I’ll give Cruz this election cycle, but here’s the most irresponsible thing said this week by a member of the McCain/Palin GOP candidates this week:
Two military officers who have conducted lengthy reviews of the circumstances that led to the abduction of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in Afghanistan in 2009 have concluded that he should not face jail time for having left his base.
Senator John McCain, the chairman of the Armed Services Committee, however, seems to think he knows better. Mr. McCain, a Navy pilot who was held captive for five years during the Vietnam War and tortured, told The Boston Herald that Sergeant Bergdahl is “clearly a deserter,” and threatened to hold a congressional hearing into the case “if it comes out that he has no punishment.”***
General Abrams is expected to decide soon whether the case should go before a court-martial now that the military equivalent of a grand jury proceeding has concluded. He could decide to impose nonjudicial punishment or simply discharge him from the Army.
Mr. Bergdahl’s lawyer, Eugene Fidell, rightly protested that Mr. McCain’s remarks could constitute unlawful meddling by the legislative branch over a military prosecution. The senator should make it clear to General Abrams that he will respect his decision.
I simply refuse to treat Walnuts as an American hero anymore. He’s used up any good will he once may have earned.