Lots of men who served with Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl have spoken out this week, and none of them have anything positive to say about him. But as NBC’s Chuck Todd reported this morning, the White House believes that far from an honest assessment of Bergdahl’s character, there is a concerted attempt underway to “swift boat” him. This is, of course, to the infamous 2004 election controversy when men who served with John Kerry publicly called his service into question.
Matt Lauer asked how, with all the information publicly available about Bergdahl over the past few years, the White House didn’t see any of this backlash coming. Todd explained, “Every aide I talked to said they expected there to be controversy involving the decision to release five members of the Taliban from Gitmo… they did not expect this backlash on Bergdahl himself. I’ve had a few aides describe it to me as ‘We didn’t know they were gonna swift boat Bergdahl.'”
Todd also pointed out that right up to the point when Bergdahl came home, Republicans like John McCain stated publicly they’d be open to a deal similar to the one the White House struck to get Bergdahl back. But right now, there appears to be “no member of Sgt. Bergdahl’s unit that would go public and praise him.”
Watch the video below, via NBC:
[h/t Weekly Standard]
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