Fox Analyst Suggests That Captured American Soldier Should Be Killed by Captors

Fox News Strategic Analyst Lt. Col. Ralph Peters appears to view trials as something of an unnecessary expense. Here was heard this week telling Fox News that, if captured U.S. soldier Bowe Bergdahl, did leave his post — then “the Taliban can save us a lot of legal hassles” by killing Bergdahl. I discussed the status of Bergdahl on this segment of MSNBC Countdown.

The clip indicates that there is more commonality between some Americans and Al Qaeda than previously assumed. What is really striking is how the Fox host tries to moderate the comments by saying that no one wishes harm to come to any soldier — only to have Peters tell her to think about the other soldiers.

bergdahlWhile Peters notes that the facts are not clear, he proceeded to call Bergdahl a “liar” and collaborator for the statements made in the video. Bowe Bergdahl, 23, is from Ketchum, Idaho, is attached to the 1st battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division from Fort Richardson, Alaska.

In the video, he says that he was captured when he lagged behind the rest of his unit — a proposition that Peters declares to be another “lie.”

There were some who called the sailors captured on the U.S.S. Pueblo as traitors for participating in North Korean films — a view long rejected by most credible military experts. Various POWs in Vietnam and Korea were forced to sign confessions, which Peters might also view as “lies.” Even Vietnam War hero and GOP Presidential candidate John McCain signed a confession stating: “”I am a black criminal and I have performed the deeds of an air pirate. I almost died and the Vietnamese people saved my life…” Would Peters call him a liar in the same way that he called Bergdahl a liar for saying that our forces fighting without rules?

This controversy follows an earlier clip where a Fox regular Michael Scheuer suggests that the best hope for the country and presumably critics of the Obama Administration is for another major attack to occur, here.

If Bergdahl left his post, the usual punishment (even in war time) is not execution and we tend to insist on a trial before any punishment occurs. That is what distinguishes us from the enemy — and certain Fox News analysts.

44 thoughts on “Fox Analyst Suggests That Captured American Soldier Should Be Killed by Captors

  1. If Fox News had any credibility they would immediately state that this analyst is no longer going to be used as an analyst and that they disavow his hateful and stupid statements. I think the relatives of the soldier in captivity should make a visit to this Colonel’s house and remind him why we don’t wish death upon anyone, yet alone our own soldiers. What a sick statement.

  2. There’s a reason retired lieutenant colonels are a dime a dozen. If this unfortunate soldier dies, the Taliban can always take a page from the playbooks used at Gitmo, Begram and other prisons and simply announce that his death was from “natural causes.”

  3. this is a test…my name and webaddress was wiped out but i am still logged in…want to see if I post if it comes back or i need to logout and login again

  4. Mespo:
    Peters is a product of “FOX” culture.It seems that the more outrageous your thought process,the more you are accepted on that network.

  5. The following link gives all the information you want to know about the “heroic” Peters. He’s never seen combat and he made his bones as an intelligence analyst in Washington. How dare this desk jockey cast aspersions on a scared young soldier in captivity in a country that has a century’s old tradition of torturing those invading them? The British Colonials in the 17 and 1800’s had a saying that a soldier when in battle should save a last bullet for himself lest he be captured. The Russians revived it during their debacle. This “heroic” writer of fiction, who’s never been to war, is of the same ilk as Bush/Cheney: He is another cardboard macho man, who thinks talking tough, makes him so. That he is fronting as a military analyst is a disgrace.

  6. As a New Yorker I am all too familiar with the likes of this fool Peters. He is more than just a FOX stooge, he is one of Rupert Murdoch’s longtime buddies. He has been a contributor for the New York Post’s editorial page for years. As posted above this tool never saw combat but writes as a “military intelligence analyst”. He’s been carrying neocon water for as long as I can remember and now seems to be heading off the cliff into crazyland along with his Murdoch editorial page neocon cohorts Malkin, Krauthammer, Friedman, John Podheretz etal.

  7. Mike S.

    “Peters. He’s never seen combat and he made his bones as an intelligence analyst in Washington.”

    It is that IQ that is running the show so what would you expect? Interesting that you say the part about the British Rule of Battle. I believe that this was also the rule for the American Civil War but most did not want to even be fighting.

  8. Even for FOX this is a new low. Tried and condemned to death without an evidentiary trial by a FOX analyst.

    If I had not seen it with my own eyes I would swear you were making it up.

  9. I want to add one thing to the discussion. I don’t know who these “conservatives” are anymore. I was raised by two very traditional conservative parents. I would not ever have heard such disdain for our soldiers from them or any of their associates.

    During the Kerry campaign when Republicans started wearing their purple bandages I can’t tell you how offended I was. My husband has two purple hearts. I could not believe being wounded in battle would be ridiculed by anyone calling her/himself a conservative. These chickeshit chickenhawks should be shamed into enlisting on the battlefield. If they still want to make these types of statements after they have done 3 tours on the battlefield, I will listen to them. If they will not do even one tour, let alone the 3 to 7 tours many of our troops are doing now, then they should be shamed at every possible turn. I do not recongnize either the conservatives or liberals of our political spectrum any longer.

  10. one has to wonder about this poor unfortunate young mans mental state. I dont think I would walk away from my base given the history of the Taliban and Al Quiada with American prisoners. The most shocking were the 2 that were mutilated and killed a few years or so ago in Iraq, they were burned, stuck, castrated and tortured in other ways before being shot or so said the reports I read.

    I would like to hear what actual combat veterans think about this and I mean boots on the ground type guys not REMF’s.

  11. What gets me is the completely disingenuous, “we shouldn’t draw any conclusions until we know all the facts” — followed immediately by the most blatant jumping to conclusions possible. This POS has no way of knowing if the soldier deserted his post or was simply caught unawares and kidnapped.

    I don’t know what scares me the most about this; that the armed forces promoted this guy all the way up to Lt. Col? that FOX “news” lets him on the air? or that there are still Americans dumb enough to watch FOX when they have jerks like this providing their ‘analysis.’

  12. Thanks Jill, but a hat tip to Sadly,No!

    Just thought that people might be interested that Ralph Peters’ Security Analysis always seems to be: ‘I don’t like X, Therefore X should be destroyed’.

    A quick scan of his fiction books for subject matter is interesting as well.

  13. I have to agree with the person that doesn’t know who the conservatives are in America today. Conservatives used to be the types of people that everyone could count on and now they seem to be angry bullies.

    I used to think that those profits that predicted that America could easily become a police-state were crackpots, but, as much as I hate to think of it, I can now see that it could easily happen.

    This situation isn’t going be solved by comments on a blog, but it does give the readers a chance to see that kindred spirits do exist that have care for their fellow citizens. I know our compassion will make a difference.

  14. “Alvin S.”: “Even for FOX this is a new low.”

    Clearly you don’t watch much Murdoch/Ailes FOX Propaganda.

    FOX contributor Liz Trotta actually suggested the assassination of Obama on the air.

    And while it was on his radio show, FOX host Bill O’Reilly encouraged a terrorist attack on an American city.

    Murdoch’s FOX Republican Channel has been consistently at “a new low” since it began airing. It’s the equivalent of Hezbollah TV.

  15. Is there any action(s) the FCC can take against this guy and/or Fox? Asking the enemy to kill one of our finest is much more immoral than any foul language or nudity issue.
    If this soldier’s family heard this kind of crap from this chicken hawk, I can’t imagine the pain that it caused them. I know if my son was ever in harms way like this and this idiot spewed his hateful remarks about him, it would be hard to control my Irish temper.

  16. Former Fed,
    Why so formal? Peters does have 1st Amendment Rights, but the FCC does have the ability to restrict those rights when it comes to TV. I personally don’t agree with that power, but they do have some power in this area. That is why I asked the question whether the FCC is able to take action against Fox or the analyst. Under your theory, doesn’t the guy who yells fire in the crowded theater have first amendment rights? I realize that is a stretch, but this Fox News employee or contractor had his “Jane Fonda” moment and the right has not admitted that this statement is equally bad.

  17. rafflaw,

    No intent to be formal. What the guy said was repugnant, however, Limbaugh, Beck, et al far exceed the rational limits of talk on a daily basis. The viewers will be the best censors with people like Mr. Peters. If they like what he says and Fox New continues to use him as an analyst, then that says a lot about the network and the people who watch.

    Remember the story about Gen. Patton calling a soldier a coward and then slapping him, thereby losing his career advancement over that incident? Well, Patton had some authority to do what he did—although it was still wrong and he received too much dissension over it. This light bird Colonel had no ‘authority’ or credentials whatsoever. People put too much stalk in military rank. Look at 4-Star General Hayden; an Air Force General who was never an AF pilot. There are plenty of Tin Soldiers in the military.

  18. If anyone on here had ever had the courage to serve in the United States military, you would understand that there are complex issues and therefore strict rules when faced with capture and this soldier has ignored everyone of them. He is allowing himself to be a pawn in the hands of these sick, irrational murderers and it puts the rest of American security in harms way. Yes it’s sad to see an American in that situation but Peters is exactly right, if the soldier disobeyed protocol put in place for his safety, then how much sympathy can we have?

  19. Sara:

    “Yes it’s sad to see an American in that situation but Peters is exactly right, if the soldier disobeyed protocol put in place for his safety, then how much sympathy can we have?”


    You really need to put yourself in the place of that young soldiers family and then see if you are so sanctimonious. That kid is fighting in an illegal war, and trying to just stay alive long enough to get home. That you would suggest that he be killed for a mistake in protocol, tells me that you are both unfamiliar with the military, and unfamiliar with your obligations as a citizen. You should be ashamed of yourself. On second thought you don’t need to put yourself in anyone’s position, rather you need to get to your local medical school and submit yourself to studies, because you just may be the only person I have ever encountered who was able to function without a heart.

  20. mespo727272

    . . . . you need to get to your local medical school and submit yourself to studies. . . .

    You know even during the American “REAL CIVIL” war, each side treated, for the most part captured soldiers with dignity. Yes each had its exceptions.

    It would interest me to know if this guys commanding officer sent this young man on an infamous information gathering expedition and he was just following orders. One never knows the real truth, which is generally what we are led to believe.

  21. How can anyone humanbeing be so cold as to suggest that an American soldier be murdered by the Taliban. Who are we fighting? How long as America been a free country? How did we get that way? It was the blood and guts of our own men and women who wanted to protect our country and loved our country so much that they were willing to fight for it. Who knows what pain, anguish, fear and personal discomfort these men and women go through every day just to have Americans back home sit in front of their mindless TV’s and watch self-serving journalists, who have never had any reason to be afraid for their life or did a honest days hard work to survive. What would they do if they were drafted (as in the old days) and to serve their country? I think they would be cowards and run for the hills. I am the mother of an US Navy sailor. My son has friends in all the branches of the military, Marines, Army, and Coast Guard. These young men and women have giving hearts. They want to protect the rest of us from more 911 attacks! HAVE YOU FORGOTTEN 911? I personally feel for that soldier and all that he and his family are going through. Maybe he did not make the best decision or maybe it was no fault of his own….but do you know exactly what you would do in that instance? How can anyone know for sure how they would react? Panic and fear can attack the most veteran of soldiers. Don’t judge unless you are willing to put yourself in the line of fire for your life. AND DON’T PUT OUR MILITARY DOWN! It does not make America stronger to hear negative comments. Journalist should be more about stating facts and not intercepting their personal views!
    Proud Mother of a Sailor

  22. People of the world especially Americans are extremely naive, the supposed man went to war to KILL people whether they are guilty or not, he had no experience of life at all and then wanted to kill Taliban because his country told him to with the aid of lies spread about by his coountry the USA. I hate the USA and would love the world to NUKE the USA, all America does is spread lies to it’s people in order to get there feet in the door and to get oil at a cheap price. I am white, British, mid 30’s, live a normal life but i see the truth behind the lies. This man deserves to die and so does the USA…….kill the USA, kill the USA, kill the USA is all i can say.

  23. You’re British and you hate America? You want it nuked, eh?

    Be thankful you aren’t speaking German, asshat, and realize that if we get nuked – YOU & EUROPE BE RIGHT BEHIND US BEING VAPORIZED.


  24. Buddha,

    Roman, German. Wait are not the people on the throne from Germany to start with?

    It all began in the year of 1066 when Willie the Wonderer got lost at sea and entered a new Galilee over an across the sea.

    I can be as revisionist as the next.

  25. “I am white, British, mid 30’s, live a normal life but I see the truth behind the lies. This man deserves to die and so does the USA…….kill the USA, kill the USA, kill the USA is all i can say.”

    You are not even close to being a normal human being if yor hoping for the deaths of 300 million human beings. What is your theory kill for peace? My statement is not about world politics, it is about the mentality of someone who wishes other human beings dead in a nuclear holocaust.

  26. This ‘Brit’ who wrote the comment: “America Must Die” – is the first smart Brit i have ‘found’ ever!


  27. To “Buddah is Laughing” = you are on moron! I find it amusing that the ‘idea/thought’ of the world speaking ‘german’ is a ‘bad’ thing????????????

    Hmm, let me guess – you are probably JOBLESS TODAY – while the GERMANS, have jobs, FREE HEALTH CARE, ET HELL OF A BETTER LIFE THAN YOU COULD ‘DREAM/FATHOM’ –

    dude, consider yrself lucky, that not many see this website, cause, if i were you, i would not want the entire world to know ‘how stupid i am’ by being you….

    my suggestion…go back to school, and study……………GERMAN!

  28. To “Mike Spindell” – i do have to say one thing to you:… the guy who you ‘complain’ about – again, has one on you. Cause, he is exagerating to get a point across: he is saying: ‘nuke usa’ or in yr words, “300 million people would die” – for a reason – can u guess what this reason is? Answer: if there were a REAL nuke to hit usa, 300 million would DIE, EXCEPT, HUNDREDS OF REPUBLICANS, DEMOCRATS, THEIR WIVES, KIDS, COUSINS, PRESIDENT ET VP , ET ALL THOSE OTHER ‘POWERFUL’ PEOPLE ETC…. AND if you really think about THAT idea, it does make others SEE how EVIL usa really is, and in turn, how it CARES FOR NO ONE – NOT EVEN THEIR ‘OWN’!!!!!

    how would they survive? answer” underground, bomb shelter, the samewimpy place where gwb went on 9/11 et others etc…..

    there is enuff food, water, et things to have hundreds survive in that undergound for few years – but it would be no life – for no one would or could ever leave – ever – it would be their tombstone too – but being american, they are too stupid to realize that – ha – usa really is a stupid shit country!

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