LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Bergdahl case no-win for Obama

6/13/2014

In the case of U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, President Obama was damned if he did and damned if he didn’t (“Why the rush to rancor over Bergdahl?,” op-ed column, June 10).

Had the President not secured Sergeant Bergdahl when he had the chance, Republicans would have screamed that he left one of our soldiers behind in Afghanistan.

What would have happened to our only prisoner of war once U.S. forces left Afghanistan? The Taliban would no longer need the sergeant. We likely would’ve heard of his beheading.

I thank President Obama for bringing him home. We should allow the military to investigate the claims that the sergeant deserted his post. If he is found guilty, I assume he will be dealt with accordingly.

Whatever happened to the concept of innocent until proven guilty? I guess it doesn’t apply when Republicans are involved.

TOM SHIFFLER

Swancreek Township

 


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If Bergdahl fled, the trade is bad

Your June 4 editorial “Freeing Sgt. Bergdahl” was misleading. If your readers weren’t aware of the full story, they would conclude that Republicans were heartless for objecting to this prisoner exchange.

However, if they were informed by other news outlets, they would know that some of Sergeant Bergdahl’s fellow soldiers say he had deserted his post.

If he did desert, it’s hard to believe we would trade five terrorists for him.

STEVEN FOX

Middleton Township

 

Critics grow on soldier’s release

As more details begin to emerge about the Sergeant Bergdahl release, it’s no wonder that GOP members of Congress oppose the exchange of five Taliban prisoners for his freedom.

I stand by Republicans and Democrats who find this exchange to be outrageous. President Obama has jeopardized many more American troops and civilians by brokering this deal.

JACOB SCHULTZ

Jefferson Avenue

 

Congress should save its bluster

Members of Congress are in an uproar because they weren’t consulted about the release of Sergeant Bergdahl. Given their inability to work on problems as a unit, they should save their feigned outrage for their re-election speeches.

BILL PIEPER

Oregon

 

Why is GOP always critical?

I never cease to be amazed by the audacity of Republicans. They consistently criticize the Obama Administration. They are good at criticizing, but little else.

JANET DESMOND

Harbor Drive