Did Obama use Bergdahl as ‘wag the dog’ to distract from appalling failures of Veteran’s hospitals?

Bergdahl deserted his comrades, his unit, his post in 2009. Those he abandoned were not allowed to tell the truth. Years later, Obama claimed he needed to be rescued because of signfiicant health issues, although Bergdahl walked on his own two feet (unlike one of the men who searched for him who is now permanently confined to a wheelchair) and no significant health issues have ever been reported outside of Obama’s vague claims.

So what really changed?

“In late 2014, the Obama administration was reeling from growing national outrage over proof that veterans were dying because of mismanagement at the Department of Veterans Affairs. Word of the Bergdahl rescue conveniently changed the news cycle’s focus. Sergeant Bergdahl was rescued under the pretense that his health was deteriorating to a critical level. He made the trip back to the U.S. on his own feet, and no serious health issues have since been reported.

Sergeant Bergdahl’s return to the U.S. resembled a well-orchestrated public relations campaign, complete with presidential Rose Garden ceremony and National Security Advisor Susan Rice telling ABC’s George Stephanopoulos on June 2, 2014, that Sergeant Bergdahl “served the United States with honor and distinction.” This prompted fury among those who knew the truth.

On the other side of the aisle, a chorus of senior leaders including Sen. John McCain and then presidential candidate Donald Trump denounced the decision to trade five high-level Taliban leaders for one low-ranking deserter. Some critics of Mr. Trump have since expressed concern over his campaign statements that called for Sergeant Bergdahl to be held accountable for those who lost their lives trying to find him. Those critics’ concerns ring political to many who remain affected personally or professionally by Sergeant Bergdahl’s actions.”

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  1. Posted October 27, 2017 at 10:13 am | Permalink

    Yes, it was totally a wag the dog move.

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