Noted reality TV star and reality-denier Sarah Palin has determined that Obama “blew it” by bringing home an American P.O.W. from Afghanistan and honoring that P.O.W.’s service. Her statement:
‘No, Mr. President, a soldier expressing horrid anti-American beliefs – even boldly putting them in writing and unabashedly firing off his messages while in uniform, just three days before he left his unit on foot – is not “honorable service.”
She’s referring to these comments that Bergdahl included in an e-mail to his parents:
“I am ashamed to be an American. And the title of US soldier is just the lie of fools. I am sorry for everything. The horror that is America is disgusting.”
Given Ms. Palin’s long history of distinguished service, if she says that a private e-mail to your parents invalidates everything else you’ve accomplished while serving your country, I guess that settles it, right?
As someone who was once draft eligible, I tend to be in favor of doing whatever is necessary to bring soldiers home. The fact that a politician, even a failed, wannabe politician like Palin, would say we should do otherwise* gives me the jibblies. I’m not wholly thrilled with the way the Obama administration has handled this, but Palin’s statements make it impossible to find any sympathy for her positions.
* For a good book about the U.S. not doing everything it could to bring home P.O.W.’s, check out Monica Jensen-Stevenson’s “Kiss The Boys Goodbye.”