Hagel says rush to judgment on Bergdahl 'unfair'

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  • wrz Phoenix, AZ
    June 12, 2014 5:23 p.m.

    "The media and the Republicans have a bad track record of impeding this President."

    The bad track record is that of Obama and his administration.

    I watched the entire hearing and couldn't believe what Hagel and his lawyer friend with him were saying. I almost threw a chair at the TV. Of course it's critical to get our soldiers back from captivity. But at what cost? Freeing five of the most vicious terrorists in the world is too much especially when the soldier in question walked away from his post. And he did walk away according to his fellow platoon members and other available evidence... some of which the errant soldier provided.

    And what about the law that Obama signed requiring the Congress to be notified of enemy swaps 30 days in advance? Well, Hagel tells us that the Constitution gives the president authority to violate laws at his pleasure... including the law requiring 30 day notification. Well, Hagel, the Constitution tells us that the president has to 'take care that the laws are faithfully executed.' Doing otherwise means he's in violation. God help us!

  • LittleStream Carson City, NV
    June 5, 2014 7:32 a.m.

    We will turn ANYTHING to a political hate fest against President Obama. So far there are not enough facts to make any kind of informed judgement. If Bergdahl's parents have been trying to get his release for the last five years from a Congress who has worked hard at building a "do nothing" reputation, that didn't work. We don't know if Bergdahl walked away. We don't know if Bergdahl suffered from PTSD. We don't know if anyone died capturing the five Taliban who were released. We don't know if anyone died trying to find him. We do know that Bergdahl spent 5 years as a POW. And for all one know, we are going to condemn Bergdahl and Pres. Obama? Not me. The media and the Republicans have a bad track record of impeding this President.

  • jjtotten Washington, UT
    June 5, 2014 7:25 a.m.

    What would you expect from a member of the administration. If they don't fall into lock step with Obama they are turned out to retirement. There have been several who served with this man who knew exactly what he did. Even the president is now dissing them so what would you expect Hagel to do?

  • Lilalips Attleboro, MA
    June 5, 2014 7:24 a.m.

    I think this action by the Obama-ites will come back to bite... And the tears shed by Chuck Hagel only make him look more.... like an immature juvenile. It's time we had grown up adults lead the country.

  • Say No to BO Mapleton, UT
    June 5, 2014 7:09 a.m.

    Hagel is right. There was a rush to judgment.
    The Obama administration rushed to do this deal (perhaps to appease the veterans?) and failed to think things through.
    The rescue of Hanoi Jane would not have been a great PR stunt. Lack of judgment by the White House has left them with a real mesh. This couldn't happen to a nicer president.

  • Mark B Eureka, CA
    June 4, 2014 4:05 p.m.

    If Hagel is a "liberal", then how did he become a Republican senator from Nebraska? And as for Bergdahl, would it kill us to wait until he actually comes home from Germany before we start up the witch hunt against him?

  • Ralph West Jordan Taylorsville, UT
    June 4, 2014 3:59 p.m.

    Re Worf:

    So Worf, you just got word from the Pentagon that he did indeed leave voluntarily? Can you imagine, the nerve of this guy! Been languishing around some oasis in the desert of Afghnistan, surrounded by servants feeding him figs and dates for the last five years, while his folks and the rest of the world were led to believe he was captured! Thank you for setting the record straight, I knew we could count on you! But maybe, just maybe, if you might be mistaken, wouldn't it be better to wait until the Military handles the issue, instead of us civil faux addicts!

  • TRUTH Salt Lake City, UT
    June 4, 2014 2:47 p.m.

    Its a shame that Hagel and Obama failed to do ANY homework on this one...With Hagel declaring he didn't know if any soldiers were killed trying to find Bergdahl, Obama declaring Bergdahl a Hero and Susan Rice hailing Bergdahl a hero who served with honor and distinction! Rice also called Bergdahl a hostage who was captured in battle, while Jay Carney said he was not a hostage but a prisoner.........

    Frankly the whole thing makes me want to throw-up!

    For Obama to diminish and declare Bergdahl equal to all soldiers who served with honor and distinction is deplorable and as an American who is deeply grateful to our real heros who served with honor and distinction, I SINCERELY APOLOGISE for our irresponsible, annoying president!

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    June 4, 2014 2:21 p.m.

    Hagel is playing the fair card. Typical liberal.

    Any informed person would know Bergdahl deserted. It was on the news when it happened.

    He wasn't captured, and went there on his own. Spoke out against our country.

    Telling the truth is fair!

  • Objectified Richfield, UT
    June 4, 2014 9:20 a.m.

    Hagel is now trying to do damage control concerning yet another Obama administration debacle. This is the latest in a series of incidents that has the administration red-faced and on the defensive. Fast and Furious, Benghazi, the IRS scandal, the Obamacare rollout problems, the VA hospital coverup... and now this.

    It's little wonder Obama's approval rating numbers keep dropping month by month. There is no reason not to believe the soldiers who served directly with Bergdahl and who are unanimous in their assertions. The evidence is already and quickly mounting.

    Obama made a lousy deal. He turned the 5 most dangerous terrorists in Guantanamo Bay loose to once again fight against and kill more Americans, while in return we get an American traitor. This is literally the worst deal ever.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    June 4, 2014 8:55 a.m.

    It doesn't appear Bergdahl was captured. He went voluntarily.

  • SCfan clearfield, UT
    June 4, 2014 8:51 a.m.

    I am beginning to smell a potential growing rat here. Looking back at the stories of when Bergdahl was "captured", there seemed to be no doubt then that the story coming out was that he simply walked off post and ended up in the hands of his captors. Today we have had on the news several soldiers who were serving with him that said that Bergdahl in fact left of his own free will, and was not "captured" per say. And they also claim that efforts to find him were made and that lives were lost in doing so. Now, maybe all these guys are for some reason lying publically, and that whole story about Bergdahl leaving of his own accord is just false rummor. And no one lost their lives in trying to find him. Maybe we have been given a whole false narative and we cannot believe any ex-soldiers testimony on this. Maybe. Maybe. Maybe. If the Army/Obama administration somehow whitewash this, no inquiry and or courtsmartial and the press lets them get away with it..............