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The bizarre tale of America’s last known POW
The New York Post ^ | May 31, 2014 | Michael Gartland

Posted on 06/01/2014 6:56:36 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the last known American POW, was freed after five years in captivity — an ordeal that began and ended in Afghanistan under a shroud of mystery.

The Taliban turned over Bergdahl Saturday morning to US special forces in exchange for five notorious Islamic militants who had been held at Guantanamo Bay and will be sent to Qatar, where they will stay for a year under the terms of the trade.

At least one of the prisoners, ranking Taliban leader Khairullah Khairkhwa, had direct ties to Osama bin Laden.

Bergdahl was picked up by helicopter in western Afghanistan, near the Pakistan border.

After climbing aboard, the 28-year-old Idahoan, trying to communicate with his rescuers over the roar of the rotors, scrawled “SF?” on a paper plate — asking his rescuers whether they were special forces.

“Yes,” one of the men shouted. “We’ve been looking for you for a long time.”(continued)

(Excerpt) Read more at nypost.com ...


TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: afghanistan; bergdahl; bobbergdahl; bowebergdahl; gitmo; obama; taliban
Our next VA secretary?
1 posted on 06/01/2014 6:56:37 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“where they will stay for a year under the terms of the trade.”

Sure. Of course.


2 posted on 06/01/2014 6:59:16 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (DONATE. DON'T DUPLICATE.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“Our next VA secretary? “

I am thinking poster boy for Hillary’s love of the troops.


3 posted on 06/01/2014 7:00:22 PM PDT by EQAndyBuzz ("Heck of a reset there, Hillary")
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To: EQAndyBuzz

Pajama Boy... Meet ...Prisoner Boy!


4 posted on 06/01/2014 7:07:57 PM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

It’s a win-win for the Taliban and a lose-lose for the US.

They get 5 soldiers to put in the field over there against US and 1 over here behind the lines.


5 posted on 06/01/2014 7:08:53 PM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: Uncle Chip

Yeh they traded one of theirs for five of theirs.


6 posted on 06/01/2014 7:12:20 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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7 posted on 06/01/2014 7:19:30 PM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

article says “western” Afghanistan but near Pakistan border is most definitely “eastern” Afghanistan

what happened to proof reading, copy editing, and basic knowledge of geography??


8 posted on 06/01/2014 7:25:10 PM PDT by Enchante
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Bergdahl sounds fishy and his father worse....

Releasing 5 fairly senior Taliban, including at least one with close ties to Bin Laden, is a travesty!

Just another reminder that our policy should be to execute every terrorist scum we can get at, never hold them in any Guantanamo, unless we truly hope to get useful intel from them (so unlikely). Anyone without intel value, execute.

Never release terrorist scum, ever. Now these 5 can help to kill more Americans and countless others.


9 posted on 06/01/2014 7:28:23 PM PDT by Enchante
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

FTA:“I am ashamed to be an American. And the title of US soldier is just the lie of fools,” he concluded. “I am sorry for everything. The horror that is America is disgusting.”

If Barack and Michelle had a son....


10 posted on 06/01/2014 7:34:53 PM PDT by joshua c (Please dont feed the liberals)
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To: joshua c

there is a LOT to be suspicious about with this case:

Freed POW Father’s Disturbing Tweets, Reports of Desertion Raise Alarms on Obama Terror Swap

by Top Right News on June 1, 2014 in BREAKING

http://toprightnews.com/?p=3438


11 posted on 06/01/2014 7:36:55 PM PDT by Enchante
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Cynic!

(But, yes, probably.)


12 posted on 06/01/2014 7:36:57 PM PDT by miserare (2014--The Year We Fight Back!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Can a deserter/defector be considered a POW?


13 posted on 06/01/2014 7:37:01 PM PDT by House Atreides
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I move that whenever we refer to Bergdahl, if we must reference his rank, we put an asterisk next to it. Such as SGT*. When people ask why the asterisk, we can explain that the pansy turncoat was promoted for PR reasons by the Obammunist Department of the Army, without having fulfilled the requirements for promotion that so many of us have over the decades.

Of course, that'll sail right over the heads of most civilians, who understand the military about as much as they understand astrophysics.

Anyone second the motion?

Scouts Out! Cavalry Ho!

14 posted on 06/01/2014 7:38:03 PM PDT by wku man (We are the 53%! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YUXN0GDuLN4)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“I am your father, Luke”


15 posted on 06/01/2014 7:43:14 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Enchante

“Releasing 5 fairly senior Taliban, including at least one with close ties to Bin Laden, is a travesty!”

The fact is we may have released these five for a deserter.


16 posted on 06/01/2014 7:45:37 PM PDT by WILLIALAL
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To: Enchante
Now these 5 can help to kill more Americans and countless others

Why do you think Obama released them?

17 posted on 06/01/2014 7:45:52 PM PDT by sport
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To: wku man

Bowe’s whining and complaining sounds a lot like that Elliot Rodger kid who murdered six people last week:

(From a letter home)

“Bowe Bergdahl would detail his disillusionment with the Afghanistan campaign in an e-mail to his parents three days before he went missing.

“I am sorry for everything here,” he wrote. “These people need help, yet what they get is the most conceited country in the world telling them that they are nothing and that they are stupid.”

Bergdahl also complained about fellow soldiers. The battalion commander was a “conceited old fool,” he said, and the only “decent” sergeants, planning to leave the platoon “as soon as they can,” told the privates — Bergdahl then among them — “to do the same.”

“I am ashamed to be an American. And the title of US soldier is just the lie of fools,” he concluded. “I am sorry for everything. The horror that is America is disgusting.”

Bob Bergdahl responded in an e-mail: “OBEY YOUR CONSCIENCE!”

!!! Better never let the creep get his hands on firearms, knives, or bombs after he is welcomed home to Idaho.


18 posted on 06/01/2014 7:49:06 PM PDT by miserare (2014--The Year We Fight Back!)
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To: Enchante

Southern Afghan. Next to Paki Wazirs.


19 posted on 06/01/2014 7:50:48 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Uncle Chip

We WOULD get the one, the deserter pacifist.

How will the cheers, joy and back slapping sound when the enemy gets the outed station chief and American soldiers are marked as a result of this swap, and allies are killed.

Stranger than fiction this tale.


20 posted on 06/01/2014 7:54:04 PM PDT by RitaOK ( VIVA CHRISTO REY / Public education is the farm team for more Marxists coming.)
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To: RitaOK
When Bergdahl went AWOL, another soldier from the same unit stated:
21 posted on 06/01/2014 8:26:14 PM PDT by wtd
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To: wtd

The twitter stuff was interesting!


22 posted on 06/01/2014 8:35:47 PM PDT by ozaukeemom (Is there even a republic left?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Why aren’t people tying in the blown cover of the CIA chief in Afghanistan as part of this deal?


23 posted on 06/01/2014 8:38:11 PM PDT by porter_knorr
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To: joshua c

The Horror that Americans ELECTED is Disgusting!!!! I am ashamed to be an AMerican today.


24 posted on 06/02/2014 12:17:48 PM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion.....the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: Paladin2

well it’s still “eastern” — anything east of the middle of a country is east not west


25 posted on 06/03/2014 11:32:16 PM PDT by Enchante
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To: Enchante

What about The South?


26 posted on 06/04/2014 6:03:31 AM PDT by Paladin2
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