Skip to comments.Exclusive: HUD Official Apologizes For Tweets Critical Of Bergdahl’s Unit
Posted on 06/05/2014 12:31:57 PM PDT by don-o
WASHINGTON An official at the department of Housing And Urban Development whose criticized tweets suggesting that there could be questions about the military records of former platoon mates of Bowe Bergdahl apologized Thursday to service members and the Obama administration.
While I just wanted to make the point that the public should wait before passing judgment, I unfortunately used my own poor judgment in choosing inappropriate language that many view as disparaging to U.S. service members, said Brandon Friedman, deputy assistant secretary of public affairs at HUD. That was certainly not my intent and I regret making the comments on my personal account in such a way. I apologize to those with whom I work in the Administration, at HUD, and, most importantly, to any service members who took offense.
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The Taliban made him do it.
Oopsie. But he forgot to apologize to all us civilians who are spitting nails at his disgraceful comments. I think the unit he defamed should sue him and the US government for defamation. At the very least.
Didn’t I read yesterday that this d!psh!t, a former Army officer, wrote a book critical of the Afghanistan war effort and the Army in general?
Does this mean the bullies at HUD don’t have their own SWAT Teams yet?
2. Swiftboating 3. It was an oversight, sorry 4. Plantoon full of psychopaths
5. Taliban threated to kill
Is Pelosi daughter going to apologize?
Pelosi daughter awaiting Army investigation of Bergdahls dysfunctional platoon
he forgot he was on the internet where what you say is said forever and not just to fellow travelers..
He feels his statement wasn't offensive in itself, but he apologizes for service members reaction to his statement.
Loudmouth desk driver stepped on his crank and now he’s scrambling to get off it. The time to think is BEFORE you open your trough-swilling bureaucratic pork hole, jerk. Eat ... crow ... and die.
Uh huh,,there’s a sincere apology right there,,NOT!
He still has his job,,right?
He can KMA
That’s fine Brandon. Apology not accepted but your letter of resignation will be.
Susan Rice didn't wait before announcing that Bergdahl served "with honor and distinction." This from the liar who told us that the Benghazi attack was caused by a video.
Brandon Friedman, you revealed yourself to be an anti-American traitor. Go shoot yourself.
Soon they will surpass the number of lies that HELLry told in Cattlegate.
Yeah, so any of you that don't like being called "psychopaths", I'm sorry you feel that way.
Thanks for posting. FR gets results.
Can you just see the staff meetings? "Well, they didn't buy that lie. Who can come up with another one? Oh, and you'd better explain why we didn't say the new one first, and why the other ones are no longer operative," as Nixon's liars used to say. Of course, compared to Barack Obama, Richard Nixon was George Washington and Abraham Lincoln rolled into one. Obama is even starting to make Bill Clinton seem honest by comparison.
Megyn Kelly will have six of the dysfunctional” “psycopaths” in Birddog’s unit on tonight.
This meme will die off after Kelly’s show.
It doesn't take an Einstein to recognize a stupid and degrading tweet. This administration loves the military for photo-ops, not much else.
Somebody has to come up with a "modified limited hang-out." Remember that one?
So, if a local criminal takes a hostage and demands the release of notorious killers on death’s row or the hostage will be killed, then the stated policy of our police is to release notorious killers?
Do I have Obama’s thinking right on this?
We do deal with terrorists if it’s a hostage death threat....that’s the policy?
A government bow wow speaks.
Yeah, when she said that the brilliant trading that allowed her to parlay a $1000 account into a $100,000 profit was the result of her reading the Wall Street Journal. Sane people who paid attention alleged that she was being bribed or paid off by someone who was putting in identical orders--one to buy and the other to sell--and placing the winning orders in her account while eating the losers in his own account. The odds of doing what Hillary did by simply making profitable trades were in the probability range of winning the PowerBall Lottery while simultaneously getting hit by lightning.
Not good enough. He deliberately insulted ALL serving and veteran military members, and especially those who serve or have served in combat arms.
Disgusting puke! This clueless jerk claims to be a veteran. You would think he would know better.
That was Nixon, right? Or are we talking about Clinton and Monica?
This is great!
Fire him now. The apology shtick is pointless.
I think it was John Eichmann, one of Nixon’s peeps, who can up with that brilliant idea.
So, he mean what he said but wished he’s used more weasel language.
I’m expecting next to hear that he’s gay, and infected with AIDS or the Camel-sourced MERS virus.
How long until Bowe requests to become Bonnie?
A non apology apology. Just say you were wrong, period. This guy did intend to demonize the deserters unit cause he sought to defend Obama.
Cross-reference to the original twit’s tweets thread
Obama Official: Bergdahl Worthy of Sympathy if Joined Taliban to Protest Platoon Leaders
Thursday, June 5, 2014 | Kristinn
Posted on Wednesday, June 04, 2014 11:29:41 PM by kristinn
sfpelosi @sfpelosi · 19h
Alas this rush to judgement is not only painful for the #Bergdahl family but frankly unAmerican. This is not who we are. @sapienist
sfpelosi @sfpelosi · 5h
Many of us have Qs about #Bergdahl and his dysfunctional platoon as chronicled by Michael Hastings. Awaiting Army investigation of all that.
sfpelosi @sfpelosi · 4h
@andrewpcurrier: @sfpelosi A dysfunctional platoon?? Now who is judging and labeling. Hypocrite.
@sfpelosi MT @Sarangelop: @sfpelosi Did you call out Dems that referred to Republicans as terrorists/hostage takers /Ds and Rs https://twitter.com/sfpelosi/status/385863632967319552
sfpelosi @sfpelosi · 6m
No - read my TL. First tweets were about the value of a life. Still want to know ALL the facts - as I presume most of USA do. @tonykatz
sfpelosi @sfpelosi · 16m
@tonykatz No. I purposefully called the platoon dysfunctional - “as chronicled by Michael Hastings.” An entity of people that included him.
This same guy was trotted out years ago on Obermann’s show.
It is a political activist appointment.
He was doing as directed.
He didn’t even need to be told what to do. Charles Manson didn’t tell his followers how to kill those people either.
Hey numbnuts, the taxpayers are paying your six figure salary so that you can exercise good judgment. I suspect bad judgment is the default position for you and everyone else in this psycho administration.
If I were one of the soldiers he libeled by suggesting they are psychopaths, I'd be suing his @$$ off right now.
Not only did he exercise bad judgment, but he committed an actionable tort.
Of course if he did it on a government computer, then the government will have to pay the judgment. That means you and I.
My thought exactly. He called them ‘psychopaths’, but he didn’t mean to offend them.
The logic is staggering. The only way this can be true is if he truly believes large numbers of them are psychopaths, & know it.
Posted this on another thread, but your answer is better.
"Im expecting next to hear that hes gay, and infected with AIDS or the Camel-sourced MERS virus."
COUNTDOWN for June 11, 2008
MSNBC - Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Author: Keith Olbermann ; Richard Wolffe ; Eugene Robinson
OLBERMANN: We are joined now by Brandon Friedman, vice chairman of VoteVets.org. He himself served in Iraq and in Afghanistan. Thank you again for your time tonight, sir.
BRANDON FRIEDMAN, VOTEVETS.ORG: Thanks for having me on, Keith. Glad to be here.
OLBERMANN: How do veterans, how do veterans families feel when they hear that the man who wants to be the next commander-in-chief does not think its too important when they come home?
FRIEDMAN: Keith, this is a morale crusher. You know, if you can imagine, say a sergeant, whos on his third tour and hes in the 14th month of that tour and he hears the potential President saying something like this, it kills morale. You know, the troops are over there and, you know, Ive been there, Ive had to deal with this. But the troops over there hang on every word they hear from a leader, you know, especially the commander-in-chief, but also someone who could be the commander-in-chief. And when they hear something like this, you know, it really kills them on the inside because, you know, their families want them home. They want to come home, you know, or focus on the real global war on terror elsewhere. But this is really a killer when you hear something like this.
OLBERMANN: What I hear when I hear from servicemen or I talk to vets, more than anything else, is their astonishment when generals or veterans like McCain or the brass, just to use the general term there, dont get it. That of all people, these are the ones they naively thought would understand risk and sacrifice. Does it, does it matter more that they are abandoned by a John McCain who did serve as opposed to a George Bush who did not?
FRIEDMAN: Absolutely, Keith. You know, weve come to not expect a whole lot from George W. Bush. But when you have a veteran like John McCain who has gone through so much in Vietnam, you really expect a lot more out of him because the way you see it as a soldier or a Marine or an airman or whatever, is that John McCain should know better, you know. Hes been in our shoes. Hes had it worst than most of us, you know. He should know better. And, you know, for those of us whove been there and whove lived through this, we just would expect a lot more, and it really saddens us, you know, to see this happen because there are thousands and thousands of veterans whod just disagree with him on this...
He feels his statement wasn't offensive in itself, but he apologizes for service members reaction to his statement.
That's right! Instead of apologizing for what he said, Friedman essentially issues an apology on behalf of people for their taking offense to what he said.
Somehow these people mistakenly viewed what he said "as disparaging to U.S. service members," despite "that was certainly not my intent." But Friedman apologizes for them anyway. What pompous demonrat arrogance!
That trial balloon flew like a lead ingot.
He still needs to be fired.
He should have closed with, “I therefore tender my resignation”
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