- - Monday, June 9, 2014

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Another trial balloon is being floated about U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl and his conduct while with the Taliban; namely, that he was suffering from Stockholm syndrome, a psychological phenomenon in which hostages begin to empathize and identifying with their captors.

According to the men in Sgt. Bergdahl’s unit (who were on-site and are now under attack by this administration and some in the media), Sgt. Bergdahl deserted his unit in search of the Taliban. So how did that make him a hostage of the Taliban? He wasn’t taken; he went to them. I’m really puzzled by President Obama’s statement that we “had to get him back,” in that case. Why? The man was 23 years of age and a sergeant in the Army when he went in search of the enemy. What age does a person have to be in this country before he is considered an adult and responsible for his actions? When he walked off in search of the Taliban, he forfeited that consideration.

Since statements like “served with honor and distinction” and “captured during combat” are being used by this administration, Stockholm syndrome is probably the next thing they will be pushing, especially since some on the Fox News Channel are already promoting it and pointing out that Sgt. Bergdahl tried to escape and was put into a cage. Maybe he went to the Taliban, then decided to desert them, too.

This administration keeps telling lie after lie about the Bergdahl situation and anything else it thinks is important to its agenda. It doesn’t care about the American lives lost trying to find Sgt. Bergdahl or the lives that will be lost because it released five top-level terrorists.

This administration do anything it wants because it is never held accountable for its actions.

The Founding Fathers created three branches of government, but today the branches seem to have melded into one, making our country very vulnerable.

RON WOOTTERS

Lambertville, N.J.

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