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Anger Explodes Over Treatment of Bergdahl’s Release as Veterans, Troops Call Him a Deserter
McClatchy ^ | Monday, June 2, 2014 | Hannah Allam and Jonathan S. Landay

Posted on 06/02/2014 9:55:47 PM PDT by kristinn

For all the yellow ribbons strewn across his hometown in Idaho and the gratitude expressed by his parents in an emotional visit to the White House on Saturday, it’s looking increasingly unlikely that Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl will receive a hero’s welcome when he returns to the United States after nearly five years in Taliban captivity.

From military forums across the country, a groundswell of anger is rising over the Obama administration’s silence on perhaps the most controversial question surrounding the deal that freed Bergdahl in exchange for five senior Taliban members: Was he a deserter?

So far, the U.S. government has shied away from the long-nagging question, which raged anew Monday with growing clamor on the Internet about the circumstances of Bergdahl’s disappearance from his unit’s small forward position in Afghanistan on June 30, 2009.

Military-related blogs, Twitter accounts and Facebook pages were filled with screeds from commenters accusing Bergdahl of being a “traitor” or a Taliban “collaborator.” The online publication The Daily Beast published a nearly 2,000-word first-person account by a former Army infantry officer who said he was privy to details of Bergdahl’s disappearance and who stated flatly that “he was a deserter, and soldiers from his own unit died trying to track him down.”

The mother of one of six soldiers who’ve been identified as being killed in circumstances related to the search for Bergdahl was furious over the opaque handling of the case, telling Army Times that the Pentagon “really owes the parents of these fallen soldiers the truth.”

But instead of addressing the desertion issue head-on, complained many military analysts and war veterans, the Obama administration is allowing the debate to fester, only deepening the skepticism of current and former service members who demand to know how Bergdahl left his unit,...

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: afghanistan; awol; bergdahl; birddog; bobbergdahl; bowebergdahl; bowebirddog; collaborator; deserter; fraud; gitmo; obama; scandals; taliban
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1 posted on 06/02/2014 9:55:47 PM PDT by kristinn
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To: kristinn

Clearly a Deserter wanting to go native who ran into jihad on the ground beyond his limited imagination.


2 posted on 06/02/2014 9:59:27 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: kristinn

“Tidal wave of fury building up,” is putting it mildly, IMHO.

And, the issue of whether he gets to keep his pay for the past 5 years is another matter, too!


3 posted on 06/02/2014 10:01:22 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: kristinn

I hear the Caliph is looking for a new VA chief.


4 posted on 06/02/2014 10:01:28 PM PDT by Colonel_Flagg ("Compromise" means you've already decided you lost.)
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To: kristinn

What a pathetic collection of childish idiots run this White House. . beginning with the biggest adolescent punk of them all. . little Barry.


5 posted on 06/02/2014 10:01:53 PM PDT by McBuff
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To: kristinn
Military-related blogs, Twitter accounts and Facebook pages were filled with screeds from commenters accusing Bergdahl of being a “traitor” or a Taliban “collaborator.”

Funny, I happen to think the McClatchy papers are filled with screeds.

6 posted on 06/02/2014 10:02:08 PM PDT by Steely Tom (How do you feel about robbing Peter's robot?)
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To: kristinn

Have read so many differing accounts and am still putting 2 + 2 together. Discouraging that have seen very little that appears authentic or is purposeful that little to nothing is appear that can be substantiated as authentic and that is why keep coming up with 2 + 2 = 3, 5 or 6. Guess am slower than used to be.


7 posted on 06/02/2014 10:04:21 PM PDT by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: Steely Tom

I was just about to post that Facebook has gone bonkers over this.


8 posted on 06/02/2014 10:04:34 PM PDT by firebrand
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To: kristinn

F’ this bastard POS. I hope he steps on a GD landmine. A traitor scumbag whose lousy existence cost the lives of at least 5 American soldiers.


9 posted on 06/02/2014 10:08:12 PM PDT by max americana (fired liberals in our company last election, and I laughed while they cried (true story))
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To: kristinn

I’ve e-mailed the mayor of Hailey and am trying to coordinate local VFW members to contact Idaho VFW and get them to pledge not to get involved in any ‘hero worship ‘ for this man .
There needs to be a thorough MILITARY , non civilian , non political , public investigation . Prominently featuring the testimony of the soldiers that served with him and were a party to the days leading up to and after his disappearance . THEY KNOW and THEY should be heard , above all others


10 posted on 06/02/2014 10:10:54 PM PDT by LeoWindhorse
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To: McBuff

The reason the dip$hits in the Obama Admin keep running into PR buzz saws like this is that they cannot even conceive that traitors are actually bad.


11 posted on 06/02/2014 10:11:22 PM PDT by WMarshal (Free citizen, never a subject or a civilian)
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To: kristinn; blueyon; KitJ; T Minus Four; xzins; CMS; The Sailor; ab01; txradioguy; Jet Jaguar; ...

Active Duty ping.


12 posted on 06/02/2014 10:13:01 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar (Resist in place.)
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To: Jet Jaguar

All available Patriots ought go to Hailey and hold up pictures of the soldiers who died looking for this guy.


13 posted on 06/02/2014 10:15:05 PM PDT by Robwin
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To: kristinn

The more I study this situation the more am coming to believe the first, second and third horses have been ridden onto the world stage. Am wondering if there has been devised a method to bring the fourth rider onto the world stage, ahead of schedule, to usher in the final three sixes?


14 posted on 06/02/2014 10:15:18 PM PDT by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: Robwin

Agreed.


15 posted on 06/02/2014 10:16:08 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar (Resist in place.)
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To: LeoWindhorse

Best idea have seen.


16 posted on 06/02/2014 10:17:25 PM PDT by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: WMarshal

BINGO!


17 posted on 06/02/2014 10:18:03 PM PDT by cartoonistx
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To: onyx
And, the issue of whether he gets to keep his pay for the past 5 years is another matter, too!

Major Hassan kept every dime for the five years before his trial.

18 posted on 06/02/2014 10:20:43 PM PDT by itsahoot (Voting for a Progressive RINO is the same as voting for any other Tyrant.)
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To: no-to-illegals

I think this explains a lot:

http://news.yahoo.com/us-concluded-2010-bergdahl-walked-away-185047684—politics.html


19 posted on 06/02/2014 10:20:50 PM PDT by leapfrog0202 ("the American presidency is not supposed to be a journey of personal discovery" Sarah Palin)
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To: McBuff
little Barry.

That is king Barry to you.

20 posted on 06/02/2014 10:21:21 PM PDT by itsahoot (Voting for a Progressive RINO is the same as voting for any other Tyrant.)
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To: LeoWindhorse

Good job LeoWindhorse. I emailed the city admin, didn’t have the mayor’s email.


21 posted on 06/02/2014 10:21:27 PM PDT by leapfrog0202 ("the American presidency is not supposed to be a journey of personal discovery" Sarah Palin)
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To: leapfrog0202; LeoWindhorse

Have to agree the world is full of information. This is why I have to go with Leo Windhorse’s idea at post #10.


22 posted on 06/02/2014 10:25:07 PM PDT by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: kristinn
That little person Susan Rice is one pathetic piece of shite.

Ed

23 posted on 06/02/2014 10:25:22 PM PDT by husky ed (FOX NEWS ALERT "Generalissimo Francisco Franco is still dead" THIS HAS BEEN A FOX NEWS ALERT)
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To: no-to-illegals

https://twitter.com/redsteeze/status/472931863875833856/photo/1

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=yBrp0VDUvjA


24 posted on 06/02/2014 10:25:38 PM PDT by Ray76 (True change requires true change - A Second Party (or else it's more of the same))
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To: leapfrog0202

Thank You.


25 posted on 06/02/2014 10:25:59 PM PDT by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: Paladin2

I posted this on another thread; fits here too:

I have a bit of a different slant on this issue, and I’ll bet I’m not too far off the mark. I think the son, Bowe, who may have initially switched to Islam to save his neck, so to speak, jumped in with both feet and became a true believer. I bet he was in on teaching his new fellow Muzzies how to make bombs and was slamming the U.S. twice as much as his newfound buddies, while growing his beard out. I think he saw himself as one of them, now trusted by them and a fellow Jihad travellor.

However, what Bowe didn’t bargain for was that his fellow Islamists were getting ready to throw him under the bus in order to liberate 5 real Afghan Taliban, being held at Gitmo as prisoners. What Bowe didn’t bargain on, was that the Taliban would want 5 real Jihadists back in their fold, especially ones that were probably the brains behind many an attack on Westerners, preferably on U.S. ones. And the Taliban was more than happy to trade in one faux Jihadist for 5 real ones. That hadn’t entered into Bowe’s equation.

Now Bowe has been traded in for the 5 Gitmo Jihadists, and I’m sure he is exceedingly bewildered and feeling very betrayed. He thought he was one of them, a fellow Jihadist. Now he has been jilted and sent back to what he now considers the enemy, that’s us. And could end up in the klink back in the good old USA for desertion to boot. What a culture shock.

Hence he doesn’t want to speak the enemy’s language, that’s English. So Pops (I can’t say a chip off the old block as Pops IS the old block) who seems to have mimicked his son’s Islamist propensities, speaks to his son who won’t speak English, in Arabic. How jolly, how easily Pops and son will be able to communicate with one another when Bowe gets home. Poor young Bowe, he’s got to be one big psychological mess right now; he’s neither fish nor fowl, just a lonely Jihadist without a country. The fun begins.


26 posted on 06/02/2014 10:26:03 PM PDT by flaglady47 (Oppressors can tyranize only w/a standing army-enslaved press-disarmed populace)
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Sounds like your analysis is likely quite close.

The situation is totally bizarre.

27 posted on 06/02/2014 10:29:04 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Ray76; LeoWindhorse
I also agree that Americans have placed a moslem in the White House. Any moslem is dangerous. A moslem in the White House is the most dangerous of all moslems (imho). I continue to stay with LeoWindhorse's idea. That maybe is our nation's safest course for this moment. I maybe am wrong but the horses are no longer in the barn. Five released or was it Six? That question should be answered. The media will never answer that question or any question. Maybe a Military Trial will?

My apology Leo for keeping you pinged. Please see Leo's idea at post #10. Is an idea more than worthy of consideration.

28 posted on 06/02/2014 10:33:49 PM PDT by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: Ray76
Something for your consideration:

http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2023125347_waterrightsxml.html

29 posted on 06/02/2014 10:38:00 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: kristinn
his unit’s small forward position

Ah, so typically McClatchy. As if deserting from a small forward position is so much less. important than deserting from, what? A large forward position?

30 posted on 06/02/2014 10:39:57 PM PDT by keat
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To: Paladin2
Who knows what he did or did not run into on the ground. Hewitt quoted servicemen from the scene who attested that he was tracked by drone and other surveillance for weeks after he deserted. The government knew where this guy was at all times, he was apparently never in danger.

The whole messy abortion flunks the smell test, including the role of the puke's parents.

31 posted on 06/02/2014 10:40:24 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: kristinn
The President exchanged five top Taliban operatives, all of whom will eventually return to jihad, for some bozo who deserted his post and cost the lives of six of his fellow soldiers who sought to find him.

The USA PATRIOT Act makes it a crime to provide material support for terrorism, which is defined in our broad classes: training, expert advice or assistance, service and personnel.

There is no exception in the Act for the President, even when purportedly acting within the scope of his duties.

Considering that Obama has obviously supplied personnel (the five released Taliban kingpins) to a terrorist organization by releasing them and dropping them on their own doorstep, how is it possible for him not to have violated the USA PATRIOT Act as a result, considering there is no exception to the statute, even for the President?
32 posted on 06/02/2014 10:43:11 PM PDT by Milton Miteybad (I am Jim Thompson. {Really.})
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To: kristinn

Considering this was a McClatchy story, quite an indictment !


33 posted on 06/02/2014 10:43:54 PM PDT by llevrok (Straight. Since 1950.)
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To: flaglady47

When did the pos father turn to the dark side? If it was before the traitor son joined the Army this would add a whole other dimension to the story.


34 posted on 06/02/2014 10:44:21 PM PDT by Eagles6 (Valley Forge Redux. If not now, when? If not here, where?)
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To: kristinn

Bttt


35 posted on 06/02/2014 10:44:32 PM PDT by Guenevere
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To: kristinn

This story sounds eerily similar to the traitorous schems of one John F Kerry. He gets a multitude of purple hearts for putting his own men in danger and he attempted to desert his men when under attack. The bad mouthing American soldiers in front of the world stage. To me that is one traitorous POS and this guy sounds a lot like Kerry in those regards.


36 posted on 06/02/2014 10:45:56 PM PDT by Blue Highway
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To: WMarshal
they cannot even conceive that traitors are actually bad.

I think I read one of the Regime's flacks asked "What's the big deal? It's like the release of our people from Iran"

Coffee sprewed all over my living room on that one.

37 posted on 06/02/2014 10:46:18 PM PDT by llevrok (Straight. Since 1950.)
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To: flaglady47

Agree totally except they speak Pashtun or Dari in Ashcanistan, not Arabic. The Weirdometer here is maxing out; my wife asked if the father is Amish & I said that’s not an Amish nor a Duck Dynasty beard, it’s an Islamic one as the father goes muzzie native in seeking his son’s release.

The father of this deserter also said “salaam aleikum” IIRC.


38 posted on 06/02/2014 10:49:05 PM PDT by elcid1970 ("In the modern world, Muslims are living fossils.")
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To: kristinn

Mom is looking like the Milf next door.
Obama is all over her.
Dad has gone full Muzzie
Junior won’t speak American any more.

Welcome to liberal America 2014


39 posted on 06/02/2014 10:52:55 PM PDT by llevrok (Straight. Since 1950.)
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To: no-to-illegals

thanks

here ya go :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LZ5IAVFHR-I


40 posted on 06/02/2014 10:53:13 PM PDT by LeoWindhorse
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To: kristinn
Obama Smiles As Soon As Robert Bergdahl Praises Allah
41 posted on 06/02/2014 10:57:17 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: kristinn
Mannequin in Obama mask hung from Missouri bridge
42 posted on 06/02/2014 11:01:17 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: WMarshal
The reason the dip$hits in the Obama Admin keep running into PR buzz saws like this is that they cannot even conceive that traitors are actually bad.

Being as they are all a bunch of traitors, you would think they would recognize another traitor when they see one.

43 posted on 06/02/2014 11:04:16 PM PDT by Mark17 (Chicago Blackhawks: Stanley Cup champions 2010, 2013. Vietnam Vet 70-71 Msgt US Air Force, retired)
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To: LeoWindhorse

Sincere appreciation Leo. May your idea at post #10 be the course taken. It is (imho) the best course and should be followed up by our Military and our Citizens. Cutting obama out of the loop is the safest course till the facts can come to the surface without media and obama spin doctors. Btw ... no thanks are due me. Special Thanks are due you though Leo. Thank You!!!


44 posted on 06/02/2014 11:05:39 PM PDT by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: kristinn

Libs screaming eff the vets. He is a traitor, therefore he is their hero.


45 posted on 06/02/2014 11:16:35 PM PDT by chessplayer
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To: no-to-illegals

I trust our soldiers , sailors , airmen and Marines and most officers up to CPT , then the political / career aspirations can take over . Fortunately there is still a higher officer corps that are true to the oaths and who are not at all pleased about their C&C . But they have to be super careful or their active duty careers will fall to the relentless administration collectors of ‘observations and information’ . How / why any continue to serve this Admin I can barely understand . At what point is the future of America greater than obedience to a standardized and accepted chain of command , even when that chain has become utterly corrupt and is contributing the endangerment of whatever America ever shall be in the future . How can they support that ? Will they too one day say “ I was just following orders” ?


46 posted on 06/02/2014 11:17:08 PM PDT by LeoWindhorse
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To: llevrok

BO is always kissing his staff. Kathleen Seboobiehead, etc. he kisses them. And he calls the by their first names. It’s not a cocktail party

It is so inappropriate

But what I saw tonight burned my eyes. Have been avoiding video, the father is too weird to look at. He is such a strange person

But BO is walking with the wife way ahead of the disassociated husband and what? BO totally has his a around her waist. He has his hand on her hip

It is the strangest behavior

If boner were not as inappropriate and addictive as these people we would not be subjected to this

These people are all zoned out

The mother acts stoned absolutely weak and unreactive.

It’s like ugh what rats do when they’re cornered. Oh, I’m in trouble over the vets? Ok I’ll just pull a passive AGGRESSIVE stunt aimed at them

Who’ll stop me? The only general officers left are so protective of their pensions they’ve been rendered eunuch.

It was bizzzzzare


47 posted on 06/02/2014 11:20:14 PM PDT by stanne
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To: Berlin_Freeper

It seems odd that the father says “I am your father”. What’s that about?


48 posted on 06/02/2014 11:28:21 PM PDT by Ray76 (True change requires true change - A Second Party (or else it's more of the same))
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To: kristinn

**In 2010, the Daily Mail in the U.K. reported that Sgt. Bergdahl was actively helping the Taliban by teaching them bomb making skills and ambush skills.**

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/jun/2/phillips-what-did-president-know-about-sgt-bergdah/

Why is the press in the UK more on top of this story than the US? ////rhetorical

So why would the Obama regime give away the crown jewels in the war against the Taliban for a soldier who was a deserter and a collaborator?

This scandal is going to be bigger than Benghazi.


49 posted on 06/02/2014 11:28:52 PM PDT by Daffynition (I stand with the Bundy Family!)
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