Professional jerk-off “military analyst” and retired Army colonel Ralph Peters, appearing on a Fox News show, tripped a collective WTF wire when he suggested the Taliban should just off captured US Pfc. Bowe Bergdahl and “save us a lot of legal hassles and legal bills.” Oh, bitch, you did NOT.
And why exactly should this young man who is serving our country in Afghanistan be treated so callously? Well he “might be” a deserter. Or something like that. Of the maybe sorta kinda I heard desertion accusation, Peters said:
“…on that video, he is collaborating with the enemy. Under duress or not – that’s really not relevant – he’s making accusations about the behavior of the military in Afghanistan that are unfounded, saying that there are no rules, he’s lying about how he was captured, saying he lagged behind the patrol. Julie, I’ll tell you, any 11th bravo infantrymen will tell you, that’s not how it works. In a war zone, any soldier is aware of where all his buddies are. If it’s a night patrol, you’re sure aware of where the guy in front of you and behind you is. So we know that this private is a liar. We’re not sure if he’s a deserter. But the media needs to hit the pause button, and not portray this guy as a hero.”
Peters also said:
“Well, Julie, I was to stress first of all that we must wait until all of the facts are in until we make a final judgment. But nobody in the military that I’ve heard is defending this guy. He is an apparent deserter. Reports are indeed that he abandoned his buddies, abandoned his post, and walked off. We’ll see what the ultimate truth of it is, but if he did, if he’s a deserter at wartime, well, as one of my old platoon sargeants would say, he’s in ‘beaucoup deep kimchi.’”
A liar and a coward. What a heartwarming show of solidarity and victim blaming understanding as one of our soldiers remains in captivity and could be killed at any time. Oh, but don’t worry, it’s like Pfc. Bergdahl’s at summer camp!
For right now, I think he’s okay. They’re not going to kill him right away, if at all, because he is tremendous propaganda value. He’s making anti-American statements, I mean, he wants to investigate Islam, blah blah blah.
And hey, who knows, the man who gave up his life and his youth at home to go fight wars might just be on the up and up, says Peters, in which case, no harm, no foul. You know, like unless he’s horrifically beheaded and he was totally innocent.
Now look, Julie, I want to be clear. If, when the facts are in, we find out that through some convoluted chain of events, he really was captured by the Taliban, I’m with him. But, if he walked away from his post and his buddies at wartime… I don’t care how hard it sounds, as far as I’m concerned, the Taliban can save us a lot of legal hassles and legal bills.
Tell you what, Taliban- how’s about we trade? One crusty retired Army dude who Fox News will air for a brave and handsome young man you’ve got over there.
The video is below.
[Extensive quoting thanks to the Daily Kos]