GOP apologist, NYT’s David Brooks says: President Obama was right?

In his Weekly Op-Ed, David Brooks comes down on the side of the President? Is he unwell? Wow.

The president and vice president, the only government officials elected directly by the entire nation, have a special responsibility to nurture this national solidarity. So, of course, President Obama had to take all measures necessary to secure the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. Of course, he had to do all he could do to not forsake an American citizen.

It doesn’t matter if Bergdahl had deserted his post or not. It doesn’t matter if he is a confused young man who said insulting and shameful things about his country and his Army. The debt we owe to fellow Americans is not based on individual merit. It is based on citizenship, and loyalty to the national community we all share.

Soldiers don’t risk their lives only for those Americans who deserve it; they do it for the nation as a whole.

It is not dispositive either that the deal to release Bergdahl may put others at risk. The five prisoners released from Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, in a swap for Bergdahl seem like terrible men who could do harm. But their release may have been imminent anyway. And the loss of national fraternity that would result if we start abandoning Americans in the field would be a greater and more long lasting harm.

 

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Monroe Anderson
Monroe Anderson is a Cyber Columnist and veteran Chicago journalist. A published author, he has worked for magazines, newspapers, television and posts his own political blog. A regular contributor to ebonyjet.com., Anderson is a member of the Trotter Group, a collective of African American columnists representing publications coast-to-coast and of the AfroSpear, a collective of black bloggers.

Anderson was selected in 2007 to participate in the Kaiser Family Foundation Traveling Media Seminar in South Africa. He and five other journalists, from the U.S. and U.K., visited South Africa for nine days for an in-depth study of the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

From February 2006 until July of last year, he was a freelance op-ed page columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times. His political commentary ran every Sunday in the newspaper's “Controversy” section, was the editor of Savoy Magazine, editor of N'DIGO - a Chicago weekly publication that has the nation's largest African-American newspaper circulation, former host of Common Ground at CBS2 Chicago and a career journalist for more than three decades working with Dow Jones, Johnson Publishing Company, the Tribune Company, Post-Newsweek and Viacom.

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