Well, I guess I can’t really say I’m surprised with how the White House has reacted to the *unconflicting* reports about how Bowe Bergdahl’s fellow soldiers have classified him as a “deserter”, but it doesn’t mean I’m not disappointed all the same — and disgusted.
— Michelle McCormick (@TexMex817) June 4, 2014
Todd confirmed in a later tweet that they did indeed use the term “swiftboating” to describe the troops who served alongside Bergdahl until he deserted them in June of 2009.
To breakdown what they’re doing here, the White House – in a nutshell – is saying that the guys who put their lives on the line in Afghanistan while stationed with Bergdahl who are making the claims about his military actions and status are playing politics over his release and the US release of the five high-level Taliban terrorists from Gitmo. In the same breath, the White House made the preposterous assertion yesterday that Bergdahl served “with honor and distinction.” If that’s the case, the words simply do not have any real meaning anymore whatsoever.
Mediaite’s Noah Rothman on the White House noise surrounding the reaction of Bergdahl’s fellow soldiers:
It would be one thing if fellow soldiers who served with Bergdahl had conflicting stories. They don't. So now they must be discredited.
— Noah Rothman (@NoahCRothman) June 4, 2014
By any means necessary, and all that. Just when you think the White House couldn’t stoop any lower …