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Bowe Bergdahl’s Former Roommates Paint Different Picture of Controversial Soldier
ABC News ^ | June 4, 2014 | Lauren Effron

Posted on 06/04/2014 11:34:40 AM PDT by nickcarraway

Controversy has surrounded newly freed Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl since his release from Taliban captivity, with some in the military, including members of his own unit, claiming he is a deserter, not a war hero.

But Sherry Horton knows a different Bergdahl than the one the world has come to see in the chilling proof of life videos the Taliban released.

"He's a very interesting guy, he was very quiet, he was an observer," Horton said.

Horton, the artistic director of Sun Valley Ballet in Idaho, said she was Bergdahl's ballet teacher and later, she became his roommate in his hometown of Hailey, Idaho, when Bergdahl was about 18 or 19 years old. She describes Bergdahl as someone who was interested in mixed martial arts, culture, languages and learning new things.

"He was a wonderful [ballet] partner, all the girls enjoyed dancing with him because he was so strong and steady," she said.

(Excerpt) Read more at abcnews.go.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; News/Current Events; US: Idaho
KEYWORDS: abcdisneynews; army; ballet; bergdahl; bergdahltruthfile; duplicate; pravdamedia; quietguymeme; sherryhorton

1 posted on 06/04/2014 11:34:40 AM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway
BAAAAARF!
2 posted on 06/04/2014 11:36:17 AM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: nickcarraway

ummmmmm.... ok I knew some track guys who took ballet to improve their high hurdle performance. Maybe this guy was a track athlete?


3 posted on 06/04/2014 11:36:25 AM PDT by corkoman
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To: nickcarraway

Now he’s “controversial.”

Kind of like Lady Ga-Ga.


4 posted on 06/04/2014 11:36:56 AM PDT by Steely Tom (How do you feel about robbing Peter's robot?)
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To: nickcarraway
artistic director of Sun Valley Ballet in Idaho

Well, that sums up the cut of his jib to me and why he is behind the Private.

5 posted on 06/04/2014 11:38:37 AM PDT by llevrok (Straight. Since 1950.)
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To: nickcarraway

Yeah.

He was a great guy who served with honor and distinction.

All military personnel should definitely look to Bergdahl as a model.

Right.


6 posted on 06/04/2014 11:39:27 AM PDT by Tzimisce
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To: nickcarraway

Ain’t no freedom of speech in the Army.


7 posted on 06/04/2014 11:40:25 AM PDT by petitfour
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To: nickcarraway
she was Bergdahl's ballet teacher

Well that's your problem right there.

8 posted on 06/04/2014 11:40:58 AM PDT by eddie willers
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To: nickcarraway

The only controversy there should be is in which way he should be executed.


9 posted on 06/04/2014 11:41:19 AM PDT by Politicalkiddo (The more helpless the victim, the more hideous the assault.)
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To: nickcarraway

Oh great so he was a hero on his tippy toes...

and all the girls loved him..

but Sherry he was not a hero in combat boots..

and he caused his Army mates to die..


10 posted on 06/04/2014 11:41:50 AM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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To: nickcarraway

Let’s see here.... Ballet, Lives with teacher,Rides unicorns...


11 posted on 06/04/2014 11:41:55 AM PDT by baddog 219
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To: nickcarraway

“He’s a very interesting guy, he was very quiet, he was an observer,”

Just like the Boston Bombers, eh?


12 posted on 06/04/2014 11:42:24 AM PDT by VanDeKoik
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To: nickcarraway

Incredible. The media still trying to spin this by portraying Bergdahl in a different light. What’s next? Are they going to link all of these military “whistleblowers” in the Pentagon and in Bergdahl’s unit to elements in the Tea Party? I’m not shocked anymore at the lengths the media goes to defend the left.


13 posted on 06/04/2014 11:42:33 AM PDT by dowcaet
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To: nickcarraway
Horton, the artistic director of Sun Valley Ballet in Idaho

Yes, I'm sure the young man was a sensitive and dedicated listener of NPR.

14 posted on 06/04/2014 11:43:00 AM PDT by mojito (Zero, our Nero.)
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To: nickcarraway
He was such a nice boy,..... and quiet too.

Where have we heard that phrase before ? Can't quite remember, but I think it was most often included in a sentence that also included such phrases "he was just turning his life around" and "aspiring rapper"

15 posted on 06/04/2014 11:43:06 AM PDT by rdcbn
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To: nickcarraway

What is the over/under on how many days it takes before he comes out as gay?


16 posted on 06/04/2014 11:43:23 AM PDT by detective
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To: Steely Tom

There is a scene in the Godfather when they plot to kill the police captain who hit Michael. ..Michael comes up with the idea to use “friends” in the media to plant articles on what a bad man the capt. was. We are witnessing the WH’s using their friends in the media to push back now.


17 posted on 06/04/2014 11:44:19 AM PDT by Dog (Founding member of the Osama Bin Laden was alive the whole time club..)
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To: nickcarraway

Sweet, but none of this speaks to his capacity to desert the US Army.


18 posted on 06/04/2014 11:46:30 AM PDT by Ted Grant
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To: detective

A gay muzzie ballet dancer!!


19 posted on 06/04/2014 11:46:40 AM PDT by Osage Orange (I have strong feelings about gun control. If there's a gun around, I want to be controlling it.)
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To: nickcarraway; SeekAndFind

The dark reality versus the BS from Artsy liberals:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3163137/posts

Special forces found Bergdahl and captors but wouldn’t risk rescue for ‘deserter’

Washington Times ^ | 06/03/2014 | Guy Taylor

Posted by SeekAndFind

The Pentagon on several occasions had ground-level intelligence on where ArmySgt. Bowe Bergdahl was being held captive at various times — down to how many gunmen were guarding him — but special operations commanders repeatedly shelved rescue missions because they didn’t want to risk casualties for a man they believed to be a “deserter,” sources familiar with the mission plans said.

Commanders on the ground debated whether to pull the trigger on a rescue several times in recent years, according to one of the sources, a former high-level intelligence official in Afghanistan, who said the conclusion each time was that the prospect of losing highly trained troops was too high a price to pay for rescuing a soldier who walked away from his unit before being captured by the enemy.

A second source told The Washington Times that the rescue operation plans were “high risk” and became even less attractive in recent months when officials in the Pentagon’s Joint Special Operations Command grew convinced that the Taliban and the militant Haqqani network, whose operatives were holding Sgt. Bergdahl, were eager to cut a deal for his release.


20 posted on 06/04/2014 11:48:51 AM PDT by Grampa Dave ( Herr Obama will not divert resources from his war on Americans to help our Veterans!)
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To: corkoman
ok I knew some track guys who took ballet to improve their high hurdle performance.

My high School had an all-state gymnast, his specialty was Floor Exercise. I was on the wrestling team and we worked out in the same room.

He was a phenominal athlete, and sometimes when he was working out, especially on the uneven parallel bars, we would stop and watch him, amazed at what he could do.

We found out that one thing he did also to improve his performance on the floor ex. was ballet. Made sense based on his routines.

He was also as gay as a three dollar bill.

21 posted on 06/04/2014 11:49:35 AM PDT by Michael.SF. (I never thought anyone could make Jimmy Carter look good in comparisons)
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To: nickcarraway

I haven’t heard any mention of him having a girlfriend, I wonder if he might be....(cough)...a don’t ask, don’t tell soldier...


22 posted on 06/04/2014 11:53:24 AM PDT by apillar
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To: nickcarraway

“”He’s a very interesting guy, he was very quiet, he was an observer,” Horton said. “

They had to interview his fellow liberals, eh?


23 posted on 06/04/2014 11:57:37 AM PDT by max americana (fired liberals in our company last election, and I laughed while they cried (true story))
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To: nickcarraway

Amazing! All that money, all that staff time, all that uncritical support from the media, and the best they can come up with as a supporter for this guy is his ballet teacher.

Jeeze, even J.F’ing Kerry was able to buy a couple of guys to support him.


24 posted on 06/04/2014 11:58:12 AM PDT by ArmstedFragg (Hoaxey Dopey Changey)
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To: baddog 219

You left out the rainbow that follows him around, or is that just Obama?


25 posted on 06/04/2014 11:59:32 AM PDT by meatloaf (Impeach Obama. That's my New Year's resolution.)
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To: nickcarraway

Born in Idaho in 1986, Bowe and his sister were educated at home by their parents Bob and Jani, who raised their children as strict Calvinists, studying religious thinkers and philosophers at their home on 40 acres in Hailey, Idaho. At the age of 16, he started taking ballet lessons at a local studio, where he was introduced to Buddhism and meditation.

“He was always trying to expand and learn about different cultures and all sorts of different things,” Horton said. He liked exploring other cultures so much he even managed to learn some Russian from one of the ballet instructors at the school.

Bowe’s father, Bob, told the Guardian newspaper in an interview before he was released that Bowe’s goodwill led him to serve. “He was not there for national security,” Bob said. “He was not there because he lost a personal friend on 9/11. He was there because the way he was raised forced him to have compassion.”

Despite being one of the “best-mannered” men she knew, Horton admitted Bowe had a tendency to become overwhelmed. “There were lots of times here when things would get a little crazy and all he wanted to do is walk into the forest or up into the hills and sit down and meditate for an hour,” Horton said. “I’m not sure that’s what he was doing then.”

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/06/03/ballet-and-buddhism-friend-paints-complex-picture-bergdahls-interests/


26 posted on 06/04/2014 12:00:55 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: nickcarraway

A former medic from Bergdahl’s unit in Afghanistan spoke to Sean Hannity tonight. Josh Cornelison stated that Bergdahl deserted his post “willfully and purposefully.”

In the weeks and months spent searching for him, Cornelison said it was a “field day” for the Taliban to pick and choose which targets they wanted to hit. At least six soldiers were killed in the search.

“He didn’t want to be found, and so we were chasing a ghost around eastern Afghanistan for at least 90 days immediately following his disappearance,” Cornelison said, adding that they had to sign a document saying they wouldn’t talk about it.

http://foxnewsinsider.com/2014/06/03/bergdahl-platoon-mate-he-deserted-his-post-willfully-and-purposefully


27 posted on 06/04/2014 12:04:29 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: ArmstedFragg

There’s a video of a regime spokeswoman saying that there are confusing accounts of what happened that day and so only Bergdahl himself could know what really happened. She said just google Bergdahl and you’d find out how confusing the claims all are.

So now that this story is out there, somebody can google Bergdahl as she suggested, and find something to rebut what the eyewitnesses all said. Not about what happened that day, mind you, but the official narrative is never really about the specific details of any particular event, it’s just about the status class of the people involved. Either they are officially-accepted sources, or they are crazy conservative liars and conspiracy theorists.

That’s what it always comes down to. It’s never about evidence. If it was about evidence, the official narratives would never stand a chance.

They needed something to counter the specific, detailed claims of the eyewitnesses as well as the observable actions by the military, in order to paint the eyewitnesses as crazy rightwing conspiracy theorists or “haters”.

And right on cue, the adoring media spreads its legs for the regime, in full view of everyone. These people are as predictable as gravity.


28 posted on 06/04/2014 12:08:26 PM PDT by butterdezillion (Note to self : put this between arrow keys: img src=""/)
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To: nickcarraway

The video is narrated by a Taliban militant, who at one point says, "We told them there are 18 armed fighters and the Americans said that's all right."

According to the video's narrator, the handover took place around 4 p.m. Saturday in the area of Bati in Ali Sher district of eastern Khost province. As the helicopter approaches, one of the Taliban men gets closer to Bergdahl and is heard speaking in Pashto, one of two main Afghan languages.

"Don't come back to Afghanistan," the man tells Bergdahl. "You won't make it out alive next time," he adds as some of the others are heard laughing.

Just before the helicopter lands, a group of Taliban near the pickup shout: "Long life to Mujahedeen," or holy warriors as the Taliban call themselves.

29 posted on 06/04/2014 12:08:36 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: Politicalkiddo
in which way he should be executed.

En pointe?

30 posted on 06/04/2014 12:10:46 PM PDT by Veto! (OpInions freely dispensed as advice)
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To: kcvl
Horton admitted Bowe had a tendency to become overwhelmed. “There were lots of times here when things would get a little crazy and all he wanted to do is walk into the forest or up into the hills and sit down and meditate for an hour,”

Well, there you have his entire defense, should it come to that. He just went off to hug a tree and those bad muzzies grabbed him.

31 posted on 06/04/2014 12:13:22 PM PDT by Veto! (OpInions freely dispensed as advice)
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To: kcvl

Thanks. That answered a question I had in another thread. They DID have to sign NDA’s. Just like the Benghazi witnesses...


32 posted on 06/04/2014 12:13:31 PM PDT by butterdezillion (Note to self : put this between arrow keys: img src=""/)
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To: nickcarraway

He is a bad as PFC Garwood.
Our rulers disgust me.


33 posted on 06/04/2014 12:25:14 PM PDT by olepap (Your old Pappy)
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To: nickcarraway

He is another mixed up homo. The Afghans have no respect for him.


34 posted on 06/04/2014 12:27:20 PM PDT by olepap (Your old Pappy)
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To: llevrok
It's a woman.

Still doesn't make her testimony relevant.

35 posted on 06/04/2014 12:31:19 PM PDT by FredZarguna (Das ist nicht nur nicht richtig, es ist nicht einmal falsch!)
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To: Veto!

Ya know, seems like the Bergdahls can’t decide whether they are Calvinists, Buddhists, or Muslims.

I wonder if they are Subud.


36 posted on 06/04/2014 12:36:17 PM PDT by butterdezillion (Note to self : put this between arrow keys: img src=""/)
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To: Michael.SF.
He was also as gay as a three dollar bill.

Just a historical aside: the idiom makes no sense unless it's "queer as a three dollar bill." The railroad and coal mining Irish had a particular fondness for cheating each other via counterfeiting, a practice they referred to as "passing the queer." The phrase "queer as a three dollar bill" was used to refer to something fishy as far back as the 1850's in America, long before it was applied to homosexuals.

37 posted on 06/04/2014 12:37:56 PM PDT by FredZarguna (Das ist nicht nur nicht richtig, es ist nicht einmal falsch!)
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To: butterdezillion

Just call them New Age and that covers all of them....each to his own whenever.


38 posted on 06/04/2014 12:39:15 PM PDT by caww
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To: apillar
I haven’t heard any mention of him having a girlfriend..

He did but she deserted him (yuk..yuk).

39 posted on 06/04/2014 12:43:53 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (Do The Math)
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To: butterdezillion

They may be Subud if they shake a lot. I met a Subud member in CA ‘way back in the day. She described meetings as people shaking and sort of letting themselves go as “spirit” enters. Sounded a bit like Quakers…don’t they quake?

Otoh, she did have some yummy veggie recipes.

The happy-sappy Berghdahl Bunch seems rather Baha’i to me. Baha’i is a “deviant” sect outlawed in Iran but popular in Seattle and other wealthy liberal places. They are extremely politically active, have members in the UN, I’ve heard.


40 posted on 06/04/2014 12:49:25 PM PDT by Veto! (OpInions freely dispensed as advice)
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To: Don Corleone

And he was an aspiring rapper.


41 posted on 06/04/2014 12:54:37 PM PDT by SonnyBubba
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To: nickcarraway

Well...that explains how easily he tipped toed off of base.


42 posted on 06/04/2014 12:58:55 PM PDT by PoloSec ( Believe the Gospel: how that Christ died for our sins, was buried and rose again)
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To: kcvl

Odd phrasing by Bob Bergdahl. Compassion is not forced. No wonder the ballerina dabbled in Buddhism and ran away to terrorists who oppress women and boys. When I think of Christianity, I do not think of forced anything.


43 posted on 06/04/2014 1:02:00 PM PDT by petitfour
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