Will Fox News Fire Bill O’Reilly and Peters for Giving “Aid and Comfort” to the Enemy?

July 24, 2009

(ChattahBox)–Fox News together with military analyst, Ralph Peters and host Bill O’Reilly are under fire from the Department of Defense and Congressional veterans for smearing a captured U.S. soldier in wartime, amounting to providing “aid and comfort” to America’s enemies, putting the life of the soldier at increased risk.

The Pentagon is furious with Fox News. Could this incident lead to the firing of Ralph Peters and host Bill O’Reilly?

Pfc. Bowe R. Bergdahl, 23 went missing on July 2 and was later found to have been captured by the Taliban. The Taliban recently released a propaganda video of Bergdahl making a statement, showing him visibly frightened and shaken, with his statements obviously scripted by his captors.

The events surrounding his capture are murky and have led to speculation that he may have deserted his post or been drunk, but the military has not declared him a deserter.

And Jim Miklaszewski, NBC’s top Pentagon’s correspondent appeared on MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow show stating that there is no evidence that Bergdahl is a deserter and adding that the Department of Defense is furious with Peters and Fox News.

Against this backdrop, Army Lt. Col., Fox News military analyst, Ralph Peters appeared on Fox News on Monday to weigh in on Bergdahl’s capture, shocking everyone by suggesting that the Taliban should murder Pfc. Bergdahl. “He is an apparent deserter. Reports are indeed that he abandoned his buddies, abandoned his post, and walked off,” said Peters.

The incendiary Peters then went on to say that Pfc. Bergdahl was “collaborating with the enemy” when he made the videotape released by his Taliban captors. “Under duress or not–that’s really not relevant,” added Peters.

Then Peters suggested that the Taliban should just murder Bergdahl:

“If, when the facts are in, we find out that through some convoluted chain of events, he really was captured by the Taliban, I’m with him. But, if he walked away from his post and his buddies at wartime… I don’t care how hard it sounds, as far as I’m concerned, the Taliban can save us a lot of legal hassles and legal bills.”

Without knowing all the facts, Peters smeared a soldier captured in wartime as a liar, a deserter and an enemy collaborator and suggested the enemy should take his life, sparking outrage and disgust from many quarters, including the Pentagon and Pfc. Bergdahl’s family.

Peters then appears on Bill O’Reilly’s show the next evening to pump up the rhetoric some more, with the help of O’Reilly. Peters did not apologize for his earlier comments suggesting that the Taliban should murder Pfc. Bergdahl.

Peters starts off the segment by asserting that senior military officers told him that Pfc. Bergdahl was a deserter and [a]t a minimum, he is AWOL in a war zone.”

Peters said Pfc. Bergdahl lied in the videotape and “left his buddies in the hours of darkness, left is weapon behind of his own volition.” O’Reilly then responds by smearing Pfc. Bergdahl some more saying, “[h]e leaves his weapon and goes out someplace, that tells me he is crazy, he is a nut.” Peters agrees that Pfc. Bergdahl “may be mentally disturbed.”

Peters then seems to walk back his earlier statements by saying, “I do hope for his family’s sake he comes back safely.” But what next comes out of his mouth are more insidious smears of a U.S. captured soldier:

“My anger is at the media turning this guy who is an alleged deserter and certainly AWOL in a combat zone into some kind of hero. At a minimum this is a court martial offense of course we may just put him on Oprah’s coach when he gets back. He shamed his unit. On that videotape he lied and he lied.”

After these additional smears by Peters, a bipartisan group of 22 veteran members of Congress, signed a letter demanding Fox News CEO Roger Ailes apologize to Bergdahl’s family for allowing a guest on his network to provide “aid and comfort” to America’s enemies.

Congressman Eric Massa (D-NY) went further, demanding that Fox news fire Peters and O’Reilly, “Their comments aid and abet our enemies during a time of war and the burden is on Fox News to prove that they reject this by taking the tangible action of issuing an apology and firing both of them,” wrote Massa.

Peters is a known Neoconservative who has a bloodthirsty bent. Peters recently called for “military attacks on the partisan media,” as well as suggesting that the U.S. government should execute all detainees held at Guantanamo Bay.

Will Roger Ailes apologize and take the additional step of firing both Peters and Bill O’Reilly? Probably not, but it’s high time Fox News be held accountable for its runaway and dangerous rhetoric.


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3 Responses to “Will Fox News Fire Bill O’Reilly and Peters for Giving “Aid and Comfort” to the Enemy?”

  1. bpjam on July 24th, 2009 5:45 pm

    I’d be happy to see the Federal Indictment of Bill O’Reilly and Ralph Peters for Treason.

    But first I want to see the charges against virtually every talking head on MSNBC, NBC, CBS, CNN, ABC, NPR, The White Press Spokesman, the Secretary of State and Jane Fonda. (let’s not forget about Jane…..)

    Finally, the lefties think they’ve found a critical comment about the military NOT coming from their own ranks and they want to see heads roll? WOW!!! Talk about your blind hysteria.

    I’m not prejudging this captured soldier either. But right now the story doesn’t add up. The Pentagon ought to be more upset with the idiots they are using to ‘put out the facts’ which would explain how the Taliban managed to capture one of our soldiers right off our base. Strange thing happen on the battlefield. What is being speculated about by Col Peters already happened in Iraq in 2005 by an Arab-American soldier.

    If you want to question Col Ralph Peters credentials, then put your flack jacket on. He is smarter than you, more experienced than you and he is almost undoubtedly going to wipe the floor with you – without having to reach for a sidearm.

    Go ahead lefties. Make my day.

  2. Old Man Dotes on July 24th, 2009 6:51 pm

    OK, bpjam, I am questioning Peters’ credentials, his qualification to lead American military personnel into combat, and his patriotism. I am a retired M2 Bradley commander; what Peters did is a violation of Army Regulation 680-9 (which is the same reg in the other services, with different numbers) at the very least, and his suggestion that we abandon a soldier who hasn’t even been charged with AWOL, much less desertion, demonstrates incompetence, cowardice, and a desrie for personal fame at the expense of National security.

    Peters is a coward and a traitor, in this old soldier’s opinion. He ought to be court-martialed and if convicted, busted and discharged. How he could fail to be convicted with the evidence having been broadcast by Faux News is beyond me, but I suppose anything is possible.

  3. Susan on July 25th, 2009 8:42 am

    bpjam, I do not remember anyone at MSNBC or CNN ever calling for the murder of another human being, let alone an American citizen! You are off base here, somehow believing that ‘the left’ has no business commenting on these horrible remarks. Why is that? Because we dared to criticize President Bush for lying to us, spying on us, and condoning torture, which is illegal all over the world, including in the USA? Because we never bought his WMD argument, and are incensed that he was so proud of his war that he never asked Americans to sacrifice one dime (just borrowed money we didn’t have?) And that he never put the war costs into his budget, thereby leaving a huge mess for President Obama? Yes, we are incensed, but calling for the MURDER of a captured American soldier pales in comparison, don’t you think?
    And what did Jane Fonda do? She never called for the murder of anyone. As I remember, she sympathized with N. Vietnam. And that endangered Americans how? If you care so much about Americans, you will stand with us and demand that we stop these mindless, expensive wars, as well as eliminate nuclear weapons from the face of the Earth. We are one people, this is our planet, and I’d prefer not to be killing anyone.

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