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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

BREAKING: Veterans in Congress scold Fox News for pundit's comments on Pfc. Bergdahl

Tonight, American Veteran received a copy of a letter sent by a bipartisan consortium of congressmen who served in the military demanding an apology from Fox News for airing comments by a military analyst criticizing Army Pfc. Bowe Bergdahl, who has been held hostage by the Taliban for nearly three weeks.

The analyst, retired Army Lt. Col. Ralph Peters, speculated that Bergdahl deserted his unit and that the Taliban could "save us a lot of legal hassles and legal bills" by simply killing their American hostage. Peters' comments are available on YouTube.

Peters' comments did not end here, though. He went on to say that Bergdahl's comments in the video posted by the Taliban were unprofessional and possibly treasonous. However, Bergdahl's comments were consistent with a hostage under duress, coerced into making certain statements, as AMVETS National Commander John C. Hapner noted in yesterday's reaction to the video.

The letter, drafted by Congressmen John Boccieri (D-Ohio), Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.), and Patrick Murphy (D-Pa.) and undersigned by 20 additional members, calls on Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes to apologize to the family of Bergdahl for his ridiculous comments. AMVETS will draft a letter of its own in the morning. However, AMVETS National Legislative Director Ray Kelley called the segment "sickening" earlier tonight, noting that Bergdahl is an American soldier and a prisoner of war who should be in our thoughts and prayers.

American Veteran has been covering the Bergdahl story since the soldier disappeared from his forward operating base in Afghanistan on July 2.

Check back with American Veteran Online tomorrow morning to read a copy of the letter and to see AMVETS' response to the horrific allegations.

(Image: Page one of the official letter from Reps. Boccieri, Hunter, Murphy and 20 other veterans serving in Congress to Fox News CEO Roger Ailes. Image courtesy of the Office of Congressman John Boccieri.)


  1. How about posting a link to the video of said comments?

  2. LtCol Peters should be stripped of his retired military status. This is unbecoming of an officer in the American military. Peters is a disgrace. No matter what the cirumstances around Bergdahl's capture, Peters' remarks are way out of line.

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