Out front of what can only be called a National Review impeachment drive, Buckley’s Billet features Ralph Peters on The Bergdahl Culture Clash. If you didn’t know better you’d think Ralph would rightly be referring to conservatives’ demands to leave an American soldier in the hands of the Taliban so that he can suffer and die. The military, and U.S. presidents, and pretty much everybody else don’t behave like that and hence there’s your title – but no. The effort to save Sgt. Bergdahl’s life is what’s actually out of step with our basic values.
Ralph isn’t just running around the bases here, he’s got the damning evidence. You know the Obama administration is living on another planet when NSA chief Susan Rice ho-hums something about Bergdahl serving his country honorably.
In one of the most tone-deaf statements in White House history (we’re making a lot of history here), the national-security adviser, on a Sunday talk show, described Bergdahl as having served “with honor and distinction.” Those serving in uniform and those of us who served previously were already stirred up, but that jaw-dropper drove us into jihad mode.
Ralph already took to Fox News in 2009 to tell the Taliban to save America the time and money and dispense with the soldier. Let that serve as a lesson to the National Security Advisor on how to behave during difficult times. Anyway after the Rice insult Ralph isn’t kidding around any more and now he’s angry. Maybe he’d like to murder Sgt. Bergdahl himself? The soldier is stateside now and Peters will find it an easier task to manage than it would have been back in 2009. Thanks Obama.
But pity Ms. Rice. Like the president she serves, she’s a victim of her class. Nobody in the inner circle of Team Obama has served in uniform. It shows.
If she’d been a blue-collar veteran (Ralph?) she’d have been furious before any official conclusions were drawn from an Army inquiry. She’d have stepped forward for this administration long ago and begged Bergdahl’s captors to kick his carcass into the weeds. I don’t see any reason why her employer, the Commander-in-Chief, would have any problems with that. If you’re going to piss somebody off it might as well be someone other than Fox News’ official mercenary of fury, a man who despises liberals with a passion.
To be honest I’m not sure Peters’ jihad on Bergdahl-Obama is all that warranted in spite of his claim that he’s the one who’s sane. It’s entirely possible partisan politics have now become involved. Consider this:
[Obama] has so little understanding of (or interest in) the values and traditions of our troops that he and his advisers really believed that those in uniform would erupt into public joy at the news of Bergdahl’s release..
They have no idea of how great a sin desertion in the face of the enemy is to those in our military. The only worse sin is to side actively with the enemy and kill your brothers in arms.
By trying to sell him as an American hero, you’ve turned a deserter already despised by soldiers in the know into quite possibly the most-hated individual soldier in the history of our military.
You don’t say! Ralph Peters, expert military analyst, Fox News Ambassador of the Warrior Sneer hasn’t yet heard of this guy:
A very unpopular soldier. IIRC General Washington ordered a special operation to effect the dude’s immediate capture, but it failed. In a second effort, he dispatched the Marquis de La Fayette to find the man and hang him straight away. But Ralph Peters doesn’t know the first thing about him…
Team Obama and its base cannot comprehend the values still cherished by those young Americans “so dumb” they joined the Army instead of going to prep school and then to Harvard.
…because he’s too American to have gone to Susan Rice’s Montessori moot-fest and learned a little history. Which is too bad, because Arnold’s treason would have made a good lead-in for the post.