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New York Times blames Bowe Bergdahl's unit for disappearance and capture

NYT blames Bergdahl's unit for his disappearance.
NYT blames Bergdahl's unit for his disappearance.
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On Thursday, an op-ed at the New York Times blamed the unit Bowe Bergdahl served with for his disappearance and subsequent capture by the Taliban. The editorial board also excoriates critics of the prisoner swap as "hyperventilators."

On Thursday, the Times said a classified report indicated Bergdahl had left his assigned area twice before and returned both times. According to the Times, the report described Bergdahl as "a free-spirited young man who asked many questions but gave no indication of being a deserter, let alone the turncoat that Mr. Obama’s opponents are now trying to create."

The Times also suggested that despite many reports to the contrary, no soldiers died as a result of the search for Bergdahl.

The editorial board then blamed Bergdahl's unit for his disappearance: "If anything, the report suggests that the army unit’s lack of security and discipline was as much to blame for the disappearance, given the sergeant’s history."

Soldiers who served with Bergdahl, however, have a much different story. According to his fellow platoon-mates, Bergdahl left the camp, leaving his rifle behind. Three days earlier, he sent an email bashing the Army and the United States. Other reports say he left a note renouncing his U.S. citizenship.

On Thursday, Fox News' James Rosen published a scathing report that claimed Bergdahl had converted to Islam and declared himself a jihadist, citing reports provided by the Eclipse Group, an organization consisting of former intelligence officers and operatives and run by Duane R. ("Dewey") Clarridge.

The Times, however, wasn't finished. The editorial board went on to blame "Republican operatives" for arranging meeting between soldiers and members of the media, citing the Huffington Post, which in turn, cited the New York Times.

While it appears that some, like Richard Grenell, an aide to former United Nations Ambassador John Bolton, may have arranged meetings, there is nothing to indicate they told the soldiers what to say.

"My role was to ask the firm to help facilitate the interviews for free. Brad Chase agreed to do it. He is handling all the requests. He isn't political. I originally spoke to Cody, the leader, via Twitter then asked the firm," Grenell told the Huffington Post.

Nevertheless, the intent is clear -- the issue of Bergdahl's capture has become a political hot potato with Democrats and their willing accomplices in the media doing all they can to provide cover for the administration, which has castigated Bergdahl's fellow soldiers as unreliable and in one case, psychopathic.

The Times concluded its attack piece by claiming that critics "don't care" about Bergdahl and "only live for the attack."

"But the critics seeking political advantage don’t care about the life or mental state of a particular soldier, or of a principle of loyalty that should provide comfort to any soldier in danger of capture. They live only for the attack," the editorial board said.

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