Republicans have been spending quite a bit of time attempting to hurt President Obama with their attempts to somehow expose the President as a traitor for his decision to trade 5 Guantanamo Bay detainees for American POW Bowe Bergdahl–but did you know they have been eating their own?
The Daily Beast reports that in June 2010 Robert Bergdahl, Bowe’s father, gave a speech at an Idaho Republican Party fundraiser. Bergdahl asked the gathered conservative masses to show compassion for his son’s captors, and claimed that a United States drone strike had killed the children of one of the men responsible for his son’s imprisonment.
From the Beast:
[box type=”shadow”]”I grew up in a conservative family in Los Angeles,” he said with a smile. “My father was for Goldwater. He wore a Nixon button in our liberal Jewish neighborhood. I was the lone U.C. Santa Barbara surfer who voted for Ronald Reagan.” Many in the audience nodded in approval, and then Bergdahl talked about the work of retrieving his son.
His contacts in the Pentagon had assured them that Bowe’s safety was an absolute priority. “Everything that can be done has been done. I have [then-Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff] Admiral [Mike] Mullen’s cell phone number on me right now.”
Several people in the room began to cry. Then Bergdahl turned his attention to his son’s captors, and his speech veered into the complexities and humanism that, four years later to the week, have confounded the American media and made his private thoughts a national speculation.
“The man who we believe holds Bowe grew up on the lap of his mother learning the Koran. He is a powerful man,” Bergdahl said. “We pray for him. He recently lost a son to a CIA missile drone strike. The fact that he didn’t kill Bowe right then is incredible. So we pray for him.”
This was not idle speculation; Bowe Bergdahl was believed to be held by the militants of the Haqqani Network. In the winter of 2010, several members of the Haqqani family were alleged killed in drone strikes.”[/box]
Of course, since Bergdahl is a convenient political tool, right-wing claims that he is a Muslim
(he’s a Christian)–that he has turned–will not cease. The bottom line is that they think it might hurt President Obama if they continue to demonize this man–who has been through hell–and have no concern who they hurt in the process.