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Thursday, June 5, 2014

New York Times Editorial, "The Rush to Demonize Sgt. Bergdahl ": Politicized Claptrap From the Unofficial Mouthpiece of the Obama Administration

In an editorial entitled "The Rush to Demonize Sgt. Bergdahl" (http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/06/opinion/demonizing-sergeant-bergdahl.html?ref=opinion), The New York Times declares:

"Thousands of soldiers desert during every war, including 50,000 American soldiers during World War II. As many as 4,000 a year were absent without leave for extended periods during the Iraq War. They leave for a variety of reasons, including psychological trauma, but whatever their mental state, it is the military’s duty to get them back if they are taken prisoner. That’s what the Obama administration did in this case, and there was a particular sense of urgency because a video showed that Sergeant Bergdahl’s life might be in danger."

Okay, let's suppose that it is "the military’s duty" to return deserters from captivity. On the other hand, it is certainly not the president's duty to pose with the parents of such deserters at the White House.

Moreover, it is certainly not the duty of Susan Rice, the president's National Security Advisor, to inform the nation that Bergdahl served with "honor and distinction" and that he was "an American prisoner of war captured on the battlefield."

Susan Rice? Needless to say, no mention of her whatsoever in the Times editorial.

Bottom line: The Times has hit the bottom of the barrel.

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