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Bergdahl’s Letters From a Taliban Prison
Daily Beast via Yahoo! News ^ | 2014-06-12 | Kimberly Dozier

Posted on 06/12/2014 12:32:27 PM PDT by justlurking

Writing from a Taliban “prison,” Bowe Bergdahl urged his family and his government to wait until they had all the facts before judging him for leaving his base. Then Bergdahl explained, at least in part, why he left his fellow troops in 2009.

“Leadership was lacking, if not non-existent. The conditions were bad and looked to be getting worse for the men that where actuly (sic) the ones risking thier (sic) lives from attack,” he writes in a letter dated March 23, 2013 and obtained by The Daily Beast. It’s one of two letters sent by Bergdahl to his parents during his five years held by the Taliban-allied Haqqani Network in the tribal region of Pakistan.

“If this letter makes it to the U.S.A., tell those involved in the investigation that there are more sides to the cittuwation (sic),” he adds. “Please tell D.C. to wait for all evadince (sic) to come in.”

The copies of the two letters were given to The Daily Beast by sources in contact with the Taliban. U.S. and western officials confirmed they were the same letters delivered by International Red Cross from the Taliban to Bowe Bergdahl’s family. Together, they represent the first comment from Bergdahl himself on the controversy over his departure from his base in June 2009, leading to his capture. Fellow troopers have attacked Bergdahl, saying soldiers were injured and killed as military resources were devoted to the search for him.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: bergdahl

1 posted on 06/12/2014 12:32:27 PM PDT by justlurking
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To: justlurking

Sure, let’s withhold our judgment until we review all of the “evadence.” Like the rest of the letters he wrote, not just these two.


2 posted on 06/12/2014 12:35:53 PM PDT by henkster (Do I really need a sarcasm tag?)
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To: justlurking

Holy crap. Obviously a product of gummint schools.


3 posted on 06/12/2014 12:35:53 PM PDT by tgusa (gun control: deep breath, sight alignment, squeeze the trigger .......)
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To: justlurking

Sounds like he wuz edukated in a libiral run publik skool


4 posted on 06/12/2014 12:36:56 PM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Hitlery: Incarnation of evil.)
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda
He was home schooled.
5 posted on 06/12/2014 12:38:35 PM PDT by Chgogal (Obama "hung the SEALs out to dry, basically exposed them like a set of dog balls..." CMH)
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To: justlurking

he splet cittuwation rong. Evryboy nos it spelt sichuwation.


6 posted on 06/12/2014 12:39:14 PM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Hitlery: Incarnation of evil.)
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To: Chgogal

Seriously? He parents must be brainiacs.


7 posted on 06/12/2014 12:40:19 PM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Hitlery: Incarnation of evil.)
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To: justlurking

“Leadership was lacking, if not non-existent. The conditions were bad and looked to be getting worse for the men that where actuly (sic) the ones risking thier (sic) lives from attack,”


Not reason to desert even if it was the truth!


8 posted on 06/12/2014 12:40:53 PM PDT by leapfrog0202 ("the American presidency is not supposed to be a journey of personal discovery" Sarah Palin)
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To: justlurking

Boy, I bet half the grunts who ever served thought the conditions were bad and some of the officers were idiots. (and they were probably right) but that doesn’t give leave to just take off and go over tot he enemy. This dude should be in jail for a long time turning big rocks into little rocks. If he was really collaborating then.....well, we know what the penalty is for that.


9 posted on 06/12/2014 12:42:51 PM PDT by circlecity
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Not sure how these letters can amount to anything significant from any perspective.


10 posted on 06/12/2014 12:44:18 PM PDT by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: Gene Eric

Not sure how these letters can amount to anything significant from any perspective.


This is going to be Obama’s reason to not do any investigation or court martial.

Of course you can’t court martial a guy who was in a unit as bad as Bergdahl claim’s his was. /s


11 posted on 06/12/2014 12:45:57 PM PDT by leapfrog0202 ("the American presidency is not supposed to be a journey of personal discovery" Sarah Palin)
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To: justlurking

Do we even believe he wrote this? Just wondering...


12 posted on 06/12/2014 12:46:58 PM PDT by TEXOKIE (We must surrender only to our Holy God and never to the evil that has befallen us.)
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To: justlurking

Bergdahl planed his desertion and defection.

Bergdahl mailed home his possessions, sneaked out during the night, and sought the enemy to join them.

He is a defector.


13 posted on 06/12/2014 12:47:48 PM PDT by Ray76 (True change requires true change - A Second Party ...or else it's more of the same...)
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda
Well, the father speaks Pashto on national TV and looks like a redneck jihadist. ; )

http://washington.cbslocal.com/2014/06/03/bergdahl-home-schooled-performed-in-ballet-before-joining-army/

14 posted on 06/12/2014 12:54:32 PM PDT by Chgogal (Obama "hung the SEALs out to dry, basically exposed them like a set of dog balls..." CMH)
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To: henkster

If you are a fluent speaker of ‘bullsh*t’ maybe that’s how you spell “evadence.”


15 posted on 06/12/2014 12:55:36 PM PDT by SMARTY ("When you blame others, you give up your power to change." Robert Anthony)
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To: leapfrog0202

Regardless of the letters, I’m confident a court-martial could be properly conducted.

But the motives behind the letters written while in “captivity” are seemingly dependent on the determined preceding motives that landed Bengdahl in “captivity.” I would think...

Of course, the regime will try to use any balloon that can hold its weight for more than a couple of days.


16 posted on 06/12/2014 12:55:38 PM PDT by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: justlurking

Excuses. Desertion is desertion.


17 posted on 06/12/2014 12:56:00 PM PDT by TigersEye ("No man left behind" means something different to 0bama.)
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To: justlurking

Even if that’s all true, Bergdahl just admitted to going AWOL. He may be able to duck the desertion charge by claiming that he intended to return to post (but got captured). Walking off the post is still a violation of regulations.


18 posted on 06/12/2014 1:06:19 PM PDT by Tallguy
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To: justlurking

Odd that he would misspell those particular words when other ones which can be harder to spell were correct. So were these written under duress by order of his “captors” with the errors a red flag to his parents about his situation? This is not a guy lacking in intelligence and I’m pretty sure his homeschooling would have covered spelling so the mistakes just stand out to me.

There is no excuse for what he did.


19 posted on 06/12/2014 1:08:10 PM PDT by lastchance ("Nisi credideritis, non intelligetis" St. Augustine)
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To: Gene Eric

I totally agree there could be a court martial. The letters, IMO, prove nothing except he was trying to cover his ass and make excuses as to why he deserted.


20 posted on 06/12/2014 1:23:50 PM PDT by leapfrog0202 ("the American presidency is not supposed to be a journey of personal discovery" Sarah Palin)
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To: justlurking

Hey Dude!

I don’t do cursive!


21 posted on 06/12/2014 2:08:25 PM PDT by Noob1999 (Loose Lips, Sink Ships)
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To: tgusa

Ma and Pa taught the youngin’.


22 posted on 06/12/2014 2:18:38 PM PDT by windcliff
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To: justlurking

“He and his younger sister, Sky, were home schooled by their devout Calvinist parents, instructed in religion and morality.”

Must have missed the spelling part.

“At age 16, he became interested in fencing and ballet, and moved in with the family of a local girl studying dance who instructed him in Buddhism and Tarot.”

“By age 20, Sgt Bergdahl is said to have grown restless and requested to join the infantry force of the French Foreign Legion.

He travelled to Paris to learn French, only to later have his application rejected.

Upon returning to Idaho, Sgt Bergdahl worked as a barista at a local coffee shop, his interest in survivalism and combat grew.

He reportedly told a family friend about wanting to travel to Africa to teach self-defence techniques to threatened villagers.”

“According to a detailed investigation by Rolling Stone magazine, Sgt Bergdahl began sending emails to his parents critical of the US and its military, to which his father instructed him to obey his conscience.

The magazine claims that on 30 June 2009, he asked his team leader if it would cause problems were he to leave the base with his sensitive equipment. His superior said yes, and the soldier then collected water, his diary, a knife and digital camera, and left.”

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-27673631


23 posted on 06/12/2014 2:29:06 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: justlurking

Yeh, never mind the oath he took at enlistment. Dam traitor! He’s an Odumbo son.


25 posted on 06/12/2014 2:45:11 PM PDT by SgtHooper (This is not my tag!)
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To: justlurking

His spelling is atrocious. I guess he studied Common Core before it was common. He’s gonna give home-schooling a bad name.


26 posted on 06/12/2014 2:47:44 PM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: lastchance

He sent his journal to his friend. His spelling was bad in that, too. He, according to his friend, had a learning disability. He certainly had a spelling disability.


27 posted on 06/12/2014 2:50:18 PM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: justlurking

Well now I see why he went looking for the Taliban (/sarcasm)


28 posted on 06/12/2014 2:51:02 PM PDT by Citizen Soldier ("You care far too much what is written and said about you." Axelrod to Obama 2006)
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To: ilovesarah2012

I suppose for the Left his journal will become this year’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail.”

Usually spelling errors make sense and you can see how the person arrived at them. This guy is not stupid and “learning disability” is rather broad. Lack of ability to spell words correctly is not a sign of low intelligence it usually is a sign of low memorization skills. I would not assume someone had a learning disability because they had trouble spelling certain words.

Most of the time if someone has no idea how to spell a word they will sound it out or they will use simple words they already have known for example “s-i-t” spells sit which is pretty darn basic. So the guy cannot sound out “sit” in “situation” but he can figure out the “shun” sound is spelled “tion”? It just struck me as odd and as a way for him to get a message to his parents which he did not want his “captors” to read.


29 posted on 06/12/2014 4:00:25 PM PDT by lastchance ("Nisi credideritis, non intelligetis" St. Augustine)
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To: lastchance

My oldest son always had trouble with spelling. Then we tried some memorization techniques, and he could spell words quite well. Backwards. Lol. We accepted his poor spelling skills. He made up for it with his ability to fix things that hubby hated to touch. (Plumbing, electrical things, etc.) By the time he was in high school, his reading and spelling had improved all on its own. He deliberately sends me texts using homonyms of the words he means to use. He thinks this is hilarious because we continue to make fun of his vocabulary and spelling skills. I am going to show him these letters from Bowe Bergdahl. Maybe he can crack the code. Bowe’s spelling is atrocious.


30 posted on 06/12/2014 4:11:08 PM PDT by petitfour
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To: petitfour

If it was a code it probably referenced some family reference that would only be known by his parents. Mind you this is just pure speculation.

I have a bad habit of wanting to misspell license as licensce I know it is wrong but dang I want to sneak that “s” in their.

As far a skill sets go I’d sure miss an excellent handyman before I missed a good speller.


31 posted on 06/12/2014 4:40:52 PM PDT by lastchance ("Nisi credideritis, non intelligetis" St. Augustine)
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To: justlurking

and these are the letters oabam wants released. The others may be more revealing. Hopefully we’ll find out either way.


32 posted on 06/12/2014 5:16:33 PM PDT by Cubs Fan (liberalism is a cancer that has spread everywhere, even to the republican party)
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To: justlurking

Boo frickin hoo. You don’t take a hike from the military because you don’t approve of the leadership and conditions. It was a combat zone its supposed to suck.

Personally I’m just disgusted by this kid and I don’t even want him court martialed. Just give him an administrative discharge and never think about him again. He is sucking up way to much of our oxygen and he’s not worth it.


33 posted on 06/12/2014 5:59:13 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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To: justlurking

“Bergdahl’s Letters From a Taliban Prison”

Berhdahl’s got his new book out ALREADY?


34 posted on 06/12/2014 6:05:26 PM PDT by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!)
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