GOP response to Bergdahl is the new McCarthyism

Many commentators — not enough, so far — say we’ve entered a new era of despicable politics with the attacks on Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl and his family. In one sense, that’s true. But it’s also a throwback to the knee-jerk reactions of the 1950s, embodied by GOP Sen. Joseph McCarthy of Wisconsin. You all remember […]

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Lots of GOP hypocrisy on POW Bergdahl’s release

Well, this is choice. For months — years, even — Republicans have been demanding that President Obama do something to get POW Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl released from his five-year captivity with the Taliban in Afghanistan. Senators and representatives frequently demanded action, then quickly changed their minds when they saw a political exploitation opportunity, according […]

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Obama’s POW release: OMG. How about Reagan and Iran-contra?

Several in the GOP are pitching a hissy fit over the release of an American POW over the weekend. Maybe they should remember the highly illegal actions taken by the Reagan administration in the 1980s during the Iran-Contra affair. Two days ago, President Obama announced that Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who had been held by […]

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