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Fellow Soldiers Call Bowe Bergdahl a Deserter, Not a Hero
CNN ^ | Sunday, June 1, 2014 | Jake Tapper

Posted on 06/01/2014 8:06:58 PM PDT by kristinn

The sense of pride expressed by officials of the Obama administration at the release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is not shared by many of those who served with him -- veterans and soldiers who call him a deserter whose "selfish act" ended up costing the lives of better men.

"I was pissed off then and I am even more so now with everything going on," said former Sergeant Matt Vierkant, a member of Bergdahl's platoon when he went missing on June 30, 2009. "Bowe Bergdahl deserted during a time of war and his fellow Americans lost their lives searching for him."

Vierkant said Bergdahl needs to not only acknowledge his actions publicly but face a military trial for desertion under the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

A reporter asked Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel Sunday whether Bergdahl had left his post without permission or deserted -- and, if so, whether he would be punished. Hagel didn't answer directly. "Our first priority is assuring his well-being and his health and getting him reunited with his family," he said. "Other circumstances that may develop and questions, those will be dealt with later."

Following his release from five years of captivity in Afghanistan on Saturday, Bergdahl was transferred to a military hospital in Germany.

SNIP

On August 18, 2009, Staff Sgt. Clayton Bowen and Pfc. Morris Walker were killed by an IED in the search for Bergdahl. Staff Sgt. Kurt Curtiss was killed on August 26; 2nd Lt. Darryn Andrews and Pfc. Matthew Michael Martinek were killed after being attacked in Yahya Khail District on September 4; Staff Sgt. Michael Murphrey was killed September 5 by an IED at the Forward Operating Base, Sharana.

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


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: afghanistan; awol; bergdahl; bergdahldeserter; bobbergdahl; bowebergdahl; deserter; desertion; gitmo; jaketapper; tapper
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Brutally frank article.
1 posted on 06/01/2014 8:06:58 PM PDT by kristinn
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To: kristinn

Just like “Dances With Wolves.”


2 posted on 06/01/2014 8:08:35 PM PDT by Dan(9698)
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To: kristinn

It was interesting that Taliban Daddy was very specific about people sent to Germany when al-Bergdal is being physically checked out. Sounds like Papa sent a bunch of ACLU lawyer types.


3 posted on 06/01/2014 8:11:11 PM PDT by BigEdLB (Now there ARE 1,000,000 regrets - but it may be too late.)
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To: kristinn

Very good article Kristinn, thank you for sharing it.

I’m so sickened that 5 major terrorism figures were released for this loser that I can barely see straight anymore.

I don’t believe any of them will live in Qatar for a year as specified and even if they did, that doesn’t mean they aren’t involved in terrorist activities.

As for Bergdahl, I really don’t care what happened to him. He walked away so whatever he got, he deserved. I doubt he’ll be tried for desertion because of the loser in chief we have.


4 posted on 06/01/2014 8:11:18 PM PDT by leapfrog0202 ("the American presidency is not supposed to be a journey of personal discovery" Sarah Palin)
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To: kristinn

I am so outraged over this, I am at a loss of words to express it. The ONLY scenario that I can come up with on this is that Obama took personal offense because Karzai did not come to meet him at Baghram, so he released some prisoners from Gitmo that would make Karzai’s life hell. Yes, he really is that petty.


5 posted on 06/01/2014 8:12:41 PM PDT by Hoodat (Democrats - Opposing Equal Protection since 1828)
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To: Hoodat; kristinn


6 posted on 06/01/2014 8:14:35 PM 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: leapfrog0202

Some rogue CIA types need to create a new order for 360 virgins by going to Qatar and making a bunch of unfortunate accidents happen to these five Ialamof’s


7 posted on 06/01/2014 8:15:05 PM PDT by BigEdLB (Now there ARE 1,000,000 regrets - but it may be too late.)
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To: leapfrog0202

We gave up 5 dangerous, blood thirsty tangos in exchange for a steaming dog turd...

This country is in danger - from its own Government


8 posted on 06/01/2014 8:15:26 PM PDT by 4Liberty (Optimal institutions - optimal economy.)
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To: kristinn

His fellow men in uniform had to sign nondisclosure agreements, per the article! Is this normal for situations like this?


9 posted on 06/01/2014 8:16:32 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: kristinn

William Cunningham is talking about him. He is a traitor!!!


10 posted on 06/01/2014 8:16:38 PM PDT by ExCTCitizen (I'm ExCTCitizen and I approve this reply. If it does offend Libs, I'm NOT sorry...)
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To: BigEdLB

It was interesting that Taliban Daddy was very specific about people sent to Germany when al-Bergdal is being physically checked out. Sounds like Papa sent a bunch of ACLU lawyer types.


I must have missed that. What did he say? Thanks for any info.


11 posted on 06/01/2014 8:17:23 PM PDT by leapfrog0202 ("the American presidency is not supposed to be a journey of personal discovery" Sarah Palin)
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Has Bergdahl’s father expressed any regrets about the heroes killed in search of son? Or has the father limited his concern to the well-being and freedom of the terrorists at Gitmo?


12 posted on 06/01/2014 8:18:23 PM PDT by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: kristinn

How about this — court marshall the puke and put in a Gitmo Cell for ten more years.


13 posted on 06/01/2014 8:19:51 PM PDT by garjog (Obama: making the world safe for Sharia.)
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To: leapfrog0202

Listen to the news conference again. The family sent people to Germany and Papa told the son to LISTEN to them.


14 posted on 06/01/2014 8:20:14 PM PDT by BigEdLB (Now there ARE 1,000,000 regrets - but it may be too late.)
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To: kristinn
Brutally frank article.

Article by Jake Tapper. So much for the Obama's administration claim of "transparency" in its affairs:

Many of Bergdahl's fellow troops ... told CNN that they signed nondisclosure agreements agreeing to never share any information about Bergdahl's disappearance and the efforts to recapture him. Some were willing to dismiss that document in hopes that the truth would come out about a soldier who they now fear is being hailed as a hero, while the men who lost their lives looking for him are ignored.

15 posted on 06/01/2014 8:20:45 PM PDT by CedarDave (CNN: The "Crisis News Channel" - all Flight 370 hysteria and global warming blather, all the time.)
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To: kristinn

FUBB and your POS father.

FUBO

FUCONgress

Fislam


16 posted on 06/01/2014 8:21:48 PM PDT by PGalt
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To: Gene Eric

6 brave men died because they were trying to save the life of a traitor who considered the war “Lame” and wanted to leave..he didnt get taken hostage by the Taliban, he JOINED the Taliban


17 posted on 06/01/2014 8:23:51 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: kristinn

Hagel says:

“Other circumstances that may develop and questions, those will be dealt with later.”

How typical of this administration. Everything “will be dealt with later”.


18 posted on 06/01/2014 8:23:53 PM PDT by miserare (2014--The Year We Fight Back!)
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To: BigEdLB

Thanks. I will.


19 posted on 06/01/2014 8:26:29 PM PDT by leapfrog0202 ("the American presidency is not supposed to be a journey of personal discovery" Sarah Palin)
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To: BigEdLB

I like it!

I have some guys in mind.


20 posted on 06/01/2014 8:26:51 PM PDT by miserare (2014--The Year We Fight Back!)
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To: 4Liberty

I justify it like this.

We have a chance now to eliminate them, rather than babysitting them in comfort.


21 posted on 06/01/2014 8:26:57 PM PDT by AlmaKing
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To: AlmaKing

You’re dreaming if you think this administration will go after them.


22 posted on 06/01/2014 8:27:32 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: leapfrog0202

“... don’t believe any of them will live in Qatar for a year”

They probably agreed to stay there until after the mid-term elections.


23 posted on 06/01/2014 8:27:33 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: kristinn

I don’t believe anything that comes from the Obama administration or their steno pool (MSM). Why did the members of his unit need to sign a non disclosure statement? If they did, it was probably under duress - punishment by the Obama gang - similar to the Benghazi people. What are the Obama’s thugs hiding? Where is the independent media?


24 posted on 06/01/2014 8:27:39 PM PDT by Dapper 26
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To: leapfrog0202

He said something like “Trust them. They are “our” people.

This whole affair stinks to high heaven.


25 posted on 06/01/2014 8:28:59 PM PDT by miserare (2014--The Year We Fight Back!)
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To: kristinn

I’m angry but not surprised. This is just the sort of thing we’ve come to expect from this administration.


26 posted on 06/01/2014 8:29:01 PM PDT by JimSEA
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To: miserare

I predict that this deserter will not see a court martial, no matter what comes out by way of the soldiers who know the truth. Obama has his officer corps well-stacked and they will NOT try to put this guy to trial.


27 posted on 06/01/2014 8:31:54 PM PDT by Chaguito
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To: BigEdLB

I caught that statement too, and I also thought it was some sort of code.


28 posted on 06/01/2014 8:32:42 PM PDT by Prince of Space (Be Breitbart, baby. LIFB.)
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To: miserare

“our people”....as far as I can see, if he did nothing wrong, he shouldn’t need any “people”.

Thanks for the info Miserare. I was searching for which press conference it was said in and had to take a break because I get upset. His dad saying something like we’re proud of how far you went to help the Afghani people. Really? What about the soldiers that got killed looking for this guy? *smh*


29 posted on 06/01/2014 8:36:32 PM PDT by leapfrog0202 ("the American presidency is not supposed to be a journey of personal discovery" Sarah Palin)
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To: lacrew

You’re probably correct.


30 posted on 06/01/2014 8:36:49 PM PDT by leapfrog0202 ("the American presidency is not supposed to be a journey of personal discovery" Sarah Palin)
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To: kristinn

I heard Jake Tapper was reaching out to some of the guys in Bergdahl’s unit. I guess he’s turning honest.


31 posted on 06/01/2014 8:44:10 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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32 posted on 06/01/2014 8:47:29 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: Georgia Girl 2

I always liked Tapper.

He may lose his job over this, though.


33 posted on 06/01/2014 8:47:49 PM PDT by miserare (2014--The Year We Fight Back!)
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To: JimSEA
I’m angry but not surprised.

Here's what is surprising. This report came out of CNN! Not Fox, CNN!

34 posted on 06/01/2014 8:52:51 PM PDT by Leaning Right (Why am I holding this lantern? I am looking for the next Reagan.)
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To: BigEdLB
I find that hard to believe. He has to be debriefed, assessed, etc. The ACLU types ain't gettin’ near him anytime soon.
35 posted on 06/01/2014 8:55:32 PM PDT by BuckeyeTexan (There are those that break and bend. I'm the other kind. ~Steve Earle)
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To: BuckeyeTexan

Are you kidding? The POTUS can do whatever he wants. And the military has to comply or retire or be fired.


36 posted on 06/01/2014 8:57:20 PM PDT by petitfour
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To: Prince of Space
Freed soldier's parents say they're proud of son

Bowe Bergdahl will begin the reintegration process at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany, where he will be given time to tell his story, decompress and reconnect with his family through telephone calls and video conferences, a U.S. defense official said Saturday. Eventually, he is expected to be taken to a military base in Texas to reunite with his family.

Bob Bergdahl urged Bowe to trust his military reintegration team, and Jani Bergdahl told her son to take all the time he needs to heal and decompress. They said they were grateful for the work that the U.S. government and other countries - including Qatar, which served as a go-between in the negotiations - did to bring their son home.

"You are from a strong tribe, you are even stronger now," Jani Bergdahl said.

*****

CBS video clip of father expressing multi-lingual pride in his sons success in adapting and helping the Afghan people

37 posted on 06/01/2014 8:57:41 PM PDT by wtd
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To: Dapper 26

It’s possible he was on a covert mission to infiltrate the Taliban. Likely, no - but possible, yes. It would explain why he was aloof from the other members of his team, and was busy studying languages. And why they wanted to bring him back.

Or he could be a deserter. His father being a wacko Muslim doesn’t help his case.

I’ll reserve judgement until I hear more.

OK, flame away...


38 posted on 06/01/2014 9:04:21 PM PDT by BigBobber (`)
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To: kristinn

One almost wonders if this was the plan all along for this kid and his activist parents: go native, be a “hostage” and get traded. I bet it took longer than they thought, though, and I wonder if the Afhanis were as lovely a bunch as the kid thought they would be.


39 posted on 06/01/2014 9:04:45 PM PDT by A_perfect_lady
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To: kristinn
From a commenter on this blog:
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.

40 posted on 06/01/2014 9:05:04 PM PDT by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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To: kristinn

And those soldiers are correct. Traitors ought to be shot


41 posted on 06/01/2014 9:05:20 PM PDT by Nifster
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To: kristinn

Not good for the feel good Obama narrative.


42 posted on 06/01/2014 9:07:55 PM PDT by HMS Surprise (Chris Christie can STILL go straight to hell.)
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To: kristinn

“...Many of Bergdahl’s fellow troops — from the seven or so who knew him best in his squad, to the larger group that comprised the 1st Battalion, 501st Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division — told CNN that they signed nondisclosure agreements agreeing to never share any information about Bergdahl’s disappearance and the efforts to recapture him....”
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This is the same silencing protocol that the demonic Obama administration (and their subservient political generals in the military) have been following in Benghazi. I wonder if Bergdahl is being interrogated in Germany or is being given his “cover story” by the Obama Regime’s operatives?

Does this approach ring a bell with anyone else?


43 posted on 06/01/2014 9:21:27 PM PDT by House Atreides
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To: BigBobber

“I’ll reserve judgement until I hear more.”

Hear hear, I find the level of vitriol here disturbing.

I know a CLOSE friend of the Bergdahls. I know they are being misrepresented on this board; badly.

As for Bowe, I don’t know what happened, but how about we wait until we know for sure? I think he wanted to be rescued. I heard news reports that he tried to escape more than once. That doesn’t sound like someone who voluntarily joined the Taliban.


44 posted on 06/01/2014 9:58:27 PM PDT by Persevero (Come on 2016)
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To: Zhang Fei

” I feel for his family who only want their son/brother back. “

This even from the anonymous commenter accusing Bowe of deliberate desertion (may be true, I don’t know, I just don’t like to ASSUME it’s true. The anonymous commenter also seems to assert that Bowe kind of lost it, mentally)

I really hate to see his parents insulted so repeatedly on FR tonight.

My commendations to the six or more who lost their lives looking for Bowe. That is nothing but a shame, but it may or may not have been Bowe’s fault. If he lost his mind or got captured, it’s probably not his fault. If he deserted on purpose, yes, then it’s on him. But can we make these conclusions based on nothing but anonymous comments? Anyone can make an anonymous comment.


45 posted on 06/01/2014 10:02:48 PM PDT by Persevero (Come on 2016)
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To: Persevero

I want you as my judge if I ever go on trial for murder.


46 posted on 06/01/2014 10:16:16 PM PDT by Reagan‹berAlles (Remember, you can't spell "progressive" without "SS".)
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To: Reagan√úberAlles

“I want you as my judge if I ever go on trial for murder.”

I consider people innocent until PROVEN guilty. A pet principle of mine :)


47 posted on 06/01/2014 10:18:54 PM PDT by Persevero (Come on 2016)
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To: kristinn

Surprising this coming from CNN.


48 posted on 06/01/2014 10:19:42 PM PDT by RandallFlagg (Uninstall Fascist Firefox. Get Pale Moon.)
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To: ExCTCitizen
William Cunningham is talking about him. He is a traitor!!!

Obama too?
49 posted on 06/01/2014 10:20:29 PM PDT by Old Yeller (Anything is possible, if you don't know what you're talking about.)
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To: kristinn; blueyon; KitJ; T Minus Four; xzins; CMS; The Sailor; ab01; txradioguy; Jet Jaguar; ...

Active Duty ping.


50 posted on 06/01/2014 10:21:37 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar (Resist in place.)
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