I fully expect that this tweet will get deleted very, very quickly:
Really sad to watch Obama haters attack this kid who CHOSE to fight to protect the rest of us, just to score political points.
— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) June 3, 2014
Hence the screenshot. Senator Chris Murphy, of course, is referring to the deserter Bowe Bergdahl – and if you’re wondering why I am now referring to the man as one, well: who am I to argue with the New York Times?
Sometime after midnight on June 30, 2009, Pfc. Bowe Bergdahl left behind a note in his tent saying he had become disillusioned with the Army, did not support the American mission in Afghanistan and was leaving to start a new life. He slipped off the remote military outpost in Paktika Province on the border with Pakistan and took with him a soft backpack, water, knives, a notebook and writing materials, but left behind his body armor and weapons — startling, given the hostile environment around his outpost.
Somehow the government completely forgot to mention that Bergdahl left a note behind saying what he was doing. Which, by the way, is not actually acceptable military behavior. I mention this because Democratic Senators and other rabid liberal partisans seem to be confused about what actually is entailed in ‘choosing to fight to protect the rest of us.’ Spoiler alert: that doesn’t actually include such things like sneaking away from your post at the dead of night. The New York Times gets this. The Washington Post gets this. Even freaking NPR understands that there’s a legitimate problem. What’s Senator Murphy’s excuse?
Rhetorical question: Senator Chris Murphy doesn’t have one.
Moe Lane (crossspost)
PS: The Seventy-Two Hour Rule is more of a guideline, really. One that many Democrats are now wishing that they had followed.