Monday, June 2, 2014

Welcome Back To The Homeland, Sergeant Bergdahl

Monday, May 30th, 2014

My Dear America:

Yesterday the Sunday Morning Talk Shows spent a great deal of time discussing the previous Saturday release from 5 years of captivity of American Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl.  Sergeant Bergdahl was captured by the Taliban when he apparently left his Afghan base without permission.  

Today, although most politicians welcomed the Sergeant home enthusiastically, some like John McCain and Ted Cruz seemed to focus mostly on the fact that in exchange for the Sergeant's release the Taliban got five of their leaders back from an extensive all expense paid vacation at the Guantanamo Bay Hilton in Cuba.

While I certainly don't like the fact that we had to release 5 Taliban Leaders in exchange for one Army Sergeant, I support the trade of this young man's life for the Taliban Thugs.  Will those cutthroats come back to harm us?

Perhaps, they will.

Yet that one prisoner who we had not been able to free up until now will soon be home and his attractive mother and hipster looking dad will also now be free to resume their lives with their son.

Surely it will not be easy for this young man to return to a country where his very presence will be a target for Fox News and Rush Limbaugh to rail at the President for supporting this deal. 

I would hope that before the Fox News Hounds and the Dittoheads begin bashing this young man who has obviously suffered enough, that they would think about what they say and what they do.  For God's Sake, give this young man a chance to return to a normal life and not have his homecoming and his life turned into a political football.

I would suggest that Chicken Hawks like Rush Limbaugh and Ted Cruz, if they don't like this deal, should volunteer to take Sergeant Bergdahl's place so that those released from Guantanamo Bay could be immediately recaptured and Cruz and Limbaugh could take Bergdahl's place with the Taliban in Afghanistan.  If Rush and Ted are unwilling to put their freedom on the line then they should shut up and joyfully welcome home Sergeant Bergdahl.

Please, America, give this fine young soldier time to recuperate and once again become accustomed to being an American again.  It will not be easy for him but if Americans can accept him back to his country with enthusiasm and good wishes perhaps we can make his life much more comfortable than it has been for the last five years.



Sincerely Yours

Jerry Gallagher