As if the story of Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl hadn't already caused enough conservative whiplash, news of his return to active duty prompted some serious DefCon 5 lunacy on Fox and Friends, where Bergdahl isn't just a deserter, he's also some kind of frustrated whistleblower being threatened into silence by the Obama administration.
Over the weekend, the New York Timesreported that Bowe Bergdahl could be riding a desk on active duty as soon as this Monday:
Six weeks after being released from five years in Taliban captivity, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is expected to return to life as a regular Army soldier as early as Monday, Defense Department officials said late Sunday.
Sergeant Bergdahl has finished undergoing therapy and counseling at an Army hospital in San Antonio, and will assume a job at the Army North headquarters at the same base, Fort Sam Houston, the officials said.
He is also expected to meet with Maj. Gen. Kenneth R. Dahl, the officer who is investigating the circumstances of Sergeant Bergdahl’s disappearance from his outpost in Afghanistan in 2009.
At Monday's White House daily briefing, Ed Henry of Fox News tried to get some video on Bergdahl, but Press Secretary Josh Earnest repeatedly parried by referring him to the Pentagon:
But really, that's just what you'd expect them to say!
Not unexpectedly, this news has set off whatever spec script for the next season of Homeland is running on a loop in conservatives' heads, but the geniuses at Fox and Friends added a weird-ass wrinkle at the tail end of their segment on it Monday morning.
Fill-in Clayton Morris began by informing Fox viewers that Bergdahl was traded for "five Taliban leaders who were sent right back, basically to the battlefield," which is, basically, a total lie, but this is Fox and Friends, so that's hardly remarkable.
Next, there was the standard blaming of Obama for something the Republicans did, namely the recent drawdown of troops as a result of sequestration, which was, you may recall, the ransom the GOP demanded in exchange for not crashing the global economy. Still nothing special there, nor were the reading of tweets from genius Fox News viewers.
But then, right at the end, Steve Doocy got jiggy with it, and somehow managed to turn Bergdahl (and Lois Lerner?) into a martyred whistleblower, threatened into silence by the evil Barack Obama:
"As long as he has not been court-martialed, and hasn't been released, he can't do interviews. So, we really won't hear that side of the story, as has been the case with this administration in the past, whether it's Lois Lerner, or whether it's the Benghazi people. Threaten them. Don't let them talk."
Kudos to Ed Henry, at least, for not asking Earnest to respond to allegations that the Obama administration is threatening Bowe Bergdahl into silence, but the week is young, and ABC's Jon Karl exists. At the very least, Drudge should be able to eke out a "White House Stonewalls On Bergdahl" headline.