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June 06, 2014


Obama Was Right to Bring Bergdahl Home

David Brooks: "Americans don't have a common ancestry. Therefore, we have to work hard to build 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... the president's instincts were right. His sense of responsibility for a fellow countryman was correct. It's not about one person; it's about the principle of all-for-one-and-one-for-all, which is the basis of citizenship."












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