6/10/2014

Sen. Joe Manchin (W.Va.) upset about Bergdahl dad's tweet: “I am still working to free all Guantanamo prisoners. God will repay the death of every Afghan child.”

Machin might be wanting to separate himself from Obama because he is toxic in West Virginia, but this is still strong language.  Whether it means anything in practice is debatable.  From The Hill newspaper:
Did Bergdahl or his father attempt to make inappropriate contact with the Taliban?Some lawmakers are demanding answers about what efforts Bergdahl or his father, Robert, made to contact the Taliban.
Bergdahl’s team leader told CNN that radio and cellphone intercepts revealed chatter about an American looking to speak to the Taliban.
Time magazine reported that Robert Bergdahl was in contact with the Taliban and commissioned an Afghan tailor to make the traditional outfit his son wore when he was handed over to American special forces.
Days before Bergdahl was released, his father posted a note on Twitter addressed to a Taliban spokesman claiming, “I am still working to free all Guantanamo prisoners. God will repay the death of every Afghan child.”
The tweet was later deleted.
“We’re dealing with a soldier that should be looked in[to] more extensively,” said Sen. Joe Manchin (W.Va.), a Democrat on the Armed Services Committee. “There’s a lot to be answered here and there’s a lot of peculiar behavior that has gone on between the family, this soldier and his actions.”
Manchin cited Robert Bergdahl’s tweet.
“When his father puts out a statement on Twitter four days before he was released, it was very disturbing,” he said. . . .

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Blogger August said...

Look, we shouldn't have gone to Afghanistan. We never achieve our objectives. This is what moved me out of the normal Republican camp on these wars and made me realize all we are doing in the Middle East is destabilizing the area and practically guaranteeing more unrest in the future.
We do not achieve our objectives.
Once you realize that, the whole idea of going to war falls apart. Joe Manchin wants us to worry about Bergdahl's dad because he doesn't want us to notice Manchin and his compatriots in D.C. are far more problematic to us than Bergdahl or any Afghani.

6/10/2014 3:04 PM  
Blogger August said...

You notice Iraq is destabilizing? We do not achieve our objectives. I know, blame the Democrats. In the end, even if we can blame the Democrats, we can't really justify engaging in wars when we know we will not be able to achieve the goals.

6/12/2014 5:29 PM  

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