Hendricks County Flyer
The Hendricks County Flyer
Wed Jun 11, 2014, 02:50 AM EDT
President Barack Obama marked the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl with a Rose Garden event with the captive soldier’s parents and triumphant assurances that “the United States of America does not ever leave our men and women in uniform behind.”
When wars aren’t won or lost, but are only “ended,” it is the prisoner swaps that are the victories to be celebrated. On “This Week With George Stephanopoulos,” National Security Adviser Susan Rice insisted that it was a “joyous day.” She spoke as if May 31 will forevermore be known as “Bowe Bergdahl Release Day.”
All indications are that Bergdahl, traded for five top-level Taliban prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay, recklessly endangered himself and his colleagues after walking off his base on June 30, 2009. Then the military appears to have done everything it could to suppress the story of what had happened that day, while expending great effort to get him back.
Continuing her run of saying dubious things about matters of public import on Sunday shows, Rice said over the weekend that Bowe Bergdahl “served the United States with honor and distinction.” The record suggests the opposite. Rice repeatedly said that he was captured “on the battlefield,” although there is no evidence of any battle during which he was captured. By the sound of it, she mistook Sgt. Bergdahl for Sgt. York.
Bergdahl became disillusioned with the war — and with the United States — during his deployment. He wrote of the Afghans in an e-mail to his parents shortly before he went missing, “These people need help, yet what they get is the most conceited country in the world telling them that they are nothing and that they are stupid.” He went on to say that “I am ashamed to be an American.”
Afghan vet Nathan Bradley Bethea participated in the search for him. In a powerful piece for The Daily Beast, he writes that “Bergdahl was a deserter, and soldiers from his own unit died trying to track him down.”
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An NPR broadcast examines the question of how communities can better prepare for tornadoes like the one that struck Moore, Okla. on Monday. The broadcast features commentary from Michael Fitzgerald, who reported a five-part disaster series for the CNHI News Service.
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Part I: Are We Prepared? | Part II: Disaster Dollars Part III: Lessons Learned | Part IV: Warning Signs Part V: The Big One
A reunion between a Pennsylvania woman who had been living overseas for two years and her pet schnauzer has gone viral, garnering nearly 20 million views on YouTube.
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