Up until the minute it was announced that Sgt. Bergdahl had been released, the clamor from the right wing, including all of the usual suspects such as John McCain and Oliver North, had been to do anything necessary, including a prisoner swap, to get him home. So the Obama administration did. And now they want to impeach the president for it.
I think there’s a much larger point here. It’s so easy to send our men and women to war and never think of what happens there and what we’re left with. Suddenly what was once trumpeted and drummed as a noble cause melts down to wounded lives and political hackery when the soldiers come home.
Charlie Pierce knocks it out of the park with this.
We have to confront the unique legacy of the war in Afghanistan and the unique legacy of the war in Iraq by acknowledging, as a democratic self-governing people must, that we were taken to war in each different place for different reasons, with different impacts on the history of how we have governed ourselves, and how we will govern ourselves in the future. It is time for the American people to confront the war in Afghanistan not as a sideshow, and not as a theater in a fanciful “war on terror,” but as a war we freely launched in a specific place at a specific time and for a specific purpose. We have ignored the unique circumstances of that war for far too long. The return of Bowe Bergdahl gives us a chance to begin that hard and serious work.