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Report: Bergdahl Scheduled For Promotion
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Posted on 06/04/2014 10:04:07 AM PDT by nickcarraway

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is reportedly scheduled for a promotion.

CNN’s Barbara Starr reports that a defense official said that Bergdahl will be promoted because he has not been classified as a deserter. The official also told CNN that the Army needs to hear from Bergdahl as to why he wandered away from base and how he got captured..

Bergdahl was promoted twice after he was taken prisoner in June 2009. He was promoted to the rank of specialist in June 2010 and then sergeant in June 2011.

Bergdahl is hospitalized at a U.S. military in Germany as questions mount at home over the swap that resulted in his freedom in exchange for the release of five detainees who were sent to Qatar from the U.S. prison in Guantanamo, Cuba.

Even in the first hours of Bergdahl’s handoff to U.S. special forces in eastern Afghanistan, it was clear this would not be an uncomplicated yellow-ribbon celebration. Five terrorist suspects also walked free, stirring a debate over whether the exchange would heighten the risk of other Americans being snatched as bargaining chips and whether the released detainees — several senior Taliban figures among them — would find their way back to the fight.

U.S. officials said Sunday that Bergdahl’s health and safety appeared in jeopardy, prompting rapid action. “Had we waited and lost him,” said national security adviser Susan Rice, “I don’t think anybody would have forgiven the United States government.” She said he had lost considerable weight and faced an “acute” situation. Yet she also said he appeared to be “in good physical condition” and “is said to be walking.”

One official, who spoke on grounds of anonymity because the person wasn’t authorized to discuss the subject by name, said there were concerns about Bergdahl’s mental and emotional as well as physical health.

On Monday, a U.S. military hospital in Germany reported Bergdahl in “stable condition and receiving treatment for conditions requiring hospitalization” after arriving from Afghanistan. The Landstuhl Regional Medical Center said Bergdahl’s treatment “includes attention to dietary and nutrition needs after almost five years in captivity” but declined to release further details. It said there “is no pre-determined amount of time involved in the reintegration process” for the 28-year-old soldier.

Two officials said Monday that the Taliban may have been concerned about his health, as well, since the U.S. had sent the message that it would respond harshly if any harm befell him in captivity.

Republicans in the U.S. said the deal for Bergdahl’s release could set a troubling precedent. Arizona Sen. John McCain said of the Guantanamo detainees who were exchanged for him: “These are the hardest of the hard core.”

And in Kabul Monday, the Afghan Foreign Ministry called the swap “against the norms of international law” if it came against the five imprisoned Taliban detainees’ will. The ministry said: “No state can transfer another country’s citizen to a third country and put restriction on their freedom.”

Tireless campaigners for their son’s freedom, Bob and Jani Bergdahl thanked all who were behind the effort to retrieve him. “You were not left behind,” Bob Bergdahl told reporters, as if speaking to his son. “We are so proud of the way this was carried out.” He spoke in Boise, Idaho, wearing a long bushy beard he’d grown to honor his son, as residents in the sergeant’s hometown of Hailey prepared for a homecoming celebration.

The five detainees left Guantanamo aboard a U.S. military aircraft flying to Qatar, which served as go-between in the negotiations. They are to be banned from leaving Qatar for at least a year. Among the five: a Taliban deputy intelligence minister, a former Taliban interior minister with ties to the late al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden and a figure linked by human rights monitors to mass killings of Shiite Muslims in Afghanistan in 2000 and 2001.

Questions persisted, too, about the circumstances of Bergdahl’s 2009 capture. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel declined to comment on earlier reports that the sergeant had walked away from his unit, disillusioned with the war. Such matters “will be dealt with later,” Hagel said.

But the former Pentagon official said it was “incontrovertible” that he walked away from his unit.

The military investigation was broader than a criminal inquiry, this official said, and it didn’t formally accuse Bergdahl of desertion. In interviews, members of his unit portrayed him as a naive, “delusional” person who thought he could help the Afghan people by leaving his army post, the official said.

U.S. military and intelligence agencies had made every effort to monitor Bergdahl’s location and his health, the official said, through both signals intelligence and a network of spies.

Nathan Bradley Bethea, who served as an officer in Bergdahl’s unit, said in an article Monday on the Daily Beast website that Bergdahl was not on patrol, as some reports have suggested.

“There was no patrol that night,” he wrote. “Bergdahl was relieved from guard duty, and instead of going to sleep, he fled the outpost on foot. He deserted. I’ve talked to members of Bergdahl’s platoon_including the last Americans to see him before his capture. I’ve reviewed the relevant documents. That’s what happened.”

Hagel, visiting troops in Afghanistan, was met with silence when he told a group of them in a Bagram Air Field hangar: “This is a happy day. We got one of our own back.” At the White House on Monday, press secretary Jay Carney said the exchange “was absolutely the right thing to do.” In much the same tone as the president over the weekend, he said: “The United States does not leave our men and women behind in conflict.”

“In a situation like this, you have a prisoner of war, a uniformed military person that was detained,” Carney said.

Asked in an NBC “Today” show interview about victory claims by the Taliban, Carney replied, “I caution anyone against buying the propaganda of terrorists.” In weighing the swap, U.S. officials decided that it could help the effort to reach reconciliation with the Taliban, which the U.S. sees as key to more security in Afghanistan. But they acknowledged the risk that the deal would embolden insurgents. Republicans pressed that point. “Have we just put a price on other U.S. soldiers?” asked Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas. “What does this tell terrorists, that if you capture a U.S. soldier, you can trade that soldier for five terrorists?”


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events; US: Idaho
KEYWORDS: army; bergdahl; rank

1 posted on 06/04/2014 10:04:07 AM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway
One official, who spoke on grounds of anonymity because the person wasn’t authorized to discuss the subject by name, said there were concerns about Bergdahl’s mental and emotional as well as physical health.

And thus the Obongo regime tries to change the story...

2 posted on 06/04/2014 10:07:35 AM PDT by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: nickcarraway

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff


3 posted on 06/04/2014 10:08:01 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: nickcarraway

General?


4 posted on 06/04/2014 10:08:17 AM PDT by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: nickcarraway

A promotion and back pay! What a country!


5 posted on 06/04/2014 10:08:52 AM PDT by griswold3 (I was born heI're in America. I will die here in a third world country. Obama succeeded.)
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To: nickcarraway

I just heard earlier this morning that his promotion is on hold pending further review


6 posted on 06/04/2014 10:08:59 AM PDT by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: nickcarraway

And get over $300 grand in back pay.

So ... walk off your post to help the enemy, get 6 men killed trying to save you and another dozen killed as positions are weakened hunting you down, get 5 top terrorists released (who knows what the body count is for the U.S. in capturing these killers the last time around or will be in the future), and you get a Rose Garden ceremony for our parents, hometown hero welcome, AND a promotion.


7 posted on 06/04/2014 10:09:37 AM PDT by TigerClaws
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To: nickcarraway
I can find no mention in the "media" of any other US Serviceman ever being HELD by the taliban..EVER.

if the pentagon wants to make this puke a General.... FINE...then try him for treason!!!






8 posted on 06/04/2014 10:10:40 AM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: nickcarraway

Ka-ching. He can add to the $300K stash that taxpayers have been paying him while he was on his Taliban tour of duty. No wonder the Defense Dept. whines that they don’t have enough money. This should spur our toothless “conservatives” to further cut their budget.


9 posted on 06/04/2014 10:10:42 AM PDT by txrefugee
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To: nickcarraway; All
https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/punish-bowe-bergdahl-being-awol-desertion-during-operation-enduring-freedom/BVPwpnrN

Sign the petition to Court Martial Bergdahl!

10 posted on 06/04/2014 10:12:37 AM PDT by Kansas58
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To: Berlin_Freeper
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
▶ Obama Smiles As Soon As Robert Bergdahl Praises Allah - YouTube
11 posted on 06/04/2014 10:13:05 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: nickcarraway
He was promoted to the rank of specialist in June 2010 and then sergeant in June 2011.

Both of tyhose should be held back int ermns of pay and rank until an Artcile 32 is convened.

Then continued to be held back until the outcome of the court martial that will follow is determined.

IMHO, it is clear that he is a deserter. As I understood it, the US Army already determined this in 2010.

If he is convicted of that...he should spend a lot of years in Leavenworth.

I personally believe it goes further. I believe he actively sought out our enemies and joined them. If he is convicted of that, he should be exectuted.

Brave, loyal American died looking for this POS. They and their families, and the many more who were injured, deserve no less.

12 posted on 06/04/2014 10:13:49 AM PDT by Jeff Head
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To: nickcarraway

You can’t be in good physical condition and facing an acute crisis at the same time. I call horse hockey.


13 posted on 06/04/2014 10:14:27 AM PDT by SendShaqtoIraq (Teresa Davis)
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To: griswold3

He’ll get an IRS job next and back bonus for not being able to be there sooner.


14 posted on 06/04/2014 10:16:03 AM PDT by TurboZamboni (Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.-JFK)
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To: Kansas58

All those petitions do is add you to the White Hut spam list.


15 posted on 06/04/2014 10:16:50 AM PDT by TurboZamboni (Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.-JFK)
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To: nickcarraway

300K? This joker was E-3 for a year, E-4 for a year, and E-5 for three years. Even with combat pay and tax-free, he averaged 60K a year? I’m only 68. Will they still take me back?


16 posted on 06/04/2014 10:17:51 AM PDT by beelzepug (You can't fix a broken washing machine by washing more expensive clothes in it.)
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To: nickcarraway

So are army promotions for enlisted people just a question of time in grade? Or is there more to it?


17 posted on 06/04/2014 10:18:02 AM PDT by DoodleDawg
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To: griswold3

Father Of Soldier Who Obama Released, Declares Muslim Victory Call, And Obama Smiles As Soon As He Hears The War Cry Of Allah

By Ted on June 2, 2014 in Featured, General

By Walid Shoebat And Theodore Shoebat (A Shoebat Exclusive)

JUST WAIT TILL YOU READ ALL THE EVIDENCE WE ACCUMULATED ON THIS SUPPOSED RESCUE OPERATION.

FIRST THINGS FIRST

While the Obama administration is proudly touting how it was able to free an American soldier who was captured by the Taliban, what no one picked is the fact that Obama SMILED as soon as he heard the most famous war cry of Islam, “bismillah al-rahman al-rahim,” Arabic for “in the name of Allah the most gracious, the most merciful.”
Watch Obama smile as soon as Bergdahl gives the most famous Muslim expression, the “Bismillah” or the “Basmallah”:
The “basmallah” is the Islamic expression for victory and only indicates that Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s father is a Muslim.

Think that the man is acting as “Muslim” for a stealth operation to rescue his son who is already in good hands in Germany? And what is with the long beard and trimmed mustache?

No this is not a bum, biker, or a Santa Clause fan. When one gives the basmallah, trims his mustache and elongates his beard, its the first sign of a convert to Islam, just as that an ex-Muslim putting on a cross and saying, “In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit,” is evidence enough of conversion to Christianity. But there is much more we obtained on this stealth jihadist.

But first, Obama’s smile says much. Obama has never declared the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and has no real testimony of converting to Christianity, as his pastor Jeremiah Wright stated:
I made it easy for him to come to an understanding of who Jesus Christ is and not feel that he was turning his back on his Islamic friends and his Islamic traditions and his understanding of Islam

EVIDENCE THAT BERGDAHL CONVERTED TO JIHADI ISLAM

We were first hit with news from Brietbart that the Taliban said that Robert Bowe Bergdahl’s son, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, converted to Islam, changed his name to Abdullah, and even trained the Taliban in bomb making techniques.

And like father like son, the young Bergdahl, also trims his mustache and extends his beard, as these pictures show:

The rest of the history…

http://shoebat.com/2014/06/02/father-soldier-obama-released-declares-muslim-victory-call-obama-smiles-soon-hears-war-cry-allah/


18 posted on 06/04/2014 10:21:22 AM PDT by Dqban22
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To: DoodleDawg

Time in grade is only a minimum requirement. There’s more.


19 posted on 06/04/2014 10:21:57 AM PDT by beelzepug (You can't fix a broken washing machine by washing more expensive clothes in it.)
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To: All

Folks... what we have here is the next John Kerry... A coward, a hippie America Hater, made into a hero by the left wing media and lefty politicians. HE will be running for congress in a few years. (assuming the nation lasts that long).

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And I think we have been using the wrong D- word.
Calling him a Deserter...

When we SHOULD be calling him a DEFECTOR.


20 posted on 06/04/2014 10:23:00 AM PDT by LegendHasIt
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To: nickcarraway

I watched the video of his turnover. Aside from this man rubbing his eyes a lot, there was nothing about him that looked ‘dire’ or ‘urgent’ or the condition that Rice attributes Obama’s headlong rush into lawlessness.

FURTHERMORE. It is TELLING, that before he was allowed to board the helicopter, he was frisked.

This tells me all I need to know. The man is a traitor.


21 posted on 06/04/2014 10:23:06 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: nickcarraway
prisoner in June 2009. He was promoted to the rank of specialist in June 2010 and then sergeant in June 2011...

They seem to have completely skipped 2012/2013, and going right for the 2014 promotion. I'm not totally versed on the progression of military rankings, but so as to not shortchange the guy, shouldn't he advance at least to a lower-rung General?

22 posted on 06/04/2014 10:24:36 AM PDT by C210N (When people fear government there is tyranny; when government fears people there is liberty)
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To: beelzepug
Time in grade is only a minimum requirement. There’s more.

Then how did he get promoted if he was a PFC when he took off? There's that other case of the guy in Iraq, Matt Maupin. He was a PFC when he was captured, was later killed by his captors, and a couple of years later when his remains were recovered the media was saying he was a Staff Sergeant. Does the Army just bump them up in grade on a regular basis on the assumption they'd have made that rank if they had served the whole period?

23 posted on 06/04/2014 10:30:11 AM PDT by DoodleDawg
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To: DoodleDawg

Discussed on another thread:

For enlisted POW’s promotions are a matter of time & grade, for the most part.

For other active duty bucking for NCO you have to take the appropriate leadership courses & achieve a sufficiently high score in testing. Then you branch establishes a “cut-line” for your particular MOS based on all scores. Then the promotion board weighs “other considerations”.

POW’s get promoted along — I guess — because the assumption is that they didn’t have the opportunities to further their career while in captivity.


24 posted on 06/04/2014 10:35:52 AM PDT by Tallguy
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To: nickcarraway

The whole story seems to have a slight smell of outdated milk. I kept my record unquestionable in the military & still couldn’t get promoted anywhere near on schedule.


25 posted on 06/04/2014 10:38:07 AM PDT by oldtech
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To: Jeff Head

So you think anyone who wants to desert the Army, should just be able to take off, and the Army shouldn’t even bother to go back to him?


26 posted on 06/04/2014 10:42:11 AM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

27 posted on 06/04/2014 10:42:12 AM PDT by Red Badger (Soon there will be another American Civil War. Will make the first one seem like a Tea Party........)
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28 posted on 06/04/2014 10:43:09 AM PDT by PMAS (All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing)
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To: nickcarraway

A deserter getting a promotion? Only in obungler’s military.


29 posted on 06/04/2014 10:47:06 AM PDT by Let's Roll (Save the world's best healthcare - REPEAL, DEFUND Obamacare!)
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To: DoodleDawg

I wish I could answer your question. I was Army in the 60s. Promotions up to E-4 were pretty much automatic provided you weren’t a total screw-up. I had to go before the CO and a couple of Warrant Officers and answer questions to determine proficiency in my MOS in order to get my Spec. 5 promotion (that rank no longer exists, btw). Even then it was two more months before a slot opened up. While it’s possible to make SSGT. in one enlistment, it rarely happens. And regardless of when you are up for the promotion it’s not a gimme by any means.

Of course, that was almost fifty years ago. No doubt times have changed.


30 posted on 06/04/2014 10:47:27 AM PDT by beelzepug (You can't fix a broken washing machine by washing more expensive clothes in it.)
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To: TurboZamboni

There is a PR win for our side if the White House has to respond.
Besides, the idiot liberals put me on their spam lists along time ago.
Not so bad to see their game plans ahead of time.


31 posted on 06/04/2014 10:50:40 AM PDT by Kansas58
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To: Dqban22
Obamadullah smiling the moment Bergdahl Sr. said “in the name of Allah the most gracious, the most merciful.” made me want to puke all over my television set.

We have the Taliban inside of our WH yet life goes on, business as usual. The FACADE of Obamadullah being black comes off. He AIN'T BLACK, he's Middle Eastern.

32 posted on 06/04/2014 10:54:50 AM PDT by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America
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To: nickcarraway

Anything that can be done by the administration to shame the American people out of viewing this Traitor as a Traitor will be done.


33 posted on 06/04/2014 10:55:17 AM PDT by onedoug
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To: nickcarraway

Did I say anything like that?

People died looking for him. That’s what I said. That should figure in at his trial.

I do know that after 2010 when they Army itself had determined he went AWOL, when they considered SF missions to go in and get him becuase they knew pretty much where he was, the SF refused because they figured they would lose more people and it was not worth it.

I am glad he is back if they will put him through the Artcile 32, the court martial, and bring him to account for what he did.

So, right after he went missing, of course they were going to try and find him. But when it became clear how costly that was becoming, particularly because they pretty much knew he had deserted, they slacked up on it. Then when they determined for usre he was AWOL, the were very careful about losing more people over it. But of course they wanted him back.

I still feel the price...with the five animals they gave up...was far too high. Better to have waited until they could nab him at far less risk.,..even if that took a few more years.


34 posted on 06/04/2014 10:55:33 AM PDT by Jeff Head
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To: nickcarraway

I wonder if he’ll take the $300k back to Afghastan and build a school for the Afghan children he cares so much for? Oh wait, the Taliban that he has allegiance too doesn’t allow schools.

Disregard.


35 posted on 06/04/2014 10:57:13 AM PDT by Fitzy_888 ("ownership society")
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To: miss marmelstein
"General?"

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Maybe Obama will dub him the new Commander in Chief./s

Obama is a "hands off" delegating kind of president.

It keeps his skirts clean.

36 posted on 06/04/2014 11:28:10 AM PDT by hummingbird (Mark Levin and Article 5. Period.)
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To: hummingbird

The creep can’t do any worse. But I’d hate to see the father and mother moving into the White House.


37 posted on 06/04/2014 11:29:47 AM PDT by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: nuconvert
"I just heard earlier this morning that his promotion is on hold pending further review"

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On hold until this settles down or until the next crisis takes its place.

38 posted on 06/04/2014 11:30:33 AM PDT by hummingbird (Mark Levin and Article 5. Period.)
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To: Red Badger

What do you do when you’re Branded and you know you’re a man?!


39 posted on 06/04/2014 11:31:21 AM PDT by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: miss marmelstein

You and I are old................


40 posted on 06/04/2014 11:33:39 AM PDT by Red Badger (Soon there will be another American Civil War. Will make the first one seem like a Tea Party........)
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To: Let's Roll
He'll be promoted to US Senator from Massachusetts.
41 posted on 06/04/2014 1:57:30 PM PDT by TurboZamboni (Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.-JFK)
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To: nickcarraway

White Hut Chief of Staff or Mayor of Chicago! As an anti-American ballet dancer he’s qualified.


42 posted on 06/04/2014 3:13:43 PM PDT by JohnBovenmyer (Obama been Liberal. Hope Change!)
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