Threat to Bergdahl led to US action, officials say

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  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    June 8, 2014 6:53 a.m.

    When Congressional and Presidential elected officials along with a myriad of bureaucrats have no military experience it is a shame for our country. Even with prior Senators such as Secretaries of State and Defense are in their present positions they had less than sterling actions then and now.

    Military Generals are involved with scandals when their military codes call for honor and integrity. We appear to have leadership problems at many levels.

    We used to deal with people called deserters with UCMJ but now are on a pedestal.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    June 7, 2014 8:46 a.m.

    Bergdahl was not captured!

    He moved there on his free will.

    We freed five terrorists who killed, and beheaded men, women, and children for Bergdahls release.

    Thank you commander in chief.

  • Whyargue Salt Lake City, UT
    June 7, 2014 6:13 a.m.

    I don't disagree with bringing Bergdahl back, but the method doesn't justify the means. Just like every deal that has been brokered by this administration, the American people are left holding the bag. How many bad deals will the people of this country put up with? Breaking the law in the name of executive authority sounds like a ponzi scheme to me? How is it this President and previous are above the law their administration is sworn to uphold. Prosecute any and all public officials the same way any other citizen would be prosecuted. Regardless if it is speeding, stealing, or abuse of power. The tit for tat, good ol' boy, Americans are sheep politics has to stop.

    As for Bergdahl let the UCMJ, without spin and executive privilege or politics, decide his fate and determine what happened.

    Now that we have legitimized the Taliban as a government that has the ability to broker deals with the US, let's get out of their country, provide their opposition with the tools and ammunition to protect themselves, and let their civil war take its course.

  • RedShirt USS Enterprise, UT
    June 6, 2014 11:57 a.m.

    I thought he was traded because his health was so poor, and the Administration wanted to bring him home to save him.

    Is it me, or is this starting to be another Benghazi type propaganda effort?

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    June 6, 2014 7:37 a.m.

    Threat to Bergdahl?

    What about a threat to others, because five murdering terrorists are freed?

  • LittleStream Carson City, NV
    June 6, 2014 6:26 a.m.

    Our politicians have once again shown what a poor example they can be. They've taken what should have been a success story and turned it into a media joke. Shame on the politicians because they did. Shame on the media for helping them. Military leaders are weak? Is this the same leaders that captured bin Laden? How pitiful this country is becoming!

  • boneheaded, but not a smidgen SLC, UT
    June 6, 2014 5:03 a.m.

    obama and his administration: baloney barry and baloney serving administration. What difference does it make? Plenty. Telling the truth is important.

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    June 5, 2014 9:53 p.m.

    Our civilian Commander In Chief is weak, and his Secretary of Defense is incompetent as well.

    Frankly, Obama's bigger problem is that he chronically tells us things that are not true. I have no reason to believe his assertions about Bergdahl any more than his claims that "If I liked my doctor...."

    Senior military officials gave sound advice throughout this whole affair. Obama's one-sided swap of five terror masterminds for one U.S. deserter at a time when he was getting bad press over other incompetent actions taking place is nothing but a cynical ploy to divert attention, and simultaneously unilaterally close down Guantanamo Bay by freeing the really evil prisoners housed there.

    When we cannot trust our President to tell the truth, about anything, we are in serious trouble.

  • TRUTH Salt Lake City, UT
    June 5, 2014 9:32 p.m.

    Wow the story just keeps getting better Hilary will be saying it was about an exercise video?

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    June 5, 2014 8:26 p.m.

    Our military leadership is just weak, and can't handle this kind of situation.