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FOX News: A Cowardly Talking Head & Treasonous Anti-American Crap (VIDEO)Opinion by Tim King Salem-News.com
"When you're wounded and left on Afghanistan's plains, And the women come out to cut up what remains, Jest roll to your rifle and blow out your brains An' go to your Gawd like a soldier." -"Young British Soldier" by Rudyard Kipling
(SALEM, Ore.) - A talking head at FOX news says that it is OK for our enemy, the Taliban, to kill a fellow American. "Fox News Analyst" Lt. Col. Ralph Peters is an apparent Taliban sympathizer, and a regular on-air personality at America's most polarizing, politically skewed, and outright dishonest TV network.
Most Americans know by now that a U.S. Army soldier named Bowe R. Bergdahl of Idaho, who is 23-years old, was captured in Afghanistan and fell into the hands of the Taliban.
This should be a matter of grave concern for all Americans and millions are rallying for Bergdahl's safe return.
But Peters and FOX, both staunch supporters of far right politics and vocal proponents of the invasion of Iraq in 2003, are trying to throw this young man under the train.
The network and their talking head are putting a ball into motion, trying to do what America always has done before when the politics of POW's didn't match the occasion. In this case, suggesting he may have deserted.
Like Marine Pfc Bobby Garwood, the last POW to emerge from Vietnam in 1979, the machine is preparing to grind this man under its heel, if it can. I suspect my fellow Americans might really bail out of the FOX viewership over this one.
If this insolent wicked little man named Peters at FOX manages to turn people against this American who volunteered to serve in the military, fully aware that almost anyone in the Army can be deployed overseas, he should be arrested and tossed in prison. When does FOX News cross the line? This is a new age, a new time, and there is no way in Hell that Peters or FOX can cry "free speech" now.
Treason and FOX News
This "Fox News Analyst" has been quick in placing doubt on the motives of Pfc. Bergdahl, calling him an "apparent deserter".
In reading about this instigator, I find no indication of his ever even having served in a war theater. He seems to be some kind a "military intelligence" officer - nothing less than the biggest oxymoron in the world, and an expert on the Soviet Union. While Peters was busy "studying" the Soviet Union, the Afghan Mujahideen defeated that evil regime at war, and propelled its downward spiral right out of existence. Nowhere in his background is Afghanistan even mentioned.
Peters joined the Army in 1971 and served until 1998. He missed Vietnam, and even apparently managed to avoid Kuwait in the first Gulf War.
But here is is, working for FOX, the worst of all TV networks, a pure joke among truthful people, and spewing his poison toward a young, captive American soldier. I just can't believe it.
Here is what Ralph Peters said about American POW, Army Pfc Bowe Bergdahl:
"If, when the facts are in, we find out that through some convoluted chain of events that (Bergdahl) really was captured by the Taliban, I'm with him. But if he walked away from his post and his buddies in wartime, I don't care how hard it sounds, as far as I'm concerned, the Taliban can save us a lot of legal hassles and legal bills."
Repeating History: Marine Robert Garwood
In 1979, when the last POW unexpectedly returned from Vietnam with stories about other American POW's still alive, Republican Senator John McCain went slightly ballistic and did everything he could to discredit a man who had been taken captive and held for an incredibly long 14 years.
The story of Marine Pfc Robert Garwood, the first Marine captured in the war and the last POW to leave Vietnam, is a sad and twisted tale that most of us will never know the full truth about.
Senator John McCain, who also spent years as a prisoner of the Vietnamese during the war, turned on Garwood with a vengeance when he finally came home.
One problem that stands out like a sore thumb, is the CIA's exposure of one of McCain's witnesses against Garwood, as a person who actually did work with the Viet Cong.
Marine Pfc Bobby Garwood went missing in September 1965, a time before tensions over the Vietnam War went out of control in the United States. He was a jeep driver who traveled through many places in his sector of Vietnam and he was the first Marine to be captured in the Vietnam war.
He would ultimately be accused of "going to the other side" and actually joining forces with the North Vietnamese. Accounts from other POW's who saw Garwood in captivity vary greatly. Some say he was working closely with the enemy, while others described his appearance in captivity as deplorable and emaciated, resembling a prisoner in a WWII concentration camp.
If Garwood conspired with the enemy as charged, then McCain and every other person who fought in the Vietnam War would have a right to bear animosity toward him, but too many people say he was set up.
One of the main points that strips the credibility from his accusers like McCain, is that Garwood allegedly went to the other side at the very end of his combat tour. It is beyond all reason that he would have made that choice at that time, because he only had ten days left in Vietnam.
It also seems odd that a supposed "voluntary deserter" and turncoat would end up giving a note to a European tourist in Hanoi in 1979, asking him to contact the U.S. and tell them he was a POW alive there.
Garwood is said to have told the tourist that he knew the location of many more Americans being held in Vietnam. This became a major point of contention as it quickly made the press and even delayed Garwood's release by the Vietnamese government for a week, after they finally admitted he was there, something they initially denied according to reports.
When it came to his claim of seeing other American POW's in the late 1970's, some elected officials backed Garwood, and others went for his throat. McCain led the pack with the loudest and most critical voice. He was especially bothered by the Garwood made-for-television movie called "The Last P.O.W." The Bobby Garwood Story which debuted on TV in 1992.
McCain used testimony of Garwood's fellow prisoners to take the Marine to task and one person McCain used was Gustav Mehrer, a former POW who accused Garwood of trying to "recruit him into the North Vietnamese Army."
But that story fell apart when declassified CIA documents clearly showed Mehrer was believed to be the same SP4 Gustav Mehrer (also known as Gus Maddox) who was an American prisoner of war working for the Viet Cong near Quang Nam Province.
Abandoning Those Who Serve
Like in the case of Bobby Garwood, Bowe Bergdahl is already being abandoned by elements of his country. Who do you thank for it? The biggest flag wavers of all, FOX News.
Any thinking person knows that from his perspective, sitting in a chair in front of a computer screen, this cowardly FOX pundit Ralph Peters can not possibly know the situation that Bergdahl is in.
We do however, clearly see the situation Peters is in. He's an ignorant hazard to our American troops serving overseas. Trust me, as they go into combat, our forces will now all have added anxiety, wondering if they are captured, if their nation's right leaning TV network will quickly accuse them of desertion. Now our families have one more thing to worry about, and it is from the folks who sponsored these damned wars in the first place.
And, when you are in Iraq or Afghanistan, you get to see the television that the federal government wants you to see. You probably won't be shocked to know this, but half of the U.S. commercial television that I saw while covering the wars in both Iraq and Afghanistan, was FOX News. By mandate apparently, that biased bunch of propagandists is placed in front of our military forces in the chow halls, the recreation centers, etc.
I can tell you one thing with total certainty; Americans may have deserted wars over the years, but the Taliban are not the kind of group that you just walk up to in your Army uniform and say hello. But even if the worst accusations were somehow true, the very notion of convicting a soldier over the airwaves without a trial or even real knowledge of the situation at hand, is scandalous. It certainly isn't democratic.
That Fox News representative, spokesman - called for the Taliban's execution of an American soldier. If Bowe Bergdahl is killed as a POW, his blood is on the hands of this man and the Fox network.
And even as FOX News abandons any support of this captured American soldier, the word from overseas is that his Army and Marine brothers and sisters have dedicated themselves to kicking some serious Taliban ass on his behalf and getting him home.
God Bless America.
Tim King is a former U.S. Marine with twenty years of experience on the west coast as a television news producer, photojournalist, reporter and assignment editor. In addition to his role as a war correspondent, this Los Angeles native serves as Salem-News.com's Executive News Editor.
Tim spent the winter of 2006/07 covering the war in Afghanistan, and he was in Iraq over the summer of 2008, reporting from the war while embedded with both the U.S. Army and the Marines. Tim holds numerous awards for reporting, photography, writing and editing, including the Oregon AP Award for Spot News Photographer of the Year (2004), the first place Electronic Media Award in Spot News, Las Vegas, (1998), Oregon AP Cooperation Award (1991); and several other awards including the 2005 Red Cross Good Neighborhood Award for reporting. Serving the community in very real terms, Salem-News.com is the nation's only truly independent high traffic news Website, affiliated with Google News and several other major search engines and news aggregators.
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