Bill Ayers asserted that it was a “heroic thing to do” if it is proven that Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl deserted his post. “I think, throughout history, we should build monuments to the unknown deserters,” he added, equating Bergdahl’s alleged desertion with those who fled the United States to avoid serving in Vietnam. “The people who look at the craziness that they are asked to participate in and say, ‘I’m not part of this.’”
Comrade Obama speaks at a ceremony in the Rose Garden about a deserter..
Today the American people are pleased that we will be able to welcome home Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, held captive for nearly five years. On behalf of the American people, I was honored to call his parents to express our joy that they can expect his safe return, mindful of their courage and sacrifice throughout this ordeal. Today we also remember the many troops held captive and whom remain missing or unaccounted for in America’s past wars. Sergeant Bergdahl’s recovery is a reminder of America’s unwavering commitment to leave no man or woman in uniform behind on the battlefield. And as we find relief in Bowe’s recovery, our thoughts and prayers are with those other Americans whose release we continue to pursue.
Comrade Obama’s henchmen defending the Secretary’s actions.
For Obama, Bergdahl’s release was, according to aides, a relatively easy choice that brought home the last American prisoner of war. But some military officials see it differently and are especially furious that the White House greeted the release of someone suspected of desertion with the trappings of celebration. In addition to the Saturday Rose Garden ceremony revealing the swap, national security adviser Susan Rice said on television that Bergdahl had served with “honor and distinction.”
The US two-star general was identified by a US official to the Associated Press as Maj Gen Harold Greene, who becomes the highest-ranking American officer killed in nearly 13 years of war in Afghanistan. The Pentagon's press secretary said he believed the officer was the highest ranking US military casualty since 9/11
Comrade Obama made his first public comments about Greene’s death during a bill signing ceremony at Fort Belvoir in Virginia.
“Our prayers are with the Greene family, as they are with all the gold star families and those who've sacrificed so much for our nation," Obama told an audience of military service members and veterans.