June 06, 2014
NYT: Bergdahl Just A "Free-Spirit;" Capture Was His Lying Platoon's Fault
This duck-and-cover response is the result of the outrageous demonization of Sergeant Bergdahl in the absence of actual facts. Republican operatives have arranged for soldiers in his unit to tell reporters that he was a deserter who cost the lives of several soldiers searching for him. In fact, a review of casualty reports by Charlie Savage and Andrew Lehren of The Times showed there is no clear link between any military deaths and the search.
And a classified military report shows that Sergeant Bergdahl had walked away from assigned areas at least twice before and had returned, according to a report in The Times on Thursday. It describes him 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.
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.
Taking their cue from President Obama, The New York Times is comparing soldiers to children who need constant guidance and supervision. At the same time, the NYT blames Bergdahl's actions on fellow soldiers, who apparently are responsible for controlling Bergdahl's "free-spirited" inquisitiveness.
But all of that is really irrelevant, according to the NYT, as the whole ugly incident is just a product of "Republican operatives" who managed to convince Bergdahl's platoon to lie to make "President Obama look weak."
It's all just a conspiracy.
UPDATE: Another jumps on board. Think Progress is blaming the Army.