Comments: Summing Up the Thoughts

I suspect that he will be demoted and shunned. I would not want to live with that kind of guilt hanging over my head. If he has even a smidgen of a conscience this will eat away at him for the rest of his life.

Posted by PeggyU at June 6, 2014 12:05 AM

I agree. Those 5 are indeed terrorists. They will go back and start their terrorism crap all over again. Likely they've already started.

The State of Denmark has gotten smellier and smellier the more this unfolds.

With all the reading I've done - as you have - I can only come to the same conclusion. He is a deserter and as such needs to deal with the full press of investigation that rightly so must happen. And then deal with the verdict once its read.

Additionally - because his actions and those of his parents have raised such doubt and WTF moments (his dad's speeches and tweets) - they will have only themselves to blame for the skepticism, mockery, rudeness that will come their way.

Posted by Nina at June 6, 2014 07:47 AM

Every POW continues to get promoted when in captivity. I imagine the military trial will be very efficient and he'll get busted back down, and then some, and there will be prison time. I just hope they sentence him to the contribution of the death of six servicemen.

Posted by Bou at June 6, 2014 07:49 AM

If there are casts of millions out there who disagree with you, I am not one of them.

Posted by Web at June 6, 2014 09:31 AM

I'm in full agreement with you on this. I still can't wrap my mind around Mr. Obama thinking this (THIS) was a good thing for him to do. If he is this confused about right and wrong then we are well and truly screwed until he is safely (if we are lucky) out of office and retiring somewhere on Oahu, surfing and smoking his pot. Please God!

Posted by Donna Bartow at June 6, 2014 01:45 PM

I think the damage has been done. I don't think anyone can undo what has gotten us to this point and the repercussions.

Posted by Bou at June 6, 2014 03:22 PM

Everything you said, and especially how you said it, I agree with 100 percent. Also, Charles Krauthammer -- whose opinion I always respect, although in this case I disagree with him -- was referencing the then-19-year-old Israeli Sergeant Gilad Shalit. I would have traded 100,000 Palestinians for this one young boy -- innocently ambushed on his own soil, defending his country -- because the principle that will always separate Israelis (and, by extension, Jews) from the Palestinians is our reverence for the sanctity of life. It has always defined who we are as a people, and it is the lone exception God makes for us to violate the laws of the Sabbath. There is nothing more important than saving a life. A trenchant quote from Golda Meir: "When peace comes, we will perhaps in time be able to forgive the Arabs for killing our sons, but it will be harder for us to forgive them for having forced us to kill their sons." My eyes well up every time I read it.

Posted by Erica at June 6, 2014 04:52 PM

Trading the Palestinian prisoners for the Sergeant (I've been reading up on it) was not such a hard decision. He was serving Israel. And Mr. Krauthammer didn't have a problem with that. But what we have here, to me is apples and oranges. You cannot compare the swaps. Bergdahl was not serving our country. That is where Mr. Krauthammer and I seriously diverge on our opinions. They aren't the same.

What a train wreck.

Posted by Bou at June 6, 2014 07:17 PM