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Is criticizing Bergdahl's dad off-limits?

 
Posted June 5th, 2014 @ 12:00pm

An argument erupted on MSNBC's Morning Joe show over whether recently-freed Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's father, Bob, was a "good father" for not telling his son not to walk off his post in Afghanistan in 2009.

According to reporting by the Michael Hastings, Bob Bergdahl made no attempt to persuade his son from taking an action that led to his five year captivity with the Taliban:

On June 27th, at 10:43 p.m., Bob Bergdahl responded to his son's final message not long after he received it. His subject line was titled: OBEY YOUR CONSCIENCE!

"Dear Bowe," he wrote. "In matters of life and death, and especially at war, it is never safe to ignore ones' conscience. Ethics demands obedience to our conscience. It is best to also have a systematic oral defense of what our conscience demands. Stand with like minded men when possible." He signed it simply "dad."

Today, MSNBC host Joe Scarborough and NBC News Chief White House correspondent Chuck Todd got into a screaming match over whether Bob Bergdahl was a bad father.
The argument begins about the 7:50 mark:

 

 

What do you think? Is it fair to criticize the father, or is that off-limits?

 

 

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