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Did Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl go AWOL in Afghanistan?
CS Monitor ^ | 06/01/2014 | By Brad Knickerbocker

Posted on 06/01/2014 12:21:14 PM PDT by SeekAndFind

After five years as a POW, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is headed home. But the circumstances of his capture by the Taliban in Afghanistan remain unclear, indicating he may have walked away from his base.

For now, the story for US Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is one of physical and mental recovery and reunion with his family.

But very soon it will involve debriefings about the nearly five years of his captivity by Taliban fighters, who apparently held him in Pakistan as well as Afghanistan, where his infantry unit had been engaged in combat.

Military and intelligence experts will want to know how he was treated, anything he can tell them about his captors, and what he learned about insurgent capabilities.

But for the young soldier – 23 when he became a prisoner of war, now 28 – those debriefings also will include difficult questions about how and why he happened to be in a position where he fell into the hands of Taliban fighters.

There have been no reports that he was captured during direct combat, that the “fog of war” had put him involuntarily in a vulnerable location.

At this point in the developing narrative, Sgt. Bergdahl seems to have grown disillusioned with the mission, bitter about the Army and especially higher ranking enlisted men and officers, and simply walked off – gone “outside the wire” or protective base limits – and disappeared.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: afghanistan; afhanistan; aidandcomfort; awol; bergdahl; bobbergdahl; bowebergdahl; deserter; gitmo; missing; oef; taliban; usefulidiot
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1 posted on 06/01/2014 12:21:14 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Yes.


2 posted on 06/01/2014 12:22:08 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: SeekAndFind

Yes.


3 posted on 06/01/2014 12:22:31 PM PDT by Hoodat (Democrats - Opposing Equal Protection since 1828)
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To: SeekAndFind
This whole incident smells


4 posted on 06/01/2014 12:23:30 PM PDT by darkwing104 (Forgive but don't forget)
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To: Hoodat

RE: Yes

Next question — For what reason?


5 posted on 06/01/2014 12:24:10 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Yes.


6 posted on 06/01/2014 12:26:57 PM PDT by Ken522
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To: SeekAndFind

His father is speaking now and making me SICK, (God forgive me).


7 posted on 06/01/2014 12:27:02 PM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: SeekAndFind

“LIKE FATHER-—LIKE SON.”

Check out the picture of his father and I don’t think the answer will be difficult.


8 posted on 06/01/2014 12:27:19 PM PDT by DH (Once the tainted finger of government touches anything the rot begins)
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To: SeekAndFind

Yes. Next question.


9 posted on 06/01/2014 12:28:03 PM PDT by BuckeyeTexan (There are those that break and bend. I'm the other kind. ~Steve Earle)
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To: SeekAndFind

Obama was trying to get Muslim terrorists out of Guantanamo since he was elected.

“On 22 January 2009, President Barack Obama signed an order to suspend proceedings at Guantanamo military commission for 120 days and shut down the detention facility that year.[12][13] On 29 January 2009, a military judge at Guantanamo rejected the White House request in the case of Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, creating an unexpected challenge for the administration as it reviewed how the United States brings Guantanamo detainees to trial.[14] On 20 May 2009, the United States Senate passed an amendment to the Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2009 (H.R. 2346) by a 90–6 vote to block funds needed for the transfer or release of prisoners held at the Guantanamo Bay detention camp.[15] President Obama issued a Presidential memorandum dated 15 December 2009, ordering Thomson Correctional Center, Thomson, Illinois to be prepared to accept transferred Guantanamo prisoners.[16]

The Final Report of the Guantanamo Review Task Force, dated 22 January 2010, published the results for the 240 detainees subject to the Review: 36 were the subject of active cases or investigations; 30 detainees from Yemen were designated for “conditional detention” due to the poor security environment in Yemen; 126 detainees were approved for transfer; 48 detainees were determined “too dangerous to transfer but not feasible for prosecution”.[17]

On 7 January 2011, President Obama signed the 2011 Defense Authorization Bill, which, in part, placed restrictions on the transfer of Guantanamo prisoners to the mainland or to foreign countries, thus impeding the closure of the facility.[18] In February 2011, U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said that Guantanamo Bay was unlikely to be closed, due to opposition in the Congress.[19] Congress particularly opposed moving prisoners to facilities in the United States for detention or trial.[19] In April 2011, Wikileaks began publishing 779 secret files relating to prisoners in the Guantanamo Bay detention camp.[20] As of May 2014, 149 detainees remain at Guantanamo.[21]”


10 posted on 06/01/2014 12:28:28 PM PDT by mgist (.)
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To: SeekAndFind

From what I have read of the incident, he deserted in the face of the enemy.


11 posted on 06/01/2014 12:28:33 PM PDT by taxcontrol
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To: SeekAndFind
"If it looks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, we have at least to consider the possibility that we have a small aquatic bird of the family Anatidae on our hands."- Douglas Noel Adams (1952-2001)


12 posted on 06/01/2014 12:28:42 PM PDT by Sooth2222 ("Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of congress. But I repeat myself." M.Twain)
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To: SeekAndFind

Read soldier Dan Witmer's comment about Sgt. Bergdahl

13 posted on 06/01/2014 12:29:15 PM PDT by TigersEye ("No man left behind" is more than an Army Ranger credo it's the character of America.)
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To: SeekAndFind

NO! There is no small difference between DESERTION and AWOL!!!


14 posted on 06/01/2014 12:29:17 PM PDT by G Larry (Which of Obama's policies do you think I'd support if he were white?)
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To: SeekAndFind

Oh and he didn’t walk, he crawled on his belly to avoid detection.


15 posted on 06/01/2014 12:30:05 PM PDT by BuckeyeTexan (There are those that break and bend. I'm the other kind. ~Steve Earle)
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To: DH
Check out the picture of his father and I don’t think the answer will be difficult.

What's wrong with this pic?

Brig. Gen. Rick Mustion, the adjutant general of the U.S. Army, presents Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's promotion certificate in Hailey, Idaho, to Robert Bergdahl, Bowe Bergdahl's father.

Or this?

16 posted on 06/01/2014 12:31:00 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: darkwing104
Smells and stinks as bad as it can get. What we got here is the possibility that a US soldier not only deserted but joined the Taliban. His father seems to be a radical Muslim. One of his lovely posts on Twitter:

So this get's pretty interesting: The possibility that a sitting US President could be guilty of high treason - Using a traitor as a ruse to release Taliban commanders.

17 posted on 06/01/2014 12:31:15 PM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Hitlery: Incarnation of evil.)
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To: SeekAndFind

No hero’s welcome for this deserter. No doubt the Taliban jihadists are celebrating the fact that Obama was stupid enough to trade five of their generals for one deserter, but the girls who won’t get an education, the women who are stoned for getting raped, and the victims of honor killings won’t be celebrating the return of the vicious Taliban. This is another shameful episode in the national humiliation of the Obama presidency.


18 posted on 06/01/2014 12:31:27 PM PDT by txrefugee
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To: BuckeyeTexan

RE: Yes. Next question.

Next question — For what reason?


19 posted on 06/01/2014 12:31:53 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: txrefugee

Let me put it this way, Obama would make for a horrible baseball GM.


20 posted on 06/01/2014 12:33:04 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: TigersEye

Great frickin’ post, TE.

Very much appreciated.


21 posted on 06/01/2014 12:33:35 PM PDT by Fightin Whitey
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To: TigersEye

Great frickin’ post, TE.

Very much appreciated.


22 posted on 06/01/2014 12:33:44 PM PDT by Fightin Whitey
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To: SeekAndFind

Yes. Everything Obama does is calculated to thumb America in the eye. What better way than to trade some of the most dangerous and committed Taliban prisoners we have in custody for one traitor?


23 posted on 06/01/2014 12:34:36 PM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: SeekAndFind

24 posted on 06/01/2014 12:34:49 PM PDT by mgist (.)
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To: dfwgator
"Military and intelligence experts will want to know how he was treated, anything he can tell them about his captors, and what he learned about insurgent capabilities."

If he went AWOL, we are assuming he had a reason to want to DIScontinue supporting the USA. A traitor like this would be busy feeding his captors information. Not the other way around.

That's why it begs the question just why the Taliban would keep the guy around for 5 years.

Answer: He was giving them great intel. Plus as a bonus, he got some US troops killed who went looking for his sorry a$$.

This puke needs a firing squad, not a hero's welcome.

What the f was Obama thinking?

If anyone had doubts that the Preezy hates America, this would be exhibit A.

25 posted on 06/01/2014 12:34:52 PM PDT by boop (I just wanted a President. But I got a rock.)
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To: SeekAndFind

“At this point in the developing narrative, Sgt. Bergdahl seems to have grown disillusioned with the mission, bitter about the Army and especially higher ranking enlisted men and officers, and simply walked off – gone “outside the wire” or protective base limits – and disappeared.”

Yeh its called desertion.


26 posted on 06/01/2014 12:35:46 PM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose o f a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: SeekAndFind

On instructions from some woman named Valerie

The first Prisoner swap...worked out in exquisite detail before ONE side had a prisoner to release!

would barry DO that?..who else


27 posted on 06/01/2014 12:35:51 PM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: boop

Obama was in from the scam from day one...And he knew he had an ‘ace in the hole’ if he needed, then came the VA scandal....and Voila!


28 posted on 06/01/2014 12:35:56 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Fightin Whitey

You’re welcome.


29 posted on 06/01/2014 12:36:44 PM PDT by TigersEye ("No man left behind" is more than an Army Ranger credo it's the character of America.)
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To: SeekAndFind; MeshugeMikey; Yehuda; cyn; F15Eagle
Obama has a natural affection for lawless types. Same character, same name.

Recall that his SS code name is...

RENEGADE

1: a deserter from one faith, cause, or allegiance to another
2: an individual who rejects lawful or conventional behavior

30 posted on 06/01/2014 12:36:55 PM PDT by Ezekiel (All who mourn the destruction of America merit the celebration of her rebirth.)
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FReepathon day 62, Month #3.
Don't let the Left win!


Less than $3k to go!!

31 posted on 06/01/2014 12:38:01 PM PDT by RedMDer (May we always be happy and may our enemies always know it. - Sarah Palin, 10-18-2010)
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To: Ezekiel

isnt renegade a racess word?


32 posted on 06/01/2014 12:38:42 PM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: SeekAndFind; Old Sarge; null and void; Velveeta; Rushmore Rocks; Oorang; Myrddin; MamaDearest; ...
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. . . . Article, - and # 13.

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33 posted on 06/01/2014 12:40:02 PM PDT by LucyT
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda

I agree. If this is not high crimes and misdemeanors nothing is.


34 posted on 06/01/2014 12:40:24 PM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose o f a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: TigersEye

This (the Dan Witmer narrative) is a damning post. Has it been confirmed as genuine and truthful, or corroborated by anyone else? For anyone with military or Afghanistan experience, do his terminology and reference points sound genuine?


35 posted on 06/01/2014 12:40:37 PM PDT by Steve_Seattle
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To: SeekAndFind
Because his world view was formulated outside the United States from a viewpoint where America was considered to be the bad guy. Every action he has taken on the foreign policy front has been done with the purpose of rectifying this viewpoint and punishing the bad guy.

Think about the place where he grew up. Think about the example of government he was taught. His teachers weren't Jefferson and Madison, Locke and Kant. His teacher was Suharto.

36 posted on 06/01/2014 12:40:55 PM PDT by Hoodat (Democrats - Opposing Equal Protection since 1828)
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To: SeekAndFind

Well that’s just great! But what about the family’s of the men that were KIA looking for him? So eight family’s got flags and gold stars and the muzzie dad got his muzzie son back home safe. So a win win for our muzzie president. Five of his brothers gets to go free to fight another day and a mussie comes home. It’s a red letter day for Obobo.


37 posted on 06/01/2014 12:41:01 PM PDT by lostboy61 (Lock and Load and stand your ground!)
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To: TigersEye

Great frickin’ post, TE.

Very much appreciated.


38 posted on 06/01/2014 12:41:44 PM PDT by Fightin Whitey
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To: mgist

I think it was even earlier than that, January 20th. I remember clear as day the very first day he took office the very FIRST thing he did was try to close Gitmo. That was his #1 priority above everything else, helping enemies of the US. And here you go - He just released 5 high ranking Taliban commanders.

WHAT does this jackass have to do to get impeached? Seriously, how much more of this bullsh*t do we have to go through? We have the ENEMY in the nations highest office. Just like GW Bush said “The terrorists will get us where we least expect it” and here they are, right in the White house. The guy is an Islamic agent and he has done nothing else but try to dismantle the US on every level. Just compare how they went after Nixon to this, I can’t believe this the stuff this guy gets away with I really can’t.


39 posted on 06/01/2014 12:41:46 PM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Hitlery: Incarnation of evil.)
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To: SeekAndFind

No. He deserted to the enemy.


40 posted on 06/01/2014 12:42:07 PM PDT by onedoug
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To: onyx

Maj. Gen. Bob Scales making a fool of himself on Fox News right now. (barf)


41 posted on 06/01/2014 12:42:15 PM PDT by TigersEye ("No man left behind" is more than an Army Ranger credo it's the character of America.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I know this sounds like quibbling, but why isn’t Obama wearing a tie? I mean, he’s the president, and this is an official event.


42 posted on 06/01/2014 12:42:24 PM PDT by Steve_Seattle
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To: Georgia Girl 2
I don't know that barry has ever committed a Misdemeanor unless being stupid is criminal

High Crimes? Yewbetcha


43 posted on 06/01/2014 12:43:00 PM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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Yes.. Oh, It is even worse than even 'tin-hatters' like me would imagine.

Here is an excerpt of a story just posted at The Blaze:

".......When news of Sgt. Bergdahl’s release broke, I reached out to intelligence contacts who have operated in the Af/Pak region and are familiar with the situation. I wanted to discuss what was being reported – and more importantly - what wasn’t. The following is what they told me.

When Sgt. Bergdahl was picked up by the Haqqanis, he was described as /diwana/ – the Pashtu word for intoxicated. He was with two or three Afghan soldiers he had walked off his Forward Operating Base with. It is believed the group was en route to indulge in further intoxicants.

Once the Haqqanis had stumbled onto Sgt. Bergdahl, they moved quickly to secure him and move him out of Afghanistan into Pakistan.

This information was passed on to U.S. Special Operations Command, who contacted the powers that be in Kabul, who in turn reached out to Sgt. Bergdahl’s Forward Operating Base. According to my sources, the F.O.B. had not even noticed that Sgt. Bergdahl had failed to appear for muster that morning.

Until they could spirit Sgt. Bergdahl out of Afghanistan, the Haqqanis decided to hide him nearby among the nomads known locally as the ‘Koochi.’ And while the soldiers of Task Force 82 passed by, frantically searching for Sgt. Bergdahl, shouting “Bowe! Bowe!” not a single Koochi tent flap was lifted or even investigated. Had that been done, Bergdahl might have been discovered and rescued before the Haqqanis could sneak him into Pakistan.

The Haqqanis took Bergdahl into the Showal area of Northern Waziristan where he fell under the control of a man named Mullah Sangeen Zadran, the chief of operations for Siraj Haqqani – head of the Haqqani terror network. ...Contrary to press reports, the Afghan Taliban – aka the Quetta Shura - never had their hands on Sgt. Bergdahl. He was always under the control of the Haqqani network......."

FULL ARTICLE
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And even that article doesn't tell the whole story.

I also have it on high authority that 0bama himself called off the search and rescue mission very early.

Even Richard Condon who wrote "The Manchurian Candidate" would have had to stretch his imagination a lot further to write this story.

44 posted on 06/01/2014 12:43:06 PM PDT by LegendHasIt
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To: TigersEye

Oops.

Sent it again by mistake. Oh well worth saying twice. Great find!


45 posted on 06/01/2014 12:43:09 PM PDT by Fightin Whitey
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To: Hoodat

I thought Sukarno was the Communist in Indonesia.


46 posted on 06/01/2014 12:43:44 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: TigersEye

UGH ... I’m also sorry, I watched him, too.
I agree with you.
We’re in need of PATRIOTS on TV.


47 posted on 06/01/2014 12:46:00 PM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: SeekAndFind
Brig. Gen. Rick Mustion, the adjutant general of the U.S. Army, presents Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's promotion certificate in Hailey, Idaho, to Robert Bergdahl, Bowe Bergdahl's father.

"general" praising the deserter !

Aiding and abetting the enemy.

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot


48 posted on 06/01/2014 12:46:24 PM PDT by Uri’el-2012 (Psalm 119:174 I long for Your salvation, YHvH, Your teaching is my delight.)
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To: onyx

I have a bad feeling in the pit of my stomach that we will hear very little that is negative about Bergdahl on TV. Not even Fox News.


49 posted on 06/01/2014 12:48:38 PM PDT by TigersEye ("No man left behind" is more than an Army Ranger credo it's the character of America.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Oops. I answered the wrong question. I answered why Obama was a traitor - not Bergdahl.


50 posted on 06/01/2014 12:49:04 PM PDT by Hoodat (Democrats - Opposing Equal Protection since 1828)
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