Having been a sailor in World War II, I am deeply troubled by the reasoning for efforts to retrieve Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl from the Taliban.
1. June 3 Post-Gazette editorial “Fair Exchange”: Carefully omitted was any reference to the fact that Sgt. Bergdahl may very well have been a deserter.
2. New York Times article published in the June 3 Post-Gazette “Soldier’s Vanishing Angered Unit” and quotation of Adm. John Kirby: “When you are in the Navy and you go overboard … we’re going to turn the ship around and pick you up.”
Adm. Kirby did not mention that this is not true in wartime if the ship’s safety is in danger! In Sgt. Bergdahl’s case, troops were placed in danger during wartime and some reportedly were killed during the search.
I am sure there are many other World War II veterans who must be disturbed by the present rationalizing to justify political and military decisions.