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23 Congressional Veterans Demand An Apology From Fox News

Reported by Ellen - July 23, 2009 -

You know how Fox News chickenhawks are always accusing Democrats of hating the troops? Well, it looks like some real veterans are "disgusted" by comments Fox News' "strategic analyst" Ralph Peters made suggesting that Pfc. Bowe Bergdahl, currently a captive of the Taliban, is a deserter who deserves to be killed.

A group of 23 veterans serving the House of Representatives have written to Fox News chief Roger Ailes:

As members of Congress and veterans of the United States Armed Forces, it was with incredulity
and disgust that we watched Fox News Strategic Analyst Lt. Colonel Ralph Peters (Ret.) suggest
on your airwaves that Private First Class Bowe Bergdahl, “abandoned his buddies, abandoned
his post, and just walked off,” and stated that, if this is true, “the Taliban can save us a lot of
legal hassles and legal bills.”

Mr. Peters’ comments are so far beyond the pale that they don’t even approach the decorum and
respect deserved by a member of the United States Armed Forces. Mr. Peters’ indefensible
comments call into question, without any supporting evidence whatsoever, PFC Bergdahl’s
patriotism and commitment to his country, and suggest in a non-subtle way that he deserved to
be captured. The events surrounding the capture of PFC Bergdahl are irrelevant at this point.
The only priority should be his safe and immediate release to U.S. forces.
...We demand an apology to PFC Bergdahl’s family and to the thousands of soldiers who put their
lives on the line for our country. As a member of the military family, Mr. Peters should measure
his remarks and remember that the United States will never abandon one of its own.

Like our Congressional representatives, we eagerly await Mr. Ailes' response.

(H/T Media Matters)