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Obama Official: Bergdahl Worthy of Sympathy if Joined Taliban to Protest Platoon Leaders
Thursday, June 5, 2014 | Kristinn

Posted on 06/04/2014 9:29:41 PM PDT by kristinn

An Obama administration official has floated the idea that Bowe Bergdahl was justified in deserting his platoon in Afghanistan and joining the Taliban over disagreements with the platoon's leadership.

Brandon Friedman, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs for the Department of Housing and Urban Development posted a series of tweets Wednesday evening in which he speculated that Bergdahl deserted over bad leadership of his platoon and that is why his fellow soldiers were smearing him.

"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)"

Friedman's Wikipedia page says he is a decorated war veteran who served in Iraq and Afghanistan and is a veteran of the Democratic Party front group VoteVets. He joined the Obama administration in 2009 at the Veterans Administration. He left in 2012 and rejoined the administration in 2014 at HUD.


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1 posted on 06/04/2014 9:29:41 PM PDT by kristinn
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To: kristinn

He is writing as a paid homosexual propagandist.


2 posted on 06/04/2014 9:32:08 PM PDT by Robert A. Cook, PE (I can only donate monthly, but socialists' ABBCNNBCBS continue to lie every day!)
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To: kristinn
I bet Bowe did not get enough Strawberry ice cream.


3 posted on 06/04/2014 9:33:10 PM PDT by Michael.SF. (I never thought anyone could make Jimmy Carter look good in comparisons)
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To: kristinn; blueyon; KitJ; T Minus Four; xzins; CMS; The Sailor; ab01; txradioguy; Jet Jaguar; ...

Bergdahl ping.


4 posted on 06/04/2014 9:33:56 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar (Resist in place.)
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To: kristinn

Oh, yeah - “they were all war criminals but me” - the Kerry gambit. Inevitable as the day.


5 posted on 06/04/2014 9:34:01 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: kristinn
What if he grew disillusioned with what he saw, didn't trust his leadership, and walked off?

The Obama administration defines Americans who disagree with the Obama administration as potential terrorists, and certainly racists. Disagreement with the Obama administration on Afghanistan policy should be no different.

6 posted on 06/04/2014 9:35:19 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: kristinn
WHAT? WHAT?!
7 posted on 06/04/2014 9:35:32 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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To: kristinn

These people don’t know when to shut up.

Keep it up Obama People. Keep it up!


8 posted on 06/04/2014 9:35:41 PM PDT by P-Marlowe (There can be no Victory without a fight and no battle without wounds)
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To: kristinn

Give me a break.

We all knew this excuse was coming, but that dog won’t hunt


9 posted on 06/04/2014 9:35:51 PM PDT by rdcbn
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To: Nachum

Ping.


10 posted on 06/04/2014 9:36:19 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: kristinn

The Obummer gang does not understand military principles, period. Or, they just despise the military.


11 posted on 06/04/2014 9:36:22 PM PDT by entropy12 (Harry Reid has killed more good bills passed by House than our Soldiers lost looking for Bergdahl)
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To: kristinn

No. F’ing. Way.

They did not go there. I refuse to believe it.


12 posted on 06/04/2014 9:36:52 PM PDT by Crazieman (Are you naive enough to think VOTING will fix this entrenched system?)
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To: kristinn

If there is anyone who doesn’t understand that as a clear statement of treason then they wouldn’t get it if 0bama put up a 300 ft. neon lighted billboard over the WH that said “We Are Your Sworn Enemy, America! Prepare To Die!”


13 posted on 06/04/2014 9:37:15 PM PDT by TigersEye ("No man left behind" means something different to 0bama.)
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To: kristinn

Democrats despise the military, and want to make out with the Taliban. Freaks!


14 posted on 06/04/2014 9:37:58 PM PDT by Viennacon
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To: All

“What if he grew disillusioned with what he saw, didn’t trust his leadership, and walked off?”

I bet 90% of the services feel that way.


15 posted on 06/04/2014 9:38:05 PM PDT by willywill
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To: kristinn

Tie that m5hrfkr to stake on top of an ant hill.

You killed good and decent men who went in search of you, to save your sorry azz.

Boo hoo! I disagreed with my superiors.

You maggot

Yer not even Private Shiite for Brains


16 posted on 06/04/2014 9:39:41 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: kristinn

LoL. Oh yeah this is going to fly like a dumb pigeon that ate alka seltzer


17 posted on 06/04/2014 9:39:49 PM PDT by Red Steel
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To: kristinn

Seriously? These people need mental health care. Let’s send them to the VA!


18 posted on 06/04/2014 9:40:22 PM PDT by defconw (Well now what?)
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To: kristinn

How long before those tweets are deleted


19 posted on 06/04/2014 9:40:33 PM PDT by martinidon
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To: rdcbn

Never underestimate the Low Info Voters. They will believe ANYTHING Obama or his Media tells them.


20 posted on 06/04/2014 9:40:54 PM PDT by originalbuckeye (Moderation in temper is always a virtue; moderation in principle is always a vice. Paine)
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To: kristinn

Snowden was disillusioned with leadership too.


21 posted on 06/04/2014 9:41:58 PM PDT by DManA
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To: kristinn

What in the heck is an official from HUD doing even going here?

Is EVERYONE associated with administration brain dead? or are they all just corrupt traitors?


22 posted on 06/04/2014 9:42:10 PM PDT by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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To: kristinn

There was a time in the Country when such Public Comments by members of the Ruling Class would be met with such outrage that heads would roll.

Nowadays, meh...

I think we live in an information age with too much information for people to process. That is why Obama and his minions get away with so much without massive Public outrage.

I guess that’s what happens when half the Country is made up of Useful Idiots.


23 posted on 06/04/2014 9:42:14 PM PDT by Kickass Conservative (If Cancer were Contagious, they would call it Liberalism...)
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To: kristinn

lefty moral equivalence has extended its insanity to war.


24 posted on 06/04/2014 9:42:21 PM PDT by kingattax (a real American would rather die on his feet than live on his knees.)
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To: kristinn

That Obamoid line will be recorded as one of histories great “Hoof-N’-Mouth lines.


25 posted on 06/04/2014 9:43:04 PM PDT by GladesGuru (Islam Delenda Est - because of what Islam is and because of what Muslims do.)
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To: P-Marlowe

I may get rich selling rails, tar, feathers, pitchforks and hempen rope.


26 posted on 06/04/2014 9:43:15 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: kristinn

Wow. Who you gonna believe, an entire base of hard-working troops - or a lying anti-American, ‘Rat crony?


27 posted on 06/04/2014 9:43:38 PM PDT by 4Liberty (Optimal institutions - optimal economy.)
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To: kristinn

what country are these people from?


28 posted on 06/04/2014 9:44:01 PM PDT by morphing libertarian ( On to impeachment and removal (IRS, Benghazi)!!!)
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To: kristinn

WTF?


29 posted on 06/04/2014 9:44:11 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: kristinn

I do not even know what to say ;/


30 posted on 06/04/2014 9:44:39 PM PDT by chris37 (heartless)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

He’s going to go with the ‘ran over children’ angle.


31 posted on 06/04/2014 9:45:33 PM PDT by txhurl (Trump/Cruz '16, and everybody else for Cabinet members.)
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To: martinidon
How long before those tweets are deleted...

I'd guess minutes. The 0bama team has all their little sycophants - Don Lemon, for one - out furiously floating trial balloons to see if one of them makes it past takeoff. So far, no takers.

This is a particularly transparent attempt to reanimate the 70's antiwar brigade and throw them into the battle. It's just as ham-handed as every other ploy this ridiculous gaggle of political snake-oil salesman has thrown our way.

32 posted on 06/04/2014 9:47:39 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: kristinn

These guys are sounding more and more pathetic.

This specimen, for instance, joins the others in demonstrating his loyalty by throwing his sh*t at the wall for the Prez, to see if something will stick.

But it ain’t sticking - it merely stinks.


33 posted on 06/04/2014 9:47:47 PM PDT by dagogo redux (A whiff of primitive spirits in the air, harbingers of an impending descent into the feral.)
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To: Gabz

The guy writing this has two Bronze Stars from our recent war endeavors. And yet his most recent Time article is in defense of the VA where he worked for a few years. But I find it interesting that this guy comes out of the woodwork to rescue this guy who abandoned his unit in a war zone.


34 posted on 06/04/2014 9:48:13 PM PDT by petitfour
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To: kristinn
Homosexual Marxist. Who can deny it any longer?
35 posted on 06/04/2014 9:48:20 PM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: kristinn

The illegal alien muslim in the white hut and all his muslim administration belong in prison!


36 posted on 06/04/2014 9:48:56 PM PDT by dalereed
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To: kristinn
So, even if (and I don't believe it to be true) your platoon is run by a “psycho” as this guy says, why would that mean you could walk off, join and help the enemy? And have people die looking for you?

Obama and his minions are nuts!!!

37 posted on 06/04/2014 9:49:03 PM PDT by MacMattico
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To: martinidon
The Gateway Pundit has screen grabs.


38 posted on 06/04/2014 9:49:16 PM PDT by kristinn (Welcome to the Soviet States of Obama)
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To: kristinn

This is satire right?


39 posted on 06/04/2014 9:49:17 PM PDT by Kevin in California
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To: martinidon; kristinn

Hope somebody archived/screencapped em


40 posted on 06/04/2014 9:49:37 PM PDT by WildHighlander57 ((WildHighlander57, returning after lurking since 2000)
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To: kristinn

The guy is a legit combat vet, and a damn good writer. He now is a PR man with a vested interest in the Obama Regime.

He’s made his mark with his “cynical” view of of the US military and the war in Iraq.

He’s entitled to his opinion. He could be right, everybody else in that unit might be covering for “bad leadership”, because NCOs and rank and file soldiers are well known for slavish devotion to lousy shavetails and Captains, even long after they get out.

Bergdahl may have been playing badminton while a prisoner instead of getting his fingers cut off because his captors were sympathetic to his issues with bad platoon or company leadership.

Monkeys might also fly out of my butt at any moment.


41 posted on 06/04/2014 9:49:54 PM PDT by M1911A1
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To: Billthedrill

pretty incredible . Like they FORGOT 9-11!!


42 posted on 06/04/2014 9:50:26 PM PDT by 4Liberty (Optimal institutions - optimal economy.)
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To: M1911A1

I was starting to worry about you there.


43 posted on 06/04/2014 9:50:55 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: kristinn

Maybe, just maybe, Bergdahl deserted in 2009 to protest the new Commander in Chief


44 posted on 06/04/2014 9:51:00 PM PDT by digger48
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To: kristinn
"Here's the thing about Bergdahl and the Jump-to-Conclusions mats: What if his platoon was long on psychopaths and short on leadership?

Oh hell no. The rest of his platoon were "psychopaths"? Again, oh hell no, some of them have spoken out and NONE of them come across as anything but straight-up and honest.

And I am tired of this admin's use of insulting-but-wannabe-cool-jargon like "Jump-to-Conclusions mats."

45 posted on 06/04/2014 9:51:40 PM PDT by KJC1 (When you are dealing with the devil, the only answer is God.)
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To: Vince Ferrer

I think we should just pay reparations to any relatives of Pvt. Eddie Slovik, and maybe toss in a posthumous Medal of Honor as well. I mean, why not?! /SARCASM


46 posted on 06/04/2014 9:52:15 PM PDT by Frank_2001
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To: kristinn
The simple reply to this disgusting innuendo is "Well, sir, do you have any indication, any evidence, any testimony that the platoon leaders were psychopaths? If so, please detail it for us. If not, it's a pretty ugly suggestion, isn't it?"
47 posted on 06/04/2014 9:53:30 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: kristinn

This guy is not a deserter - he is a DEFECTOR. Huge difference for anyone who knows the difference, and apparently that hasn’t been discovered yet in the Clown Administration. You get the Government you elect - keep that in mind “kiddies”.


48 posted on 06/04/2014 9:54:51 PM PDT by Cheerio (Barry Hussein Soetoro-0bama=The Complete Destruction of American Capitalism)
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To: WildHighlander57

Oops I didn’t read downthread far enough...

Glad they got saved.


49 posted on 06/04/2014 9:54:55 PM PDT by WildHighlander57 ((WildHighlander57, returning after lurking since 2000)
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To: KJC1
insulting-but-wannabe-cool-jargon like "Jump-to-Conclusions mats."

"I believe you'd get your ass kicked saying something like that, man."

50 posted on 06/04/2014 9:55:42 PM PDT by dfwgator
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