O'Reilly Blasts NY Times 'Gross Insult' to Bergdahl's Platoon Members
President Obama joined more than a dozen world leaders and 1,000 veterans in Normandy, France to mark the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion of World War II. On June 6, 1944, more than 150,000 Allied troops stormed the northern coast of France and thousands never returned home.
The battle was a major turning point in the war. Months after the invasion, Allied forces marched into Paris, breaking the Nazis grip on France and setting the state for a liberated Europe.
Tonight in his Talking Points Memo, Bill O’Reilly pointed out that almost all of the 2,500 Americans who died were working men “who understood the evil they were fighting and were willing to die rather than let their buddies down.”
The Factor host compared it to today’s prisoner swap of five Taliban leaders for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who some are saying was a deserter.
“There is no difference between the mindset of the Taliban killers and the Nazis. They both believe they have the absolute right to murder civilians for their cause,” he said.
Therefore, O’Reilly said it’s a “false narrative” to equate the exchange with legitimate prisoners of war.
The released Gitmo detainees are more than hapless enemy soldiers, O’Reilly noted. “They are men who will commit mass atrocities again.”
A New York Times editorial piece defended the president’s decision. It suggests the Army unit’s “lack of security and discipline” was as much to blame for Bergdahl walking away.
It goes on to read:
Thousands of soldiers desert during every war, including 50,000 American soldiers during World War II. As many as 4,000 a year were absent without leave for extended periods during the Iraq war. They leave for a variety of reasons, including psychological trauma, but whatever their mental state, it is the military’s duty to get them back if they are taken prisoner. That’s what the Obama administration did in this case, and there was a particular sense of urgency because a video showed that Sergeant Bergdahl’s life might be in danger.
O’Reilly criticized the NY Times for ignoring the Taliban leaders and the threat they pose to America. He also blasted the paper for charging that Bergdahl’s former platoon mates are speaking out at the behest of “Republican operatives.”
“That’s a gross insult to the men in Bergdahl’s platoon who have come forward to describe the man’s behavior,” O’Reilly said. “I mean think about what the New York Times is saying, that these soldiers are allowing themselves to be used by a political party. […] That’s quite something for a newspaper to say about men who served their country in very dangerous circumstances.”
He concluded that no amount of spin will change the fact that the Taliban exchange was a bad deal for the U.S.
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