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What is known for sure is that Sgt. Bergdahl was no fan of his home country. “The horror that is America is disgusting,” he wrote to his parents, according to a 2012 Rolling Stone article. He had talked about walking to Pakistan if his deployment was “lame,” and said he was “ashamed to even be American.”

But for Ms. Rice and Democrats, that narrative doesn’t matter.

“That is really not the point,” Ms. Rice said. “The point is that he is back. He is going to be safely reunited with his family. He served the United States with honor and distinction. And we’ll have the opportunity eventually to learn what has transpired.”

Just like we did with Benghazi.

For Mr. Obama, it’s all about the politics. But perhaps he should heed Sgt. Bergdahl’s words to his parents in that now-infamous email:

“The future is too good to waste on lies. And life is way too short to care for the damnation of others as well as to spend it helping fools with their ideas that are wrong.”

Joseph Curl covered the White House and politics for a decade for The Washington Times. He can be reached at and on Twitter @josephcurl.