Cotton to Anonymous Critics of Bergdahl’s Platoon: Show Yourself, or ‘Shut Up’

by Molly Wharton

“I find it offensive and insulting that this administration, up to and including the president, would cite the principle of leaving no man behind to justify this action,” Tom Cotton (R., Ark.) said at the hearing regarding the Bowe Bergdahl prisoner exchange.

He explained that when he was in Ranger School, he would recite daily the Ranger Creed that he would never leave a fallen comrade. “When we made those promises to each other,” Cotton said, “we didn’t promise that we would exchange five stone-cold Taliban killers for each other, nor would any soldier want that to happen.”

Cotton then addressed the anonymous sources in the Obama administration who are “disparaging the service” of members of Bergdahl’s platoon and company. “Show yourself, speak in your own name, and have the courage of your convictions,” he said. “And if you don’t, shut up, stand back, and thank these men for their service.” 

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