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Susan Rice explains her praise of Bowe Bergdahl
Politico ^ | 6/6/14 | JONATHAN TOPAZ

Posted on 06/06/2014 9:57:48 AM PDT by Second Amendment First

Susan Rice explains her praise of Bowe Bergdahl By: Jonathan Topaz June 6, 2014 11:50 AM EDT

Susan Rice isn’t backing down from her controversial comments that Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl served with “honor and distinction” in Afghanistan.

“I realize there has been a lot of discussion and controversy around this,” the National Security Adviser said during an interview Friday with CNN’s Jim Acosta at the D-Day anniversary in Normandy, France. “What I was referring to is the fact that this was a young man who volunteered to serve his country in uniform at a time of war. That in itself is a very honorable thing.”

“But ‘honor and distinction?’” Acosta said, cutting in.

“Jim, really. I mean, this is a young man whose circumstances we are still going to learn about,” she replied.

(WATCH: Harry Reid on Bergdahl swap)

The senior adviser to President Barack Obama added that the public is unfairly castigating Bergdahl without knowing the full story behind his service and she asked that people reserve judgment until all the facts are out.

“He is, as all Americans, innocent until proven guilty. He is now being tried in the court of public opinion after having gone through an enormously traumatic five years of captivity,” she said.

Rice also echoed Obama’s comments Thursday in Europe, when the president noted that Bergdahl deserved to be acknowledged for volunteering to serve in Afghanistan.

“Let’s remember: This is a young man who volunteered to serve his country,” Rice said. “He was taken as a prisoner of war. He suffered in captivity. He’s now trying to begin the process of recovery. Let’s let that happen.”

When asked whether there was proof that Bergdahl was a deserter, Rice said the White House had not drawn any conclusions to that effect, saying that the military and administration still needed to hear from Bergdahl himself.

Rice has once again found herself the target of criticism from conservatives after her appearance last Sunday on ABC’s “This Week,” when she defended the Obama administration’s deal to recover Bergdahl. “He served the United States with honor and distinction,” she said Sunday, when asked about the soldier’s service. “And we’ll have the opportunity eventually to learn what has transpired in the past years.”

Several Republican lawmakers have slammed Rice for the comments in light of reports that Bergdahl might have been a deserter and likely walked off from his platoon voluntarily. Some reports have said that as many as six soldiers might have died while searching for him.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) called for Rice’s resignation earlier this week, saying, “I can’t believe anything she tells me.” Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said that she should “stay off the Sunday talk shows,” an allusion also to Rice’s appearance on the Sunday talk shows in 2012 following the attacks in Benghazi, Libya. On September 16, 2012, then-U.N. Ambassador Rice appeared on several talk shows to say that the attacks in Benghazi that killed four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens, were a spontaneous response to a YouTube video. Months later, after fierce backlash from Republicans over her comments, she withdrew her consideration to become Obama’s secretary of State.

Acosta brought up conservatives’ criticism in the interview Friday, saying she had become “a GOP lightning rod.”

“I’m up front with the American people and I always do my best on behalf of the country,” she said in response to his question about whether she has been too loose with her facts on the Sunday shows.

“In the case of Bowe Bergdahl,” she added, “for me to condemn him without any opportunity for him to have the chance to tell his side of the story, without any due process that we accord any American, that would be inherently unfair.”

On Benghazi, she reiterated that she “provided the best information that the U.S. government had at the time,” while conceding that “parts of it turned out to be wrong.”

“That doesn’t make me a liar,” Rice said.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bergdahl; obama; ricedoubledowns; ricedoublesdown; ricelies; susanrice; taliban
On Benghazi, she reiterated that she “provided the best information that the U.S. government had at the time,” while conceding that “parts of it turned out to be wrong.”

“That doesn’t make me a liar,” Rice said.

1 posted on 06/06/2014 9:57:48 AM PDT by Second Amendment First
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To: Second Amendment First; 2ndDivisionVet

WOW 1 sec apart.


2 posted on 06/06/2014 10:01:23 AM PDT by Balata (Obama's Administration is the Low Information Employee Service-LIES)
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To: Second Amendment First

It was a good enough standard for them re George W


3 posted on 06/06/2014 10:01:34 AM PDT by stanne
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To: Second Amendment First
“What I was referring to is the fact that this was a young man who volunteered to serve his country in uniform at a time of war. That in itself is a very honorable thing.”

Based upon this definition of "honorable" we should just do away with all dishonorable discharges.

4 posted on 06/06/2014 10:03:50 AM PDT by SC DOC
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To: Second Amendment First
"...the fact that this was a young man who volunteered to serve his country in uniform at a time of war."

Just like Benedict Arnold....

5 posted on 06/06/2014 10:04:07 AM PDT by Psalm 73 ("Gentlemen, you can't fight in here - this is the War Room".)
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To: Second Amendment First
"What I was referring to is the fact that this was a young man who volunteered to serve his country in uniform at a time of war. That in itself is a very honorable thing.”

So did Nidal Hassan, lady.

6 posted on 06/06/2014 10:06:26 AM PDT by LegendHasIt
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To: Second Amendment First

Exactly same MO as last time.


7 posted on 06/06/2014 10:07:13 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Second Amendment First

Did president urkle wait until “all the facts were in “ before saying the police “acted stupidly?”


8 posted on 06/06/2014 10:07:44 AM PDT by subterfuge (Hey NSA snoop, get a real job you idiot!)
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To: Second Amendment First

Both he and she are serving dishonorably


9 posted on 06/06/2014 10:09:10 AM PDT by morphing libertarian ( On to impeachment and removal (IRS, Taliban, Fast and furious, VA, Benghazi)!!!)
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To: Second Amendment First

Susan Rice is an idiot. She’s only in her position because of affirmative action.


10 posted on 06/06/2014 10:11:11 AM PDT by freedom1st
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To: SC DOC
Based upon this definition of "honorable" we should just do away with all dishonorable discharges.

Yup. She comes from the "everybody gets a medal" liberal culture.

11 posted on 06/06/2014 10:12:57 AM PDT by JennysCool (My hypocrisy goes only so far)
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To: Second Amendment First

Isn’t it adorable how the left always says “Innocent til proven guilty” yet from the moment of his arrest George Zimmerman was tarred, feathered, and burned at the stake


12 posted on 06/06/2014 10:13:06 AM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: Second Amendment First

I would imagine that as we speak, they’re busy coaching Berghdal on what to say. By now he probably knows his options: Either go along with the “I was snatched right out of my bunk by kidnappers and fought against my captors to the bitter end” story and receive all his benefits... or face dire consequences.


13 posted on 06/06/2014 10:13:52 AM PDT by Cementjungle
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To: freedom1st

I swear-—if I see her ugly smug face on TV one more time——I’ll throw something at it.


14 posted on 06/06/2014 10:14:38 AM PDT by Liz
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To: Liz
if I see her ugly smug face on TV one more time——I’ll throw something at it.

Wifey knows I like to yell at the likes of Harry Reid on the TV, so last Christmas she got me one of those little toy ray-guns that shoots little soft styrofoam disks.....it's my favorite toy, and won't harm the screen.

15 posted on 06/06/2014 10:17:28 AM PDT by ErnBatavia (It ain't a "hashtag"....it's a damn pound sign. ###)
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To: Second Amendment First
“Jim, really. I mean, this is a young man whose circumstances we are still going to learn about,”

In other words Jim Acosta, don't dig too deep or ask me much further on this unless you want to be audited, have your personal PC hacked and have all of the skeletons in your closet released to the world

16 posted on 06/06/2014 10:19:01 AM PDT by capydick (''Life's tough.......it's even tougher if you're stupid.'')
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To: ErnBatavia

Whoa-—I want one of those.


17 posted on 06/06/2014 10:19:26 AM PDT by Liz
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To: Second Amendment First
The senior adviser to President Barack Obama added that the public is unfairly castigating Bergdahl without knowing the full story behind his service and she asked that people reserve judgment until all the facts are out.

And they are working on creating the facts right now. When your narrative is initially "honor and distinction" did you wait for the facts? When those who were with him say "not honor and distinction" why is their narrative rushing to judgment? They were there, you were not.

18 posted on 06/06/2014 10:21:36 AM PDT by Starstruck (If my reply offends, you probably don't understand sarcasm or criticism...or do.)
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To: Second Amendment First

Do you feel safe with Susan Rice as National Security Adviser ?


19 posted on 06/06/2014 10:26:40 AM PDT by molson209 (Blank)
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To: Second Amendment First

She knows of course when she says this that she is giving every active and retired military serviceman and woman the finger. This from our National Security Advisor who has no problem with 5 super terrorists being released and are committed to strike again.


20 posted on 06/06/2014 10:29:40 AM PDT by mom.mom
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To: Liz

21 posted on 06/06/2014 10:33:53 AM PDT by ErnBatavia (It ain't a "hashtag"....it's a damn pound sign. ###)
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To: mom.mom

rice is an ass.


22 posted on 06/06/2014 10:35:03 AM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: ErnBatavia

Cute.


23 posted on 06/06/2014 10:41:15 AM PDT by Liz
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To: Second Amendment First

“He is, as all Americans, innocent until proven guilty. He is now being tried in the court of public opinion after having gone through an enormously traumatic five years of captivity,” she said.

If the public needs to wait for facts before condemning him, the government needs to wait for facts before praising him.


24 posted on 06/06/2014 10:41:44 AM PDT by ALASKA (Disgusted.....)
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To: Sarah Barracuda
What we're missing here is that Rice's statement:

"[...] He is, as all Americans, innocent until proven guilty."

Wait. What? You're charging him now? So Bowe Bergdahl *is* facing a Courts-martial? That's news.

Otherwise, if he's not being charged under the UCMJ, we cannot speculate? So he's innocent and will remain so because we'll never hear the truth therefore cannot ever know otherwise?

What's Susan Rice mean here.

25 posted on 06/06/2014 10:53:48 AM PDT by The KG9 Kid
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To: Second Amendment First

“He is, as all Americans, innocent until proven guilty.”

No, presumed innocent until proven guilty.


26 posted on 06/06/2014 10:57:00 AM PDT by PDGearhead (Obama's lack of citizenship)
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To: Second Amendment First

The only legitimate explanation Rice could have offered was...that’s what obama told me to say!


27 posted on 06/06/2014 11:10:38 AM PDT by PoloSec ( Believe the Gospel: how that Christ died for our sins, was buried and rose again)
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To: Second Amendment First
He is, as all Americans, innocent until proven guilty. He is now being tried in the court of public opinion

"Innocent until proven guilty" applies only in a court of law.

Public opinion can look at the evidence and judge him any way they damn well please.

28 posted on 06/06/2014 11:12:32 AM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: Second Amendment First
the military and administration still needed to hear from Bergdahl himself

As if both haven't already! She must think we're all complete idiots.

The fact that we haven't heard from him, sitting in his room in Germany, leads me to believe that the Administration has found out he's chock full of uncomfortable opinions and facts.

He's probably spending ten hours a day with lawyers and PR people. If all else fails, they'll have announce that he's really a woman trapped in a man's body.

29 posted on 06/06/2014 11:19:25 AM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: Second Amendment First
Ahh, Pollutico....sucking the butt of Team Obama again.

Test the staff for fecal poisoning!

30 posted on 06/06/2014 11:27:05 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: Second Amendment First

Heaven help us, we’re back to what the definition of “is” is and by next week the admin will be spouting “what difference does it make”.


31 posted on 06/06/2014 11:53:50 AM PDT by bgill
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To: PoloSec

Or

“we thought we could get away with it”


32 posted on 06/06/2014 11:56:42 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: Psalm 73

I’d like to hear her convoluted explaination why a hero ships his uniform home right before he runs off to join the enemy.


33 posted on 06/06/2014 11:57:55 AM PDT by bgill
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To: Sarah Barracuda
“Innocent til proven guilty” yet from the moment of his arrest George Zimmerman was tarred, feathered, and burned at the stake

And even after. 'The "racist" jury got it wrong': found innocent, but STILL deemed guilty and a murderer by the Libs.

Also, even though he's having his head beaten into the sidewalk, with a hulk sitting on his prostrate body, it was 'the stand your ground' law that allowed him to 'viciously shoot an unarmed teenager' instead of retreat.

34 posted on 06/06/2014 12:00:42 PM PDT by ApplegateRanch (Love me, love my guns!©)
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To: Second Amendment First

This woman is either the biggest liar in the history of mankind, or the stupidest woman ever. She seems to have such low self-esteem that she will let herself be used by Obama/Jarrett, et al. like she’s their b!tch. Pretty disgraceful stuff all around. All the more so because this relates to the national security of the US, not the personal lives and fortunes of Obama/Jarrett/Rice.


35 posted on 06/06/2014 1:20:53 PM PDT by EDINVA
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To: Second Amendment First

She’s a terrible person with no soul.


36 posted on 06/06/2014 1:27:33 PM PDT by 1Old Pro
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To: bgill
"I’d like to hear her convoluted explaination why a hero ships his uniform home right before he runs off to join the enemy."

Um, dry-cleaning?

37 posted on 06/07/2014 4:09:16 PM PDT by Psalm 73 ("Gentlemen, you can't fight in here - this is the War Room".)
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