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The ‘Swift-Boating’ of Bowe Bergdahl
National Review Online, by Rich Lowry

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Posted By:StormCnter, 6/6/2014 5:50:15 AM

As the Bowe Bergdahl prisoner swap has curdled from presumed triumph to public-relations nightmare, the White House and its defenders have cast about for excuses to explain why the administration’s negotiating brilliance has gone unappreciated. White House staffers told NBC’s Chuck Todd that they were taken aback at the “swift-boating” of Bergdahl by his former comrades. That’s a reference to the attacks on John Kerry when he was the 2004 Democratic presidential nominee by the troops he served with in Vietnam. Rightly understood, “swift-boating” shouldn’t be a pejorative — it’s what happens when men in uniform feel betrayed by a comrade and

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: planetgeo, 6/6/2014 6:01:55 AM     (No. 9875085)

The Democrats and the MSM are desperately trying to defend Bergdahl because he is precisely the kind of soldier they like...an avowed America-hater, bad- mouther of the military, and a deserter. In other words, someone who they see as a possible future Secretary of State.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: grampus, 6/6/2014 6:08:53 AM     (No. 9875089)

"Swift-boating" should be defined as:

a verb, to tell the truth about a show boat.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Winmag, 6/6/2014 6:43:10 AM     (No. 9875108)

I believe that Jean Francois Kerry still has not released his full military records, much as our faux president continues to hide all of his vital records.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Avanti1, 6/6/2014 7:13:46 AM     (No. 9875139)

Note that none of the critics of Bergdahl´s colleagues has offered any facts to contradict their allegations. Those critics merely attempt to minimize their importance by name-calling and attacking their credibility (hard to do, as this article shows).

As usual, Obama´s defenders cannot engage in a logical, rational, fact-based debate in an attempt to find the truth. Instead they resort to ad hominem attacks in an attempt to divert, obfuscate, and distract to prevent the truth from being told.

How pathetic that Obama defenders routinely resort to propaganda and manipulation to shelter their hero Obama and hide the truth.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: mathman, 6/6/2014 7:41:22 AM     (No. 9875178)

1. Swift boats were light attack boats used in river and littoral combat in Vietnam. Lt John F´n Kerry commanded one of these craft during his four month 22 day tour in Vietnam.
2. Those who served with Kerry thought him unqualified for President, and said so, based on their personal memories.
3. Kerry refused to release his military records.
Thus we have a replay of the swift boat phenomenon. Those who served with Bergdahl think him unqualified for any military honors, and believe him to be (at a minimum) a deserter. At worst he is a traitor, having given aid and comfort to the Taliban.
The defense of Bergdahl has come down to this: those who served with him are all crazy.
Fact: Bergdahl deserted.
Fact: the regime does not include any veterans.
Fact: the trade of FIVE Taliban General Officers is not being accepted.
Stay tuned. This will get really ugly.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Spyder, 6/6/2014 7:44:58 AM     (No. 9875184)

A simple definition of "Swift Boating" is telling an inconviennt truth.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Doctor P, 6/6/2014 8:21:34 AM     (No. 9875232)

up is down, right is left, red is blue

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Reply 8 - Posted by: bighambone, 6/6/2014 11:12:34 AM     (No. 9875446)

In their own way, both Bergdahl and Obama are two peas in a pod, by their actions they both gave aid and comfort to the Taliban who have not surrendered and have showed no compunction to stop killing members of the US military on the battlefield in Afghanistan.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: harper, 6/6/2014 1:50:29 PM     (No. 9875608)

Considering Bergdahl´s recent history and proclivities, we should update the term to "SwiftGoating."

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