Letters to the Editor

No positive spin for Bergdahl case

I wonder what positive spin letter writer and President Obama devotee Frankie Seaberry could put on White House handling of the Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl debacle?

To refresh memories, Bergdahl was released from Taliban captivity on May 31, 2014.

The commander in chief felt compelled to bring Bergdahl’s parents in from Idaho (imagine the airline connections) to participate. Bergadhl’s release and related prisoner exchange were announced in the White House Rose Garden, with the proud parents as willing props for this high-level photo op.

The prisoner exchange struck a sour note with many Americans. It’s a swap that Cardinals GM John Mozeliak, would certainly never make. Trading one utility man for the “Taliban Five, ” the Guantanamo Bay version of Murderers’ Row of the late 1920s New York Yankees, would never fly.

Mozeliak would rely heavily on scouting reports, weighing the pros and cons, before pulling the pin. Why wouldn’t the president do the same?

Obama emphatically stated, “The United States of America does not ever leave our men and women in uniform behind.” How does that apply when the POW walked off the job in enemy territory, apparently trying to leave his Army uniform behind?

Although it took almost a year, the U.S. Army recently charged Bergdahl with desertion and misbehavior before the enemy.

Bergdahl’s hometown earlier canceled his homecoming parade due to security concerns. Now residents must be further disheartened with the falling of the next domino. It doesn’t appear we’re heading for a happy ending.

Bill Malec

O’Fallon

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