New York Times writer Helene Cooper must be posting her articles from an alternate reality. It is the only conclusion that one can reach when reading her reaction to the announcement today that Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, who was swapped last year for five Guantanamo prisoners, will be charged with desertion.
So what is a major concern for Cooper? It is her speculation as to whether Bergdahl can still get an honorable discharge if found guilty and if not, how that will affect his job opportunities. I kid you not. Try not to slap your head too hard in exasperation while reading Cooper's bizarre concern:
Another question is whether the Army will give Sergeant Bergdahl an honorable discharge if he is found guilty of desertion. For members of the military, an honorable discharge is no small matter, and not getting one can not only hinders a veteran’s job prospects, but also weigh on the entirety of how a service member looks back on his or her career.
If you did slap your head after reading the above, you are not alone. Commentary editor John Podhoretz was equally exasperated:
WHAT??? This is from the New York Times just now. I mean, Good Lord. The stupidity, it burns. pic.twitter.com/oga5TdPLBg— John Podhoretz (@jpodhoretz) March 25, 2015
The question is if Helene Cooper's absurdity will be tossed down the memory hole as happened last November when her article about Chuck Hagel's sacking received the Winston Smith treatment.
UPDATE: The New York Times has already tossed Cooper's absurdity about the honorable discharge down the memory hole but we won't forget. The original paragraph has been preserved here for all eternity unto the end of time. A testament to Helene Cooper's complete divorce from reality.