[Ed. – A conservative and liberal are chatting on a train. The liberal says, “I think it’s criminal that you guys badmouthing Sgt. Bergdahl. Don’t you have any respect for soldiers?” The conservative responds, “His fellow soldiers say he deserted.” The liberal shoots back, “And you’re going to believe those liars?”]
The NY Times ran an editorial on June 5, The Rush to Demonize Sgt. Bergdahl, excoriating Republicans for hypocrisy as to condemnation of the exchange of 5 top Taliban Gitmo detainees for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.
There are many all-too-typical Times slights of hand, such as referring to Bergdahl as:
… a free-spirited young man who asked many questions but gave no indication of being a deserter, let alone the turncoat that Mr. Obama’s opponents are now trying to create.
In condemning a rush to judgment as to Bergdahl by critics, The Times Editors rush to an alternative judgment.
More important, the centerpiece of the Editorial, with which it begins, is a quote from John McCain (emphasis added):
Four months ago, Senator John McCain said he would support the exchange of five hard-core Taliban leaders for the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. “I would support,” he told CNN. “Obviously I’d have to know the details, but I would support ways of bringing him home and if exchange was one of them I think that would be something I think we should seriously consider.”