Skip to comments.Obama Official: Bergdahl Worthy of Sympathy if Joined Taliban to Protest Platoon Leaders
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.
He is writing as a paid homosexual propagandist.
Oh, yeah - “they were all war criminals but me” - the Kerry gambit. Inevitable as the day.
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.
These people don’t know when to shut up.
Keep it up Obama People. Keep it up!
Give me a break.
We all knew this excuse was coming, but that dog won’t hunt
The Obummer gang does not understand military principles, period. Or, they just despise the military.
No. F’ing. Way.
They did not go there. I refuse to believe it.
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!”
Democrats despise the military, and want to make out with the Taliban. Freaks!
“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.
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.
Yer not even Private Shiite for Brains
LoL. Oh yeah this is going to fly like a dumb pigeon that ate alka seltzer
Seriously? These people need mental health care. Let’s send them to the VA!
How long before those tweets are deleted
Never underestimate the Low Info Voters. They will believe ANYTHING Obama or his Media tells them.
Snowden was disillusioned with leadership too.
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?
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.
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.
lefty moral equivalence has extended its insanity to war.
That Obamoid line will be recorded as one of histories great “Hoof-N’-Mouth lines.
I may get rich selling rails, tar, feathers, pitchforks and hempen rope.
Wow. Who you gonna believe, an entire base of hard-working troops - or a lying anti-American, ‘Rat crony?
what country are these people from?
I do not even know what to say ;/
He’s going to go with the ‘ran over children’ angle.
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.
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.
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.
The illegal alien muslim in the white hut and all his muslim administration belong in prison!
Obama and his minions are nuts!!!
This is satire right?
Hope somebody archived/screencapped em
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.
pretty incredible . Like they FORGOT 9-11!!
I was starting to worry about you there.
Maybe, just maybe, Bergdahl deserted in 2009 to protest the new Commander in Chief
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."
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
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”.
Oops I didn’t read downthread far enough...
Glad they got saved.
"I believe you'd get your ass kicked saying something like that, man."