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Cartoon: The Army Decides To Court-Martial Bergdahl Despite Investigators’ Recommendations

“The first charge (and possibly most serious charge)…”

December 16, 2015

‘Serial’ Podcast Returns With Second Season

Season up, servers down. That appeared to be the case briefly Thursday morning when the first episode of the second season of the hit podcast Serial was posted without advance fanfare on the show’s website.

December 11, 2015
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Jeb Bush Says He Opposes Closing Gitmo, Doesn’t Read New York Times

Jeb touts his preferences in a recent interview, among which he noted that he doesn’t read The New York Times.

March 27, 2015

Bergdahl Is Questioned In Army Probe

By James Rosen, McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Army investigators questioned Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for the first time Wednesday in the Pentagon’s probe of his 2009 disappearance in Afghanistan, subsequent capture, and nearly five years in Taliban captivity. Bergdahl’s May 31 release in exchange for five senior Taliban militants set off a political firestorm in […]

August 7, 2014

Prominent U.S. Lawyer Says Ready To Defend Ex-POW Bergdahl

Washington (AFP) — Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl’s lawyer on Thursday cautioned against a rush to judgment against his client as the U.S. military probes whether the soldier deserted his post before he was captured by Afghan insurgents. Eugene Fidell, a prominent expert in military justice who has taken on Bergdahl’s case, told NBC’s “Today” show he […]

July 17, 2014

Bowe Bergdahl Retains Yale Military Law Expert As His Attorney

By Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Los Angeles Times MCALLEN, Texas — Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, freed after years of captivity in Afghanistan and returned to active duty this week, has retained an attorney — a military law expert from Yale. Eugene Fidell, who teaches military justice at Yale Law School, told the Los Angeles Times that he has […]

July 16, 2014

Released Afghan POW Bowe Bergdahl Completes Treatment, Takes New Army Post

By Nancy A. Youssef, McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was held captive for five years in Afghanistan until he was traded May 31 for five Taliban prisoners held at Guantanamo, has completed his U.S. military-led reintegration and has been assigned to an army unit in Texas to continue his military service. […]

July 14, 2014

Newsmax Editor-in-Chief: Don’t Blame Obama For Iraq

In this column, reprinted with permission from Newsmax, Christopher Ruddy, the conservative publication’s CEO and editor-in-chief, dissents from Republican rhetoric blaming President Obama for the deteriorating situation in Iraq and accusing the White House of bad faith in the prisoner swap that freed Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl — while reserving his disagreements with the Obama administration on […]

June 18, 2014

Army Names General To Investigate Bergdahl’s Disappearance

By David S. Cloud, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — The Army said Monday it had named a two-star general to investigate the disappearance and capture of Sergeant Bowe R. Bergdahl in Afghanistan, a possible step toward a formal finding that he left his base without authorization. Major General Kenneth R. Dahl, who formerly served as […]

June 16, 2014

Bowe Bergdahl To Return To U.S. On Friday

Washington (AFP) – The American soldier released by Afghan insurgents in a swap with the Taliban will return to the United States on Friday after undergoing medical treatment at a military hospital in Germany, a U.S. defense official said Thursday. Bowe Bergdahl was “expected to arrive on Friday” at Brooke Army Medical Center in San […]

June 12, 2014

Official: More Transfers From Guantanamo Prison Not ‘Imminent’

By Christi Parsons and Michael A. Memoli, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is working on more transfers out of the Guantanamo Bay detention center in the wake of last week’s release of five Taliban fighters but said Wednesday it doesn’t have a timeline for progress. One national security official said Wednesday that […]

June 11, 2014

From ‘Grand Old’ To ‘Shameless New’ — Trading National Security For Political Gain

One would think that on the weekend of the 70th anniversary of the invasion of Normandy – a day on which almost 10,000 fathers, brothers, and sons of our greatest generation were killed as they began the liberation of Europe – the Republican political establishment would at least press “pause” on partisan attacks that use our […]

June 10, 2014

WATCH: Jon Stewart Mocks Fox Obsession With ‘Muslim-Terrorist-Kennedy Assassin’ Bergdahl

Jon Stewart weighed in on the right’s rapidly developed smear campaign against former POW Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl on Monday, noting that Fox News once again led the baseless rush to judgement. “In just a few days, this guy Bowe Bergdahl went from ‘guy-who-left-base-without-permission’ to ‘Muslim-terrorist-Kennedy-assassin,’” Stewart joked. The Daily Show host also poked fun at […]

June 10, 2014

What Matters Most: Bringing Bowe Bergdahl Back

Those who object to President Barack Obama’s recent prisoner exchange raise a bracing question: How many Taliban terrorists is one freed U.S. soldier worth? That question lies at the heart of the backlash that President Obama has received after doing what many of his critics have been urging him to do: take action to free […]

June 9, 2014

Former Soldiers Recount Trying Search For Missing POW Bowe Bergdahl

By Richard Mauer, Anchorage Daily News ANCHORAGE, Alaska — When Anchorage-based Private First Class Bowe Bergdahl went missing at a lightly fortified outpost in southeastern Afghanistan in 2009, soldiers he left behind say it upended their deployment mission from one of turning Afghans away from the Taliban into a dangerous and fruitless rescue operation. “Everybody’s […]

June 9, 2014

What Will Become Of Right-Wing Bergdahl Billboard?

Among the bellwethers of right-wing politics in western Washington state is a popular and iconic billboard perched next to the northbound lanes of Interstate 5, almost exactly halfway between Portland and Seattle, featuring a cartoon image of Uncle Sam pointing his finger at the reader, while the crude block letters next to him form not-infrequently-misspelled […]

June 6, 2014

WATCH: Joe Conason Discusses Bergdahl Controversy On MSNBC’s ‘The Reid Report’

National Memo Editor-in-Chief Joe Conason discussed the controversy surrounding the swap of five Taliban officials for American POW Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl during a Thursday appearance on MSNBC’s The Reid Report with host Joy Reid. Video of the segment below, courtesy of MSNBC.com:

June 5, 2014

Obama: ‘No Apologies’ For Trading Detainees For Bergdahl

By Christi Parsons, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — President Obama said Thursday that he will “make no apologies” for trading five Taliban detainees for the release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, defiantly pushing back against critics of the decision by referring to Bergdahl as a “prisoner of war” and as “somebody’s child” who is now headed […]

June 5, 2014

Senators’ Doubts Persist As Administration Explains Bergdahl Deal

By Michael A. Memoli and Christi Parsons, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl appeared “drugged” and “very weak” in a Taliban video shown to senators Wednesday during a classified briefing, the administration’s most broad-ranging consultation with lawmakers after a controversial prisoner swap. The Obama administration contends that there was increased concern that […]

June 5, 2014

Lawmakers Demand Answers Over Obama POW-Taliban Trade

Washington (AFP) – President Barack Obama’s decision to swap five detained Taliban operatives for an American soldier captured in Afghanistan has baffled lawmakers, with many questioning the military and political merits of the controversial exchange. Some warned that the president, already burdened by a series of crises, has sunk deeper into political quicksand by negotiating […]

June 5, 2014

In Bergdahl Case, ‘Conservatives’ Ignore Basic American Principles

What the Bowe Bergdahl saga demonstrates beyond question – to anyone who still nurtured any doubt – is that the Republican right will junk just about any basic American value to satisfy its hatred of Barack Obama. Fair play, due process, respect for families and the military: To most if not all so-called conservatives, none […]

June 5, 2014

Bergdahl Prisoner Exchange Sparks Bipartisan Backlash In Congress

By Michael A. Memoli, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — The White House on Wednesday battled a bipartisan storm of criticism over President Barack Obama’s decision to order the exchange of Taliban leaders for Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl. Senior lawmakers from both parties are questioning the administration’s justification for acting without first consulting members of Congress […]

June 4, 2014