I want to talk about Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl who was released from Taliban captivity over the weekend.

The reaction to his release from enemy capture Saturday has been odd to say the least.

Someone emailed me asking if the administration timed the release to draw attention away from the veteran’s administration… social media soon followed suit.

Some question whether the white house broke the law by not following the rules and notifying congress of the Guantanamo release.

Others flat out said the administration did break the law.

And on top of that they said America had negotiated with terrorists.

Some immediately began to question sergeant Bergdahl’s patriotism and called him a traitor and a turncoat who had walked away from combat and therefore did not deserve to return home safely to his family.

Remember the military “no man left behind” mantra we’ve heard so much since 9-11?

We haven’t heard it in the last few days from many who openly supported going to war in Afghanistan and Iraq, and who claim to support the troops.

Why is that?

Why are we so concerned right now with how Bowe Bergdahl went missing rather than how his life was saved?

Listen, I don’t know if Bergdahl was a deserter.

I don’t think anyone knows for sure but him.

And unless or until he says so, to me he is still an American, a war veteran, a sergeant, who does not deserve to be left behind.

As an American i am happy that he is safe.

I am happy for his family.

Right now rather than criticize i prefer empathize and put myself in his family’s shoes.

I’m going to refrain from blaming the victim.

Remember in America it’s innocent until proven guilty.


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3 thoughts on “DON LEMON: The Bowe Bergdahl Breakdown

  1. No he’s definitely guilty anyone in paktika in 09 including myself knows that. It’s fact, absolute no question. He left his kit, and weapon on base and left in the middle of the night, it’s impossible to do that in a war zone “by mistake”. I’ve done two tours it just doesn’t happen. The issue is the six or maybe more who died on subsequent missions, looking for a kid who voluntarily walked off the FOB. That’s an asshole, and someone with blood on his hands

  2. People make a lot of assumptions without having all the facts. I don’t know which side of the fence I lie on with this but I do know we should all withhold judgement until all the facts are present.

  3. rick on said:

    “Right now rather than criticize i prefer empathize and put myself in his family’s shoes.” You need to learn the difference between empathy and sympathy. You can only show “sympathy”.
    As far as “innocent until proven guilty”, did you shame Rev Al or Rev Jessie for the same thing in the Trayvon case? Why was it okay then?

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