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Comrades torn by Bergdahl conversion from Rambo to Afghans’ friend
The Australian / The Wall Street Journal ^ | June 9, 2014 | Dion Nissembaum

Posted on 06/08/2014 5:39:28 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

BOWE Bergdahl arrived in ­Afghanistan ready to kill. Like many soldiers heading into a war zone for the first time, the 22-year-old US army private was eager. As he and his unit prepared for battle in late 2008, he ­approached his squad leader at their Alaska military base with a memorable question.

“The first thing he said was: ‘Can I cut off the face of the first Taliban I kill and wear it like a mask?’” said Josh Korder, an army soldier who said he couldn’t ­believe what he was hearing.

The bravado didn’t last. The Private Bergdahl’s view of America’s war began to turn after his first big firefight on an Afghan mountainside in May 2009. A month later, after complaining about the army’s strategy, he disappeared from his post.

Now that Sergeant Bergdahl, 28, has been released after nearly five years in Taliban captivity — he was promoted during that time — some of his friends and fellow soldiers are speaking out on the question at the heart of the controversial prisoner exchange that freed him: why did he vanish?

“I’ve been thinking about it since the day he left,” Mr Korder said. “Where’d Bergdahl go?”

Was he trying to switch sides? Did he want to leave the war behind and become a nomad? Was he betrayed by two Afghan police officers who Mr Korder said mysteriously fled the same outpost the day Bergdahl disappeared?

The answer rests with Sergeant Bergdahl, now lying in a US military hospital bed....

(Excerpt) Read more at theaustralian.com.au ...


TOPICS: Conspiracy; Government; Military/Veterans
KEYWORDS: 200905; 200906; 20090630; afghanistan; bergdahl; joshkorder; obama; taliban
Curiouser and curiouser.
1 posted on 06/08/2014 5:39:28 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

He’s a mental case like his old man.


2 posted on 06/08/2014 5:46:02 PM PDT by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I just saw the NBC Nightly News version of the Bergdahl saga. Gee whiz, he is such a nice guy, had a really bad time of it, and John Kerry says the very idea that the Taliban5 will kill more Americans is “baloney.”

Oh goody, let’s trust the sanitized version and dance around the May Pole.


3 posted on 06/08/2014 5:46:28 PM PDT by Veto! (OpInions freely dispensed as advice)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Two mysterious Afghans nicknamed Joe the Tea Swiller and Valerie Super Dooper Deep Cover made him send his computer home to Dad days before he was forced to change clothes and be teleported out of the base against his will on the orders of eeevil Dick Cheney.


4 posted on 06/08/2014 5:49:23 PM PDT by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Oh yeah, and the other guys in his unit were the psychopaths?


5 posted on 06/08/2014 5:50:27 PM PDT by Ouchthatonehurt ("When you're going through hell, keep going." - Sir Winston Churchill)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

He is a certified whack job but, absolutely not incompetent.

He knew what he was doing and I’m looking forward to the 3rd season of Homeland....


6 posted on 06/08/2014 5:52:34 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
“The first thing he said was: ‘Can I cut off the face of the first Taliban I kill and wear it like a mask?’”

I bet John Kerry said something like that back when he was looking to recruit the troops of Genghis Khan to join his VVAW and testify before congress about imaginary American atrocities. “The first thing he said was: ‘Can I chase down the first Viet Cong I see and kill him behind a hut like a rabid dog?’”

7 posted on 06/08/2014 5:53:52 PM PDT by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge)
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To: Veto!
" . . . and John Kerry says the very idea that the Taliban 5 will kill more Americans is “baloney.”

More Bravo Sierra from the Secretary of Treason.



America demands Justice for the Fallen of Benghazi!

O stranger, tell the Lacedaemonians that we lie here, obedient to their command.

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)

8 posted on 06/08/2014 5:58:18 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Mlichael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I am an American, fighting in the forces which guard my country and our way of life. I am prepared to give my life in their defense.III will never surrender of my own free will. If in command, I will never surrender the members of my command while they still have the means to resist.IIIIf I am captured I will continue to resist by all means available. I will make every effort to escape and to aid others to escape. I will accept neither parole nor special favors from the enemy.IVIf I become a prisoner of war, I will keep faith with my fellow prisoners. I will give no information or take part in any action which might be harmful to my comrades. If I am senior, I will take command. If not, I will obey the lawful orders of those appointed over me and will back them up in every way.VWhen questioned, should I become a prisoner of war, I am required to give name, rank, service number, and date of birth. I will evade answering further questions to the utmost of my ability. I will make no oral or written statements disloyal to my country and its allies or harmful to their cause.VII will never forget that I am an American, fighting for freedom, responsible for my actions, and dedicated to the principles which made my country free. I will trust in my God and in the United States of America.


9 posted on 06/08/2014 6:00:04 PM PDT by lacrew (Mr. Soetoro, we regret to inform you that your race card is over the credit limit.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

May 2009, when Obama admin released interrogation photos :

Poison Photo-Drop .. decision to release photographs .. will imperil nation .. its defenders.
National Review Online ^ | May 12, 2009 | Andrew C. McCarthy http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2249304/posts


10 posted on 06/08/2014 6:07:52 PM PDT by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“The first thing he said was: ‘Can I cut off the face of the first Taliban I kill and wear it like a mask?’”
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and this while he was still state side and hadn’t yet been to a war zone...


11 posted on 06/08/2014 6:10:11 PM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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12 posted on 06/08/2014 6:12:12 PM PDT by Baynative (How much longer will the media be able to prop up this administration?)
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To: Baynative
...and then there's this one...


13 posted on 06/08/2014 6:14:25 PM PDT by Baynative (How much longer will the media be able to prop up this administration?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Bergdahl=turnip+head


14 posted on 06/08/2014 6:16:35 PM PDT by servo1969
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; headstamp 2

I am now pretty sure that the guy was a CIA agent.


15 posted on 06/08/2014 6:23:15 PM PDT by sagar
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To: Baynative

That looks like a wedding ceremony.


16 posted on 06/08/2014 6:31:31 PM PDT by Disambiguator (#cornedbeef)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Yep. This guy is no patriot. I’m leaning towards thrill seeker.


17 posted on 06/08/2014 6:34:46 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Baynative

Downright creepy - but then everything about Øbozo has a high creep-factor.


18 posted on 06/08/2014 6:40:39 PM PDT by rockrr (Everything is different now...)
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To: Disambiguator

That’s what I thought ...just plain creepy!


19 posted on 06/08/2014 6:41:49 PM PDT by Baynative (How much longer will the media be able to prop up this administration?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Could be he planned to join the Taliban all along, and the “bravado” when he first got there was just an act.

I could be wrong, but it sure sounds like he was trying too hard with the Taliban mask idea.


20 posted on 06/08/2014 6:51:01 PM PDT by reasonisfaith ("...because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved." (2 Thessalonians))
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
“The first thing he said was: ‘Can I cut off the face of the first Taliban I kill and wear it like a mask?’”

Sounds to me like the kind of thing you'd expect from a smug hippie-minded smirk-faced a-hole who entered the military for the benefits and maybe job security and found himself inadvertently in a whole new world--one he despised and held in contempt. What better way to pimp the system than to pretend to be a super duper killer freak. Shades of Arlo Guthrie.

21 posted on 06/08/2014 6:51:25 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: Baynative
OK, so Daddy Bergdahl is pimping his wife to Obama. Stranger things have happened in the rarefied confines of the White House.
22 posted on 06/08/2014 6:53:29 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: reasonisfaith

My thoughts too. I have heard the stories (for years) that he was a deserter, or worse. Then, last week I saw his father send some creepy messages to the muslim world, from the White House. The whole family needs to be watched for the rest of their lives. They are not to be trusted.


23 posted on 06/08/2014 6:57:27 PM PDT by PghBaldy (12/14 - 930am -rampage begins... 12/15 - 1030am - Obama's advance team scouts photo-op locations.)
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To: Baynative

That’s just creepy.


24 posted on 06/08/2014 6:59:14 PM PDT by petitfour
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To: Baynative

How about the photo from behind, I could’ve sworn he had his arm very low on her waist, like a beaux would do, not a stranger! I haven’t seen that one posted but I know I saw it.


25 posted on 06/08/2014 8:25:36 PM PDT by hulagirl (Mother Theresa was right)
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To: Baynative

I caught those and thought it very weird - she obviously has a thing for Muslim men but you know the Mooch ain’t gonna like seeing these....


26 posted on 06/08/2014 8:35:14 PM PDT by capydick (''Life's tough.......it's even tougher if you're stupid.'')
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To: Baynative

Maybe he’s trying to get some hetero cred?


27 posted on 06/08/2014 8:37:54 PM PDT by beethovenfan (If Islam is the solution, the "problem" must be freedom.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

A genuine rooty toot.


28 posted on 06/08/2014 9:28:48 PM PDT by TigersEye ("No man left behind" means something different to 0bama.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
"Rambo"????
Really?
BoBo was a ballerina in civilian life before entering the service.
29 posted on 06/09/2014 5:22:19 AM PDT by Amagi (Lenin: "Socialized Medicine is the Keystone to the Arch of the Socialist State.")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

can’t read the article without signing up


30 posted on 06/09/2014 6:35:05 AM PDT by yldstrk ( My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: hinckley buzzard
"Shades of Arlo Guthrie."

Walked up to the shrink and said I wanna kill. I mean, I wanna kill. I wanna see blood, guts, gore and my teeth. Eat dead burnt bodies, I mean, kill!

They should have sent Bo Burgdahl to the group W bench...
31 posted on 06/09/2014 10:34:48 AM PDT by Old Teufel Hunden
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To: yldstrk

Not true, just click the red X on that page and it’ll let you through. Do you think I subscribed to post it?


32 posted on 06/09/2014 11:22:04 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2Million USD for Cruz and/or Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I think I am over the maximum allowed articles or whateer, it will not let me by


33 posted on 06/09/2014 11:40:47 AM PDT by yldstrk ( My heroes have always been cowboys)
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