What Did Obama and Rice Know?
8:25 AM, Jun 3, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
The New York Times reports that Bowe Bergdahl made it clear to those he served with that he was going AWOL.
"Sometime after midnight on June 30, 2009, Pfc. Bowe Bergdahl left behind a note in his tent saying he had become disillusioned with the Army, did not support the American mission in Afghanistan and was leaving to start a new life," reads today's Times report. "He slipped off the remote military outpost in Paktika Province on the border with Pakistan and took with him a soft backpack, water, knives, a notebook and writing materials, but left behind his body armor and weapons — startling, given the hostile environment around his outpost."
But did President Obama and his national security adviser, Susan Rice, know about that note? Did they know that there was a claim Bergdahl had gone AWOL and that he hadn't been "captured on the battlefield?"
On Sunday, Rice went on a Sunday TV talk show and claimed that Bergdahl "served the United States with honor and distinction" and that "Sergeant Bergdahl wasn't simply a hostage; he was an American prisoner of war captured on the battlefield."
And yesterday Obama's spokesman Jay Carney wouldn't answer the question of whether Bergdahl deserted:
Is it possible Obama and Rice weren't briefed on the circumstances surrounding Bergdahl's separation from his platoon in Afghanistan?
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