In the Dead of Night

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Back on U.S. soil: Bowe Bergdahl arrives at San Antonio military medical center after five years of captivity in Afghanistan

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl landed on American soil in the early hours of Friday morning after more than five years in captivity spent with the Taliban.

The deeply controversial POW landed at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio after 1am local time and was taken to nearby Brooke Army Medical Center. The Idaho native is expected to be reunited there with his family.

No media were allowed to witness the former prisoner’s return.

He is not scheduled to make any public appearances ahead of what is being referred to as Phase 3 of his reintegration process.

‘Our first priority is making sure that Sgt. Bergdahl continues to get the care and support he needs,’ said Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby on Thursday.

The spokesman said Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel ‘is confident that the Army will continue to ensure that Sgt. Bergdahl receives the care, time and space he needs to complete his recovery and reintegration.’

Bergdahl will now spend time with a special team which has been preparing for his return since the U.S. Army first knew that he had been taken captive. The team trained every six months for a week at a time.

‘It’s a very gradual, phased approach in trying to re-acclimate the person back to society, back to freedom,’ Marc Gonsalves told CBS News.

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Phase 3 of Bergdahl’s re-integration plan will include medical care, as well as psychological and legal support. He will also slowly be reunited with his family.

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According to the military, there’s no telling how long Phase 3 of Bergdahl’s reintegration will last and how long he will be in San Antonio.

Since his prisoner exchange for five Taliban prisoners held in Guantanamo, Bergdahl has been recuperating under supervision in the U.S. military hospital in Landstuhl, Germany.

Indeed, according to NBC News, Bergdahl was in sufficiently ‘good enough physical condition’ to return to the United States before today, but was ‘not ready psychologically or emotionally’.

Furthermore, he has still not spoken to his family back in Hailey, Idaho, who canceled a homecoming party for the captured soldier after huge question marks about his desertion and wisdom of the exchange raged.


Uh huh. I ain’t no headshrinker but it sure is conveeenient that Bergdahl can’t talk to anybody. I suppose that bringing him back on a military flight in the middle of the night was just a coinkydink too.

I don’t doubt that Bergdahl is going thru some mental and emotional issues right now. But as far as I know he’s not a prisoner so theoretically he’s free to go. Of course military personnel aren’t quite as free as the rest of us, so they could simply order him to stay at the hospital without needing a court order to commit him as a danger to himself and others. I’m sure he wouldn’t violate orders and walk away, would he?

That would be like desertion or something.

I guess I’m just being cynical but it sure seems to me like it’s for reasons other than his health that the government doesn’t want anybody talking to Bergdahl right now. I’m sure any day now he’ll be holding a press conference or at least a photo op with his friends and family. Maybe Obama will show up and give a little “welcome home” speech.

Meanwhile, on a related note, there is something I did want to talk about. Apparently Bowe Bergdahl has become a litmus test for how much you support the troops.

For the past two weeks I’ve seen a lot of people on the left emphatically expressing their support for the troops. Many of them have been claiming that their support for Bowe Bergdahl is proof that they are sincere about supporting the troops and people on the right are hypocrites when they say that they support the troops because they object to the deal that brought him home.

This all goes back to the Vietnam war when some people on the left got carried away with their opposition to the war and started blaming the soldiers that were fighting it. That’s where we got the urban legends of returning soldiers in airports getting spit on by hippies.

The fact that no hippies were beaten to death in airports by returning soldiers is proof that the spitting stuff never happened. Nonetheless, the left’s reputation for hostility and disdain for the troops became part of our conventional wisdom.

Then came the First Gulf War, aka “the Liberation of Kuwait.” That one-sided ass-whupping of Saddam Hussein’s Iraqi Army was met with overwhelming public approval. In order to retain credibility and political viability in a time of hyper-patriotism, people on the left boldly proclaimed that they supported the troops too.

Of course saying that you support the troops is like saying that you support the environment or that you oppose domestic violence. It’s one of those things where everyone is on the same side, at least in theory. There is no one advocating pollution or spousal abuse.

In practice, when people on the left say they support the troops they mean “don’t send them to war – ever!” But it doesn’t take much effort to expose their antipathy to those who serve. Just last week they were calling Bergdahl’s platoon members psychopaths.

Military members, veterans and their families tend to be more conservative than the public at large. They also tend to be more patriotic, own guns and vote Republican. Lots of them come from those awful “red” states in the South and in flyover country.

In other words, they are everything your typical lefty despises.

My point (and I do have one) is that people on the left only seem to support the troops when there is some political advantage to be gained. In other words, they’re fucking hypocrites.

Happy Friday the Thirteenth.


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92 Responses to In the Dead of Night

  1. The Klown says:

    I spent a lot of years trying to convince people that not all liberals were unpatriotic. Then I realized it was just me.

    • DandyTIger says:

      There a few of us. Funny how we don’t seem to fit in with the party anymore though.

    • Constance says:

      I was never a Democrat but I voted for Democrats mostly and was registered as an Independent. I really miss having the old Democrat philosophy to vote for.
      Anyway I think you guys need your own Tea Party type group that threatens the ruling Progs who have taken over. I wish you could take your party back and Hillary isn’t the candidate for you to do that in 2016. I want to see a woman President but her time has come and gone and she is too damaged by her association with Obama.

    • 49erDweet says:

      I’ve always held that to be truly liberal one must be unpatriotic, on the theory that no nation can do completely “acceptable” things, thus liberals must be FREE to criticize them. Ergo, a patriotic liberal is an oxymoron. The effort liberals employ to seek out and disapprove of those occasional unacceptable activities is mind bogglingly tiresome. Lesser stalwarts would not make the effort. But true liberals, thankfully, are made of sterner, more critical stuff.

  2. leslie says:

    Morning Joe just had Sen McCain call for the firing of the entire NSA team. Mika was apoplectic. I laughed. They knew what he was going to say. He had already said it yesterday. and Mika acted as if she had just arrived from ?? and had never expected such treasonous talk. They are scrambling to get back to Bush, blame it on him and wash their hands of this mess. Well that would be convenient. She is now going back to the “Mission Accomplished” sign from Bush on the ship. It feels as if I’m living in a time warp. I recall the relentless protests against Bush from this teevee network.
    Poor Mika. She is feeling so “under attack”. I’d like to take the duct tape over to the studio. OTOH, there’s something kinda fun about listening to this meltdown.
    BTW: I was part of the opposition to the Iraq invasion/war. I remember my part in the protest. I don’t know how it is Mika’s memory is so short.
    Oops, now she is bringing on her dad.

  3. The Klown says:

    It just keeps getting better and better:

    One of the five senior Taliban leaders transferred to Qatar in exchange for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl played a key role in al Qaeda’s plans leading up to the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Mohammad Fazl, who served as the Taliban’s army chief of staff and deputy defense minister prior to his detention at Guantánamo, did not have a hand in planning the actual 9/11 hijackings. Along with a notorious al Qaeda leader, however, Fazl did help coordinate a military offensive against the enemies of the Taliban and al Qaeda in Afghanistan the day before. And Osama bin Laden viewed that September 10 offensive as an essential part of al Qaeda’s 9/11 plot.

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  5. elliesmom says:

    I see Bloomberg has Hillary’s poll numbers dropping into the low 50’s. Are people beginning to hold her accountable for her part in the Obama messes, or is it just a repeat of 2008? Where the idea of Hillary Clinton running for president is more attractive than her actually doing it?

  6. DeniseVB says:

    So Bergdahl wrote some letters blaming his superiors for making him leave his post ? Good luck with that defense Sgt. Snowflake 😉

    • Mary says:

      It occurred to me that the veterans who did not desert, did not whine, who stood their watch even if it WAS difficult, and who are getting screwed by the Obama Veterans’ Administration…….must be feeling very angry and bitter watching this little punk Bergdahl get all the attention, medical treatment, and concern in the American press.

      Got a few vets in my own family, and I can attest that they’re very bitter about the differences. Can’t blame em.

  7. The Klown says:
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  10. DeniseVB says:

    Now for a short break of Cute! …..

  11. The Klown says:
    • DandyTIger says:

      And she was on the air about three times. I believe that’s called a campaign contribution.

      • Mary says:

        Yup.

      • threewickets says:

        Though the biggest campaign contribution the newsmedia makes is favorable and biased news coverage. This is a lot of what major commercial brand advertisers are buying now when they spend total $200 billion in the mainstream media every year. Because consumers hardly pay attention to the ads themselves these days. It’s kind of like a legal bribe to reporters and editors. Definitely works that way for political marketing and advertising too. 🙂

        • The Klown says:

          If you are pumping a few million dollars of advertising revenue into a network each month what are the odds they’ll do a hard-hitting expose’ of your company??

  12. votermom says:

    I wonder how many people remember this tune:

  13. The Klown says:
  14. The Klown says:

    Democrats are losing their shit:

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  17. DeniseVB says:

    Obama’s gonna give a speech at 11:50 a.m. ET. Then leaves for Palm Springs.

    • DeniseVB says:

      Nerd humor, love it !

      What’s the difference between an etymologist and an entomologist?
      An etymologist knows the difference.

      ….then the thread fight began 😀

      • votermom says:

        This one made me spitLOL:

        A physicist, a chemist, and a statistician walk into an office to discover the trash can is on fire.

        The physicist announces “We must put the garbage can in the fridge so that the temperature will be below the ignition temperature and therefore put itself out!”

        The chemist replies “No, we must cover the garbage can so that the fire consumes all of the oxygen and, in the absence of reactants, can no longer continue!”

        Meanwhile, the two turn around to find that the statistician is running around the room setting everything else on fire. “What the hell are you doing??”

        “Getting a proper sample size!”

  18. The Klown says:
  19. DeniseVB says:

    Good grief, I must’ve struck a nerve 😉

  20. John Denney says:

    Hillary lied when she said the U.S. government had nothing to do with making the video . . .

    http://shoebat.com/2014/06/10/filmmaker-behind-benghazi-attack-found-confirmed-muslim-agent-worked-us-government/

  21. piper says:

    Daddy is a bit weird
    “The father of embattled POW Bowe Bergdahl, who landed on US soil today, waged a sinister campaign of stalking and harassment against pretty twin sisters – even stealing a gnome from their garden and peaking at them in the shower, the sisters claim in shocking police reports.

    Bearded Robert ‘Bob’ Bergdahl drove by the home of Lacey and Allie Hillman ‘several times a day’ over a period of months and left ‘creepy’ notes for them, the sisters allege in police documents, obtained exclusively by MailOnline.”
    more at link

  22. The Klown says:

    My mom calls and says there is something wrong with her toilet, specifically the flush handle is stuck. I told her no problemo, easy to fix. I run to WallyWorld and pick up a new handle for $3 and head over to Mom’s. I figure 5 minutes tops and I’ll be home in time to watch WWTBAM.

    The retaining nut holding the old handle in place won’t budge. I try pliers, no way Jose. I go home and get tools. Using a 26mm socket I get the nut to turn but it won’t come off. I figure it must be stripped out. I’d break it off but I’m afraid I’ll bust the ceramic toilet tank instead.

    About an hour after I started I give up in frustration and call my BIL, MacGyver. He’s out so I leave a message. A half hour later he calls me back. I explain the problem.

    “The retaining nut has left-handed threads” he tells me. “Try turning it the other way.”

    5 minutes later I’m headed home, mission accomplished.

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  24. votermom says:

    Bad Tapper! No cookie! LOL

  25. The Klown says:
  26. Constance says:

    You know I think Obama’s golf strategy for Iraq is not too bad of an idea. We gave them a chance at a Democracy where everyone can practice their own religion. They resisted it and told us to go home. Currently they are busy killing each other, not our problem and a situation they chose. I say let them work it out and then once they firm up some arrangement we can easily bomb nests of radicals. But once the radicals have responsibility of governing they might not be so extreme. Other than bombing airfields and other infrastructure they can use to launch attacks at us I would just stand back and let them have at it.

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  28. The Klown says:

    Obscure pop culture reference:

  29. threewickets says:

    Obots = pathetic cult of victimhood, narcissism, hypocrisy, and hate.

  30. mothy67 says:

    When the R’s take back the WH I think President Cruz should hire Sarah Palin or Ann Coulter as press secretary. What joy it would bring me.

  31. mothy67 says:

    Perhaps Klown may want to have some fun on a slow day with an appoint a person to piss off a liberal game. COULD even make it funnier by goong with ciurrent admin and appointing obama’s illegal aunt and uncle for jomeland security

    • mothy67 says:

      Why does no one question the homophobia of latin ameroca. It is real. I have endured it. I also love many latonos but my life was made hell many times. Not even comprehensible to most people. I had a 1500 a month rent and dreams I could not just quit. I would ho into the kitchen because I Needed sausage well done for a pata dish. Sysrem did not allow for temps on meat so I had to send sausage an asterok see me. Had to walk to the kitchen and see countless numbers of sausage hamging out of pants people crying see me. I thought it was funny but that stuff is goong to happen.

      I made my way. Learned. Spent a lot of timr. How is big business gonna handle the lawsuits coming down the pipe.

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