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Pat McMahon


I hope Bowe Bergdahl comes home soon. I hope he's well.

The president said he didn't have time to confer with congress about the Taliban trade for the sgt. because of a potentially serious health problem.

I hope after being held captive for five years in Afghanistan, Sgt. Bergdahl can find peace back in Idaho. Above all -- more than anything -- I hope he's not a deserter.

I'm sure by now you've heard that accusation. That he left his outpost, one Afghan night, while on guard duty. According to a fellow soldier, an infantry officer, his rifle, helmet and body armor were found, left behind in a neat stack.

That same comrade claims that in the army's ensuing search for Bergdahl, we lost six soldiers. Even if all of that happened exactly that way -- even if Sgt. Bergdahl, whose first choice was the french foreign lesion, even if he became disillusioned with our role in Afghanistan, even if his family's strict religious principles played a part -- I'm glad he's coming home. I just hope he's not a deserter.

The president hopes so too.

I'm Pat McMahon.

About the Author

He's done it all -- and keeps doing it. His career in local Arizona radio and television dates back the late 60s. Pat always stimulates with his thought provoking, opinionated, and entertaining commentaries on the Arizona Morning News while hosting award-winning talkshows like "The McMahon Group" and "The God Show."

"The McMahon Group" features an unpredictable all-star panel where three people from the community get together and give their thoughts on the news of the week. He also hosts "The God Show" on Sunday's where he talks about all aspects of spirituality.

Pat is also well known outside of radio because of his multifaceted career as an actor, producer, recording artist, writer, broadcaster, and one-third of the legendary comedy team that was on TV for 35 years in Arizona, "The Wallace and Ladmo Show."

Through the many experiences of his professional life, Pat has been richly rewarded with 7 Emmys, major national and international radio awards as well as numerous civic, educational, religious and humanitarian awards. Pat was also a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from Ottawa University, the Arizona Broadcasters Lifetime achievement Award, and has his bronze likeness hanging in the rotunda of the Herberger Theater in recognition of his contributions to Communications & The Arts.


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