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Bowe Bergdahl Kept a Journal About Being a ‘Lone Wolf’ With a Love of Atlas Shrugged
New York Magazine ^ | 6/11/14 | Joe Coscarelli

Posted on 06/11/2014 5:57:59 PM PDT by nickcarraway

Army sergeant and rescued Taliban prisoner Bowe Bergdahl has been caught up in a web of conspiracy theories and political noise since his handover in Afghanistan early last month, but those who know him are rejecting suggestions that he was a "a calculating deserter." The Washington Post today published excerpts from Bergdahl's journal, which he mailed along with a laptop and his copy of Atlas Shrugged, to his close friend Kim Harrison just before leaving his post and getting captured in the summer of 2009.

"Trying to keep my self togeather," he wrote, mixing philosophical musings and misspellings. "I'm so tired of the blackness, but what will happen to me without it. Bloody hell why do I keep thinking of this over and over."

Bergdahl, his friends said, "sometimes painted his fingernails black and identified with Japanese samurai warriors and medieval knights." He called himself "the lone wolf of deadly nothingness." He'd also been discharged from the Coast Guard in 2006 for psychological problems (he told friends he'd "faked it") but was taken by the Army anyway in the dark, two-war days of 2008.

"I"m worried," he journaled before being sent off to Afghanistan. "The closer I get to ship day, the calmer the voices are. I'm reverting. I'm getting colder. My feelings are being flushed with the frozen logic and the training, all the unfeeling cold judgment of the darkness."

Bergdahl also developed Ayn Rand–ian ideas about finding "complete freedom":

On June 27, he sent an e-mail to his friends titled “Who is John Galt?,” a reference to the hero of Ayn Rand’s novel “Atlas Shrugged,” about individualism in a dystopian America.

“I will serve no bandit, nor lair, for i know John Galt, and understand . . .” Bergdahl wrote. “This life is too short to serve those who compromise value, and its ethics. i am done compromising.”

Three days later, Bergdahl walked off his post.

On the last page of his journal, the Post reports, Bergdahl imagined "a story about one going-crazy-to wander the earth alone."


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events; US: Idaho
KEYWORDS: atlasshrugged; aynrand; bergdahl; goinggalt

1 posted on 06/11/2014 5:57:59 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

What a fruitcake


2 posted on 06/11/2014 6:01:38 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: nickcarraway

Earlier the story was that he mailed his things home and told them to ‘use’ his things.

I think a lot of what is coming out in the last few days is BS from the white hut. Hagel, this story, trying to make out he was deeply depressed....


3 posted on 06/11/2014 6:02:47 PM PDT by leapfrog0202 ("the American presidency is not supposed to be a journey of personal discovery" Sarah Palin)
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To: nickcarraway
I will serve no bandit, nor lair...

I'll work with al Qaeda though.

4 posted on 06/11/2014 6:03:37 PM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: nickcarraway
John would have spit in it's face...
5 posted on 06/11/2014 6:03:40 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: nickcarraway
So Bowe thought he was "going Galt" by leaving his post and hooking up with the Taliban?

Reading comprehension was obviously not his strong suit.

6 posted on 06/11/2014 6:03:58 PM PDT by Night Hides Not (For every Ted Cruz we send to DC, I can endure 2-3 "unviable" candidates that beat incumbents.)
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To: nickcarraway
On the last page of his journal, the Post reports, Bergdahl imagined "a story about one going-crazy-to wander the earth alone."

sometimes i fantasize about leaving everything i know behind, and taking off for Kansas, where nobody knows me... and starting a new quiet life... kind of like that gal in Sleeping with the Enemy (the Julia Robert's character)... i would find a job and live in a small town...

7 posted on 06/11/2014 6:04:04 PM PDT by latina4dubya (when i have money i buy books... if i have anything left, i buy 6-inch heels and a bottle of wine...)
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To: nickcarraway

The gubmint will redefine Bergdahl as a Tea Party member!


8 posted on 06/11/2014 6:04:21 PM PDT by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America
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To: nickcarraway

But of course.


9 posted on 06/11/2014 6:12:04 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The more numerous the laws, the more corrupt the government." --Tacitus)
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To: nickcarraway

OMG! He’s a right-winger! Stone him!


10 posted on 06/11/2014 6:15:27 PM PDT by Vesparado (The American people know what they want and they deserve to get it good and hard --- HL Mencken)
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To: nickcarraway

Espousing “Atlas Shrugged” and manifesting anti-American (never mind anti-religious) tendencies are not necessarily contradictory. See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5KmPLkiqnO8 for just one example why. “You’re too intelligent to believe in Gott,” she told WFB. Economics is only part, and perhaps not so major a part as some of us choose to believe, of the Conservative ethos.


11 posted on 06/11/2014 6:22:46 PM PDT by Mach9
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To: nickcarraway

He’s not fit to sniff Eddie Willer’s jock.


12 posted on 06/11/2014 6:25:37 PM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: nickcarraway

He likes Ayn Rand... Must be a tea party kook.


13 posted on 06/11/2014 6:31:34 PM PDT by ViLaLuz (2 Chronicles 7:14)
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To: nickcarraway

He goes Galt SO HARD that he goes and makes himself a lackey to an all-controlling band of heroin dealers whose central belief is that EVERYTHING is pre-ordained by God?

And those men believe that ANY time a man has the feeling of having made an individual choice, that feeling is an illusory MIRAGE because NOTHING can exist outside the direct control of ALL POWERFUL God..?

And the only leverage he affords the Taliban is simply because by an accident of FATE he happened to be born in the USA..?

He is THAT Galt and he is THAT much an advocate of free will?

Wow.


14 posted on 06/11/2014 6:34:02 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: nickcarraway
I'm not going to defend his desertion (if he did), but I think we all have to be careful that we don't see the America today as the "land of the free" that it once was.

And I get irritated when I see conservative commentators defending the economic system of the United States out of habit, as if we're still a capitalist free market.

We're not living in the same America as our ancestors. That Obama was twice elected should convince every conservative of that.

It's not surprising the young are very confused right now.

15 posted on 06/11/2014 6:51:21 PM PDT by freerepublicchat
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To: ADemocratNoMore; Aggie Mama; alarm rider; alexander_busek; AlligatorEyes; AmericanGirlRising; ...

An unusual Atlas ping.


16 posted on 06/11/2014 6:53:49 PM PDT by Publius ("Who is John Galt?" by Billthedrill and Publius now available at Amazon.)
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To: nickcarraway

Big Gov Guy #1: “They’re not buying our story guys, what do we do?”

Big Gov Guy #2: “Let’s tell ‘em he reads Ayn Rand!”

All Big Gov Guys: “Yeah, that’s the ticket!”


17 posted on 06/11/2014 6:55:20 PM PDT by goodwithagun (My gun has killed fewer people than Ted Kennedy's car.)
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To: freerepublicchat

If he did????
He is a deserter. There are way too many witnesses to believe otherwise.


18 posted on 06/11/2014 6:55:58 PM PDT by Aurorales (I will not be ridiculed into silence!)
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To: nickcarraway

I saw the Medic from Bergdahl’s unit a couple of hours ago on TV. The host was asking him specifically if he thought Bergdahl was crazy. The Medic said no.
In a combat zone, nobody is going to tolerate a crazy person. It’s too dangerous. Nobody wants to go on a patrol with a kook.


19 posted on 06/11/2014 6:56:26 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Publius
Yeah, I almost pinged you on it. It makes sense, though, doesn't it? A guy who likes the work of a radical individualist atheist who believes in human freedom, who then defects to a bunch of collectivist religious fanatics who believe in total and complete submission?

OK, it doesn't make any sense at all.

20 posted on 06/11/2014 6:56:55 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: freerepublicchat

All excellent points.

I do wonder if America as it is now is worth all the trouble I went through serving it earlier in my life. It seemed like it was worth it back then. Now, I’m not so sure.


21 posted on 06/11/2014 6:58:08 PM PDT by EricT. (Everything not forbidden is compulsory.)
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To: Aurorales
If he did???? He is a deserter. There are way too many witnesses to believe otherwise.

Well let's accept that he is. What is he deserting from -- leftist America or traditional America?

There are those here that believe the military of today is full of patriotic, freedom loving, constitution defending soldiers.

I sometimes wonder. It was true under Reagan. I'm not sure it's true today.

I'll repeat what I wrote: the young today are very confused. What's the United States all about? What does it mean to be an American? What's special about this place?

Public educators were once responsible for helping the young become good adults, proud knowing they were Americans. After the leftists took over education, we get the opposite. And those kids carry their beliefs with them into the military.

22 posted on 06/11/2014 7:07:34 PM PDT by freerepublicchat
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To: latina4dubya
sometimes i fantasize about leaving everything i know behind, and taking off for Kansas, where nobody knows me... and starting a new quiet life... kind of like that gal in Sleeping with the Enemy (the Julia Robert's character)... i would find a job and live in a small town...

Hey, that's my retirement plan.

All except for the being a woman part.....and the having a job part.

23 posted on 06/11/2014 7:51:16 PM PDT by seowulf (Cogito cogito, ergo cogito sum. Cogito.---Ambrose Bierce)
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To: nickcarraway

Leftist strategy: “Say Anything”


24 posted on 06/11/2014 7:54:20 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: nickcarraway

Going Galt in a Taliban infested desert is about as much of Darwin Award Candidacy as it gets.


25 posted on 06/11/2014 7:58:39 PM PDT by catfish1957 (Face it!!!! The government in DC is full of treasonous bastards)
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To: nickcarraway

Bowe was an excuse to dump prisoners at Guantanamo .......nothing more


26 posted on 06/11/2014 8:04:43 PM PDT by woofie
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To: nickcarraway

This doesn’t surprise me.

His parents fit the profile. He fits the profile.

I know a few people like his parents because I go to a reformed church. They’re embarrassed to be patriotic for fear it might be idolatry, they love Ron Paul and Glen Greenwald and Lew Rockwell.... They hate middle eastern wars. He should never, ever have gone. It would never square with his confused upbringing.

The poor kid probably never learned to spell or write properly because his parents seemed to have put lofty ideas of Aristotle and Aquinas before discipline and hard work which creates self-esteem and good character.

I know too many young men like him. They become a burden to their parents and to their church, but both keep working on their behalf without demanding accountability. In some homeschools, I just see kids get away with too much and rule the roost.

I wish I knew the answer. His church’s response is to keep praying, but they see the warning signs and ignore them in covenant, homeschooling communitites because Daddy knows best.


27 posted on 06/11/2014 8:23:36 PM PDT by agrarianlady
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To: nickcarraway

Seeking out a Taliban hive in which to live is not even close to akin to going to Galt’s Gulch. Pathetic!


28 posted on 06/11/2014 8:58:18 PM PDT by KJC1 (When you are dealing with the devil, the only answer is God.)
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To: nickcarraway

Blah blah blah


29 posted on 06/11/2014 8:59:37 PM PDT by Selene
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To: nickcarraway; blueyon; KitJ; T Minus Four; xzins; CMS; The Sailor; ab01; txradioguy; Jet Jaguar; ...

Bergdahl ping.


30 posted on 06/11/2014 9:21:42 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar (Resist in place.)
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To: nickcarraway

This clown is ate up with hisself, which explains Obama’s affinity with him and his freaky parents.


31 posted on 06/11/2014 9:23:57 PM PDT by TADSLOS (The Event Horizon has come and gone. Buckle up and hang on.)
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To: Publius; ADemocratNoMore; Aggie Mama; alarm rider; alexander_busek; AlligatorEyes; ...

Hitler saw ‘Gone With The Wind’ 40 times and was said to be an above average poet; point being the sick mind can appreciate works of art as well as create them.

How many sick minds have read ‘Mein Kampf’? How many normal healthy minds have read it? Is there value in the statistical data of such questions?

Charles Manson interpreted Beatle songs as messages from God, etc. What value is added to our knowledge of the psychological health of people and kids who listen to Beatle music?

That the Washington Post decides to link Bergdahl with conservative or libertarian leaning philosophers is symptomatic of a sick corporate culture as their reporters sit around their cubicles wondering how to spin a monster as rising from the conservative camp; how ‘unbiased of them’.

Would they do this with say margin notes found from Bergdahl’s copy of the Koran? What if Bergdahl carried a copy of ‘Dreams Of My Father’? Would we hear about it?

And of course New York Magazine shares in spreading the Post’s vomit.


32 posted on 06/12/2014 3:23:10 AM PDT by Hostage (ARTICLE V)
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To: seowulf
Hey, that's my retirement plan. All except for the being a woman part.....and the having a job part.

cool! mine is not a retirement plan... i dream of doing this right smack-dab in the middle of my prime--without telling anybody... :)

33 posted on 06/12/2014 7:55:44 AM PDT by latina4dubya (when i have money i buy books... if i have anything left, i buy 6-inch heels and a bottle of wine...)
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To: nickcarraway
This information makes me a little nervous--this "Atlas Shrugged" connection.

If you recall, the two freaks that shot cops in Las Vegas recently allegedly draped a "Don't Tread on Me" flag across one of the officers. Isn't that a Tea Party-affiliated icon (among other conservative things?

Is there a deliberate smear going on to pain these losers as right-wing and extreme? And a potential danger to society?

34 posted on 06/12/2014 8:32:58 AM PDT by Lou L (Health "insurance" is NOT the same as health "care")
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To: nickcarraway

for the record: My plans for, ‘Going Galt’ NEVER involve the Taliban.

What a putz.


35 posted on 06/12/2014 9:35:43 AM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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To: Lou L
Is there a deliberate smear going on to pain these losers as right-wing and extreme?

For crying out loud... ya think?????

Open your eyes! The two freaks in Las Vegas were kicked off Bundy Ranch because the militia caught onto them. They were also in attendance at several Occupy Wall Street protests. Nothing "Conservative" or "Tea Party" about them.

They were sickos who wanted to kill cops. The end.

And if the truth were to ever come out, we'd learn that Bergdahl was a heroin addict who kept stealing off his base to meet up with his dealers. Then he took off with them. Good Lord... just one look at that video of him being returned and seeing him twitch tells you you're looking a a junkie going through withdrawals. He hasn't been paraded before the media yet because he's probably in detox.

Quit listening to the media. THEY LIE!!!

36 posted on 06/12/2014 10:52:08 AM PDT by ponygirl (Be Breitbart.)
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