on 06/03/2014 9:53:53 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Obama's smidgens are coming home to roost.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The six soldiers that died searching for his sorry ass will not come home.


3 posted on 06/03/2014 9:57:43 PM PDT by windsorknot
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To: FlingWingFlyer

It is his hometown paper, from the looks of it. Probably some transplants from the Left Coast.


4 posted on 06/03/2014 9:58:47 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

Is Diane Feinstein a political football-thrower for conservatives? Uh...NO.

Something is very wrong here with this Bergdahl thing, and thank God people are seeing it. As for the pathetic author of this article: you should be ashamed, deeply ashamed.


5 posted on 06/03/2014 9:59:13 PM PDT by KJC1
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To: windsorknot

14, actually. Plus the wounded.


6 posted on 06/03/2014 9:59:32 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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7 posted on 06/03/2014 9:59:59 PM PDT by Jane Long ("And when thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, LORD, will I seek")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
In before the dims load up the vote

Do you agree with the prisoner exchange...

Thank you for voting!

Yes 3.6% (41 votes)

No 96.4% (1,097 votes)

Total Votes: 1,138

8 posted on 06/03/2014 10:01:12 PM PDT by spokeshave (OMG.......Schadenfreude overload is not covered under Obamacare :-()
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Poll results, at article link....

Do you support the trade made to secure the release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl?

96% NO!


9 posted on 06/03/2014 10:01:51 PM PDT by Jane Long ("And when thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, LORD, will I seek")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Let the healing begin.

Let’s allow the healing process to move forward.


10 posted on 06/03/2014 10:02:57 PM PDT by Steely Tom (How do you feel about robbing Peter's robot?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Thanks for the correction.


11 posted on 06/03/2014 10:03:36 PM PDT by windsorknot
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
First comment from “Wakey1” qualifies for “beyond barf” too, never mind blasphemy.
Thanks. I think the critics need to reread the story of the Prodigal Son.
More like “sleepy” needs to re-read it too, because the protagonist of that parable was repentant. Neither Bergdahl (father or son) are examples of repentance, and nobody got killed while searching for the prodigal son.
12 posted on 06/03/2014 10:04:20 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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Thank you for voting!
Yes 3.8% (44 votes)
No 96.2% (1,115 votes)
Total Votes: 1,159
13 posted on 06/03/2014 10:04:38 PM PDT by Cheerio (Barry Hussein Soetoro-0bama=The Complete Destruction of American Capitalism)
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It’s California’s fault?

lol!

Lets hope the trend of leftists exporting themselves out of CA continues.


14 posted on 06/03/2014 10:06:16 PM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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Do you support the trade made to secure the release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl?
Yes 3.76% (44 votes)

No 96.24% (1,126 votes)

Total Votes: 1,170


15 posted on 06/03/2014 10:08:23 PM PDT by Irish Eyes
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Very good!


16 posted on 06/03/2014 10:08:36 PM PDT by Michael.SF. (I never thought anyone could make Jimmy Carter look good in comparisons)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The Editors can shove their indignation right up their @sses. Bergdahl made his 5-year detainment political when he sh*t on his country.


17 posted on 06/03/2014 10:11:01 PM PDT by BuckeyeTexan (There are those that break and bend. I'm the other kind. ~Steve Earle)
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18 posted on 06/03/2014 10:12:07 PM PDT by South40 (Liberalism is a Disease)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I agree, let him go home.

But only after his debriefing process is complete. And he’s been cleared by military authorities.

Suggesting otherwise is tantamount to supporting, encouraging a possible coverup.


19 posted on 06/03/2014 10:12:30 PM PDT by tanknetter
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Rev 21:8 But cowards, traitors, perverts, murderers, the immoral, those who practice magic, those who worship idols, and all liars - the place for them is the lake burning with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.


What a party.....


20 posted on 06/03/2014 10:14:42 PM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole..)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Aw. Didn’t go the way they wanted. No more comments? Chicken sh*ts.


21 posted on 06/03/2014 10:23:18 PM PDT by BuckeyeTexan (There are those that break and bend. I'm the other kind. ~Steve Earle)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Hailey is a resort town akin to Aspen with lotsa transplanted “progressives” I would guess.


22 posted on 06/03/2014 10:24:43 PM PDT by Eagles6 (Valley Forge Redux. If not now, when? If not here, where?)
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To: windsorknot

Hopefully there will be some kind of mention of who these 6 (actually I have heard it is upwards of 14 soldiers that died) soldier are. They deserve our gratitude and respect more than a traitorous deserter and possibly one aiding and abetting the enemy.


23 posted on 06/03/2014 10:28:05 PM PDT by Blue Highway
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To: spokeshave

The percentages haven’t changed. Still at 96 % NO. 4% YES


24 posted on 06/03/2014 10:31:17 PM PDT by FBD
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Gotta love these poll results. Looks like Bergdahl’s town will have to cancel their parade, or ship in a bunch of Government hacks or crisis actor types from the Boston or Newtown area.


25 posted on 06/03/2014 10:31:50 PM PDT by CivilWarBrewing
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To: BuckeyeTexan

That sure says a lot about the author and the website when they pull the poll when they don’t get their intended results. You wonder how many of these corrupt people have any influence over the real election polls in November...


26 posted on 06/03/2014 10:32:00 PM PDT by Blue Highway
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“It’s a good bet that Cruz, McCain and Roger would have gone into a self-righteous snit had the Obama administration failed to successfully negotiate Bergdahl’s release and would have accused Obama of heartlessly abandoning our soldier.”

A month ago, Obama had not negotiated Bergdahl’s release...and I didn’t notice anyone getting into a self-righteous snit.


27 posted on 06/03/2014 10:35:30 PM PDT by JoeDetweiler
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Thanks for posting some of the NSA sponsored propaganda on this fiasco. Between Politico, MSNBC and the Whtie House, there is a major snow job going on.


28 posted on 06/03/2014 10:38:34 PM PDT by FlyingEagle
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To: Olog-hai

The son chose to go back. I think this guy was surprised to find himself sent back. The circumstances are so different between what is being compared. This is not even halfway close.


29 posted on 06/03/2014 10:40:26 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: hosepipe

They get what they wanted... to be mad at God forever.


30 posted on 06/03/2014 10:41:01 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: BuckeyeTexan

They musta gotten scorched!


31 posted on 06/03/2014 10:42:06 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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After baby boy decided to walk off and help the poor misunderstood natives, he found out real quick they weren’t misunderstood. Now that 6 Marines are dead trying to find his rainbow a$$, he has to heal. BS.


32 posted on 06/03/2014 10:49:02 PM PDT by Dallas59 ("Remember me as you pass by, As you are now, so once was I, As I am now, so you will be")
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To: Olog-hai

It looks like the coward paper has shut down comments. How liberal of them.


33 posted on 06/03/2014 10:49:21 PM PDT by clintonh8r (Soon, "the grateful dead" will be more than just the name of a crap band...)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The guy uses the term “military experts” several times. He should leave the real work to the experts.


34 posted on 06/03/2014 10:56:14 PM PDT by VerySadAmerican
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To: BuckeyeTexan

There are no do-overs when it comes to desertion.


35 posted on 06/03/2014 10:57:42 PM PDT by VerySadAmerican
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To: VerySadAmerican

I’m probably more of a “military expert” than anyone working at that one horse town newspaper.


36 posted on 06/03/2014 10:58:41 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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Now that he’s home we can let him heal, I guess. Hopefully it won’t take long until he’s healed enough to stand trial for desertion and/or treason.


37 posted on 06/03/2014 11:01:15 PM PDT by Gil4 (And the trees are all kept equal by hatchet, ax and saw)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I can remember when Idaho was a bastion of conservative people and now it’s a liberal hellhole. How did that happen?


38 posted on 06/03/2014 11:09:24 PM PDT by McGavin999
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I’d certainly agree that the ex military on FOX are experts.


39 posted on 06/03/2014 11:21:28 PM PDT by VerySadAmerican
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To: McGavin999

I think that Bruce Willis moved Demi in the girls there back in ‘90’s.


40 posted on 06/03/2014 11:23:31 PM PDT by lulu16 (May the Good Lord take a liking to you!)
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To: clintonh8r; All

there IS a page to send email comments. I let them have it.
Basically, they never said that those who SERVED with Bergdahl are his most vocal critics.


41 posted on 06/03/2014 11:24:10 PM PDT by Kansas58
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95.97% NO!


42 posted on 06/03/2014 11:25:51 PM PDT by Kansas58
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Too late. Obama worshippers I know are not in lockstep with this decision. They know he deserted and aren’t praising Obama. I wanted to say I told ya so to them but restrained myself.


43 posted on 06/03/2014 11:36:24 PM PDT by RginTN
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https://www.facebook.com/SgtBoweBergdahlPetition/photos/a.347508678661229.81020.347503775328386/447868478625248/?type=1&theater

Look at the comments on this liberal Bergdahl page!


44 posted on 06/03/2014 11:36:28 PM PDT by Kansas58
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They now have this graphic up.


45 posted on 06/03/2014 11:43:32 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/punish-bowe-bergdahl-being-awol-desertion-during-operation-enduring-freedom/BVPwpnrN#thank-you=p

https://www.facebook.com/boweisnotahero


46 posted on 06/03/2014 11:50:35 PM PDT by Kansas58
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I just voted......totals

Yes = 4.23

No = 95.77

47 posted on 06/04/2014 12:34:04 AM PDT by QT3.14 (Don Surber: American people have had it with the House of Clinton. She an Old Hag; he a Limp Corndog)
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Ooops...

I thought your post referred to the news rag poll being shut down.

48 posted on 06/04/2014 12:41:49 AM PDT by QT3.14 (Don Surber: American people have had it with the House of Clinton. She an Old Hag; he a Limp Corndog)
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Not yet at least. They did shut down the Disqus comments section though.


49 posted on 06/04/2014 12:42:43 AM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Real Americans will BOYCOTT every company that
backs these traitors and liars and phonies.


50 posted on 06/04/2014 3:15:18 AM PDT by Diogenesis
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