An Obama administration official upset with the direction of the Bergdhal story voiced his concern on Twitter on Wednesday, floating a theory that put Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in a more sympathetic light–and his fellow soldiers as part of the problem.
The American people, he argued, were too quick to jump to conclusions about Bergdahl after his fellow soldiers spoke out about his disappearance.
Friedman, a former infantry officer in the Army, has been awarded two Bronze Stars for his service in Afghanistan and Iraq. He is also the author of The War I Always Wanted, a book that details his disillusionment with the U.S. Army and the decision to go to war in Iraq.
Friedman insisted that his theory was “not out of the realm of possibility” and called for Americans to withhold judgment until they heard both sides of the story.
“I’m not a fan of such speculation, but this story could not be more unbalanced – with so many premature calls of ‘traitor,'” he concluded.
Friedman has weighed in on the Bergdahl case in several other posts, in which he scorns critics.
— Charlie Spiering (@charliespiering) June 5, 2014
Friedman did not return calls made by Breitbart News to his office atthe Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Friedman, a veteran of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, has a long historyof anti-war activism after he left the military in 2004.
Friedman delivered the Democratic response to President George W. Bush’sradio address in 2007, blaming the president for putting troops inthe middle of a “civil war” in Iraq.
fight terrorists worldwide — as evidenced by the fact that Osama binLaden is still on the loose and al-Qaida has been able to rebuild,”Friedman said. “We need an effective offensive strategy that takes thefight to our real enemies abroad. And the best way to do that is to getour troops out of the middle of this civil war in Iraq.”
He was also a key spokesman accusing Rush Limbaugh of calling veteranswho opposed the war “phony soldiers.” appearing on multiple MSNBCsegments criticizing the conservative talk radio show host.
Friedman called Limbaugh a “hypocritical draft-dodger” in a Daily Kos piece slamming his comments.
Friedman has a history of displaying disgust at conservatives on Twitter.
Below are some of his ‘greatest hits’
–Brandon Friedman (@BFriedmanDC) February2, 2014
AbeLincoln would have sent William T. Sherman to torch your city and cramthe Affordable Care Act down your throat. pic.twitter.com/LpBoLh44YP
–Brandon Friedman (@BFriedmanDC) March12, 2014
I oftenwonder what went wrong in the lives of people like this: pic.twitter.com/vlK9AvKQqm
–Brandon Friedman (@BFriedmanDC) January9, 2014
AMERICA:An idiot with an assault rifle next to a plastic Jesus beneath “MayGod bless our lives.” On Christmas. pic.twitter.com/R2F7HaMHCN
–Brandon Friedman (@BFriedmanDC) December25, 2013
By Thursday afternoon, Freidman apologized for his tweets:
While I just wanted to make the point that the public should wait before passing judgment, I unfortunately used my own poor judgment in choosing inappropriate language that many view as disparaging to U.S. service members,” he said in a statement to Buzzfeed reporter Evan McMorris-Santoro. “That was certainly not my intent and I regret making the comments on my personal account in such a way. I apologize to those with whom I work in the Administration, at HUD, and, most importantly, to any service members who took offense.