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That being said, I can't even pretend to be shocked at this apparent turn of events, given how the administration spun this and played this whole charade like a fiddle. The guy we did all this for turns out to be the giant d-bag all the guys in his unit say he is?
In a court filing released to the media, Fidell praised Visger for his “balanced, judicious and humane approach” to the case.
“The operative word was ‘humane,'” Fidell added Saturday in an interview. “He ran an orderly — and as far as his powers are concerned — fair hearing.”
Fidell has called repeatedly since the hearing for the release of documents in the case, saying the American public deserves to be able to read them. He also recently took the unusual step of releasing the full transcript of the preliminary hearing.
“This case is now about transparency in the military justice system,” Fidell said. “In a way, that’s a larger issue than the disposition of these charges against this soldier.”
A former Veterans Affairs official apologized Thursday for suggesting that Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl may have left his post in Afghanistan five years ago because he was surrounded by “psychopaths.”
“While I just wanted to make the point that the public should wait before passing judgment, I unfortunately used my own poor judgment in choosing inappropriate language that many view as disparaging to U.S. service members,” Brandon Friedman, who currently serves as a spokesman for the Department of Housing and Urban Development, told BuzzFeed.
“That was certainly not my intent and I regret making the comments on my personal account in such a way. I apologize to those with whom I work in the Administration, at HUD, and, most importantly, to any service members who took offense,” he said.
Friedman, himself a veteran, sparked outrage Wednesday night after he floated the idea that maybe Bergdahl's comrades pushed him to leave his post.
It's an opinion. My opinion doesn't sentence anybody.
You'll note that I haven't made any comments about capital punishment.
And I think that's exactly what will happen. He has mental issues, didn't really understand what he was doing and the consequences, blah blah blah, and he's quietly retired.