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.”
“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:
I found his booklet very informative and helpful.