I remember when I first heard the word ‘Watergate’. That was before the term became synonymous with political skullduggery. It was an office complex in Washington, DC that was across the way from the Marriott that we stayed at many years ago during one of our trips to the capital. Since the Nixon days and the breaking into the Democratic Party offices, which were in the Watergate complex, the suffix of ‘gate’ has been added to and made part of almost every political scandal over the past forty years.
And now we have Bergdahlgate. Why Bergdahlgate? Because, to the best of my knowledge, no one has laid claim to using it in this instance. So what was he, a hero, a do-gooder who thought he was doing the right thing, a deserter or an out-and-out traitor? Or was he part of an elaborate plot by our administration to get him infiltrated into the Taliban, as his lawyer may very well claim – or was he just a poor little lamb who lost his way? Or was it something in between?
Susan Rice, who is undoubtedly a lady with the smarts, has turned out to be a mere lackey of the administration by making public statements that are fed to her which only raise more questions. First it was Benghazi and then it was Bergdahl where she said on the White House lawn,”……………….he served his country with honor and distinction……….. etc., etc., blah, blah, blah.”
Our administration looks towards those that it deals with for transparency. Transparency is a two edged sword. I think that the American public is sick and tired of secrets and lies and ongoing negotiations that are supposedly so sensitive (whatever they may be) that they can’t tell you about it until AFTER it is concluded.
Whatever Bergdahl’s punishment is or isn’t (and his sojourn with the Taliban was definitely not a cruise to sunny isles nor a trip to Club Med) the American public wants to know what really happened and the best way to get all of the facts out is with an airing of whatever investigation took place, which includes the testimony of his comrades in arms followed by an open trial or courts martial. Unless the administration can make an air tight case that to do so will affect our national security, I say enough with the cover-ups. Enough is enough.
There is a word that refers to this kind of subterfuge. It is called “bullshit”. You don’t believe me? Look it up in Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary, 2nd edition, published by Random House.