I appreciate Mike Duncan’s service to our country with the Special Forces in Afghanistan, especially that he risked his life to find Bowe Bergdahl, who walked off his post prompting hundreds like Duncan to risk their lives in order to find him.

So I am a little dismayed by his comments I found in the Gazette-Times last Sunday; particularly the part about no one else having any stock in what happened to Bergdahl and the consequences arising from that.

If we have to risk other people’s lives to find soldiers walking off their posts in combat areas for no apparent reason, that should concern all of us, especially when it now appears he’s received some ridiculous amount of leniency in having placed others in jeopardy and having to turn over five dangerous Taliban terrorist in return. We all have stock in that.

As for the use of Bergdahl for political gain, I’d have to agree with Duncan that Trump jumped at the chance to use Bergdhal’s sentencing for political traction but I am left wondering why Duncan and apparently the Gazette-Times admonishment of using Bergdhal for political gain was so selective. At least Trump called it right: Bergdahl is a traitor. This while the Obama administration did everything they could to make Bergdahl into something Mike Duncan says Bergdahl should never be portrayed as: some kind of hero. If I were Mike, I’d take greater offense at that.

Not being honest about who’s used Bergdahl for political gain is itself politicization.

Harry Mallory

Corvallis (Nov. 26)

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