Skip to comments.Last American POW in Afghanistan: tragedy or traitor?
Posted on 06/01/2014 8:05:03 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
Rolling Stone recently published a riveting feature article, The last American Prisoner of War. It has reignited a heated debate over the price of patriotism. The writer chronicles the controversial story of American soldier, Bowe Bergdahl, who walked off his post three years ago in Afghanistan, now a POW held captive by the Taliban. This is a must read, not unbiased and littered with unnecessary expletives in traditional Rolling Stone fashion, but encompasses the full sense of who this man is and the circumstances surrounding the polarizing situation. If youre like me, youll be left holding a mixed bag of emotions. On one hand, we have a disgruntled soldier, very likely a deserter, some claim traitor, although theres almost no evidence to support that. However, he did express anti-American sentiments in personal letters to his family, abandoned his post in a time of war, through his own gross negligence was captured by the enemy, and is now begging to be rescued from the enemy he sympathized with. He has put the lives of his fellow soldiers in danger, the very ones he turned his back on, as they attempted to search for and rescue him. In enemy hands, he has become an instrument of anti-American propaganda and a valuable bargaining chip for the Taliban. The United States now will very likely have to negotiate with terrorists in a prisoner exchange and release many dangerous enemy combatants to secure Bergdahls freedom. Many have suggested that his actions are inexcusable, and because he committed a crime against his country by deserting and put himself in this deadly situation, he should be left to suffer the consequences. One Fox News military analyst, Lt. Col. Ralph Peterson, went to so far as to suggest the Taliban would do us a favor if they execute
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Whatever else it might be, God will repay for the death of every Afghan child, ameen! doesnt sound like a rousing call to patriotism.
ABalkhi is the Twitter handle of Abdulqahar Balkhi, a Taliban spokesman.
Its important to remember the elder Bergdahl posted the message while his son was still in captivity and might have been willing to say anything while talking to the sergeants captors. Its also unclear whether the tweet was intended to be public.
But the contents of the posting are making a lot of people suspicious.
The circumstances of Bergdahls capture are already odd no one knows why he left that Army base five years ago and a USA story published Saturday shows Bergdahl is thought by many in the military to have either deserted or gone AWOL.
I don't know what to make of this story. Bizarre.
I was wondering about the captive and what his mind set is going to be after 5 or so years of constant muzzie input. Stockholm syndrome? Maybe Kabul syndrome?
He walked away from what I have read. I thought that was called desertion.
And praise Obama for his release while ignoring the terrorists he released.
We really need to get rid of this POS.
This is the first I’ve heard about the guy being a deserter. If he left his post and took off AWOL as far as I’m concerned he’s on his own. Now we have traded 5 detainees for his worthless hide.
Whats with the picture of him in the news still with the Taliban beard?
Now how about trading 5 illegal aliens and lets get that poor marine back from Mexico who never deserted.
He shoukd have time to get his head on straight while making smaller rocks in Ft. Leavenworth.
How ‘bout 14 million Mexicans for one Marine....what a bargain!
He’s a deserter and a traitor, NOT a “POW”!
If he just walked away, he’s a traitor and we should send him back.
Terrorists attacked us and killed 3000 innocent Americans. Our war with them was justified. If he walked away, he’s a dirtbag traitor.
I realize that a lot of people have very fixed opinions on this, but I can’t follow along with the herd here. This soldier was held captive by terrorists, and we paid off the terrorists to release their hostage. It is immaterial how he became a hostage - I really don’t care if he went AWOL and walked into their hands or maybe was a traitor who tried to join our enemies.
At the end of the day, we paid off terrorists to release a soldier, endangering the lives of soldiers and American citizens the world over. Each one of us became a little bitcoin in the eyes of terrorists, to be bartered away for what they want. Ask Israel if they regret paying off terrorists for the return of their soldier, and the dozens and dozens of repeated payoffs they’ve done since now that the precedent was established.
Or Obama for one marine. :-)
I can add this to the story; he and his family come from Hailey Idaho, one of the most liberal/far-left parts of Idaho. Sun Valley/Ketchum area, where all the rich elitists like J F’n Kerry have vacation homes. So it is no mystery why this family is the way they are.
Another great accomplishment by Obama which turns into a rotten stench that will be completely ignored by the lamestream media.
When I saw the red “Breaking News” feed from Fox News yesterday on my smartphone, announcing that a U.S. soldier kept prisoner in Afghanistan for years was being freed in exchange for four Guantanamo Bay detainees, I nearly went through the roof. There is absolutely NO WAY in NO UNCERTAIN TERMS that any U.S. Administration should release any of the terrorists we’ve caught, even if it IS to get a soldier freed—not to mention that this particular soldier apparently deserted his post. The Obama Tyrannical Administration at work again.
Remember when we all laughed about Obama being a secret muslim?
I never laughed at anything about Obama. He is by far the worst thing to ever happen to this once-great country and we may never recover from his damage.
FUBO - once again.
Traitor. In face, I’d be willing to be he was the one that suggested to the Taliban to pretend he was a POW to get concessions. And the plan worked perfectly.
That is when Bush was in the White House. I have no idea what they're doing there since Obama has been in the White House.
Working to free all Guantanamo prisoners tweet from account of released soldiers father deleted
This was on FB. Unsure of the origin but interesting.
“From someone who was there:
“We were at OP Mest, Paktika Province, Afghanistan.
It was a small outpost where B Co 1-501st INF (Airbone) ran operations out of, just an Infantry platoon and ANA counterparts there.
The place was an Afghan graveyard. Bergdahl had been acting a little strange, telling people he wanted to “walk the earth” and kept a little journal talking about how he was meant for better things. No one thought anything about it. He was a little out there.
Next morning he’s gone. We search everywhere, and can’t find him. He left his weapon, his kit, and other sensitive items. He only took some water, a compass and a knife. We find some afghan kids shortly after who saw an american walking north asking about where the taliban are.
We get hits on our voice intercepter that Taliban has him, and we were close. We come to realize that the kid deserted his post, snuck out of camp and sought out Taliban to join them.
We were in a defensive position at OP Mest, where your focus is to keep people out. He knew where the blind spots were to slip out and that’s what he did. It was supposed to be a 4-day mission but turned into several months of active searching. Everyone was spun up to find this guy.
News outlets all over the country were putting out false information. It was hard to see, especially when we knew the truth about what happened and we lost good men trying to find him.
PFC Matthew Michael Martinek, Staff Sgt. Kurt Robert Curtiss, SSG Clayton Bowen, PFC Morris Walker, SSG Michael Murphrey, 2LT Darryn Andrews, were all KIA from our unit who died looking for Bergdahl. Many others from various units were wounded or killed while actively looking for Bergdahl.
Fighting Increased. IEDs and enemy ambushes increased.
The Taliban knew that we were looking for him in high numbers and our movements were predictable.
Because of Bergdahl, more men were out in danger, and more attacks on friendly camps and positions were conducted while we were out looking for him.
His actions impacted the region more than anyone wants to admit. There is also no way to know what he told the Taliban: Our movements, locations, tactics, weak points on vehicles and other things for the enemy to exploit are just a few possibilities.
The Government knows full well that he deserted. It looks bad and is a good propaganda piece for the Taliban. They refuse to acknowledge it.
Hell they even promoted him to Sergeant which makes me sick.
I feel for his family who only want their son/brother back.
They dont know the truth, or refuse to acknowledge it as well.
What he did affected his family and his whole town back home, who dont know the truth.
Either way what matters is that good men died because of him.
He has been lying on all those Taliban videos about everything since his capture.
If he ever returns, he should be tried under the UCMJ for being a deserter and judged for what he did.
Bergdahl is not a hero, he is not a soldier or an Infantryman.
He failed his brothers.
Now, sons and daughters are growing up without their fathers who died looking for him and he will have to face that truth someday.”
Well, you’re one person who gets it. Up here in Alberta, I tell people he’s the worst president in US history, and they think I’m racist. God help us all.
I knew Obama was a muslim from the very beginning—when he first appeared on the scene to run for President, while he was campaigning, and of course, especially after he took office. The “red flags” were more like giant banners that were popping up around him, with every word he spoke, every gesture he made, the places he went, the people he associated with, the revelations of his history, and the list goes on. From beginning to present, both the scale and the alarm of the events that have taken place since I first found out about him, and his presence in the Office of President, have never amazed me. Again, I have known he was a muslim all along, and everything our country has experienced and will experience (to our horror) will be a direct result of such an evil and pervasive presence, such as his is.
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