Erick Erickson

Other soldiers who have come forward to confirm Bergdahl's troubling actions say that when it became apparent Bergdahl had left in search of the Taliban, the military insisted the soldiers sign nondisclosure agreements. Several of those who have spoken out say they felt compelled to break their non-disclosure agreements because of what President Obama has done.

The White House clearly was caught off guard by the reaction. The president's team thought they'd be praised for doing everything they could to get one soldier back. They did not seem to understand that while the American public wants all our soldiers home, they do not necessarily want five prominent terrorists exchanged for one deserter. That is not a fair or good trade. The White House apparently thinks there is no difference between a soldier captured on the battlefield and one who deserted in search of the enemy.

What is most shameful now is the Obama administration officials' reaction to the soldiers who are speaking out. They are accusing the soldiers of "swift boating" Bergdahl -- a derisive term relating to the soldiers who attacked John Kerry's Vietnam service. Brandon Friedman, the public affairs secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, took to twitter to refer to the non-deserting soldiers who served with Bergdahl as "psychopaths." Meanwhile, the president's national security adviser claims Bergdahl served with "honor and distinction."

The Obama administration, yet again, seems confused by who are and are not the bad guys. They refuse to negotiate with "hostage taking" Republicans, but free five terrorists for one deserter to satisfy the hostage taking Taliban.

Erick Erickson

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