Letter: Shameful behavior
As a veteran, I am shocked at the partisan political reaction to Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s release after five years of captivity.
Immediately after Bergdahl was released, a coordinated personal attack was launched against him. Some of Bergdahl’s fellow soldiers were recruited by a public relations firm to publicly damage his character and patriotism. A chorus of Republican politicians, conservative media and pundits began calling him a deserter and traitor and saying that he should have been left to die in the hands of the Taliban.
Some viciously attacked his family, questioning their judgment as parents and even their patriotism.
It is a travesty that this American who volunteered to serve his country is being denied the very rights he fought to preserve for us. Where is his right to be presumed innocent until proven guilty, to have his day in court and to face his accusers? The reality is that in today’s partisan environment, some Republicans will take any opportunity to indirectly attack President Obama and gain political advantage in November. They do this even if it means multiplying the pain and suffering that an American soldier and his family have endured for more than five years. They should be ashamed.