Spin continues

So, an unnamed senior U.S.official leaks details of Bergdahl’s condition  and captivity.  With this administration and Bergdahl health updates, wow, pass the salt shaker on that one, need more than a grain (courtesy Huffington Post):

“The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss what Bergdahl has revealed about the conditions of his captivity.”

What official – a Obama flunky or a US Army official – that is what I want to know? And also the official spoke anonymously, because he was “not authorized” to discuss what Bergdahl has revealed – yet the official still released this “information” anyway – what do rules mean to these people.  Bergdahl’s fate needs to be decided by the respective command authority – not Obama spinners. The investigators should be allowed to investigate and make a determination on the case. It’s time for people to learn to follow the rule of law. Everyone in the chain of the command, to include the President,  has a DUTY to follow the rules and not try to influence the investigation or outcome.

Decided to add a bit more.  The “Bowe Bergdahl war hero” trial balloon deflated, next was an attempt to smear his teammates as psychos and blame the command.  An attempt to spin Bowe Bergdahl “the victim/ traumatized captive” is the next casting.  He walked away from his post to find the Taliban, because from his history we can deduce the French Foreign Legion mercenary dream didn’t pan out, his father said Bowe envisions himself as Bear Grylls the British survivalist.  From there he joined the US Army, but that didn’t suit, so he walked away looking for the Taliban.  That is the intelligence a Special Forces Commander, Rusty Bradley, said they received when they were sent to search for Bergdahl,  last night on Fox News.    MAJ Bradley was there, so I believe his first-hand account of the information they received over the radio when Bergdahl went missing.  I believe his teammates too.

That is what people will have to decide – who is lying about the information they release (anonymously mostly – hiding like snakes in the grass). I am forming an opinion that this troubled young man had dubious loyalties, lived in a fantasy world and was selfish and only concerned about his thirst for adventure.  He reminds me of a young man who came to work at my store a few years ago.  On day one he told me that we don’t know anything about management when I calmly told him what tasks he needed to do.  He was a wanderer (we get lots of those), so I tracked him down and told him that he needed to go to the furniture department and zone (clean up the side counters in the department and put away returned merchandise).  He told me he had been in the Army and we don’t know anything  about management.  I told him, “That’s nice, I was in the Army long ago too, but this isn’t the Army and these are the tasks you need to work on.”  He got indignant and told me his sister works at another store and she told him all about how things are supposed to be.  This young man, like many we get, did not follow the rules, thought he knew everything, did not complete his tasks, was an attendance problem and ended up fired quickly.   Bowe Bergdahl walked away from his unit more than once and I am wondering if he was held accountable for the previous incidents and if that might have led to his disillusionment.  Just something I wondered.

I don’t know yet, that is why I am weighing the credibility of the sources of the information, the facts that have been corroborated by more than one source, and then assessing them.  I haven’t made a full judgment yet, because I am “analyzing” the information . Here is something I learned from an excellent little booklet:

“When we deal with information, we sometimes see through prisms – not real ones, made of glass, but “intellectual” prisms, in our minds. In other words, we approach an issue with a distorted view of it.” 

he adds:

“In politics, the word for these intellectual prisms is “ideology.”

Meyer, Herbert E. (2010-10-10). How to Analyze Information: A Step-by-Step Guide to Life’s Most Vital Skill (Kindle Locations 86-87). Storm King Press. Kindle Edition.

Meyer, Herbert E. (2010-10-10). How to Analyze Information: A Step-by-Step Guide to Life’s Most Vital Skill (Kindle Locations 79-80). Storm King Press. Kindle Edition.

To get the correct information you have to leave the partisan politics aside and start learning how to analyze information.  This little booklet I found at Amazon.com – kindle edition is $1.99.  Mr. Meyer’s bio frombusinessweek.com includes this information:

” Mr. Meyers is widely credited with being the first senior US Government official to forecast the collapse of the Soviet Union–a forecast for which he later was awarded the U.S. National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal, the Intelligence Community’s highest honor.”

I found his booklet very informative and helpful.




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14 responses to “Spin continues

  1. JK

    What official – a Obama flunky or a US Army official – that is what I want to know? And also the official spoke anonymously, because he was “not authorized” to discuss what Bergdahl has revealed – yet the official still released this “information” anyway – what do rules mean to these people.

    I take it LB that in your Army days you likely didn’t spend much time inside the Beltway?

    Notice as “I take it” I also carefully insert the words “likely didn’t”?

    Journalists usually don’t exercise themselves overmuch advising the intended audience that the audience ought – as you say, take in hand “the salt shaker” and sprinkle prolifically metaphorically speaking, the ideas of at this point all is conjecture. Keep in mind the old saw, “It’ll all come out in the wash.”

    And at this point all of us are, again metaphorically speaking, standing alongside Woodward and Bernstein in that long ago underground parking garage listening to an unauthorized to speak on the record official explain that all of us sitting in the audience need to understand the washing machine has yet to even spin out the wash water.

    The first Rinse cycle is aways out from kicking in at this point.

    No All the President’s Men yet.

  2. JK

    Thought to add, now I’ve never done this but I’m willing to bet that, if one was to enter the phrases, one at a time, without the quotes

    “Politics by leak”

    “Government by unauthorized disclosure”

    Google will deliver (very likely) millions of results with roughly guessing, 90& of the results containing the place “Washington DC” occurring in the first paragraph.

    Might be a helpful suggestion should a ten year old Grandkid come up to any of us asking, “Grandp/ma? Can you help me come up with something I can use in the Science Fair?”

  3. JK

    Yes LB, I note your

    “I am forming an opinion …” in the second sentence of paragraph three.

  4. Yeah, JK, I haven’t reached a final conclusion on all matters Bergdahl, because I want to be open to hear what the official investigation provides. I was just tossing out how I am assessing the information I have thus far and comparing it to my life experiences of young men of that age (of which I know many) for a reference point. I have to work hard at trying to have a modicum of objectivity, because of the gravity of the crime(s) involved and honestly this disgraceful disaster of a CINC’s even graver dereliction of duty makes me so disgusted, it’s difficult for me not to resort to less than genteel language.

    Even scarier is most of America will sleep through 3/4 of this soap opera and wake up clueless right at the end, look around and say, “did I miss something?” Guess, their Moms didn’t teach them to pay attention to their surroundings and the news. Too busy with their electronic gadgets to have any situational awareness.

  5. JK, yeah, some stains do take a second wash cycle to get rid of the crud. Might be waiting a while. (I am still laughing:-) you brought up Deep Throat, I’m yammering on about stains and just last night was Monica Lewinsky – enter stage right…

  6. Ok JK, I agree, my assessments are speculation on Bergdahl’s motivations, You always call me on it when I jump to conclusions ahead of facts.

  7. JK

    Even scarier is most of America will sleep through 3/4 of this soap opera

    Recall LB your 05 JUNE @ 1057 post “The Choices We Make”? In your reply to my 1813 comment you included a link which, when clicked brought up the headline

    EXCLUSIVE Bergdahl declared jihad in captivity, secret documents show

    The single sentenced paragraph one led me to clear my salt shaker:

    U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl at one point during his captivity converted to Islam, fraternized openly with his captors and declared himself a “mujahid,” or warrior for Islam, according to secret documents prepared on the basis of a purported eyewitness account … paragraph two ending, He even reportedly was allowed to carry a gun at times.

    Paragraph three’s two sentences leading me thankfully to keep my saltshaker to hand for paragraph four’s opener, The reports are rich in on-the-ground detail preparing me for a name I’d heard before, These real-time dispatches were generated by the Eclipse Group.

    Eclipse Group, hmmm? The journalist’s paragraphs five through seven helpfully refreshing my memory. Run by Duane R. Clarridge, best known for having been indicted for lying to Congress counts a number of achievements including a prominent role … at CIA … enjoyed a subcontract through the assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and that after the contract was terminated …

    Paragraphs eight through fifteen the journalist perhaps aware “a sizeable number of readers” might be tempted to skip through to see if indeed “the butler did it” provides some few nuggets for context

    Clarridge further told … he had furnished SITREPs about Bergdahl to J-2 … said Eclipse SITREP # 3023, dated Aug. 23, 2012 — in which a member of the Haqqani network, said to be close to Bergdahl’s captors, reported that the American prisoner had declared himself a “mujahid” — was among the reports provided. …

    Paragraph sixteen in full:

    Experts consulted … said that SITREP # 3023 presents a picture of an American captive who, if not an active collaborator, may have succumbed to Stockholm Syndrome — the dynamic by which hostages can become enamored of their captors and join their cause — or simply feigned allegiance in order to survive. The report cited a source new to Eclipse — a member of the Haqqani network said to be close to Mullah Sangeen, the Haqqani commander charged at all points over the last five years with operational custody and control of Bergdahl — whose trustworthiness had not been fully vetted by the group. However, the report stated, the informant “does have plausible access to the information reported below, and claims to have seen Bergdahl personally in Shawal,” in North Waziristan.

    The journalist duly notes concluding:

    The NYT, in its profile of Clarridge, described his agents’ dispatches as “an amalgam of fact, rumor, analysis and uncorroborated reports.” The fabled ex-spook made the more than one dozen SITREPs that Eclipse prepared on the Bergdahl case — all previously unpublished — available because he wanted to demonstrate, as he put it: “We know what we’re talking about.”

    • Well JK, I’d best just wait until the investigators sift through it and ascertain the facts. As long as no one is sabotaging the investigation or pressuring the chain of command, I can wait to find out the facts. Anyways, other stories got shoved to the back-burner and maybe some media folks will talk about those for a change.

  8. JK

    Not to worry LB. We all do it … heck we’re hardwired to it (see Malcolm 101 & since I’ve not said it anywheres else – well, I couldn’t manage it contextually – you LB had some post up whichin [is that a word? like for instance a ‘whereas’ or perhaps a ‘wherewithall’] anyway LB you mentioned something like,

    “As if I’d wandered onto Malcolm Pollack’s blog”

    At which point, had I known your address, I’d sent you a bill for a new keyboard.

    I have an opinion myself but, as you’ve ably pointed out – there is the UCMJ which process I’d prefer. As somebody’s taken that “oath” you’ve also illuminated – I’d prefer the (any) process not get mixed up with “regular people’s” misunderstanding of what taking that oath explicits far as the Constitution goes – sure any who took a good read of the oath before understood the implicit.

    Or should’ve at any rate.

    What I’m trying to expression is – I want a UCMJ process done.

    And forgive me for emphasizing this on your blog in my US Sailor way …

    I want a “regular, normal” UCMJ process. I don’t give a flying fuck what the politicians, the media or the never-having-taken-the-oath civilians think.

  9. Minta Marie Morze

    We have to wonder if there is any longer a “regular, normal” UCMJ process even possible in a situation where the administration has so much to gain or lose by it. They’ve messed around with the military in so many ways, and they’re messing around with Bergdahl’s mind right now—there will always be questions, no matter what comes out. Nothing is “normal” or “regular” anymore.

    The Left has corrupted everything.

  10. JK

    The Left has corrupted everything.

    Sad to say Minta, “corrupted” is thoroughly bipartisan.

    The present:


    2002 >


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