Megyn Kelly: Is there anything he can say at this point that would persuade you that he did not desert?
Unanimous response: No. There's nothing he could say.
On Thursday night's The Kelly File, host Megyn Kelly aired an interview with six former members of Bowe Bergdahl's platoon in Afghanistan. The soldiers discussed with Kelly their reactions to charges of "swiftboating" and even psychopathy that have been leveled against them by Democrats for disputing the Obama administration's characterizations of Bergdahl's service as honorable and heroic.
The men of his platoon immediately rejected the notion that they were being dishonest or acting with an agenda, pointing out that they only spoke up once the "hero" narrative was being spread in the press. When Kelly asked the men why they ultimately felt the need to speak out against the administration's public statements, they replied that "the truth needed to come out" and that "he's not a hero." One said he had to leave the room when he saw the Bergdahl family in the Rose Garden with the President, saying, "It was hard to watch that, I had to leave the room."
None of the soldiers had any problem saying that Bergdahl was a deserter, and were even suspicious of the videos of his release. "When I saw him I said 'wow, he looks pretty good'. We looked a lot worse than that when we were out there looking for him," said Evan Buetow, one of the men who searched for Bergdahl after his disappearance. "You heard that he was sickly and stuff, he didn't appear to be too sickly to me," he added.
Fellow platoon member Matt Vierkant cast doubt on the very nature of Bergdahl's time with the Taliban, saying, "If I was held in captivity for five years the last thing I would want to do is talk to somebody or shake their hand or laugh at their jokes or anything like that." He also said that if he were a captive, nobody would want to say goodbye to him because he'd "probably be dead anyway."
When shown Jay Carney's comments about Bergdahl "voluntarily" joining the Army, calling it a mark of distinction, the men pointed out the obvious: "He also voluntarily left, as well though. He voluntarily left us all behind to do his own thing."
The men are adamant that their actions are not political and are offended by the suggestion. "This is about Bergdahl," they said, "he's not a hero." They also point out that many families did not get the reunion that Bergdahl's family now has. Loved ones who served honorably, died honorably, and never returned home. It is the memory of those lost warriors that the administration is trashing and "spitting in the face" of when they praise Sergeant Bergdahl's service.
(H/T The Right Scoop)