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13 Things You Need to Know About Bowe Bergdahl
Rolling Stone ^ | 6=2=14 | Tim Dickinson

Posted on 06/03/2014 6:17:38 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic

The late Michael Hastings wrote the definitive magazine profile of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for Rolling Stone in June 2012. Now that America's Last Prisoner of War has been released, in a prisoner exchange for five high-ranking Taliban officials, Hastings' piece continues to offer crucial context – about why Bergdahl volunteered for service in the first place, about how this intense, moral young man became so horrified by America's "good war" that he walked away from his unit's remote outpost in eastern Afghanistan in 2009, and about the abortive negotiations that could have secured Bergdahls release years ago.

Here 13 things you need to know about the American POW who is coming finally home, in the words of Hastings' 2012 feature.

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


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Government
KEYWORDS: awol; bergdahl; deserter; discipline; gitmo5release; hastings; military; rollingstone; taliban; taliban5; traitorousscum

1 posted on 06/03/2014 6:17:38 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Rolling Stones obligatory “but he was such a good boy” story.


2 posted on 06/03/2014 6:21:02 AM PDT by AU72
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To: AU72

Reminds me of a certified “Sunday Weeper Piece” from a big city newspaper.


3 posted on 06/03/2014 6:23:22 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Rip it out by the roots.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

The usual hilarious quotes from the nutjob father. He taught his son to read St. Aquinas in between episodes of Man Vs. Mountain.

Dad reminds me of General Garcia in the classic comedy “The In-Laws” - “I am a pacifist by nature with a deep Quaker belief in the sanctity of human life. I wish I had a choice but to kill you!”


4 posted on 06/03/2014 6:25:43 AM PDT by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
I know that there is still a bizarre cult of Hastings on this site, but some of these "facts" aren't facts.

(1) He never saw an Afghan child run over by a US truck. That was a lie.

(2) He was not "captured" - he sought out the Taliban.

(3) No immediate swap was possible.

What is true is that he and his father are sneaky fifth columnist traitors.

What is likely true is, just as the FFL realized that he did not have the psychological stuff to be a soldier, the Taliban refused to accept him as a volunteer for similar reasons, and preferred to use him as a bargaining chip.

5 posted on 06/03/2014 6:29:28 AM PDT by wideawake
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To: afraidfortherepublic

My God, these liberals will do anything to salve their guilty consciences.

Bergdahl deserted his unit in a combat zone. He left his fellow American Soldiers open to defeat and slaughter.


6 posted on 06/03/2014 6:35:14 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: afraidfortherepublic

...and Michael Hastings was killed in a bizarre car accident. hmmmm....

Also, I want to go on record as saying that Bergdahl knows way too much. It’s extremely dangerous to this administration that he remain alive and out in public. He may not live long enough to appreciate all those yellow ribbons in Hailey OR possibly be incarcerated for life because of the mental instability caused by his lengthy imprisonment — or some such balderdash.


7 posted on 06/03/2014 6:36:16 AM PDT by ChocChipCookie ("Demons run when a good man goes to war.")
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To: afraidfortherepublic
larger than life and twice as goofy..... Bowe Bergdahl living his boyhood dream in the French Forieign Legion.






8 posted on 06/03/2014 6:38:17 AM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: wideawake

While his son I agree is traitorous scum I’m not yet willing to cast that same label on his father until that charge is proven. While the words of his father are troubling he is doing what any parent would do and that is show support for their child as misguided as it may be. If the father had been found to have provided aid and support to the actual terrorists in the field then maybe that charge you cast stands.


9 posted on 06/03/2014 6:39:40 AM PDT by Jarhead9297
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To: MeshugeMikey

Pioneers,,,
cool.


10 posted on 06/03/2014 6:45:29 AM PDT by Big Red Badger ( - William Diamonds Drum - can You Hear it G man?)
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To: ChocChipCookie

what could bergdahl possibly know? What it’s like to live in a cave for 5 years?


11 posted on 06/03/2014 6:48:34 AM PDT by yldstrk ( My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: Jarhead9297
I’m not yet willing to cast that same label on his father ...

Have you seen the dad claiming the white hut for Allah over at American Thinker today?

12 posted on 06/03/2014 6:49:13 AM PDT by C210N (When people fear government there is tyranny; when government fears people there is liberty)
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To: Jarhead9297
Look up Bob Bergdahl's deleted tweets.

He's gone native.

13 posted on 06/03/2014 6:51:35 AM PDT by wideawake
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To: wideawake; C210N

Will look now and thanks for info guys


14 posted on 06/03/2014 6:55:34 AM PDT by Jarhead9297
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To: Big Red Badger

le Légion étrangère française


15 posted on 06/03/2014 7:08:21 AM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: wideawake

I think his plan was to join the army so he could desert.


16 posted on 06/03/2014 7:14:55 AM PDT by Cold Heart
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To: afraidfortherepublic

The Dad can fume all he wants, but if he told him (as reported in the story) to OBEY YOUR CONSCIENCE, then he is partly to blame for his son running off his post.


17 posted on 06/03/2014 7:15:03 AM PDT by Old Teufel Hunden
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To: C210N; wideawake

I must admit this is some pretty damning stuff. The man has gone native


18 posted on 06/03/2014 7:15:31 AM PDT by Jarhead9297
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To: ChocChipCookie; LucyT; hoosiermama; maggief; 2ndDivisionVet

ChocChipCookie ,

Hmmm, wonder what Bergie knows?

All y’all ping to this post!


19 posted on 06/03/2014 7:19:00 AM PDT by WildHighlander57 ((WildHighlander57, returning after lurking since 2000)
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To: C210N




and of what significance are those black and white beads this dope wears??

salami salami baloney
20 posted on 06/03/2014 7:35:10 AM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: WildHighlander57

please see above


21 posted on 06/03/2014 7:36:18 AM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: WildHighlander57

For starters, he knows the true relationship he had with his “captors”, what information he gave them, was it willingly given or was he tortured? He knows if he was a true POW or a collaborator. Is he a convert to Islam? Where do his sympathies lie?

And, he’s unstable. You never know what unstable people are going to do or say.


22 posted on 06/03/2014 7:39:43 AM PDT by ChocChipCookie ("Demons run when a good man goes to war.")
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To: ChocChipCookie
Also, I want to go on record as saying that Bergdahl knows way too much. It’s extremely dangerous to this administration that he remain alive and out in public. He may not live long enough to appreciate all those yellow ribbons in Hailey OR possibly be incarcerated for life because of the mental instability caused by his lengthy imprisonment — or some such balderdash.

He will probably be "hustled off to psychiatric care" and the military will not be able to comment because of patient confidentiality. They are going to bury him behind medical privilege.

23 posted on 06/03/2014 7:55:03 AM PDT by cpdiii (Deckhand, Roughneck, Mud Man, Geologist, Pilot, Pharmacist THE CONSTITUTION IS WORTH DYING FOR!)
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To: Jarhead9297
Yup. You want to give him the benefit of the doubt, but the more you learn about him, you really can't.

Especially when he encouraged his son to desert in the first place.

24 posted on 06/03/2014 8:02:33 AM PDT by wideawake
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To: cpdiii

BUT!!

Does he get to go to the front of the VA line?

Can’t make this up fast enough

LOL


25 posted on 06/03/2014 8:02:39 AM PDT by mj1234
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To: Coldwater Creek

ping


26 posted on 06/03/2014 8:25:41 AM PDT by Coldwater Creek
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To: WildHighlander57; crosslink; hoosiermama; LucyT
re. Bowe Bergdahl: America's Last Prisoner of War
Rolling Stone
by Michael Hastings
Jun 7, 2012

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/08/13/journalist-michael-hastings-was-investigating-cia-director-john-brennan-before-he-was-killed-in-fiery-car-crash/http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2013/02/bowe-bergdahl-pow-john-brennan-bracelet-wristband.html

Journalist Michael Hastings Was Investigating CIA Director John Brennan Before He Was Killed in Fiery Car Crash

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2013/02/bowe-bergdahl-pow-john-brennan-bracelet-wristband.html

John Brennan Wears Bracelet for POW Bowe Bergdahl at Confirmation Hearing


27 posted on 06/03/2014 8:38:47 AM PDT by maggief
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re. Bowe Bergdahl: America’s Last Prisoner of War
Rolling Stone
by Michael Hastings
Jun 7, 2012
http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/08/13/journalist-michael-hastings-was-investigating-cia-director-john-brennan-before-he-was-killed-in-fiery-car-crash/http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2013/02/bowe-bergdahl-pow-john-brennan-bracelet-wristband.html

Journalist Michael Hastings Was Investigating CIA Director John Brennan Before He Was Killed in Fiery Car Crash

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2013/02/bowe-bergdahl-pow-john-brennan-bracelet-wristband.html

John Brennan Wears Bracelet for POW Bowe Bergdahl at Confirmation Hearing


28 posted on 06/03/2014 8:39:59 AM PDT by maggief
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Bump.


29 posted on 06/03/2014 8:42:15 AM PDT by azishot
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To: afraidfortherepublic

The latest chapter of the Bowe Jest.


30 posted on 06/03/2014 8:44:58 AM PDT by N. Theknow (Kennedys-Can't drive, can't ski, can't fly, can't skipper a boat-But they know what's best for you.)
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To: N. Theknow
The latest chapter of the Bowe Jest.

First LOL of the day--thanks.

31 posted on 06/03/2014 8:47:47 AM PDT by exit82 ("The Taliban is on the inside of the building" E. Nordstrom 10-10-12)
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To: AU72

Yeh, most likely he got disillusioned with the Taliban just like he got disillusioned by the US Army, But the Taliban don’t let you just walk off base.


32 posted on 06/03/2014 8:55:01 AM 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: afraidfortherepublic

Two surprising things in this story.

1. Complete breakdown in authority in his unit - can this possibly be true? I’ve never read anything like this anywhere else.

2. Apparently Congress WAS in the loop, despite all the stories that Obama just did it without consulting with Congress.


33 posted on 06/03/2014 10:12:27 AM PDT by DManA
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To: Cold Heart

Or, to collaborate...with our enemy.


34 posted on 06/03/2014 10:17:41 AM PDT by Jane Long ("And when thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, LORD, will I seek")
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To: Jane Long

Yes, that is what I meant to say.


35 posted on 06/03/2014 10:32:58 AM PDT by Cold Heart
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To: maggief

Birds of feather...


36 posted on 06/03/2014 11:11:29 AM PDT by Jane Long ("And when thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, LORD, will I seek")
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To: MeshugeMikey

wad I Say?


37 posted on 06/03/2014 7:53:12 PM PDT by Big Red Badger ( - William Diamonds Drum - can You Hear it G man?)
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To: Big Red Badger

RAY? Love your version of America!!


38 posted on 06/03/2014 7:59:13 PM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: MeshugeMikey

wish I was Ray Charles.
wouldn’t be be watching this.


39 posted on 06/03/2014 8:30:22 PM PDT by Big Red Badger ( - William Diamonds Drum - can You Hear it G man?)
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