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Bergdahl's Hometown Caught In Crossfire Of National Backlash (The heat is on)
Boise State Public Radio ^ | June 3, 2014 | Jessica Robinson

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, it’s 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 Bergdahl’s 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.


TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events; US: Idaho
KEYWORDS: awol; bergdahl; deserter; taliban
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1 posted on 06/03/2014 3:50:09 PM PDT by tellw
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To: tellw
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

Yeah you're right. Those six soldiers who died looking for this scumbag doesn't matter.

2 posted on 06/03/2014 3:52:32 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist
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To: tellw

You can thank Obama for dropping you in it


3 posted on 06/03/2014 3:53:02 PM PDT by molson209 (Blank)
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To: tellw

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.


4 posted on 06/03/2014 3:53:26 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: tellw

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”

Thanks.


5 posted on 06/03/2014 3:54:52 PM PDT by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: molson209
You can thank Obama for dropping you in it

Everything he touches turns to sh--

6 posted on 06/03/2014 3:55:02 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: molson209

Who planned or is planning the local homecoming celebration? Just saying, Obama isn’t the only skunk in the woodpile.


7 posted on 06/03/2014 3:55:07 PM PDT by Cboldt
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To: tellw
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.

Typical low information public employee.

8 posted on 06/03/2014 3:55:29 PM PDT by Rocko
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To: Vigilanteman

Muslim to Muslim courtesy.


9 posted on 06/03/2014 3:55:32 PM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: tellw
This is all about releasing five scum terrorists into the world. What is it going to take for people to realize there is a enemy Muslim in the Oval Office??!!
10 posted on 06/03/2014 3:56:04 PM PDT by 4yearlurker (Some people say that experts agree!!)
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To: tellw

“We don’t need another Zero...” Sung to the tune of “We Don’t Need Another Hero” (Tina Turner).


11 posted on 06/03/2014 3:56:18 PM PDT by equaviator (There's nothing like the universe to bring you down to earth.)
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To: tellw
Ah yes, the dumbed down, touchy-feely, weepy, know nothing, low information people of Hailey, Idaho. All those yellow ribbons for a traitor are coming back to bite y'all in the a**, aren't they?

Scouts Out! Cavalry Ho!

12 posted on 06/03/2014 3:57:23 PM PDT by wku man (Veterans, it's up to us to save the Republic...let's roll.)
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To: tellw

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!”


13 posted on 06/03/2014 3:57:29 PM PDT by SZonian (Throwing our allegiances to political parties in the long run gave away our liberty.)
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To: tellw

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”?


14 posted on 06/03/2014 3:57:43 PM PDT by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: tellw
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.”

Contact Information for Police Chief Gunter

15 posted on 06/03/2014 3:59:58 PM PDT by tellw
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

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.


16 posted on 06/03/2014 4:00:06 PM PDT by RetiredArmy (MARANATHA, MARANATHA, Come quickly LORD Jesus!!! Father send thy Son!! Its Time!)
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To: tellw
“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.”


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.

17 posted on 06/03/2014 4:01:09 PM PDT by rdcbn
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To: tellw

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!”


18 posted on 06/03/2014 4:01:46 PM PDT by P-Marlowe (There can be no Victory without a fight and no battle without wounds)
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To: Mark17
Everything he touches turns to sh--

Shaving Cream......be nice and clean....Shave everyday....and you'll always look keen.

19 posted on 06/03/2014 4:02:00 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: wku man

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.


20 posted on 06/03/2014 4:02:57 PM PDT by SZonian (Throwing our allegiances to political parties in the long run gave away our liberty.)
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To: 4yearlurker

“What is it going to take for people to realize there is a enemy Muslim in the Oval Office??!!”

An act of Congress...more or less.


21 posted on 06/03/2014 4:03:09 PM PDT by equaviator (There's nothing like the universe to bring you down to earth.)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

Haley is in the same area as Sun Valley. This is one of two bastions of liberalism in the whole state of Idaho. The other is up by Moscow, Id. as I recall the university.


22 posted on 06/03/2014 4:03:10 PM PDT by Sequoyah101
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To: tellw

even the MSM cannot pretend this went on without some big hitches, although they will try to explain things away as quickly as possible and “move on”


23 posted on 06/03/2014 4:04:06 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

Col. David Hunt: US Lost 14 SOLDIERS Searching for Deserter Bowe Bergdahl (Video)

http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2014/06/col-david-hunt-we-lost-14-soldiers-searching-for-deserter-bergdahl-video/


24 posted on 06/03/2014 4:04:13 PM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: Vigilanteman
First of all, obozo thinks it will make him look good in an election year. Also, he supports and cavorts with muzzies..he's paying homage to the bum father he had who was also a muzzie. obozo’s a sick sociopath...he needs to be put away.
25 posted on 06/03/2014 4:04:45 PM PDT by itssme
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To: tellw
It seems that Obamadullah chose to outdo his p*ssing on veterans at the VA by cr*pping on veterans with the 5 Taliban commander giveaway.

What will Obamadullah do next? This is the first President in my lifetime that I can honesty say is directly and voluntarily placing America in immediate danger by aiding and abetting terrorists.. THESE ARE COMMANDERS, not two-bit street fighters!!!!

"The Taliban is in the building" (WH)

26 posted on 06/03/2014 4:06:07 PM PDT by CivilWarBrewing
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To: tellw
But longtime supporters of the Bergdahl family say at this point, it’s all speculation.

Worded like the NPR Obama toady the writer is.

27 posted on 06/03/2014 4:07:26 PM PDT by Misterioso (Every major horror of history was committed in the name of an altruistic motive. - Ayn Rand)
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To: tellw

What do you people in Hailey have in your water??? Do you live in a bubble — maybe under a dome or something???

Whether he taught dance to his Taliban friends or not is a matter of speculation but that he deserted his post is a matter of fact.

That atleast 6 soldiers died in an operation to find him is a matter of fact.

And you want to welcome this guy back as a hero???

What does your local VFW hall think about this???


28 posted on 06/03/2014 4:10:21 PM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: SZonian

BINGO!! ANd Jeffey Hunter will be on TV...>NATIONAL TV!!!!


29 posted on 06/03/2014 4:10:41 PM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion.....the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: GeronL

Usually agree with you, but Obie and his MSM minions have lost the battle to get out front of this....


30 posted on 06/03/2014 4:11:55 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Romans 1:22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools)
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To: rdcbn
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.

He went on the lam once. I wonder if he is considering it again, when the celebration is over?

31 posted on 06/03/2014 4:11:58 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: CivilWarBrewing
Can't wait until the muzzies deal with obozo being a homosexual..they'll get around to him after obozo has finished being a useful idiot to them. I wonder how obozo will enjoy being a eunuch..chop, chop!
32 posted on 06/03/2014 4:12:01 PM PDT by itssme
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To: tellw

Note to chief of Police, Haily, Idaho.

It is NOT just about this family ‘getting their son back’.

It is about the circumstances in which he left his post in the first place. It is about just how much he was aiding the enemy in those 5 years,

It is about his father who has been posting some might strange ‘Tweets’ for a grieving father.

It is about the 6 military members who died in attempts to find & retrieve Bergdahl the Younger.

It is about handing back 5 (FIVE) high threat terrorists who won’t turn into choir boys in Qatar. We have helped the enemy again, with the shenanigans of the Oval Office occupant. That is treason.

I am not stupid-—neither are many citizens of this country who have had their sons & daughters join the military in the past 15 years to fight people who want to take the whole world back to the 7th Century.

Obama & the press are selling us all short-—AGAIN.

This time, he cannot control military people who know the truth of the soldier who left his rifle, his body armor, his helmet and his web equipment and walked off his post in the middle of the night.

He wasn’t ‘caught’ in a firefight & truly a POW. He IS a deserter. Obama cannot control this information.

He was NOT at the end of his deployment, as many media outlets are stating. He was there only 2 months.

Apparently, the family Bergdahl has sympathies with the Afghan people. Trouble is-—WHICH Afghan people? The Taliban or those who fear the Taliban? Is this giving Aid & Comfort to the Enemy?

I also suggest that the e-mails & other communications of Bergdahl Senior be carefully examined.

Nothing Bergdahl Senior is saying or e-mailing makes much sense for an American citizen who remembers 9-11.


33 posted on 06/03/2014 4:12:33 PM PDT by ridesthemiles
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To: tellw

I say relocate the parade to Wash DC.
He’ll get a much better reception from the crowd there.


34 posted on 06/03/2014 4:13:00 PM PDT by nascarnation (Toxic Baraq Syndrome: hopefully infecting a Dem candidate near you)
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To: gov_bean_ counter

Looks like they really messed this one up


35 posted on 06/03/2014 4:13:26 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: RetiredArmy

I remember it well. It was Carter’s first official act. I wrote him a really nasty letter, having returned from Vietnam just 6 years before.


36 posted on 06/03/2014 4:13:28 PM PDT by clintonh8r (Soon, "the grateful dead" will be more than just the name of a crap band...)
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To: tellw

” And we’re not judging one way or the other. “

This clown is a Sheriff?


37 posted on 06/03/2014 4:14:15 PM PDT by Lurker (Violence is rarely the answer. But when it is it is the only answer.)
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To: GeronL

Yep.


38 posted on 06/03/2014 4:14:24 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Romans 1:22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools)
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To: RetiredArmy
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.

I never forgave Carter for that. I remain bitter about it even today. I went, while these other slime bags ran off to Canada. I would not be surprised if some of these nerds are working in the government now.

39 posted on 06/03/2014 4:15:44 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: MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
Question of the day. Who taught who?


40 posted on 06/03/2014 4:21:31 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: Lurker

Works. I was thinking the Sheriff is a clown...


41 posted on 06/03/2014 4:21:36 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Romans 1:22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools)
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To: dfwgator

Bergdahl’s a high-wire artist,
What a mess he would make if he hit.
Thank goodness it looks like he’ll land in
A big, steaming pile of sh-sh-sh-sh .....


42 posted on 06/03/2014 4:23:29 PM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: all armed conservatives)
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To: tellw; All
Hailey Police Chief Jeff Gunter
seems to be a personal bud of the old man. He was on TV yesterday virtually nominating Hailey's answer to the sartorial style of OBL for canonization.
43 posted on 06/03/2014 4:23:38 PM PDT by robowombat
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To: dfwgator

“Winning is like shaving — you do it every day or you wind up looking like a bum.”
Jack Kemp


44 posted on 06/03/2014 4:26:05 PM PDT by gasport (Will operate for food.)
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To: tellw

Howie Carr: Col Hunt On the Price Of Bergdhal’s Walk On The Wild Side
http://audio.wrko.com/a/92747304/col-hunt-on-the-price-of-bergdhal-s-walk-on-the-wild-side.htm


45 posted on 06/03/2014 4:27:58 PM PDT by Fitzy_888 ("ownership society")
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To: GeronL
Looks like they really messed this one up

Play stupid games, win stupid stuff.

46 posted on 06/03/2014 4:29:25 PM PDT by gasport (Will operate for food.)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

It’s not just those six men who died hunting for him but an unknown number of others who were killed because of him giving military info and helping build IEDs. We had a young friend who was killed by an IED in that same province which makes me wonder.


47 posted on 06/03/2014 4:31:14 PM PDT by bgill
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To: Mark17

Probably go back to Afghanistan to receive new orders.


48 posted on 06/03/2014 4:31:16 PM PDT by fivecatsandadog (OBAMA .... .....WORST.... PRESIDENT......EVER)
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To: Sequoyah101
This is one of two bastions of liberalism in the whole state of Idaho. The other is up by Moscow, Id. as I recall the university.

You remember precisely correctly. Mind you, these terms are somewhat relative. I was ragging on a very liberal friend in Moscow and he sez, "You know what? This is the most liberal town in Idaho! And eight miles away is the most conservative town in Washington [he means Pullman]. AND YOU CAN'T TELL THEM APART!"

A certain sough of rhetoric may be there - the Sun Valley / Ketchum / Hailey area is, actually, more liberal than here due to resort development there. They are surrounded, however, by red-meat-eating knuckle-dragging rightwing gun nuts, aka normal people. It's something.

49 posted on 06/03/2014 4:32:25 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: tellw
Hailey Police Chief Jeff Gunter said a welcome celebration later this month will move ahead as planned.

Don't think Bowe will be in attendance.

50 posted on 06/03/2014 4:37:27 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (Do The Math)
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