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Bowe Bergdahl, U.S. soldier held by Taliban, was "ashamed to be American," emails show
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Posted on 06/01/2014 3:03:45 AM PDT by bryan999

(AP) WASHINGTON - Emails an American soldier reportedly sent to his parents before he was captured by the Taliban three years ago suggest he was disillusioned and considering deserting.

Bowe Bergdahl told his parents he was "ashamed to even be American" and was disgusted with the U.S. mission in Afghanistan and with the Army, according to emails quoted in Rolling Stone magazine.

Bergdahl, a 26-year-old Army sergeant from Hailey, Idaho, was taken prisoner on June 30, 2009, in Afghanistan.

The military has never detailed circumstances of his disappearance or capture, and he is not classified as a deserter. He was initially listed as "duty status unknown" and is now considered "missing-captured." He is the only U.S. prisoner of war from the Afghanistan conflict, and U.S. officials say they are actively trying to free him.

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1 posted on 06/01/2014 3:03:45 AM PDT by bryan999
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To: bryan999

Note: this story was from June 2012.


2 posted on 06/01/2014 3:06:52 AM PDT by bryan999
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To: bryan999

So... is it true?

Did we actually put Navy SEALs at risk to get this guy out????


3 posted on 06/01/2014 3:07:18 AM PDT by Jack Hammer
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To: bryan999
While I am glad he is released, I wonder at what price?
Our policy (before ZERO) of never negotiating with terrorist is out the window.
Now the terrorists will be kidnapping Americans.

Now I read that he was considering desertion?
ZERO bumping his chest with "Look what I did"
Unfreaking believable.

4 posted on 06/01/2014 3:11:44 AM PDT by DeaconRed (Deodorant and Common sense. The ones who need it most don't use it. . . . .)
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To: bryan999; Jack Hammer

I won’t be so quick to jump to conclusions based on some article, and one that says, “reportedly.”


5 posted on 06/01/2014 3:14:14 AM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: Jack Hammer
Did we actually put Navy SEALs at risk to get this guy out????

I don't think Navy Seals think there mission has any reflection on who they are liberating. If he needs to be punished for deserting by the U.S. Army, not the Taliban.

The question of releasing prisoners for any captive is a whole other question.

6 posted on 06/01/2014 3:18:00 AM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: bryan999
This "account" is all over the internet. Is it true? Can anyone verify its claims?

"I WAS THERE. I'm sick of all the lies. Here is the TRUTH, from someone on the ground. 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 don’t know the truth, or refuse to acknowledge it as well. What he did affected his family and his whole town back home, who don’t 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 for him and he will have to face that truth someday."

7 posted on 06/01/2014 3:19:51 AM PDT by montag813
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To: DeaconRed

I was spooked when I saw his father sporting the Muslin style beard and speaking Pashto at the news conference.

Later learned he grew the beard and learned the language as solidarity w/ his son and to be able to converse w/ the captors if the opportunity arose.
Now I’m spooked again.


8 posted on 06/01/2014 3:20:39 AM PDT by Vinnie
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To: bryan999

The law clearly states that Congress will be notified by the Secretary of Defense before a prisoner swap in done. In addition, the law states that Congress will be assured that any prisoners being released will not return to fighting. The law has been broken by Obama and the Secretary of Defense but I am sure nothing will come of it.


9 posted on 06/01/2014 3:24:29 AM PDT by ImNotLying (The Right To Bear Arms: Making good people helpless won't make bad people harmless!)
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To: bryan999

This is the appetizer to the Tyrant releasing
his Blind Shiek.

America is run by al Qaeda and the Moslem Brotherhood
rather than Americans.

FU-EXEMPT Congres-in-abdication.


10 posted on 06/01/2014 3:28:59 AM PDT by Diogenesis
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To: ImNotLying
Of course, nothing will happen. Obama and his gang break laws all the time. No one wants to call him out for fear of being branded a racist.
11 posted on 06/01/2014 3:30:59 AM PDT by fatnotlazy
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To: Jack Hammer

I don’t get this idea that we would just let some service personnel go. I don’t care if the person is the biggest hero or the biggest traitor, they should be in the hands of the service they are part of. That branch of the service should punish or reward them as appropriate.


12 posted on 06/01/2014 3:33:59 AM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: ImNotLying

How do you know Congress wasn’t notified? I doubt, if they were, they would have done anything.


13 posted on 06/01/2014 3:34:39 AM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: bryan999
So are our pResident and First Lady.

Michelle Obama has a penis

14 posted on 06/01/2014 3:39:28 AM PDT by Fear The People (When the government fears the people, you have LIBERTY.)
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To: nickcarraway
It's Drudge's headline.

Lawmakers were not notified of the Guantanamo detainees’ transfer until after it occurred.

The law requires the defense secretary to notify relevant congressional committees at least 30 days before making any transfers of prisoners, to explain the reason and to provide assurances that those released would not be in a position to reengage in activities that could threaten the United States or its interests.

Before the current law was enacted at the end of last year, the conditions were even more stringent. However, the administration and some Democrats had pressed for them to be loosened, in part to give them more flexibility to negotiate for Bergdahl’s release.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/bergdahl-release-arrangement-could-threaten-the-safety-of-americans-republicans-say/2014/05/31/35e47a2a-e8ff-11e3-afc6-a1dd9407abcf_print.html

15 posted on 06/01/2014 3:39:58 AM PDT by McGruff (What if I told you your leaders were lying to you?)
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To: nickcarraway

Doesn’t matter if he was a deserter or not. The issue is trading him for five top Taliban jihadists with the blood on their hands and who will return to fighting against America and its interests.


16 posted on 06/01/2014 3:40:21 AM PDT by twister881
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To: bryan999

Now the US “negotiates” with terrorists. We are a third world nation. Obama has fundamentally changed the country. Thank you progressives...the world is so much safer with you in charge. /s


17 posted on 06/01/2014 3:40:49 AM PDT by ThePatriotsFlag ("There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide." - Thomas Jefferson)
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To: nickcarraway

The head of the committee that was suppose to be notified states they had NOT received notification


18 posted on 06/01/2014 3:41:57 AM PDT by hoosiermama (Obama: "Born in Kenya" Lying now or then or now)
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To: Vinnie
"Now I’m spooked again."

Same here.
Once again ZERO has set it up, so anybody that disagrees with his decision is UN American.
I totally disagree with this decision of negotiating with terrorists. Now I learn the soldier was considering desertion?

This stinks like just about all of ZEROS foreign policy decisions.

19 posted on 06/01/2014 3:42:53 AM PDT by DeaconRed (Deodorant and Common sense. The ones who need it most don't use it. . . . .)
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To: nickcarraway

There have been many accounts that Bergdahl deserted his unit and joined the Taliban. If in fact that is true, and that more American soldiers lost their lives in an attempt to rescue him, then he should be prosecuted when he returns to U.S. control. Maybe that is the plan of this administration, but I seriously doubt it. If he is given a hero’s welcome upon his return, you can bet your ass that there will be many soldiers who will protest and tell the truth about what happened.


20 posted on 06/01/2014 3:44:22 AM PDT by ImNotLying (The Right To Bear Arms: Making good people helpless won't make bad people harmless!)
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To: nickcarraway

How do you know the sky is not falling? (that is what they call a rhetorical question, no answer is required because we know the answer already)

As any honest patriot, I stand with anyone who questions the current Congress, but even as I was out the whole day yesterday, I did know that it was at first, somewhat respected members who first blew the whistle.


21 posted on 06/01/2014 3:44:37 AM PDT by mazda77
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To: ImNotLying

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Peace/2014/05/31/US-soldier-freed-from-captivity-in-Afghanistan

AWOL soldier’s dad said in Arabic...“In the name of Allah, the most gracious, the most merciful,’’


22 posted on 06/01/2014 3:49:32 AM PDT by newfreep
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To: ImNotLying

http://pamelageller.com/2014/05/name-god-gracious-merciful-bergdahl-said-arabic.html/


23 posted on 06/01/2014 3:50:45 AM PDT by newfreep
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To: bryan999

We all know the decision and timing had more to do with the VA scandal than anything else


24 posted on 06/01/2014 3:52:25 AM PDT by kushnejz
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To: ImNotLying
I'm not sure what exactly the law requires, but since there was never a formal declaration of war in Afghanistan I'm not sure any laws would apply. I saw this because I don't know if this dude could even be legally considered a "prisoner of war" anyway.

Oh -- and that goes for the five al-Qaeda guys at Gitmo, too. The whole purpose of having them there was that they had no legal status as either criminals subject to U.S. law or prisoners of war subject to the provisions of the Geneva Convention.

Welcome to the brave new world of colonial military campaigns.

25 posted on 06/01/2014 3:59:27 AM PDT by Alberta's Child ("What in the wide, wide world of sports is goin' on here?")
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To: bryan999

If true this could be the basis for one of the charges of Impeachment after we win the Senate this year.God bless America.


26 posted on 06/01/2014 4:03:04 AM PDT by ardara
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To: bryan999

So, President Obama trades five (5) deadly Taliban commanders from Gitmo for one US-hating Islamic sympathizer so POTUS can have a photo-op and get the VA scandal off the front pages?

Yup, that is consistent for this administration.


27 posted on 06/01/2014 4:03:56 AM PDT by Erik Latranyi
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To: montag813
"I WAS THERE. I'm sick of all the lies."

First as a US Army Veteran I want to thank you for your service.
I think the entire country (OK Most people) are sick of the lies.
This should blow up in ZEROS sorry ass face.

28 posted on 06/01/2014 4:06:31 AM PDT by DeaconRed (Deodorant and Common sense. The ones who need it most don't use it. . . . .)
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To: Fear The People
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29 posted on 06/01/2014 4:07:10 AM PDT by Kozak ("It may be dangerous to be America's enemy, but to be America's friend is fatal" Henry Kissinger)
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To: montag813

I have done a quick search for the article you posted and have found some similar but no where as detailed and as forceful as the one you posted. Can you post a link?


30 posted on 06/01/2014 4:09:20 AM PDT by BilLies (sharyl attkisson is alive and well HOORAY!!!!!)
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To: bryan999

If story is true about this soldier being “ashamed to be an American” then we have the answer as to why Obumbler gave up so much to get him back.

America haters are Obumblers kind of folks.


31 posted on 06/01/2014 4:12:45 AM PDT by billyboy15
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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2156258/Bowe-Bergdahl-Soldier-walked-Afghan-desert-defected-Taliban.html


32 posted on 06/01/2014 4:18:33 AM PDT by BilLies (sharyl attkisson is alive and well HOORAY!!!!!)
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To: fatnotlazy

Obama is proof of reverse evolution...


33 posted on 06/01/2014 4:19:23 AM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: Alberta's Child

“I don’t know if this dude could even be legally considered a “prisoner of war” anyway”

Prisoner of war status is not the issue here. The question is whether he “deserted” his unit and whether he “joined” the Taliban. It appears there is a great deal of evidence to support this. In addition, Bergdahl’s father appears to be supportive of Islam. It will be interesting to see how this plays out.


34 posted on 06/01/2014 4:21:40 AM PDT by ImNotLying (The Right To Bear Arms: Making good people helpless won't make bad people harmless!)
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To: newfreep

> http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Peace/2014/05/31/US-soldier-freed-from-captivity-in-Afghanistan

AWOL soldier’s dad said in Arabic...“In the name of Allah, the most gracious, the most merciful,’’

Therein lies your problem. His dad is of the same blood...


35 posted on 06/01/2014 4:22:28 AM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: ImNotLying

I can’t see it as anything but treason.


36 posted on 06/01/2014 4:24:18 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: McGruff

I read that at the time of signing the law, Obama issued a “signing statement” saying essentially that he disagreed with it and did not consider it binding on him.


37 posted on 06/01/2014 4:24:50 AM PDT by livius
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To: bryan999

We’ve been had. In more ways than one.


38 posted on 06/01/2014 4:35:35 AM PDT by NonValueAdded (Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi or Atty General Holder, who brought more guns to Mexico?)
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To: ImNotLying

If he deserted, he should be prosecuted regardless.


39 posted on 06/01/2014 4:38:32 AM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: ThePatriotsFlag

But Obama bragged about killing bin Laden, guess he screwed up and or lied to us that we were so triumphant if the Taliban can still kill or capture our guys.


40 posted on 06/01/2014 4:44:49 AM PDT by Morpheus2009
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To: Jack Hammer

And we traded 6 OTHER ENEMIES of the US for him?? geesh.


41 posted on 06/01/2014 4:45:06 AM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion.....the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: bryan999
This addition to the story has me coinflicted - it happened under Zero's "command". Perhaps he tired of being offered up for target practice w/o the right to shoot back. Of course, it's also possible he was a Bush-hater holdover and just prone to hating America - perhaps he needs someone even to the left of Zero before he can feel proud of America for the first time.

Gosh, I hate it when we keep getting a mish-mash of facts/stories; I still don't know what happened to the plane, whether to like/hate/be tolerant of a Snowden, or even if Hillary and Obama were lucid during Benghazi. It all gets so dang confusing...

42 posted on 06/01/2014 4:49:02 AM PDT by trebb (Where in the the hell has my country gone?)
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IMHO......Obama has jumped the shark and done a USA turncoat act...putting all Americans in danger of enemy kidnapping across the world. I will lay back and watch this story unfold....for I believe there is much within it, that most Americans will not like or believe that our government did this illegal action. Time will tell, the truth will opt!!! Stay tuned!!! Benghazi, the marine held captive in Mexico, Veterans mistreated and dying, Irag lost, Afghanistan lost, the Middle East lost, Israel deserted, Iran & Syria lost.....Russia, China, India openly mock the USA!!! Who is Obama for??? Seems clesr to me...he ain’t for the USA!!!


43 posted on 06/01/2014 4:50:30 AM PDT by JLAGRAYFOX ( My only objective is to defeat and destroy Obama & his Democrat Party, politically!!!.)
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To: nickcarraway

I wouldn’t give credence to anything said by a captive, held by terrorists.


44 posted on 06/01/2014 4:52:06 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Rip it out by the roots.)
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To: bryan999

He’ll be running for office as a democrat in no time.


45 posted on 06/01/2014 5:09:02 AM PDT by onedoug
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To: Vinnie

His twitter account makes him seem a little nutty too. I don’t know how I would act if someone took my kid though. Maybe I’d get nutty too.


46 posted on 06/01/2014 5:13:39 AM PDT by Straight Vermonter (Posting from deep behind the Maple Curtain)
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To: bryan999
Desertion in a war zone is a capital offense. Obummer used this dirt-bag as an excuse to turn loose the worst of the worst Gitmo Al Queda while he lets the honorable Marine in Mexico rot away. He does this intentionally which makes him guilty of treason against the U.S., another capital offense.
47 posted on 06/01/2014 5:14:39 AM PDT by iontheball
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To: Kozak

Moochelle’s legacy: America’s Poster Child. I’ll bet she won’t be holding up any more placards for a long, long time. This thing is getting more comedic attention than the fly on Omama’s head.


48 posted on 06/01/2014 5:17:03 AM PDT by ImNotLying (The Right To Bear Arms: Making good people helpless won't make bad people harmless!)
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To: iontheball

I think Obama should tell the Mexican President that if he doesn’t release the innocent Marine, we will send 10 million illegal Mexicans back to his country for him to feed instead of us. OH WAIT! No way will Obama send 10 million Democrat voters back.


49 posted on 06/01/2014 5:22:30 AM PDT by ImNotLying (The Right To Bear Arms: Making good people helpless won't make bad people harmless!)
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To: bryan999

When he first “was captured,” the reports said he left the encampment in the dead of night alone. After being with the enemy for five years, has he changed his mind about America?

But no matter, he gave El Bozo an opportunity to take attention from the VA scandal, as well as the opportunity to release FIVE Taliban generals, who will be back in Afghanistan running the new government when Obama bugs out. So it’s a win-win for Obama, and the lapdog media will cover this fiasco as though he is Pres. Reagan.


50 posted on 06/01/2014 5:28:21 AM PDT by txrefugee
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