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Published: Tuesday, June 3 2014 7:00 a.m. MDT

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UtahBlueDevil
Durham, NC

It was interesting to see the interview with McCain this morning where he walked the tight rope of what he did and didn't know. He did say he didn't know that these 5 would be released, but knew there were activities going on to obtain his release.

I think we are in an area again where there will never be consensus as this is being driven by politics more so that any real search for facts.

What I do find disturbing is that certain parts of the media are turning their attention on disparaging the young Sgt. It is sad that people will stoop so low as to minimize what this soldier went through to justify politically based criticism of attempts to gain his release, trying to minimize this young man as not being worth the effort.

Did we not learn anything from our experience in Vietnam?

DN Subscriber
Cottonwood Heights, UT

First, we have learned that we cannot trust a single thing Obama tells us. Or, that he tells Congress.

Second, the suspicious timing of this very, very, bad hostage exchange is suspicious.

Third, even if the timing is merely coincidental, this clearly is being twisted to help Obama's chronic "Squirrel!" strategy to distract public attention from the latest scandals by getting his media accomplices to focus on something else.

Anyone heard anything about the budget, the 17 trillion debt, VA mess, fast and furious, or Benghazi in the last 3 days? It worked!

GZE
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

I agree with Utah Blue Devil regarding the disparaging of the character of this young man. I actually heard a caller on talk radio last night say he would be "absolutely humiliated and terribly ashamed" if this were his son. How can anyone assume we know everything?

He is an American citizen. Even if he broke our laws, we don't leave him to rot in a foreign prison. We bring him home and subject him to the American legal system.

I feel really sorry for the ugly things his parents are hearing people say.

Craig Clark
Boulder, CO

UtahBlueDevil,

"....What I do find disturbing is that certain parts of the media are turning their attention on disparaging the young Sgt...."
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I wholeheartedly agree with you on that point. It might be a misplaced backlash reaction to swapping terror suspects to get him back which I disapprove of myself. But there should be no rush to judgment on Bergdahl by those who don’t like the way it was done.

Baccus0902
Leesburg, VA

@ DN Subscriber

Based on whato you wrote, we can easily conclude that you have learned nothing!!!

It is very sad when a young man at 23 is involved in a conflict in a foreign land, not speaking the language and seeing for the first time actions that totally contradict what he was taught to believe as an American.

Before rushing into judgment and comdemnation of this soldiers. Let's rejoice in his freedom and let the laws of our land and/or the army to follow due diligence and proper procedures as required.

worf
Mcallen, TX

Did Obama get an answer from Congress?

gmlewis
Houston, TX

When Sgt. Bergdahl slipped into that Afghan village, it was at best a very irresponsible thing to do. However, he was only 23 at the time, and so immaturity could play a large part of his actions. If they do find him guilty of AWOL. I hope that "time served" as a captive will be taken into account.

worf
Mcallen, TX

Bergdahl may have agreed to come back simply for the release of the five, than he may just go back to his Afghan friends.

Rufio
Saratoga, UT

The President has a pen, who needs Congress. That sounds so constitutional, doesn't it?

kishkumen
American Fork, UT

People make mistakes especially when they are young and involved in a war. I am happy to live in a country that will work to free its POWs regardless of the circumstances. Our nation would do the same for any citizen--even the lowest of its citizens like the politicians who vote to defund our veterans' benefits, the ones who engage in obstructionism, and hate our president.

Gene Poole
SLC, UT

President Obama said that he has a sacred duty to leave no man behind and yet, he has permitted a Marine to be jailed and chained to a bed for weeks in Mexico while he allows illegal immigrants to come to the US by the tens of thousands. This Marine has been left behind. In regards to Bergdahl, men in his unit have made comments that he was saying things against the US and US military and that men refused to risk any more lives on a man that deserted. Of course, they have no credibility. I am concerned that the father of this soldier blessed the White House in Arabic and that blessing is a claim upon it for Islam. Or did you miss that in your euphoria? I also find it interesting that this is a special smokescreen to distract the citizens through a languishing media of all the other problems that Mr. Obama has. It is the tail of the dog we saw so often during Viet Nam. When we came home, we were spit on and there was no yellow ribbons for us who fought the hard battle there and at home.

FT
salt lake city, UT

@Worf
Did Obama get an answer from Congress?
They would probably vote on it over 50 times and still not get anything done. It's what this congress does.

mytymouse09
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

Very well said Gene Poole!

VST
Bountiful, UT

@Gene Poole,

The language the father spoke at the White House was Pashtun - not Arabic.

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