Skip to comments.Bergdahl's Hometown Caught In Crossfire Of National Backlash (The heat is on)
Posted on 06/03/2014 3:50:09 PM PDT by tellw
People in Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's hometown of Hailey, Idaho, say they're shocked by how quickly the captive soldier's homecoming has turned into a national controversy.
Bergdahl was released Saturday after nearly five years in Taliban captivity. Since then, some fellow soldiers have accused him of being a deserter.
Angry phone calls and emails have poured into Hailey's city hall, police department and the chamber of commerce since the weekend. Many online commentators have accused the 28-year-old soldier of being a traitor and a Taliban sympathizer.
The backlash stems from reports that Bergdahl intentionally walked off his base in southeast Afghanistan in 2009. A former member of his battalion has said six soldiers died in the search efforts that followed.
But longtime supporters of the Bergdahl family say at this point, its all speculation. Hailey Police Chief Jeff Gunter said a welcome celebration later this month will move ahead as planned.
It's about them getting their son back," Gunter said. "It's about their son being captive. And all this other stuff -- I understand there's other things in play. But I'm just happy he's going to be reunited with his family. And we're not judging one way or the other. There's a process for that.
The secretary of the Army issued a statement saying they are investigating the circumstances that led to Bergdahls capture. Members of Congress, meanwhile, are pushing for hearings on the deal that led to Bergdahl's release.
The Obama administration agreed to exchange five Taliban detainees for the soldier.
Yeah you're right. Those six soldiers who died looking for this scumbag doesn't matter.
You can thank Obama for dropping you in it
I was shocked that ObaMao would go to this much trouble to save an American soldier given his demonstrated hatred of this country’s military. Then I found out why.
I cannot put cartoons on FR. Don’t know how and am not a good artist.
But will someone please draw a cartoon that has the following:
Susan Rice at a podium, saying that the Bergdahl issue was just another “bump” in the road to the US leaving Afghanistan, with 6 gravestones in the background with the names of US soldiers killed looking for this deserter.
Entitle it: “Hillary and Rice - Part II”
Everything he touches turns to sh--
Who planned or is planning the local homecoming celebration? Just saying, Obama isn’t the only skunk in the woodpile.
Typical low information public employee.
Muslim to Muslim courtesy.
“We don’t need another Zero...” Sung to the tune of “We Don’t Need Another Hero” (Tina Turner).
Scouts Out! Cavalry Ho!
I would suspect Chief Gunter is riding the wave...
“Doesn’t matter what the circumstances are surrounding Berghdal...we’re going to have a parade dammit!”
The Secretary of the Army, whoever that is, is looking into the Bergdahl affair just like OJ is looking for the killers of his wife and Ron Goldman.
Report due after the 2014 elections.
Is it “Army Strong” (the slogan under which my son served in Iraq) or is it “Army Gone”?
My first thoughts also. This whole mess takes me back to that stinking Jimmy Carter giving all the draft dodgers a free pass while the rest of us went to war. A lot did not come home alive. They all ran off to Canada and Carter gave them a free ticket home. ALWAYS THE STINKING DIMOCRATS who pull this crap.
Indeed, there's a process for that and that process does not consist of good ol’ Bowe and his Radical Islamic father having a victory party with Carole King and Code Pink.
Bowe needs to go directly to Leavenworth or Gitmo until an investigation determines if he needs to stand for any violations of Desertion or Treason under the Uniform Code Of Military Justice at a Courts Martial.
I want the rotten egg and ripe tomato concession at the parade.
“Get your rotten eggs and over ripe tomatoes here. $1 each. $10 a dozen!”
Shaving Cream......be nice and clean....Shave everyday....and you'll always look keen.
In their defense, I don’t think anyone really knew or understood what the circumstances were PRIOR to his release, but once word got out, man oh man. I’d be sitting back waiting for the smoke to clear on this one before I proceeded with a town celebration of any kind.
The rescued Army truck driver chick who was hoisted up as a hero during Iraqi Freedom comes to mind. They overstated her actions and role and she was finally exposed...don’t recall if she came clean or others. But the townspeople were sure made to look silly after all the adulation they poured out on her.
The fellow servicemembers in Bergdahl’s former unit either have one serious axe to grind with this dude or what they’re saying is absolutely true.
I dismiss the first simply because there has yet to be anyone in a position to know who has come out to rebut the latter about him deserting his post.
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