Critical Bergdahl Comrades Republican Agents

Afghanistan Captured SoldierI am still in a dizzy regarding my reaction to the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl from Taliban captivity and all the accusations and critical shots being taken at the White House, Bergdahl’s Father, and Bergdahl himself in it’s wake. So I’m awaiting the facts before making any bold decisions in the form of a post. But I will say that the politics being played around this event by the Right is striking.

 

Let’s first look at the accusations against Bergdahl through quotes from a NYT article from June 2nd:

The furious search for Sergeant Bergdahl, his critics say, led to the deaths of at least two soldiers and possibly six others in the area.

Yet…

Pentagon officials say those charges are unsubstantiated and are not supported by a review of a database of casualties in the Afghan war.

A second former senior military officer, who also was briefed on the Bergdahl investigation, said there was no direct evidence that diversion of surveillance aircraft or troops to search for Sergeant Bergdahl encouraged the Taliban attacks, or left other American troops vulnerable. “This was a dangerous region in Afghanistan in the middle of the ‘fighting season,’ ” the officer said in an email, adding that although the search “could have created some opportunities for the enemy,” it is “difficult to establish a direct cause and effect.”

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A review of the database of casualties in the Afghan war suggests that Sergeant Bergdahl’s critics appear to be blaming him for every American soldier killed in Paktika Province in the four-month period that followed his disappearance.

Now, I am not calling anyone a liar and I’m sure that these men in uniform believe what they believe, but the most troubling Republican antic is this:

Two of Bergdahl’s former comrades – Joshua Cornelison and Cody Full – gave interviews to the Wall Street Journal, Fox News and the Daily Mail suggesting the soldier had endangered the lives of fellow soldiers by voluntarily leaving his base.

They pair also spoke to the New York Times, which disclosed the interviews had been “arranged by Republican strategists”….

The series of interviews was facilitated by Capitol Media Parters, a PR firm owned by Richard Grennell, Mitt Romney’s former foreign policy spokesman.

This was from The Guardian yesterday. 

 

 

 

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McConnell Uses Tried and True

PRIMARIES1-sub-master675Senator and GOP Minority Leader Mitch McConnell seems to be on his way to a landslide victory against challenger and Tea Party favorite Matt Bevin today in the Republican Primary here in STL’s Old Kentucky Home.

How did he do it? According to this NYT article, the establishment GOP candidates across the nation in Senatorial Primary campaigns are sticking to three things in their efforts to crush their hardline opponents:

1)  Candidate Quality

2) Fund-raising

3) Incumbency

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Sen. Rand Paul for Easing Voter Restrictions

rand-master675Living in Kentucky, I get a lot of news of Republican and Tea Party favorite Sen. Rand Paul, and it’s usually disappointing. But in a meeting in Memphis, TN (where there is a heavily African-American population) Sen. Paul came out for less restrictive voting laws.

According to an article in the NYT, he said these restrictions insults blacks and the poor who usually have a harder time obtaining an I.D. which are required by these new laws.

But as the last couple of paragraphs in the report states with quotes from G.A.Hardaway of the Tennessee General Assembly, is this a cynical ploy by Sen. Paul to make the GOP look like a kinder, gentler party which respects people with a lower socio-economic status?

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Press Should Scrutinize Donors

leadA good piece in The Atlantic by Peter Beinhart yesterday argues that in a post-McCutcheon world, the press should start to scrutinize political mega-donors much more severely.

Beinhart puts forth that donors have an aurora of anonymity when they are now becoming more powerful than many members of Congress in the political realm.

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The Myths of Inner-City Black Culture

leadA good, almost prose piece in The Atlantic that tackles the myths regarding the so-called “cultural pathology” of inner-city black culture and its pervasiveness across the politically-ideological spectrum.

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Trust McConnell With Majority Power?

04MCCONNELL2-master675Why should anyone trust GOP Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell with hopes for a more civil Senate? He’s the greatest of obstructionists in power now!

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“5 billionaires who are making life miserable for ordinary Americans”

tom_perkins-620x412A good article at Salon.com, picked up from Alternet, listing top 5 billionaire-supporters of right-wing conservative policies/movements that are detrimental to a more fair and egalitarian America

Both interesting and witty as Alternet pieces usually are.

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Liberals/Progressives Not Leftist Tea Party Members

9aaac1e47A really good article in The Atlantic that contrasts the liberal/progressive members of the Democratic Party and the GOP’s Tea Party. It explains how they play differing roles within each side of the aisle and includes other great analyses with neat graphs.

My only issue with this article is that they do not put forth a good definition of liberal/progressive members of the Democratic Party when the Tea Party Republicans have defined themselves so clearly. They need this definition to accompany the included graphs.

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FOX News Only: What Was Learned?

megyn_kelly2-620x412A great piece at Salon by admitted left-of-Obama liberal John Haggerty on what he learned from not consuming any news outlets other than FOX News for a month, at three hours a day.

Now, though he is a leftist, he comes up with some insightful observations that go beyond just the usual liberal laundry list against FOX.

Very interesting.

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