It’s the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion. Thousands of Allied lives were lost defending the values, freedom and way of life that we cherish. We were led by a military that took a no-nonsense, yet compassionate approach to the high price that would be paid for something so risky. We are very fortunate that the forces of good prevailed.

Today we have to conduct wars against ideologue groups that have no borders. Many rules have changed except for one thing: the United States military brings every soldier home whenever possible.

A prisoner-of-war soldier has been returned to the United States. He’s hospitalized and being examined. He may have deserted. If so, he’ll receive a military trial and receive many years in jail, on top of the five years he’s spent in captivity.

Time and time again, old people send young people off to war and expect all of them to keep their sanity and perspective. From what it sounds like, Bowe Bergdahl did not.

There are those who think we should have left him out there to rot. Yet somehow I suspect those same people would scream bloody murder at the Obama Administration if the Taliban sent video of Bergdahl’s head on a spike. I’m being graphic because I’m sick of the manufactured outrage that people who hate the President are conducting.

Reality check: I don’t know what happened. You don’t know what happened. Even those serving with Bergdahl may claim they know what he was thinking and doing, but they don’t.

On the surface, it looks like Bergdahl deserted. If so, he will get a military court-martial and spend most of his days in jail. That won’t bother me much. Deserters get jail. But whatever Bowe Bergdahl is — and by most accounts he was an unhappy and confused 23-year-old soldier who left his post and got caught — he served as an American soldier. He deserves a fair trial by the greatest military force in the world.

Again, the United States military brings every soldier home whenever possible. Deal with it. Bloodthirsty politicians and the people they rile up don’t understand that because they choose not to.

As I get older and understand history better, I have more admiration for military leaders. Unlike most elected officials, they know the price of war. They mostly have a better understanding of how to be rational about engaging with our enemies. Looking back, I sometimes wish I’d have served my country when I could.

However, the hypocrisy and screaming of Lindsey Graham and John McCain – who really does know better – is outrageous. I agree that the “deal” which released five Taliban terrorists from Guantanamo Bay stinks. But I also don’t think it matters.

The five terrorists were in Gitmo captivity for 13 years. They’re useless to the Taliban as anything but propaganda tools. It seems pretty stupid ( to state that they’ll go out and commit terrorist acts right away. That’s about as likely as the U.S. Navy getting John McCain out of a POW camp in 1973, then telling him in the hospital that he has to start flying surveillance missions over Soviet-bloc countries the next week.

Some deals stink, but they get made anyway. And in this case, they make people irrational. But even some conservatives like Charles Krauthammer ( are calm enough to agree that the U.S. government did the best it could with a lousy set of options.

Krauthammer would have made the same choice, does not criticize the President, the Defense Department or the State Department, and cited the example of Israel, which released 1,000 terrorists in exchange for one sergeant who had been taken captive.

He said, “those in the West put a value on the individual human life the way that the ones at the other end of the table don’t.”

That’s the difference between us and them. When we lose that, I’d argue that we’re no longer the United States.

Bowe Bergdahl has had a miserable few years, and it’s likely the rest of his life will be equally miserable. While I have serious objections to a lot of things this President – actually any President in my lifetime – has done, there’s a point when you say enough’s enough with the manufactured outrage. Let the facts come out and speak for themselves.