One year ago, some GOP members were criticizing President Obama for not doing enough to bring Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl home. In addition, when the briefing regarding this trade was held, many senators could not be bothered to stay for the entire briefing. Sen. Rand Paul skipped the briefing entirely.
Previous Twitter posts in support of bringing him home have also now been deleted by some of these same GOP members. Hypocrisy? Yes. Surprising? No.
What are absolutely disgusting and disgraceful are the conjectures put forth by some “news” organizations as facts. Rumors and innuendos about Bergdahl’s family have been continuously spewed by these organizations, and now the small town where the family lives has cancelled a celebratory parade because of death threats made to members of the family and townspeople.
Since when are POWs and their family members “fair game” for this type of vitriolic hyperbole? Surely, none of them asked to be involved in something like this. Shouldn’t all of us wait until the actual investigation has been done before making any decisions? One is entitled to his or her opinion; however, to repeatedly present opinions as facts before all the real facts are known is beyond despicable.
Brian Kilmeade from Fox News said he had this advice for Bergdahl’s father: “You don’t need to look like a member of the Taliban.” Kilmeade advised the father to shave the beard he’d grown while his son was in captivity.
If being a bearded carpenter makes you a communist or a member of the Taliban, then I guess the bearded carpenter who lived 2,000 years ago and preached about peace and understanding was also a communist.
Too much given in exchange
As a former special agent with military intelligence, I know the protocol for hostage and prisoner exchanges. With varying tactics, you equivocate rank, for example, we’ll give you this Taliban courier for our private.
You then jump rank to giving a Taliban officer for our man or something else, such as food or arms. The next offer is lots of American money that can be back-channeled to preserve the fiction of not negotiating.
Lastly, you mount a rescue operation with Special Forces. If our man is killed before we can save him, we kill everything on site as an object lesson to his murderers.
The man is listed as killed in action, presumably under honorable circumstances. Trading the Taliban equivalent of our Joint Chiefs of Staff for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was insane.
Duane L. Doyle
I am writing in response to the June 8 article “A poorer, dumber Summit.”
I am not a college graduate. However, I do not consider myself dumb. The insinuation that anyone who does not have a college degree is dumb is highly insulting to me.
I worked at a local bank for 15 years. I resigned to raise my son. I am proud to be a wife and stay-at-home mother. I do not consider myself dumb just because I chose not to attend college.
I am also a writer and have had my work published in The Upper Room, a daily devotional guide with worldwide readership.
A college degree does not automatically make a person intelligent and the lack of one make a person “dumb.” Intelligence levels are not measured solely by whether or not someone has walked across the stage and been handed a piece of paper.
I know college graduates who are not nearly as smart and intelligent as those who have never set foot on a college campus.
I feel staff writer Rick Armon owes all who are not college graduates a huge apology.
Campaign of confusion
An issue placed before voters should provide a distinct choice.
A tax increase for both the sheriff’s office and an arena does the opposite. It creates an issue that is gibberish. Voters should not be required to weigh the pros and cons of such different matters and then vote as if they were one.
If the issues were presented separately, the sheriff’s office would get my vote. As for the arena, I am not sold. I am leaning against it, but want to learn more. One thing is certain: I will not support an issue that commingles the two.
I see this blending as a ham-handed political shenanigan. The implication is that if the community is going to be safe, we must also have an arena. Public safety is being used like a hostage, with the arena as ransom.
This ploy would deprive voters of a clear choice. It would not serve the best interests of the community to place such a flawed issue on the ballot.
I find the use of “dumber” in the headline and article about Summit County residents to be derogatory and offensive (“A poorer, dumber Summit,” June 8).
We residents of Summit County may be less wealthy and we may have less formal education, but that does not make us mute or stupid.