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I was there: My perspective on Bowe Bergdahl
I am A Texan ^ | June 4, 2014 | Jon Williams

Posted on 06/15/2014 10:55:03 AM PDT by yoe

As an Army Veteran who was working as a contractor attached to the 25th Infantry Division (same Division as Bergdahl) in a nearby FOB when Bowe Bergdahl went missing, I feel the need to speak out on the situation (notice I don’t ascribe rank to him, I will address that later).

A few days ago, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel took the stage at Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan and excitedly started with what he thought would be a big applause line. “We got him back!” he exclaimed.

Silence.

Not. Even. One. Clap.

Numerous White House leaks show that Obama and his team were convinced that Americans would greet the news of a returning POW with elation; that this would be the great moment in Obama’s second term. This shows just how clueless they are about the military. Let me clue them in.

You see, when Hagel took the stage, he expected joy at the announcement that one of their own was returned! However, you have to see inside a soldier’s mind to understand what was going on here. I believe I can provide a little insight.

When a soldier deserts his post, when he writes that he is ashamed to be an American, when he gives the enemy secrets (and he did), he is no longer “one of us”. He is a traitor. He is not a brother-in-arms. Soldiers risk their lives for each other every day on the battlefield, there is a trust and respect they have for each other. For Bowe Bergdahl to break that trust and the Secretary of Defense to announce a hero’s welcome instead of a court-martial is a huge let-down.

He isn't one of their own. He is one of them. He is the enemy.

That's not something to celebrate.

The message the White House is sending is that they value treason more than honorable service.

Read that last sentence again. Let it sink in. THIS is what every soldier is thinking.

In a soldier’s mind serving with honor means finishing your tour, even if you disagree with the way things are done. All bets are off if you serve with dishonor.

I do not refer to Bergdahl as a sergeant, even though he received “automatic” promotions while in the Taliban’s custody because according to law, after 30 days his rank and pay should have been stripped from him. Due to political pressure, his was not. In fact, he probably has over $200,000 in cash waiting in his bank account. In my opinion, this money should be given to the families of the soldiers who died in the aftermath of his desertion.

Bowe Bergdahl deserted his post. He served with dishonor. I know that firsthand. Our soldiers know that. They know they risk their lives every day. They don’t get a hero’s welcome from the White House, they get fewer meals (due to budget constraints) and less safety equipment (due to the drawdown).

Let me be perfectly clear. A Rose Garden Ceremony, a “hero’s welcome”, and automatic promotions to a person that deserted is nothing more than a slap in the face to every service member who has served honorably.

That, Mr. President and Mr. Hagel, is why soldiers aren’t clapping and applauding for you. That is why you have lost any remaining respect from the military community.


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1 posted on 06/15/2014 10:55:03 AM PDT by yoe
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To: yoe

Powerful.


2 posted on 06/15/2014 10:58:16 AM PDT by TEXOKIE (We must surrender only to our Holy God and never to the evil that has befallen us.)
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To: yoe
The message the White House is sending is that they value treason more than honorable service.

That about sums it all up.

3 posted on 06/15/2014 11:00:05 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The more numerous the laws, the more corrupt the government." --Tacitus)
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To: yoe
The message the White House is sending is that they value treason more than honorable service. Read that last sentence again. Let it sink in. THIS is what every soldier is thinking.

Doggone right that's what they are thinking.

He isn't one of their own. He is one of them. He is the enemy.

So is 0bama.

4 posted on 06/15/2014 11:02:23 AM PDT by TigersEye ("No man left behind" means something different to 0bama.)
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To: yoe

This man DOES need applause.


5 posted on 06/15/2014 11:02:56 AM PDT by Yaelle
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To: yoe

wow ... Not much to add to that.


6 posted on 06/15/2014 11:04:05 AM PDT by ConservativeInPA (We need to fundamentally transform RATs lives for their lies.)
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To: yoe

The real treason is the freeing of five hardened terrorists that will go on killing. The left loves killers except those in the gun free zones the create.


7 posted on 06/15/2014 11:04:27 AM PDT by subterfuge (Hey NSA snoop, get a real job you idiot!)
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To: yoe

I have been talking to the boys who are still in, and they will not fight anymore. If sent anyplace, they will rollup the drawbridges and sit and do absolutely nothing. The vets I talk to that can be brought back, many are saying they will head out of country first...to Canada.


8 posted on 06/15/2014 11:04:30 AM PDT by crz
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To: yoe

Thank you for your service.
“He is the enemy.”
Thank you for your honesty and clarity of thought. Yes, he is the enemy. And there is no doubt left that the enemy is in the white hut. Perhaps in the pentagon too.


9 posted on 06/15/2014 11:04:36 AM PDT by SisterK (behold a pale horse)
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To: yoe

Officers are ranked, enlisted are rated.


10 posted on 06/15/2014 11:05:14 AM PDT by TexasGator
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To: subterfuge

THEY create


11 posted on 06/15/2014 11:05:59 AM PDT by subterfuge (Hey NSA snoop, get a real job you idiot!)
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To: yoe
A Rose Garden Ceremony, a “hero’s welcome”, and automatic promotions to a person that deserted is nothing more than a slap in the face to every service member who has served honorably.

This is the Lib/s/Dem's plan to destroy the military, by destroying their brother-in-arms camaraderie. They want to fill the army with homos and lesbos and then make it subservient to the Dem party, just like they did with the "news" media.

Nice plan. I wish the Repubs had thought of it first, but then they tend to be upright and forthright honest about things; you can't say that about Libs....

12 posted on 06/15/2014 11:08:29 AM PDT by jeffc (The U.S. media are our enemy)
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To: yoe

Obama is one of THEM. Until and unless Americans find the guts to admit,face and deal with that we have deluded ourselves into slavery.


14 posted on 06/15/2014 11:09:14 AM PDT by ClearBlueSky (When anyone says its not about Islam...it's about Islam. That death cult must be eradicated.)
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To: yoe; skinkinthegrass; onedoug; 2ndDivisionVet; ConorMacNessa; zot; NKP_Vet; PROCON; Alamo-Girl; ...

Yoe, Thank you for providing your insight.


15 posted on 06/15/2014 11:10:11 AM PDT by GreyFriar (Spearhead - 3rd Armored Division 75-78 & 83-87)
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To: TexasGator

“Officers are ranked, enlisted are rated.”

I’ve heard of a rating in the Navy but not Air Force nor Army.

Where can I find a source for that interesting quirky bit of inside knowledge.


16 posted on 06/15/2014 11:11:13 AM PDT by Hulka
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To: yoe

bergdahl aint going away no mater what the Army does.......he will resurface sometime in the future in an unwelomed fashion...My prediction


17 posted on 06/15/2014 11:11:42 AM PDT by CGASMIA68
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To: yoe

That’s telling it like it is ...


18 posted on 06/15/2014 11:13:39 AM PDT by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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To: subterfuge

No they love killers in the gun free zones because they need gun control laws and gun owners to blame for the failure of a zone to work. Never mind the parents who let their kids run wild, never mind the vast majority of gun owners who don’t kill a hhuman. We need to go and blame someone for society’s wrongs, no matter how bigoted they are in such reasoning.


19 posted on 06/15/2014 11:13:48 AM PDT by Morpheus2009
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To: yoe

Bergdhal will have a high ranking position in either a Hillary cabinet position or become a huge cause celeb in a high paying position at a liberal arts college. Either way, Bergdhal will be very wealthy and a popular guy amongst the leftists. Hell, in 20 years the democrats will nominate him for president like the disgraceful John Kerry.


20 posted on 06/15/2014 11:15:07 AM PDT by Organic Panic
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To: yoe

WooHoo! Well-stated! That IS exactly how every one of us feel, as well. My husband served during the VN war era, but not in VN. His family had always served in the Coast Guard...generations of CG family. We served in the military community for 25+ years, serving the children of military members (overseas) while they are deployed to hotspots elsewhere. I can only imagine the mood on ANY military base these days after this recent event. It has been one misstep after another with this president, but now this? That is a bridge too far, I’m afraid, even for those who may have voted for him in the past two elections. The message from the president to the military is, “Sc-— you!” It couldn’t be clearer!


21 posted on 06/15/2014 11:16:31 AM PDT by Shery (in APO Land)
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To: yoe
The message the White House is sending is that they value treason more than honorable service.

That might be true in general, but it ruins the author's otherwise powerful argument. The White House made the trade because they value Obama's image more than honorable service.

This deal was not done to reward some traitor. Nope, that was just a side effect. This deal was done for two reasons only. One, to get the VA scandal out of the news. And two, to boost Obama's poll numbers.

To argue argue otherwise is too go a bridge too far.

22 posted on 06/15/2014 11:17:40 AM PDT by Leaning Right (Why am I holding this lantern? I am looking for the next Reagan.)
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To: yoe

As an Army veteran, as well as the father of two West Point graduates (and we served honorably), your text sums up my personal feelings on what Obama has done by spitting on our service!


23 posted on 06/15/2014 11:17:59 AM PDT by B-Cause (The trouble with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people's money - Thatcher)
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To: yoe

Bttt.

5.56mm


24 posted on 06/15/2014 11:18:27 AM PDT by M Kehoe
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To: crz

Would they fight against the regime of the foreign enemy combatant in our White House when he abandons his covert war against America (which he declared when he became a signed member of The New Party, which was the political arm intended to carry out the Cloward-Piven Strategy of Manufactured Crises to destroy America from within) and finally declares open war on her?

That’s the big question of our time, and not one that anybody should take lightly. Military and civilian alike will almost certainly have to answer that question.


25 posted on 06/15/2014 11:19:00 AM PDT by butterdezillion (Note to self : put this between arrow keys: img src=""/)
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To: Organic Panic
Bergdhal will be very wealthy and a popular guy amongst the leftists.

The book deal alone will make him rich. And you can bet when he's on Oprah, he'll get only sympathy and softball questions.

26 posted on 06/15/2014 11:19:36 AM PDT by Leaning Right (Why am I holding this lantern? I am looking for the next Reagan.)
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To: ClearBlueSky

Obama has always been a selfish, spoiled, brat who occupies the oval office. And doesn’t think or care for what effect his actions have on others. Had he been something other than a politician, he would have been some annoying trust fund baby whom all but a few care about, but now that we’ve got a spoiled trust fund brat in the White House, and his brash behavior amped up, God help us...


27 posted on 06/15/2014 11:20:59 AM PDT by Morpheus2009
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To: yoe; don-o; hoosiermama; crosslink; WildHighlander57; LucyT

“The message the White House is sending is that they value treason more than honorable service.

Read that last sentence again. Let it sink in. THIS is what every soldier is thinking.”


28 posted on 06/15/2014 11:24:41 AM PDT by maggief
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To: yoe

I can understand the overeducated anti-American idiots who got to to the top by virtue of identity politics, cheating, lying, MSM, stupidity of voters, etc. being clueless and/or not caring about the value of real soldiers and their code of honor - but the Secretary of Defense????

We apparently have no Secretary of Defense!!!


29 posted on 06/15/2014 11:25:50 AM PDT by Aria ( 2008 & 2012 weren't elections - they were coup d'etats.)
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To: Hulka

I just looked up. All are ranked. In the Navy, enlisted are rated. Why the USN has this I have no idea. Additionally, the USN gives the enlisted a rating. The rating specifies his field of expertise.

For example, a PO First Class would have a rate of E-6. His rating might be ‘Electronics Technician’.


30 posted on 06/15/2014 11:31:02 AM PDT by TexasGator
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To: Aria

Hagel is now the Secretary of Offense!...


31 posted on 06/15/2014 11:34:03 AM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: crz

“I have been talking to the boys who are still in, and they will not fight anymore. If sent anyplace, they will rollup the drawbridges and sit and do absolutely nothing. The vets I talk to that can be brought back, many are saying they will head out of country first...to Canada.”

Please tell them to change their mind. Please tell them they are playing right into Obama’s hands. He expected this would demoralize the military. He doesn’t have a clue about the American spirit. Please tell them they are not alone. They are not forgotten. Please tell them to rethink their actions. We need them. Esp those that feel this way...we really, really need them as a country. They are heroes every day. Many of us realize that. Please tell them not to leave.


33 posted on 06/15/2014 11:38:38 AM PDT by austinaero
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To: B-Cause

“As an Army veteran, as well as the father of two West Point graduates (and we served honorably), your text sums up my personal feelings on what Obama has done by spitting on our service!”

Please take heart and be PROUD of your service. The MSM may paint it differently but MANY of us out here really do respect you and are GRATEFUL. Don’t let it get to you. That’s what King Obama wants. Be stubborn. Your family is truly an inspiration to many. Keep posting your story because it really DOES matter. And Thank you!


34 posted on 06/15/2014 11:40:40 AM PDT by austinaero
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To: yoe; GreyFriar
Well said, Brother - and thank you very much for your service!

And thanks for the ping, GreyFriar!



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)

35 posted on 06/15/2014 11:41:51 AM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Mlichael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: Leaning Right

The real purpose was to release the Tollybon Five. 0bama has been pushing for this trade for years.


36 posted on 06/15/2014 11:42:32 AM PDT by TigersEye ("No man left behind" means something different to 0bama.)
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To: jeffc

No force on earth can ever move me to believe that the clown president said: “We’ve got to get this Bowe guy released, figure out how to do it”. No. They wanted to release a bunch of Godless killers and they figured out a way to do THAT.


37 posted on 06/15/2014 11:42:37 AM PDT by TalBlack (Evil doesn't have a day job.)
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To: MeshugeMikey

Not to mention “Homeland Security” is the opposite - letting in cartels and hoards to leech off us ...

NASA - diverted to muslim outreach to make them feel better about themselves....WHAT? How crazy was that??? Even worse, why wasn’t there more screaming about it? How many billions have been skimmed with this crap?

IRS - turned into a “defeat Americans who don’t agree with us” organization.

and on and on..

To obama and company the only enemy is Americans who disagree with him. As I’ve said before, this is the biggest heist the world has ever seen - but the ones with the biggest megaphones aren’t talking.


38 posted on 06/15/2014 11:44:30 AM PDT by Aria ( 2008 & 2012 weren't elections - they were coup d'etats.)
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To: yoe
I do not refer to Bergdahl as a sergeant, even though he received “automatic” promotions while in the Taliban’s custody because according to law, after 30 days his rank and pay should have been stripped from him.

Bergdahl doesn't want to be called sergeant either. I wonder why?

39 posted on 06/15/2014 11:45:07 AM PDT by Mike Darancette (Do The Math)
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To: yoe

Just a note, I was talking to a Sgt Major yesterday and he said that during his service, it was an automatic promotion for POWs, once they returned from the enemy back to the US.


40 posted on 06/15/2014 11:46:09 AM PDT by SgtHooper (This is not my tag!)
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To: subterfuge

Nah, the left loves them, too. Those killers are useful tools in the leftscum’s quest to disarm us all.


41 posted on 06/15/2014 11:50:40 AM PDT by piytar (The predator-class is furious that their prey are shooting back.)
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To: blueyon; KitJ; T Minus Four; xzins; CMS; The Sailor; ab01; txradioguy; Jet Jaguar; Defender2; ...

Bergdahl ping.


42 posted on 06/15/2014 11:51:24 AM PDT by Jet Jaguar (Resist in place.)
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To: TexasGator
Uh, no. Army, Air Force and Marine Corps enlisted members are ranked.

Scouts Out! Cavalry Ho!

43 posted on 06/15/2014 11:52:47 AM PDT by wku man (Veterans, it's up to us to save the Republic...let's roll.)
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To: Aria

NASA..National Aclaim Sharia Agency?? thats how crazy That was!


44 posted on 06/15/2014 11:55:06 AM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: wku man

See my #30.


45 posted on 06/15/2014 11:56:32 AM PDT by TexasGator
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To: Hulka

“Officers are ranked, enlisted are rated.”

I spent some time in the Army as enlisted, my rank was E-6. We used rank for the enlisted people back in the 70s. Never heard of asking a soldier is rate.


46 posted on 06/15/2014 11:57:43 AM PDT by Bruce Kurtz
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To: TexasGator
Got it.

Scouts Out! Cavalry Ho!

47 posted on 06/15/2014 12:05:45 PM PDT by wku man (Veterans, it's up to us to save the Republic...let's roll.)
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To: yoe; All
Mr. Jon Williams, a *SALUTE!* to all, that have
served honorably, special thanks to the families,
to whom they've lost a member.

...and to those whom, disgraced this country, be it
soldier or chief executive, There's a special place
in HELL for you (cowards/traitors) and your ilk.

48 posted on 06/15/2014 12:06:18 PM PDT by skinkinthegrass (The end move in politics is always to pick up a gun..0'Bathhouse/"Rustler" Reid? d8-)
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To: SgtHooper

Bergdahl was never officially classified as a POW.


49 posted on 06/15/2014 12:16:46 PM PDT by Bryan24 (When in doubt, move to the right..........)
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To: yoe

BOOM!


50 posted on 06/15/2014 12:45:32 PM PDT by TADSLOS (The Event Horizon has come and gone. Buckle up and hang on.)
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