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... The president and vice president, the only government officials elected directly by the entire nation, have a special responsibility to nurture this national solidarity. So, of course, President Obama had to take all measures necessary to secure the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. Of course, he had to do all he could do to not forsake an American citizen.
It doesn’t matter if Bergdahl had deserted his post or not. It doesn’t matter if he is a confused young man who said insulting and shameful things about his country and his Army. The debt we owe to fellow Americans is not based on individual merit. It is based on citizenship, and loyalty to the national community we all share.
Soldiers don’t risk their lives only for those Americans who deserve it; they do it for the nation as a whole.
It is not dispositive either that the deal to release Bergdahl may put others at risk. The five prisoners released from Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, in a swap for Bergdahl seem like terrible men who could do harm. But their release may have been imminent anyway. And the loss of national fraternity that would result if we start abandoning Americans in the field would be a greater and more long lasting harm. ...
David Brooks, a moderate conservative gets it absolutely right in his New York Times opinion column in support of President Obama's decison to bring Sgt. Bergdahl home. We don't leave American soldiers behind irrespective of circumstances and the President understands that. Brooks effectively lays out the reasons why.
SOOOOO, to all you that have chosen to criticize the President for doing the right thing, something America has done since the days of the Revolutionary War, may I suggest you read, and re-read slowly until it sinks in and you understand.
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