Remember those early morning in-class essays your professor surprised you with, he would write a topic on the chalkboard with “Compare and Contrast” underneath? It was the rare event I found myself unable to complete this exercise, I could always manage to find at least one set to expound upon – the writer in me preferred this exam to memorizing facts and figures to regurgitate later.
Today’s “Compare and Contrast” subject is left-wing pundit Juan Williams and his opinion regarding two different military men: United States Marine Sergeant Andrew Tahmooressi, a decorated hero in service to our country, vs. United States Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl. The latter was purportedly captured by the Taliban on the night of June 30, 2009 when he fell behind his unit as they were on patrol near the town of Yahya Kheyl in Paktka Province of Afghanistan. The fact he was captured remains in question, as he has been alleged to have walked off his Forward Operating Base, and a final email sent to his parents before he disappeared portrays him as disillusioned and highly critical of not just the Army but the United States of America, the role our country as a whole plays in the world.
This is how Juan Williams feels about this man being traded for the release of five Taliban “kingpins” from Guantanamo Bay, a swap in which Barack Obama violated Federal law by not complying with the 30-day required notification to Congress: “Again, you can’t get lost in the fog for the key, very clear principle; the clear principle is we don’t leave soldiers behind.”
Contrast that statement, the attitude it portrays to Williams’ August 4, 2014 appearance on FNC’s “The O’Reilly Factor” when the name of Sgt. Tahmooressi is brought up, the fact that Obama has ignored this Marine’s plight, unjustly held in a Mexican prison for more than five months all because he made one wrong left turn: “That Tahmoor … c’mon, that guy’s not a serious issue.”
A United States Marine, decorated for service to his country, and has now been diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder because of it, was seeking medical help at the San Diego V.A. hospital, as such was living in his vehicle. He had all his worldly possessions with him, including two legally purchased and registered firearms, on the night of March 31, 2014 when he was leaving a parking garage very near the U.S.-Mexico border. It was not well-lit nor did the road have good directions signs, along with the fact there was a lot of construction work being done in the area, anyone unfamiliar with the terrain would have likely made his same driving error.
When Andrew’s mother Jill Tahmooressi was on Glenn Beck’s television program back in May to detail for us what had occurred that night, I made this screen capture as it shows the driving error Andrew made. Look closely at “2. WRONG TURN” in the picture above. Andrew had driven out of the parking garage, was immediately in a left-turn only lane; he did not know he needed to move over one lane to the right in order to proceed across the overpass to get to the North I-5 on-ramp. Instead that quick left took him under the overpass, the yellow line shows you he was in Lane 4 on South I-5, the only u-turn possible was across the other three lanes TO THE LEFT of freeway-speed traffic, no chance. He very quickly found himself across the border where a Mexican Customs officer directed him to pull over, and that is when his nightmare began.
This whole incident could have ended that night with one phone call from U.S. Embassy personnel. Since then, John Kerry says he has been too busy to do anything about it, and Barak Obama has yet to mention this Marine’s name. Andrew did no more than any typical American husband, cliché yes, but how many times do we hear about how men fail to look at a map?
My conclusion: Juan Williams cannot admit to exercising intellectual honesty in determining that America should love Bowe Bergdahl, but voices the words “that guy” with disdain when speaking of Andrew Tahmooressi solely because of what both situations indicate of Barack Obama.