Pentagon 'outraged' over Obama's victory lap on Bergdahl - General
A former vice chief of staff of the army says that Pentagon officials were "outraged" when President Obama paraded the parents of Bowe Bergdahl before the world in the Rose Garden.
Retired Four-star General Jack Keane also contradicted Susan Rice's interpretation of Bergdahl's service when she claimed he served with "honor and distinction.
“The fact that a citizen volunteers — becomes a soldier, becomes a paratrooper, goes to combat as a result of that, has an unblemished record, is a very good soldier — and then deserts his post, that trumps all previous behavior,” he explained. “So that is a distinction in itself, and he has to be held accountable for that.”
“And how have the military leaders you’ve talked to this week — I know you’re close touch with a lot of folks, still, at the Pentagon — how do they view the way this week has rolled out?” Wallace asked.
“They’re outraged that the president, at the Rose Garden ceremony, was actually promoting an event in terms of public relations,” Keane declared. “And then taking his family — who by the way, the military had advised to maintain a very low profile, and they had maintained a low profile for years.”
“And then to put them in front of the cameras like that and begin a celebration, I think that created not only anguish among those who were his teammates and those who may’ve lost his lives in rescuing him,” the general explained, “but senior military leaders looked at that and just shook their head and said, ‘Why are we doing something like that?’”
Keane and the officers in the Pentagon who were astounded by the display with Bergdahl's parents aren't alone. Even some liberal commentators were aghast at the spectacle. At the time, the White House was confident that the release of Bergdahl would be a cause for celebration in America, so clueless they were about the situation.
It's been a trying 5 years for the military. Several generals have gotten into hot water for criticizing the administration. I'm sure for most of them, 2016 can't come soon enough.