I don’t think they got the memo. Apparently, Juan Williams and Shep Smith were not aware that a smear campaign was on the way against a member of the military, Army Sargent Bowe Bergdahl, who was recently released as a prisoner of war after being held in captivity by the Taliban for five years.
Earlier this month, Shep Smith expressed his displeasure about the way his network and the Republicans were attacking the soldier.
“If you desert or commit treason, you have to be proved to have done so. We can’t just decide because some people come on television and yakety yak, and we’ve got a report of this and a report of that and that’s what happened. As the Army said, as the Pentagon said, you bring them home. You bring them home first, and then you investigate.”
And now, Juan Williams is doing the same. In a recent broadcast, Williams spoke his mind on the unfair malicious defamation of everything Bergdahl that Fox and the Republicans are perusing.
“You don’t make judgements at the opportunity to bring that young man home….But the idea is we don’t leave people in the enemy’s hands. The enemy saw him as an American soldier. This young man suffered. He was caged, Chris. His parents suffered. And yet people want to argue about the father’s beard. They want to say they shouldn’t have a parade. Let the military decide. The military is best positioned not us sitting here on this panel and not all the political people on the Republican side who have flip-flopped, flip-flopped, Chris in the most craven way. Unbelievable…”
Glimmers of hope from these two on a stinking [or sinking] ship that is The Fox. Hopefully they’ll jump ship before they’re pulled to the bottom by all the venom the rest of the cast spews!
By Mike Caccioppoli
As seen on America The Not So Beautiful
When it comes to either supporting our troops or hating Obama the Republicans overwhelmingly choose the latter. Oh boy do they ever. The party who loves jingoistic phrases and loud macho alpha chest beating just couldn’t wait to bash the soldier that our President bravely rescued. Yes it is very brave to actually take action. And that’s what our President did. To fuck with the consequences of more bashing and phony scandal and impeachment talk from the right wing scum. Obama actually did the right thing!
Yes the Republicans love to talk big. “Support our troops”…”Semper Fi.. do or die..gung ho..gung ho…gung ho!” But when it comes to taking action all they can do is sit back and be Monday morning quarterbacks. Now many Republicans were caught erasing tweets they had sent out before Bergdahl’s return which said they were in favor of doing whatever was necessary to get him back. You see that was before Obama did what they never expected him to do..actually get the dude back. Republicans, since they are the party of do nothing, or do nothing unless it fucks most people over, figured Obama wouldn’t have the balls to actually make the deal to bring Bergdahl home.
But he did exactly that. And now they are against what they were for. Not the first time the ballsy black President has done something they actually wanted, to only bash him once he pulls the trigger. It’s commonplace. It’s not surprising at all. Not surprising because the Republican party couldn’t care less about our troops. They have been using our troops as pawns for decades. They send them to die in needless, useless wars. They destroy families in the name of power and money and greed and oil.
When the troops come back home all fucked up mentally and physically they cut funding to VA hospitals and know they can just blame the next Democratic President for it. “Never leave a man behind” they shout and pound their bloated chests, yet when the black President brings one home, the last one, they immediately try to destroy the soldiers reputation. Why? To just get back at the black President.
They destroy the soldiers father. Irish big mouthed right wing pricks on television call him “Taliban” because he has a long beard yet those same pricks give a guy like Phil Robertson a pass, because he is just a good American with a long unwashed beard. Old decrepit, senile Senators forget they were just on television saying they were in favor of the soldiers return by any means necessary. But now they are against it because they are fucked up in the head and forget what they just said. But they often do this, even when they were younger. Maybe they were always good for nothing mental midgets.
The Republicans love to “pray” for the troops. Pray for them oh lord! Just don’t let the black President actually bring them home. Let’s keep them in captivity until a good white male Republican is President..like in fifty years if they are lucky. Lip service is all these good for nothing Republican scumbags are actually good for. When they have to take action they shit their pants, and just criticize those who actually take that action.
On issue after issue. Guns. Health care. Veterans rights. Immigration…on and on and on. They are on default mode. Wait for Obama to make his move then attack, attack, attack. Even if it means attacking our troops and their families. Erase those tweets, make up lies about soldiers dying trying to save the guy Obama saved without one lost life, go on Fox News and make shit up!
Republicans are a disgusting lot that grow more and more disgusting by the day. By the event.
To hell with the truth, with facts. Just destroy. Destroy our men and women in war and then continue to destroy them when they get home.
Scum doesn’t get any scummier.
Yes people, the president of the United States, the Commander-In-Chief of our military, had to once again explain that he will not apologies for bringing an American soldier home. He is the Commander-In-Chief, and Republicans and their nonsense is questioning the right of the president to bring a prisoner of war, an American citizen, a member of the military, they cannot understand why the president would bring him back home.
I find this mind-boggling!
“We saw an opportunity and we seized it. And I make no apologies for that,” Mr. Obama said at a press conference in Brussels.
“We have a basic principle: we do not leave anybody wearing the American uniform behind.”
Regardless of the circumstances surrounding the soldier’s disappearance and capture by the Taliban, why are the Republicans – in all their life-loving, troops-loving splendor – forgetting that this soldier was captured by the Taliban because he signed up and went to war for this country? Isn’t that fact alone worth saving his life and bringing him home to finally answer the questions surrounding his capture?
Just when I thought I couldn’t be any more surprised by these Republicans, they prove me wrong one more time. But the president is not surprised. In his statements in Brussels, he said, “I’m never surprised by controversies that are whipped up in Washington. That’s par for the course.”
The President continued;
“I think it was important for people to understand that this is not some abstraction, this is not a political football. You have a couple of parents whose kid volunteered to fight in a distant land who they hadn’t seen in five years and they didn’t know if they would ever see again.
“I make absolutely no apologies for making sure that we get back a young man to his parents and that the American people understand that this is somebody’s child. And that we don’t condition whether or not we make the effort to try to get them back.”
This must be what they mean when they call them “spineless democrats.”
It’s becoming increasingly difficult to figure out the difference between Fox News and MSNBC. Just a few days ago, I blogged about Chris Hayes, going above and beyond what is required to help the Republicans get their talking points together, by providing them a video of Obama apparently going against their words. After Chris’ video, the Republican in the room applauded the video, grinning ear to ear.
I’m waiting for their ad starring Chris Hayes.
I just watched the first segment of the Chris Matthews Hardball show, and his anger towards the release of the American soldier held for 5 years by the Taliban was again, surprising to me.
Now I’ve watched Chris Matthews on more than a few occasions and I know how unpredictable the man and his interview methods are. But after watching this first segment, I wondered why, why is MSNBC trying to take away viewership from Fox? These people don’t care about you MSNBC, keep it moving!
While conducting an interview with both Chuck Todd of MSNBC and Clarence Page of the Chicago Tribune, Matthews spent most of the interview attacking Todd with questions of dissatisfaction at the circumstances surrounding the release of Bergdahl. Todd apparently felt so attacked, he had to remind Matthews on more than one occasions that he is not working for the Obama administration, but just a reporter.
Matthews questioned Bergdahl’s character forgetting that he was a member of the military who, before he disappeared, was in a war fighting for this country. He questioned the release of the 5 Gitmo detainees, and when told that we had to release these detainees regardless because the war is winding down, Matthews stated that the war will not be over, thus, we should not have released them.
And he ended the segment with an indirect message to the Republicans – “if any of our Americans from this day forward get killed over there because of these five guys once they’re back in authority over there, whose fault is that?” Clearly stating that from this day on, President Obama would and should be blamed if an American get’s killed based on actions from any of the former five Gitmo detainees.
Republicans are happily taking notes.
John Bellinger, a Former Bush administration official, just secured his walking papers from the so called “news” network, almost guaranteeing that he will never to return to The Faux again.
What has Mr Bellinger done? He went on Fox News and, get this, spoke the truth!
After all the Fox noise about the Obama administration securing the release of a five year American prisoner of war, and the Republicans unbelievable hatred for this member of the military, Mr. Bellinger went on the propaganda machine and informed the clueless at that network that Obama did the right thing, and furthermore, George Bush would have done the same thing too.
“I’m not saying this is clearly an easy choice,” Mr Bellinger said, “but frankly I think a Republican, a president of either party, Republican or Democratic, confronted with this opportunity to get back Sgt. Bergdahl, who is apparently in failing health, would have taken this opportunity to do this,” he added. “I think we would have made the same decision in the Bush administration.”