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Bergdahl Was In Unit Known For Its Troubles (Here come the smears)
The New York Times ^ | June 7, 2014 | Richard A. Oppel Jr. and Eric Schmitt

Posted on 06/07/2014 7:32:37 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

The platoon was, an American military official would assert years later, “raggedy.”

On their tiny, remote base, in a restive sector of eastern Afghanistan at an increasingly violent time of the war, they were known to wear bandannas and cutoff T-shirts. Their crude observation post was inadequately secured, a military review later found. Their first platoon leader, and then their first platoon sergeant, were replaced relatively early in the deployment because of problems.

But the unit — Second Platoon, Blackfoot Company in the First Battalion, 501st Regiment — might well have remained indistinguishable from scores of other Army platoons in Afghanistan had it not been for one salient fact: This was the team from which Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl disappeared on June 30, 2009.

In the years since Sergeant Bergdahl’s capture by the Taliban, and even more since his release last week in a contentious prisoner exchange for five Taliban fighters, much has been written suggesting that he was a misfit soldier in something of a misfit platoon that stumbled through its first months in Afghanistan and might have made it too easy for him to walk away, as his fellow soldiers say he did.

Indeed, an internal Army investigation into the episode concluded that the platoon suffered from lapses in discipline and security in the period before Sergeant Bergdahl — a private first class at the time who was promoted while in captivity — disappeared into Paktika Province, two officials briefed on the report said.

But their problems in many ways reflected those of the Pentagon’s strategy writ large across Afghanistan at that moment of the war. The platoon was sent to a remote location with too few troops to seriously confront an increasingly aggressive insurgency, which controlled many villages in the region....

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


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; Government; War on Terror
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I was in more than one unit that was far from STRAC, but I never entertained a notion to wander off. Give me a break!
1 posted on 06/07/2014 7:32:37 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Well, no wonder he went AWOL!


2 posted on 06/07/2014 7:34:15 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (Learn To Search. Ask Me How.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

This is a very clear shot across the bow to anyone from the unit who speaks out. We’re going to look at everything you did and didn’t do, and we have no problem with making sh*t up.


3 posted on 06/07/2014 7:35:08 PM PDT by Ouchthatonehurt ("When you're going through hell, keep going." - Sir Winston Churchill)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo
Yeah...his unit was "raggedy," so he decided to report them to the Taliban.

That'll show 'em. Harumph!
4 posted on 06/07/2014 7:36:51 PM PDT by Milton Miteybad (I am Jim Thompson. {Really.})
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To: Ouchthatonehurt

Mary Mapes and Dan Rather, please pick up the white courtesy phone.


5 posted on 06/07/2014 7:37:02 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2Million USD for Cruz and/or Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Well, where are the OTHER deserters from that unit?

(crickets)

Shut up, NYTs.


6 posted on 06/07/2014 7:37:19 PM PDT by Bryan24 (When in doubt, move to the right..........)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The spin machine’s working overtime this weekend.


7 posted on 06/07/2014 7:38:21 PM PDT by Cementjungle
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

There’s an old military axiom that says inspection ready units aren’t fit for combat, and combat ready units aren’t fit for inspection...


8 posted on 06/07/2014 7:38:34 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Agreed. I doubt that there are more than 5% of troops in the field who shine their shoes, have white sidewalls, use brasso on their beltbuckles and so forth. But are they effective at their job? That’s the question and that’s typically what they are rated on.

And so it should be.


9 posted on 06/07/2014 7:40:49 PM PDT by Rembrandt (Part of the 51% who pay Federal taxes)
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To: Joe 6-pack

Spot on. If you’re in a combat cycle you’d never pass inspection. Inspections are for REMFs and generals that lead from the safety of the deep rear. Nobody ever won a war sitting on their ditty box.


10 posted on 06/07/2014 7:41:34 PM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Obama admin will keep throwing things until they stick or a new scandal POPS UP


11 posted on 06/07/2014 7:41:42 PM PDT by molson209 (Blank)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; GeronL

So why doesn’t the media call THIS swiftboating of those who served with Bergdahl?

It meets Chris Matthews (erroneous) definition of swiftboating (which actually means to tell the truth about those you served with).


12 posted on 06/07/2014 7:42:58 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (The new witchhunt: "Do you NOW, . . . or have you EVER , . . supported traditional marriage?")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

What is with the Mr. this and Mr. that???


13 posted on 06/07/2014 7:43:26 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Romans 1:22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools)
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To: a fool in paradise

You are exactly right


14 posted on 06/07/2014 7:43:53 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: Rembrandt

And most of those are guys trying to get out of guard duty, want to be “soldier of the quarter” or bucking for promotion. I was a notoriously disheveled soldier yet some how made E-6 in less than four years.


15 posted on 06/07/2014 7:43:59 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2Million USD for Cruz and/or Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: Joe 6-pack

Ditto


16 posted on 06/07/2014 7:44:51 PM PDT by ConservativeInPA (We need to fundamentally transform RATs lives for their lies.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Seems like the perfect reason to desert your unit and give aid and comfort to the enemy...


17 posted on 06/07/2014 7:45:31 PM PDT by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - they want to die for islam and we want to kill them)
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To: a fool in paradise

“Vicious truthing” is my terminology.


18 posted on 06/07/2014 7:45:31 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2Million USD for Cruz and/or Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I know I’m a broken record but it’s in no way about Bergdahl.

Obama’s reasons or excuses for what he did are irrelevant. Had it been a decorated soldier it would still have been treason. Sicking five dangerous thugs on our soldiers, on America is treason.

I’ll say what the politically neutered bunch in D.C. won’t say, Bergdahl wasn’t worth it. No one would have been worth it, the price was too high. If Obama really could not have struck a better deal than this, he should have left him. I hate to see how many are going to pay for this but the cost will be prohibitive.


19 posted on 06/07/2014 7:45:40 PM PDT by Kenny
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To: gov_bean_ counter

Where?


20 posted on 06/07/2014 7:45:53 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2Million USD for Cruz and/or Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: molson209

I bet Obama is wishing someone would find MH370.


21 posted on 06/07/2014 7:46:12 PM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Bergdahl Was In Unit Known For Its Troubles

It was so bad that guys were deserting left and right, hundreds at a time...

Huh, what's that? Bergdahl was the only quitter? oh. Nevermind.

22 posted on 06/07/2014 7:46:52 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Just wait until Bergdahl does his first interview , LOL


23 posted on 06/07/2014 7:47:06 PM PDT by molson209 (Blank)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“Mary Mapes and Dan Rather, please pick up the white courtesy phone.”

Soon, a letter written on an IBM Selectric dated “June 12, 2010 A.D.” (they’re learning!) will appear in the other soldiers’ files complaining about the lack of disciplinary in the platoon.


24 posted on 06/07/2014 7:47:11 PM PDT by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

There is no room for chickens#!t out there.


25 posted on 06/07/2014 7:48:19 PM PDT by yawningotter
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Mr. Sutton/Mr. Cornelison...

No rank mentioned.

26 posted on 06/07/2014 7:48:37 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Romans 1:22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools)
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To: Bryan24
"Well, where are the OTHER deserters from that unit?

(crickets)

Shut up, NYTs."


Indeed! For that matter where are the other deserters from any unit? I'm not aware of any.

The only "raggedy" thing in his unit was he himself. He's what we used to refer to in my day as the Platoon "S__t - Bird."



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27 posted on 06/07/2014 7:49:18 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Mlichael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: gov_bean_ counter

Oh, in the article? That’s their stylebook, same as the Wall Street Journal and most of the British newspapers.


28 posted on 06/07/2014 7:49:30 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2Million USD for Cruz and/or Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

OK.


29 posted on 06/07/2014 7:50:16 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Romans 1:22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Utter Horse Droppings.


30 posted on 06/07/2014 7:50:16 PM PDT by TADSLOS (The Event Horizon has come and gone. Buckle up and hang on.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

No inspection ready unit has passed combat.
No combat ready unit has passed inspection.

From a former Infantry Sergeant (1st BN 52nd Inf, D company)


31 posted on 06/07/2014 7:50:30 PM PDT by taxcontrol
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I don’t give a s**t about anything else. Those guys went out into hostile territory to try and get Bergdahl back.

What a chickenshit article from a chickenshit writer at a chickenshit newspaper.

They risked their lives to get a deserter back and the New York Times dishonors their courage and devotion. What a cowardly, foolish article.
Just one of those Soldiers in that unit has more courage, compassion and commitment in one little finger than every journalist in this country lumped together has.


32 posted on 06/07/2014 7:51:08 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: gov_bean_ counter

When you’ve left the service, you don’t hold rank any longer, unless you retired after 20 years or some other situations. No one calls me “Specialist 6 ****** anymore.


33 posted on 06/07/2014 7:51:10 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2Million USD for Cruz and/or Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: blueunicorn6

What you said...


34 posted on 06/07/2014 7:51:40 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Romans 1:22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Thanks for that info.


35 posted on 06/07/2014 7:54:39 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Romans 1:22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

Desperation by the biggest water carrier for Obama. So lame and weak.


36 posted on 06/07/2014 7:55:38 PM PDT by WildWeasel
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
But other members of the unit who spoke on the condition of anonymity offered similar accounts.

The anonymous source.. a NY Times registered trademark.

Talk about being trapped behind enemy (The NY Times') lies.

It's just a matter of time before they print a story that an anonymous fellow soldier said that Bergdahl stole a helicopter and killed the six troops himself.. or some wild tale like that to use to mock those who don't worship the One.

37 posted on 06/07/2014 7:57:11 PM PDT by WilliamofCarmichael (If modern America's Man on Horseback is out there, Get on the damn horse already!)
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To: blueunicorn6

Hang yourself, brave Richard, for we fought at Arques today.....AND YOU WERE NOT THERE.


38 posted on 06/07/2014 7:58:01 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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The NYT found a narrative that’s gained traction in Leftdom.


39 posted on 06/07/2014 7:59:09 PM PDT by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: Milton Miteybad; WildWeasel

Can’t wait for the Sunday talk show spins.


40 posted on 06/07/2014 7:59:41 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (Learn To Search. Ask Me How.)
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To: Joe 6-pack; 2ndDivisionVet

Fun exercise for a Saturday night. Try to find the STRAC soldiers in this video -

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yk57BxEiXbk


41 posted on 06/07/2014 8:00:19 PM PDT by shibumi (Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

So the fact that the Pentagon undermanned an FOB made Bergdahl desert and join the Taliban. Yeh that will hold up.


42 posted on 06/07/2014 8:00:59 PM 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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When will the Left accuse Blackfoot Company of kidnapping Bergdahl, placing him in the control of the Taliban?


43 posted on 06/07/2014 8:02:52 PM PDT by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: Joe 6-pack
Bing freaking go. There’s an old military axiom that says inspection ready units aren’t fit for combat, and combat ready units aren’t fit for inspection...
44 posted on 06/07/2014 8:03:30 PM PDT by onona (I’ve pretty much given up on sanity returning.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
That is still no excuse for trading 5 terrorists leaders...

Not buying it a$$holes


45 posted on 06/07/2014 8:04:01 PM PDT by darkwing104 (Forgive but don't forget)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Hell, if I’d ever been in a “raggedy” unit I would have laid down arms and marched my ass right over to the neighborhood VC cadre!


46 posted on 06/07/2014 8:04:03 PM PDT by clintonh8r (Can Juan Williams possibly be that stupid?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

JESUS LIVING LORD FUNNY THEY DIDN’T DO THIS WITH CALLEY’S UNIT WHICH WAS ABOUT AS RAGGEDY AS YOU CAN IMAGINE... FILLED WITH SPARES, REPEATEDLY EMPTIED, 4FS, ETC. HERE FOR THE FIRST TIME “THE UNIT” IS THE BULLY, THE VICTIMIZER. THE MARINES ARE THE CREATORS OF TRAITORS...

When will the feminized former America wake up?


47 posted on 06/07/2014 8:04:18 PM PDT by golux
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Yes I agree. The platoon should have fraged him after the first dissertion but they carried on with discipline and focus. He was a traitor in my view and should now be executed. obama must now be impeached and sued by the parents on the dead ordered to find the SOB. obama is a scum bag.


48 posted on 06/07/2014 8:05:10 PM PDT by SADMILLIE
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Typical lefty tactic. Smear everyone and then you muddy the waters so that everyone is tinged with guilt and Bergdahl the traitor is made into a victim. We can see through all this but the useless low info crowd will have been mollified. The mainstream media is absolutely shameful in their covering up for the Dems.


49 posted on 06/07/2014 8:05:23 PM PDT by dowcaet
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To: Georgia Girl 2

“So the fact that the Pentagon undermanned an FOB made Bergdahl desert and join the Taliban. Yeh that will hold up.”

In today’s America, that would be a good bet. And George W. Bush will be to blame.


50 posted on 06/07/2014 8:05:47 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (Learn To Search. Ask Me How.)
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