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U.S. deaths in Afghanistan may have only tenuous link to Bergdahl [The spin is in.]
Reuters via Yahoo! ^ | 6/8/14 | By Andy Sullivan, Phil Stewart and Jibran Ahmed

Posted on 06/08/2014 10:58:57 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows

WASHINGTON/KABUL (Reuters) - The frantic search for Bowe Bergdahl began the moment his comrades discovered he was no longer inside the fragile outpost in a rock-strewn valley in one of the most hostile corners of Afghanistan.

Exactly why Bergdahl left is subject to intense scrutiny. But accounts by two Taliban sources as well as several U.S. officials and fellow soldiers raise doubt over media reports that he had sought to join the Taliban, and over suggestions that the deaths later that year of six soldiers in his battalion were related to the search for him.

His dramatic release on May 31 after five years in captivity in return for five Taliban commanders sparked a national controversy over whether President Barack Obama paid too high a price for his freedom. That was fueled by allegations by some in his battalion that he was a deserter, and that soldiers died because they were looking for him after his disappearance in the early hours of June 30, 2009.

While many questions remain, a Reuters reconstruction of his disappearance indicates that at the time when Bergdahl’s six comrades in the 1st Battalion of the 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment were killed in August and September 2009, his fallen comrades were on other missions like securing the Afghan elections and, according to one U.S. military official, the period of intensive ground searches had already ended.

But several soldiers in his unit say the quest to locate him never really ended, and that it was an element of every mission they undertook, prompting some to blame the deaths on him.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: 20140531; afghanistan; alreuters; bergdahl; bergdahldeal; bergdahlexcuse; bergdahlexcuselist; bergdahlsearch; bowebergdahl; deaths; dhimmitude; obama; rop; spin; taliban; warofnecessity
The latest trial balloon is up. Anybody buying it?
1 posted on 06/08/2014 10:58:57 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows
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To: Slings and Arrows

From Andy Sullivan of al-Reuters? I wouldn’t even buy second-hand Korans from him if I were out of TP.


2 posted on 06/08/2014 11:01:50 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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There were casualty counters erected on city buildings when Dubya was in office.


3 posted on 06/08/2014 11:02:13 PM PDT by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: Slings and Arrows

CAUTION!!! The BULL$HIT MACHINE has been turned on and is now running.


4 posted on 06/08/2014 11:04:29 PM PDT by VideoDoctor
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To: Slings and Arrows

No, a SEAL team was sent to try to locate him too.


5 posted on 06/08/2014 11:05:14 PM PDT by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge)
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To: Slings and Arrows; blueyon; KitJ; T Minus Four; xzins; CMS; The Sailor; ab01; txradioguy; ...

Bergdahl ping.

At lease two names dropped from my list due to a computer restart.

Please let me know if you were dropped, or would like to be added.


6 posted on 06/08/2014 11:06:28 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar (Resist in place.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

This is what? Spin #243? I’m losing track.

I notice the last 3 or 4 were from the NYSlimes, looks like they’ve passed the baton to Rooters.


7 posted on 06/08/2014 11:12:00 PM PDT by aquila48
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To: Slings and Arrows

Maybe they can get the filmmaker of “Innocence of Muslims” to make a convincing video “Innocence of Haqqani-Taliban-ISI” to persuade us all that our freedom of speech is really at fault for the deaths.


8 posted on 06/08/2014 11:13:54 PM PDT by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge)
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To: aquila48

They’re competing to see who carry Zer0’s water the farthest.


9 posted on 06/08/2014 11:14:04 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Is this like having a tenuous strep throat, or tenuous fungus on your foot, or tenuous STD? In each case, you had to do something....to get the eventual conclusion.


10 posted on 06/08/2014 11:15:52 PM PDT by pepsionice
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To: Slings and Arrows

What about the people who died to catch the terrorists that Obama set free? They need to be counted too.


11 posted on 06/08/2014 11:20:51 PM PDT by UnwashedPeasant
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To: Olog-hai

Yeah, no kidding. Who believes anything from Andrew Sullivan?


12 posted on 06/08/2014 11:37:49 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: F15Eagle
Well, this is Andy Sullivan versus Andrew, so there are no pretenses of conservatism.
13 posted on 06/09/2014 12:10:51 AM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

I was wondering if there was a difference since I saw the “Andy”. Thanks for straightening that out.


14 posted on 06/09/2014 12:13:37 AM PDT by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Don’t believe the Sergeant that was actually there, take the word of a mouthpiece of the mohammaden in chief.


15 posted on 06/09/2014 12:16:03 AM PDT by Eagles6 (Valley Forge Redux. If not now, when? If not here, where? ?)
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To: Slings and Arrows

The question is, will Obama invite their families to the Whitehouse? How about the soldiers in his unit?


16 posted on 06/09/2014 12:33:24 AM PDT by RginTN
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To: aquila48; maggief
This is what? Spin #243? I’m losing track.

Maggie has The List.

17 posted on 06/09/2014 4:31:54 AM PDT by don-o (He will not share His glory and He will NOT be mocked! Blessed be the name of the Lord forever!)
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To: don-o; maggief

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3165127/posts?page=43#43

This is the latest version of The List that I have seen.


18 posted on 06/09/2014 4:33:58 AM PDT by don-o (He will not share His glory and He will NOT be mocked! Blessed be the name of the Lord forever!)
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To: VideoDoctor

Even if only one life was lost searching for the traitor, that’s one too many. Right obama; who said its worth abolishing the 2nd amendment if just one child’s life can be saved.


19 posted on 06/09/2014 4:59:38 AM PDT by Josa
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To: don-o; aquila48
1. Health in danger

2. Previously consulted with congress

3. Swiftboating

4. It was an oversight, sorry

5. Platoon full of psychopaths

6. Taliban threated to kill

7. "What differences does it make?"

8. Stockholm Syndrome

9. PTSD

10. No evidence converted to Islam, fraternized with Taliban, and declared jihad

11. Physically abused, confined in cage

12. Racism

13. Moderate Taliban

14. “Raggedy" platoon

15. "No matter what, to leave an American behind in the hands of people who would torture him, cut of his head, do any number of things"

16. Obama broke unconstitutional law (that he signed)

17. Wasn't only soldier to 'walk off' post

18. Only tenuous link to U.S. deaths

20 posted on 06/09/2014 6:06:46 AM PDT by maggief
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