Obama Official: What If Bergdahl’s Platoon ‘Was Long On Psychopaths And Short On Leadership?’

“Here's the thing about Bergdahl and the Jump-to-Conclusions mats: What if his platoon was long on psychopaths and short on leadership?”

Obama administration official Brandon Friedman, angry about the public criticism of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl by his squad mates, argued that his alleged desertion might just have been warranted, asking, “What if his platoon was long on psychopaths and short on leadership?”

Though not a single soldier has yet to come out in defense of Bergdahl, Friedman, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs for HUD and a former infantry officer, argued Wednesday that there's a chance Bergdahl grew disillusioned serving under “psychopath” platoon leaders and walked off in potentially justifiable protest.

Here's the complete text of Friedman's tweets:

Here's the thing about Bergdahl and the Jump-to-Conclusions mats: What if his platoon was long on psychopaths and short on leadership? What if he grew disillusioned with what he saw, didn't trust his leadership, and walked off? Legal? No. Worthy of sympathy? Maybe. If that were the case, the soldiers in his platoon would have all the more reason to smear him publicly now. Given other examples, it's not out of the realm of possibility--and more reason to withhold judgment until after an investigation. I'm not a fan of such speculation, but his story could nto be more unbalanced--with so many premature calls of "traitor." 


Friedman was a former infantry officer in the U.S. Army's 101st airborne division, leaving active duty in 2004. He is the author of the combat memoir The War I Always Wanted: The Illusion of Glory and the Reality of War (2007). From 2009-2011, he worked for the VA as the Director of Online Communications. In 2014, he began working for the Obama administration as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs for Housing and Urban Development. 

H/T Gateway Pundit.

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