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  • Army begins questioning Bergdahl about capture

    08/07/2014 4:56:24 AM PDT · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 7 replies
    Ny Post ^ | 8/7/14 | AP
    Army begins questioning Bergdahl about capture HOUSTON — The U.S. Army has begun questioning Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl about his disappearance in Afghanistan that led to five years in captivity by the Taliban, his attorney and an Army spokeswoman said Wednesday. Bergdahl was questioned at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, where he has been staying since returning to the U.S., said his attorney, Eugene R. Fidell. “Sgt. Bergdahl answered all questions put to him. The interview is proceeding. It has been a productive expenditure of time,” Fidell said in a telephone interview during a break in the questioning. Fidell declined...
  • 'This is what we call A-W-O-L': John McCain blasts Obama for going to fundraiser rather….

    07/18/2014 11:51:47 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 20 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | July 18, 2014 | FRANCESCA CHAMBERS and DAVID MARTOSKO
    'This is what we call A-W-O-L': John McCain blasts Obama for going to fundraiser rather than showing leadership over MH17 tragedy GOP Senator said only places in the world that are more tranquil because of Obama are those that have fundraisers Came after President was criticised for giving just 40-seconds of 16-minute transportation speech to the crash By FRANCESCA CHAMBERS and DAVID MARTOSKO 18 July 2014 U.S. Senator John McCain has blasted President Barack Obama for going 'A-W-O-L' and utterly failing to show leadership in the wake of the attack on Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 in which 298 were killed...
  • Ex-captive Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl could return to active duty Monday

    07/14/2014 4:47:28 AM PDT · by xzins · 59 replies
    CNN ^ | July 14, 2014 | Barbara Starr
    Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has finished undergoing therapy and counseling at an Army hospital in San Antonio and could return to active duty as early as Monday, a defense official tells CNN. Some critics of the swap have said Bergdahl was a deserter who endangered colleagues searching for him. An Army fact-finding investigation conducted in the months after his disappearance concluded he left his outpost deliberately and of his own free will, according to an official who was briefed on the report. But there was no definitive conclusion Bergdahl was a deserter because that would require knowing his intent, something...
  • A Vietnam War POW Takes America to tTask Over its Treatment of a Taliban POW (Bergdahl)

    07/07/2014 3:25:51 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 62 replies
    Monterey County Weekly ^ | Thursday, July 3, 2014 | Phil Butler
    Recently released prisoner of war U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is a man I can identify with. On April 20, 1965, I was flying a night combat mission in an A4C Skyhawk over what was then called North Vietnam. My own bombs malfunctioned upon release during a run on enemy trucks. They exploded just below my airplane, blowing the wings and tail section off. Instantly I was in a whirling cockpit hurtling toward Earth, over enemy territory, but managed to eject and parachute to the ground. I spent the next four days on the run through the jungle before being...
  • Soldiers who served with Bowe Bergdahl not yet contacted by military investigators

    07/02/2014 10:04:10 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 16 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 2, 2014 | Joshua Rhett Miller
    U.S. Army soldiers who were serving with Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl when he left his post and wound up in the hands of the Taliban say no one has contacted them, even though military brass are currently conducting a new investigation into the case. Several soldiers who immediately came forward after Bergdahl was released on May 31, in a swap for five Guantanamo Bay detainees, have accused the 28-year-old Idaho native of deserting. But even though the Army is probing that very charge, investigators have not reached out to at least two former Army sergeants — including the platoon’s leader —...
  • Soldier interrupts Dem lawmaker trying to justify POW desertion: ‘Nobody else deserted’

    06/19/2014 2:02:54 PM PDT · by george76 · 55 replies
    Biz Pac ^ | June 19, 2014 | Tom Tillison
    A former member of U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl‘s platoon interrupted a Democrat on Capital Hill Wednesday as he asked an academic expert about conditions the soldier might have endured in Afghanistan to tell him “nobody else deserted.” Much to the consternation of U.S. Rep. Brad Sherman, D-Calif., former Army Specialist Cody Full asked for permission to speak as the lawmaker was in the process of building a case that Bergdahl may have had reason to act in “an inexplicable manner.”
  • Uniform Code of Military Justice: Punitive Articles - 885 Desertion and 886 Absent Without Leave

    06/15/2014 6:58:43 PM PDT · by xzins · 23 replies
    Punitive Articles UCMJ ^ | Current | UCMJ
    885. ARTICLE 85. DESERTION by admin on Jul.21, 2010, under 10. Punitive Articles (a) Any member of the armed forces who– (1) without authority goes or remains absent from his unit, organization, or place of duty with intent to remain away therefrom permanently;(2) quits his unit, organization, or place of duty with intent to avoid hazardous duty or to shirk important service; or(3) without being regularly separated from one of the armed forces enlists or accepts an appointment in the same or another on of the armed forces without fully disclosing the fact that he has not been regularly...
  • “Former JAG Officer”: #Bergdahl Already Arrested! Likely Get 20 years, “They Could Still Shoot Him”

    06/09/2014 7:47:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 88 replies
    Fox News Radio ^ | June 9, 2014
    Since his release nine days ago, many have been wondering why Bowe Bergdahl has been so quiet! Latest reports say he hasn’t even spoken with his parents since being handed over by the Taliban! Well, according to one caller allegedly familiar with the Uniform Code of Military Justice, Bergdahl’s silence is due to the fact that he has already been put under arrest! On Monday’s show, “Richard from Saginaw”, called in and told Tom he understands that Bergdahl is expected to be charged with 11 counts — all related to his mysterious 2009 disappearance. Richard said he worked with the...
  • Bergdahl Wasn't Only Soldier to 'Walk Off' Afghan Outposts

    "At least a dozen guys just walked off their posts" in Afghanistan since 2009 for a variety of reasons, said an experienced soldier, one of four Afghan war veterans familiar with the incidents who spoke to ABC News. The other sources estimated the number could be more than a dozen.
  • Does The Obama Administration Know the Difference Between The Taliban and Haqqani Networks?

    06/08/2014 8:48:58 PM PDT · by george76 · 14 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2 Jun 2014 | Debra Heine
    The MSM are not the only ones missing the distinction between the Taliban and Haqqani networks. There's Jay Carney, in the clip John Hayward posted, claiming Bergdahl was being held by the Taliban. And National Security Advisor Susan Rice - who like Hagel and Carney, also refused to admit that the Obama administration negotiated with terrorists in her interview with Candy Crowley on Face the Nation, Sunday. Rice repeatedly asserted that Bergdahl had been held captive by the Taliban (who have not been designated a terrorist organization even though they routinely engage in terror-like activities.) ... most people were skeptical...
  • Haqqani Network, Pakistan terror group, grows into worst enemy for U.S.

    06/06/2014 7:43:23 AM PDT · by george76 · 4 replies
    Washington Times ^ | June 5, 2014 | Rowan Scarborough
    The Haqqani Network, the terrorist group that the U.S. command in Afghanistan says is its most formidable enemy — worse than the Taliban or al Qaeda — has operated for a dozen years across the border in Pakistan’s North Waziristan tribal area with little to fear other than sporadic drone strikes. Now, even the drone strikes have stopped for the family-run gang that held Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five years. ... The Haqqani network maintains a safe haven in North Waziristan, Pakistan, across Afghanistan’s southeastern border. The Pakistani Army has consistently refused to launch a military operation in North...
  • A Five-Sided Kennel of Cowardice

    06/05/2014 9:58:06 PM PDT · by george76 · 4 replies
    American Thinker ^ | June 3, 2014 | Russ Vaughn
    That lukewarm reception Barack Obama received at West Point last week was indicative of the widely held view among the troops that the man is a truly incompetent commander in chief, or as the language-mangling Al Sharpton might say, “the Commander of the Chiefs.” Notice that I said the troops, not their senior leadership. If our Pentagon weren’t currently occupied by the perfumed princes of political correctness, we might be seeing some courageous generals and admirals falling on their swords and exposing this failure of leadership instead of enabling it. Those ambitious cowards should ponder the reality that neither “I...
  • Bergdahl and Pentagon loyalty: a disturbing connection

    06/05/2014 10:05:16 PM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies
    Allen West ^ | June 5, 2014 | Allen West
    While many focus their disgust for the federal government towards the occupants housed in the IRS, DoJ, VA, and 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, this latest deserter-for-Taliban trade puts the spotlight on another particular building. ... It was the late Army Colonel David Hackworth who bestowed the title of “perfumed princes” on senior military leaders who stood not for the men and women in uniform but rather for their own career advancement. As we live through the decimation of our armed forces it’s difficult to say Vaughn doesn’t have a point. Vaughn believes “There is no way that the White House could...
  • Thad Cochran Praises Bergdahl Via Twitter, Then Deletes Tweet

    06/04/2014 5:36:00 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 30 replies
    Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) praised the return of Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl on Twitter on May 31 but has deleted the Tweet since then. “Welcome home, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl,” Cochran tweeted from his official U.S. Senate Twitter account @SenThadCochran. “A grateful America thanks you for your service.” The tweet was still publicly available as of Wednesday morning when Breitbart News took a screenshot of it. But sometime between then and now, Cochran has deleted the tweet. President Barack Obama has faced intense criticism for the deal he cut to release Bergdahl. The White House released five Taliban fighters from Guantanamo Bay...
  • Father .. Declares Muslim Victory Call, And Obama Smiles As Soon As He Hears The War Cry Of Allah

    06/04/2014 6:51:59 AM PDT · by george76 · 51 replies
    Walid Shoebat ^ | June 2, 2014 | Ted
    SMILED as soon as he heard the most famous war cry of Islam, “bismillah al-rahman al-rahim,” Arabic for “in the name of Allah the most gracious, the most merciful.” Watch Obama smile as soon as Bergdahl gives the most famous Muslim expression, the “Bismillah” or the “Basmallah”: ... The “basmallah” is the Islamic expression for victory and only indicates that Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s father is a Muslim. Think that the man is acting as “Muslim” for a stealth operation to rescue his son who is already in good hands in Germany? And what is with the long beard and trimmed...
  • Col. David Hunt: US Lost 14 SOLDIERS Searching for Deserter Bowe Bergdahl (Video)

    06/03/2014 7:57:55 PM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 32 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | June 3 2014 | Jim Hoft
    Bowe Bergdahl was a deserter. Bergdahl on June 20, 2009 crawled underneath a wire at his fire base with water, food, a change of clothes, a knife and a cell phone. He called his unit the day after he deserted to tell his unit he deserted… Bill, we lost 14 soldiers, killed, searching for a deserter. He left his unit in combat. It’s non-arguable… We don’t know yet if he joined the Taliban or not. But, there’s no question he deserted.
  • Bergdahl's Hometown Caught In Crossfire Of National Backlash (The heat is on)

    06/03/2014 3:50:09 PM PDT · by tellw · 67 replies
    Boise State Public Radio ^ | June 3, 2014 | Jessica Robinson
    People in Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's hometown of Hailey, Idaho, say they're “shocked” by how quickly the captive soldier's homecoming has turned into a national controversy. Bergdahl was released Saturday after nearly five years in Taliban captivity. Since then, some fellow soldiers have accused him of being a deserter. Angry phone calls and emails have poured into Hailey's city hall, police department and the chamber of commerce since the weekend. Many online commentators have accused the 28-year-old soldier of being a traitor and a Taliban sympathizer. The backlash stems from reports that Bergdahl intentionally walked off his base in southeast Afghanistan...
  • The Bergdahl swap: a full-blown Obama scandal in less than 48 hours

    06/03/2014 7:45:04 AM PDT · by don-o · 156 replies
    Human Events ^ | June 3, 2014 | John Hayward
    As one of the characters in “Anchorman” observed of its bloody brawl between news teams: Boy, that escalated quickly. I mean, that really got out of hand fast. Two days after President Obama broke the law to arrange an insanely reckless swap of five incredibly dangerous Taliban terrorists for captive American Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, virtually every aspect of the deal has blown up in Obama’s face, and the whole thing has soured into another five-star scandal for an Administration riddled with them. Maybe it’s the accumulated weight of Obama fatigue, or the sheer stupidity and arrogance the President displayed in...
  • ‘Getting worse by the hour’: FNC reports Bergdahl renounced US citizenship

    06/03/2014 10:02:03 AM PDT · by Red Steel · 214 replies
    Twitchy ^ | 12:17 pm on June 3, 2014 | Twitchy Staff
    " John Ekdahl @JohnEkdahl Follow If confirmed, this would be a bit of a game-changer. 9:52 AM - 3 Jun 2014" ThatÂ’s putting it mildly. If this report from Fox News national security correspondent Jennifer Griffin is true, the Bergdahl affair just got a whole lot stickier: "Jenna Lee âś” @Jennafnc Follow Great reporting from @JenGriffinFNC - new report: Berghdal left behind a note renouncing American citizenship...developing... 9:43 AM - 3 Jun 2014" "David Shor @IshYimini Follow OMG. https://twitter.com/jennafnc/status/473852493286633472 Â… he left us behind. This is a game changer. He should be happy we didn't drone him. 9:53 AM -...
  • Bowe Bergdahl left letter telling comrades at Afghan base he was 'leaving to start new life

    06/03/2014 9:27:22 AM PDT · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 47 replies
    dailymail.co.uk/ ^ | 6/3/14 | By Dan Bates
    Revealed: Bowe Bergdahl left letter telling comrades at Afghan base he was 'leaving to start new life and didn't want to fight for America' as Army announces he DOES face desertion charges Sgt Bowe Bergdahl left a note for his comrades in which he said he did not want to fight for America any more and was leaving to start a new life Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff today said 'it's premature' to think there will be no charges against Bergdahl Will put Obama under more pressure after Susan Rice said he served with 'honor...
  • Special forces found Bergdahl and captors but wouldn’t risk rescue for ‘deserter’

    06/03/2014 8:01:41 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 50 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 06/03/2014 | Guy Taylor
    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...
  • Idaho Mayor Doesn't Want Bergdahl Pre-Judged Until All Facts Are In. No Pre-Praise, Too?

    06/03/2014 6:47:42 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 25 replies
    6/3/2014 | Laissez-faire Capitalist
    I mean, we shouldn't have a "rush to judgment" and pre-praise him...right? Hailey, Idaho Mayor, Fritz Haemmerle released a written statement Monday urging people not to judge Bowe Bergdahl until all the facts are in, given that there are opposing sides to this issue. Does that also mean that since there are opposing sides that Bergdahl shouldn't be pre-praised either until all the facts are in? But how can all of the facts come in if Obama is going to hamper an investigation from occuring?
  • 13 Things You Need to Know About Bowe Bergdahl

    06/03/2014 6:17:38 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 38 replies
    Rolling Stone ^ | 6=2=14 | Tim Dickinson
    The late Michael Hastings wrote the definitive magazine profile of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for Rolling Stone in June 2012. Now that America's Last Prisoner of War has been released, in a prisoner exchange for five high-ranking Taliban officials, Hastings' piece continues to offer crucial context – about why Bergdahl volunteered for service in the first place, about how this intense, moral young man became so horrified by America's "good war" that he walked away from his unit's remote outpost in eastern Afghanistan in 2009, and about the abortive negotiations that could have secured Bergdahls release years ago. Here 13...
  • 'A cover up just like Benghazi': Outraged parents of officer who died hunting for 'deserter' ...

    06/02/2014 11:34:08 AM PDT · by Uncle Chip · 28 replies
    The Daily Mail Online ^ | June 2, 2014 | Daniel Bates
    The furious parents of an officer who they claim was killed while searching for freed Taliban prisoner Bowe Bergdahl today said that they have been lied to as part of a ‘cover up just like Benghazi’. The mother and father of Second Lieutenant Darryn Andrews are angry that they have been told different stories about how their son died. First his commanders said that their son was blown up while hunting a Taliban commander - but only now that Bergdahl has been freed after five years in captivity are they learning the truth. Lt Andrews’ parents told MailOnline that their...
  • Watch Obama's face as Bergdahl's dad invoked Allah in Arabic

    06/03/2014 5:49:36 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 79 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | 6-3-14 | Thomas Lifson
    When Bob Bergdahl launched in Arabic, invoking Allah while standing next to President Obama in the White House Rose Garden, a number of Americans were startled. Claire Lopez, a former CIA operations officer, a strategic policy and intelligence expert with a focus on Middle East, national defense, WMD, and counterterrorism issues, emailed her friend Allen West: “What none of these media is reporting is that the father’s (SGT Bowe Bergdahl’s father Bob) first words at the WH were in Arabic – those words were “bism allah alrahman alraheem” – which means “in the name of Allah the most gracious and...
  • Pentagon Official: Why Obama Made The Taliban Trade

    06/03/2014 4:18:14 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 25 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 6-3-2014 | Joseph Miller
    Here is the truth: The deal to trade five senior Taliban detainees to secure the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was political. It was publicly justified with lies, it breaks decades of U.S. policy, it breaks American law, it puts Americans at risk, it undermines the government of Afghanistan, and it passes responsibility on to the next administration. But first of all, it was political. But no, it was not to take the spot light off of the failures at the Department of Veterans Affairs. Simply stated, it was because so long as Bergdahl remained in Taliban captivity in Pakistan,...
  • Anger Explodes Over Treatment of Bergdahl’s Release as Veterans, Troops Call Him a Deserter

    06/02/2014 9:55:47 PM PDT · by kristinn · 121 replies
    McClatchy ^ | Monday, June 2, 2014 | Hannah Allam and Jonathan S. Landay
    For all the yellow ribbons strewn across his hometown in Idaho and the gratitude expressed by his parents in an emotional visit to the White House on Saturday, it’s looking increasingly unlikely that Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl will receive a hero’s welcome when he returns to the United States after nearly five years in Taliban captivity. From military forums across the country, a groundswell of anger is rising over the Obama administration’s silence on perhaps the most controversial question surrounding the deal that freed Bergdahl in exchange for five senior Taliban members: Was he a deserter? So far, the U.S....
  • MSNBC’s Chris Matthews Deeply Skeptical Of Taliban Prisoner Swap

    06/02/2014 5:31:30 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 86 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 6-2-2014 | Brendan Bordelon
    MSBNC host Chris Matthews became the first on his network to express the slightest bit of skepticism over the Obama administration’s deal to trade Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five high-ranking Taliban officials from Guantanamo Bay, with Matthews repeatedly questioning the wisdom of trading an “AWOL” and possibly treasonous soldier for terrorist mass murderers. Matthews opened his program Monday with a deeply suspicious look into Bergdahl’s statements and actions before he went inexplicably missing from his post in the summer of 2009. In particular, the MSNBC host highlighted portions of a piece by late Rolling Stone reporter Michael Hastings, which...
  • U.S. concluded in 2010 that Bergdahl walked away (It's true)

    06/02/2014 4:28:48 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 152 replies
    YAHOO! News AP ^ | 6-2-2014 | KEN DILANIAN and DEB RIECHMANN
    A Pentagon investigation concluded in 2010 that Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl walked away from his unit, and after an initial flurry of searching the military decided not to exert extraordinary efforts to rescue him, according to a former senior defense official who was involved in the matter. Instead, the U.S. government pursued negotiations to get him back over the following five years of his captivity — a track that led to his release over the weekend. Bergdahl was being checked and treated Monday at a U.S. military hospital in Germany as questions mounted at home over the swap that resulted...
  • Family of Soldier Slain in Bowe Bergdahl Search Blasts Prisoner Swap

    06/02/2014 3:33:03 PM PDT · by kristinn · 30 replies
    NBC News ^ | Monday, June 2, 2014 | Tracy Connor, Courtney Kube and Jim Miklaszewski
    The deal that got Bowe Bergdahl released in exchange for five high-ranking Taliban detainees doesn't sit right with the family of an Army lieutenant killed in an ambush while searching for the missing sergeant. "He was killed while looking for this deserter," said Andy Andrews, father of 2nd Lt. Darryn Andrews, who died in eastern Afghanistan in September 2009. "If this guy [Bergdahl] had not gone off post, our son would not have been killed." The Defense Department has never said Bergdahl was away without leave and has pointedly described him as a "prisoner of war." The Andrews family did...
  • Some U.S. Troops in Afghanistan Ambivalent About Bergdahl Rescue

    06/02/2014 3:21:41 PM PDT · by kristinn · 14 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Sunday, June 1, 2014 | Julian E. Barnes
    BAGRAM AIR FIELD, Afghanistan—There is excitement and enthusiasm among the senior leadership of the military now that Sgt Bowe Bergdahl, the only U.S. soldier held as a prisoner of war, is on his way home. But among rank-and-file troops at Bagram Air Field on Sunday, there was much more ambivalence. SNIP Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel arrived for a two-hour stop at Bagram and met briefly with some of the elite special-operations forces who brought back Sgt. Bergdahl from a group of Taliban officials. Speaking before a group of more than 200 troops, Mr. Hagel thanked those "who had something to...
  • Taliban prisoner swap was ILLEGAL claims GOP as former federal prosecutor

    06/02/2014 2:37:39 PM PDT · by don-o · 26 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | June 2, 2014 | David Martosko
    Barack Obama broke a federal law that he signed just six months ago when he authorized the release of five high-ranking Taliban terror targets from the Guantanamo Bay detention center in exchange for the return of U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, senior congressional Republicans claimed today. And the president may also have written a new chapter in the case for his own impeachment, according to a former federal prosecutor who helped bring the 1993 World Trade Center bombers to justice. 'The return of senior terrorists to the Taliban [is] ... a "high crime and misdemeanor",' author Andrew C. McCarthy told...
  • Parents of fallen soldier: Our son died looking for Bergdahl and the military lied to us about it

    06/02/2014 1:57:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Hot Air ^ | June 2, 2014 | Allahpundit
    Their son, Second Lieutenant Darryn Andrews, was also named in Nathan Bradley Bethea’s Daily Beast piece today as one of the men from his battalion killed in action during the search. If the accusation is true, it wouldn’t be the first time higher-ups tweaked the narrative about how an American soldier died to make it less problematic for the military. At the time his family say they were told that his men were hunting a Taliban commander and that the truck at the front of their group ended in a hole after being hit by an Improvised Explosive Device. As...
  • Former Officer: Soldiers Were ´Threatened´ If They Questioned Bergdahl Story

    06/02/2014 12:33:27 PM PDT · by Nachum · 77 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 6/2/14 | Charlie Spiering
    A former U.S. officer who served in Afghanistan with Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl claims that soldiers were threatened by U.S. authorities if they questioned his story. After he was captured, Bergdahl said on a video from his captors that he lagged behind on patrol, although other sources in the military suggested anonymously that he walked away from his post. “Not only has this nebulous non-story been put out for years but you know these soldiers of 4th Brigade 25th Infantry Division were threatened with legal repercussions if they spoke about Bergdahl. Everybody officially mandated silencing of what we saw has been...
  • Fellow soldiers call Bowe Bergdahl a deserter, not a hero

    06/02/2014 12:13:26 PM PDT · by ghost of stonewall jackson · 18 replies
    CNN ^ | 6/2/14 | Jake Tapper
    E-mails reported by the late Michael Hastings in Rolling Stone in 2012 reveal what Bergdahl's fellow infantrymen learned within days of his disappearance: He told people that he no longer supported the U.S. effort in Afghanistan. "The future is too good to waste on lies," he wrote to his parents. "And life is way too short to care for the damnation of others, as well as to spend it helping fools with their ideas that are wrong. I have seen their ideas and I am ashamed to even be American. The horror of the self-righteous arrogance that they thrive in....
  • US Military to Promote Deserter Bowe Bergdahl to Staff Sergeant

    06/02/2014 10:56:51 AM PDT · by Nachum · 42 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 6/2/14 | Jim Hoft
    <p>Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was released by the Taliban yesterday in a prisoner swap.</p> <p>Bergdahl was the only living POW held by the Taliban. He was captured by the Taliban in 2009 in Afghanistan.</p> <p>“I am sorry for everything here,” he wrote. “These people need help, yet what they get is the most conceited country in the world telling them that they are nothing and that they are stupid.”</p>
  • John McCain on Bowe Bergdahl: ‘It’s done’

    06/02/2014 1:52:39 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 28 replies
    Politico ^ | 6/2/14 | BURGESS EVERETT
    John McCain isn’t concerned with the legality of the prisoner swap designed to release Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl from Afghanistan — but he opposes the deal all the same. McCain also said he supports the drive from Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) to hold a hearing on Bergdahl — but lamented that it might not accomplish much. “It’s worthy of a hearing,” McCain said. “But, it’s done.”
  • 6 soldiers killed searching for ‘deserter’ POW, fueling backlash

    06/02/2014 1:35:40 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 15 replies
    NY Post ^ | 6/2/14 | David K. Li
    Six soldiers died in the frantic search for Sgt. Bowe Bergdhal immediately after his mysterious disappearance five years ago, fueling the increasing backlash over the POW’s recovery. Former platoon mates of the now-recovered serviceman accused Bergdhal of deserting his post and blamed him for the unnecessary deaths of comrades. “I was pissed off then and I am even more so now with everything going on,” former Sgt. Matt Vierkant, a member of Bergdahl’s platoon, told CNN. “Bowe Bergdahl deserted during a time of war and his fellow Americans lost their lives searching for him.” -snip- The six men reportedly killed...
  • Bowe Bergdahl Scheduled for Promotion to Staff Sergeant in June

    06/02/2014 10:17:02 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 62 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2 Jun 2014 | Charlie Spiering
    Although he was a private when he was first captured by the Taliban, Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl was promoted twice in captivity and is scheduled for another promotion to staff sergeant. CNN’s Barbara Starr reports that a defense official confirmed that Bergdahl is scheduled for a promotion to the rank of staff sergeant later in June of this year. Bergdahl was a private when he went missing and was promoted to the rank of specialist in June 2010. He was promoted in June 2011 to the rank of sergeant.
  • We Lost Soldiers in the Hunt for Bergdahl, a Guy Who Walked Off in the Dead of Night

    06/02/2014 5:29:49 AM PDT · by justlurking · 44 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 2014-06-14 | Nathan Bradley Bethea
    For five years, soldiers have been forced to stay silent about the disappearance and search for Bergdahl. Now we can talk about what really happened. It was June 30, 2009, and I was in the city of Sharana, the capitol of Paktika province in Afghanistan. As I stepped out of a decrepit office building into a perfect sunny day, a member of my team started talking into his radio. “Say that again,” he said. “There’s an American soldier missing?” There was. His name was Private First Class Bowe Bergdahl, the only prisoner of war in the Afghan theater of operations....
  • Freed US soldier celebrated Xmas, played badminton with captors

    06/02/2014 7:22:36 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 46 replies
    yahoo.com ^ | 6/1/14 | Hasbanullah Khan/ afp
    Miranshah (Pakistan) (AFP) - Freed US soldier Bowe Bergdahl developed a love for Afghan green tea, taught his captors badminton, and even celebrated Christmas and Easter with the hardline Islamists, a Pakistani militant commander told AFP Sunday.
  • Bergdahl’s fellow soldiers protest swap, call him a deserter

    06/02/2014 7:16:09 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 49 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/02/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    The prisoner exchange which brought back the only known American alive in Taliban custody did not get a ringing endorsement from the men who served with him in Afghanistan. While President Obama celebrated Bowe Bergdahl’s release with Bergdahl’s father in the Rose Garden, other soldiers lifted their voices in outrage over the high cost of the swap and called Bergdahl a deserter. Those protests have grown loud enough to grab the attention of CNN’s Jake Tapper: The sense of pride expressed by officials of the Obama administration at the release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is not shared by...
  • Afghan president fumes at prisoner deal made behind his back: source

    06/02/2014 6:24:32 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 18 replies
    Reuters ^ | 05/02/2014 | Hamid Shalizi and Jessica Donati
    The Afghan president is angry at being kept in the dark over a deal to free five Taliban leaders in exchange for a captured U.S. soldier, and accuses Washington of failing to back a peace plan for the war-torn country, a senior source said on Monday. "The president is now even more distrustful of U.S. intentions in the country," said the source at President Hamid Karzai's palace in Kabul, who declined to be identified. The palace official also said Karzai was worried about further deals being cut without his knowledge Karzai's press office said in a statement that the U.S....
  • Traitor “Abdullah” Bowe Bergdahl wrote he was “ashamed to be American” before he went AWOL

    06/01/2014 11:01:12 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 22 replies
    pamelageller.com/ ^ | June 1, 2014 | Pamela Geller
    Obama’s Taliban trade – one jihadi for five jihadists. Treason.
  • Ex-Taliban POW to meet family at Fort Sam (TX)

    06/01/2014 9:38:53 PM PDT · by BuckeyeTexan · 36 replies
    San Antonio Express ^ | 06/01/2014 | Sig Christenson
    Bergdahl, released Saturday by the Taliban after being held captive nearly five years, will reunite with his family in San Antonio when he is flown here to be evaluated at the San Antonio Military Medical Center. Bergdahl, 28, will begin a reintegration process at the sprawling medical center, which has treated thousands of troops injured in Iraq and Afghanistan and has experience with former POWs. ... He'll undergo more medical exams and structured debriefings at Landstuhl, and likely remain there three days before coming to San Antonio to be with family, receive additional care and face final debriefings.
  • Fellow Soldiers Call Bowe Bergdahl a Deserter, Not a Hero

    06/01/2014 8:06:58 PM PDT · by kristinn · 154 replies
    CNN ^ | Sunday, June 1, 2014 | Jake Tapper
    The sense of pride expressed by officials of the Obama administration at the release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is not shared by many of those who served with him -- veterans and soldiers who call him a deserter whose "selfish act" ended up costing the lives of better men. "I was pissed off then and I am even more so now with everything going on," said former Sergeant Matt Vierkant, a member of Bergdahl's platoon when he went missing on June 30, 2009. "Bowe Bergdahl deserted during a time of war and his fellow Americans lost their lives searching...
  • Bergdahl Snuck Off Post to Join Taliban – At Least Six Americans Were Killed Trying to Find Him

    06/01/2014 10:38:40 PM PDT · by Nachum · 15 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 56/1/14 | Jim Hoft
    This was posted by a Marine friend. Also, this was also reportedly posted by CSM Jeff Mellinger (Petraeus’ top man in Iraq). It was sent to me by a friend in California. Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was released by the Taliban yesterday in a prisoner swap. Bergdahl was the only living POW held by the Taliban. He was captured by the Taliban in 2009 in Afghanistan. The post is making the rounds today. Via Stormbringer: “From a friend who was there: ‘We were at OP Mest, Paktika Province, Afghanistan. It was a small outpost where B Co 1-501st INF (Airbone) ran...
  • Flashback: A reminder about Bowe Bergdahl’s desertion problem

    06/01/2014 10:49:09 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 23 replies
    Michellemalkin.com ^ | May 31, 2014 | Michelle Malkin
    Flashback: A reminder about Bowe Bergdahl’s desertion problem By Michelle Malkin • May 31, 2014 08:51 PM While many people jumped aboard the Bowe Bergdahl bandwagon, I was not one of them. His release today in exchange for five Taliban commanders who had been in custody at Gitmo underscores troubling questions that have persisted since his alleged abduction. Longtime readers will recall questions raised here about the circumstances of Bergdahl’s disappearance. Here’s a flashback from my July 20, 2009 blog post:
  • Bob Bergdahl: "I'm proud of how much Bowe wanted to help the Afghan people"

    06/01/2014 12:31:23 PM PDT · by CivilWarBrewing · 76 replies
    Vanity | June 01, 2014 | CivilWarBrewing
    So.. Bowe abandoned his post to go help the Afghan people? WTF? Watching this news conference with his parents is a surreal and confusing experience.
  • Did Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl go AWOL in Afghanistan?

    06/01/2014 12:21:14 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 176 replies
    CS Monitor ^ | 06/01/2014 | By Brad Knickerbocker
    After five years as a POW, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is headed home. But the circumstances of his capture by the Taliban in Afghanistan remain unclear, indicating he may have walked away from his base. For now, the story for US Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is one of physical and mental recovery and reunion with his family. But very soon it will involve debriefings about the nearly five years of his captivity by Taliban fighters, who apparently held him in Pakistan as well as Afghanistan, where his infantry unit had been engaged in combat. Military and intelligence experts will want to...