OBAMA OFFICIALS SMEAR TROOPS TO PROTECT BERGDAHL DEAL
HUD Spokesman Calls Platoon-mates “Psychopaths”
By Harold Hutchison
As criticism of the exchange of five high-ranking Taliban leaders for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl grew, both from new details about the Qatari government’s lack of action and from reports of Bergdahl’s conduct in Afghanistan, some Obama officials began to push back, with one Obama Administration official calling Bergdahl’s platoon-mates “psychopaths.”
|Troops from the 82nd Airborne in Afghanistan.
(U.S. Army photo)
According to media reports, the Obama Administration was caught by surprise by both the nature and vehemence of the remarks coming from not only members of Bergdahl’s platoon who came forward to a CBS affiliate in Washington DC, but families of soldiers killed while reportedly on operations to locate Bergdahl, who was held for nearly five years by the Haqqani Network. Some Administration officials reportedly used the term “swift-boating” when discussing the backlash with NBC’s Chuck Todd.
“I’ve had a few aides describe it to me as ‘we didn’t know that they were going to “swift boat” Bergdahl.’ . . . Obviously, they had no idea that there would be no member of Sergeant Bergdahl’s unit that would go public and praise him or support him,” Todd said on NBC’s Today Show.
Meanwhile, Brandon Friedman, a spokesman for the department of Housing and Urban Development, smeared Bergdahl’s fellow soldiers in a series of tweets, with one of those tweets asking, “Here's the thing about Bergdahl and the Jump-to-Conclusions mats: What if his platoon was long on psychopaths and short on leadership?” Friedman himself is a veteran, tied to the left-wing VoteVets group.
In additional developments, the Obama Administration briefed the United States Senate on Wednesday, but according to one report from FoxNews.com, one Democrat said the briefing raised more questions than it answered. Obama, though, was digging in on the deal, saying “absolutely no apologies” would be made for bringing Bergdahl home, even as the House Armed Services Committee prepared to question Hagel over the legality of the exchange.