Bowe Bergdahl, promoted to Sgt. while in captivity.
The following information about Bowe Bergdahl is largely confirmed by a Jake Tapper report at CNN.
Before Bowe Bergdahl deserted or became confused and left his post, he was acting strangely according to reports in some news outlets. He could have a mental problem such as PTSD or something worse. We don’t know. What we do know is many of the men who served with him believe he is a traitor.
What did President Obama and Secretary Hagel know when they traded five Taliban for Sgt. Bergdahl? It might have been the right decision to trade him and no one wants to see Bergdahl left behind as the U.S. pulls out of Afghanistan.
If Bergdahl is a deserter and a traitor, the administration had to have known, yet President Obama boasted about the release at yesterday’s press conference.
Politically, this rescue does serve as a diversion from the VA scandal – it knocked it off the front pages. It also empties out some GITMO residents.
News sources, such as the Daily Mail, reported in 2012 that Bergdahl hated the Army and was “ashamed” of the United States.
One quote from an email read, “I am sorry for everything,” he wrote. “The horror that is America is disgusting.” Immediately after that email, he mailed his uniform and books home. Some believe that when he left the base that day, he was suicidal. Some believe he was deserting.
The emails were supplied by his family in Idaho.
A Rolling Stone article, published in 2012, quotes other soldiers and associates of Bergdahl’s as saying that he had talked about walking to Pakistan if his deployment was “lame” and that shortly before his disappearance he had asked whether he should take his weapon if he left the base.
Friends and other soldiers describe a survivalist mentality, and Bergdahl’s father, Bob, told the magazine that his son was “living in a novel.”
He was first reported as “duty status unknown.” He was later considered “missing-captured.”
In a video made by the Taliban while he was in captivity, he said, “I was captured outside of the base camp. I was behind a patrol, lagging behind the patrol and I was captured,” Bergdahl said in the video, later growing distraught when discussing his family.
Military sources disagree with Bergdahl’s statements. They called him a liar.
There are commenters on the Army Times and on Twitter who claim Bowe Bergdahl, the man we exchanged five very dangerous Taliban for, is a man who willingly left and possibly sought out the enemy…to join them.
Commenter Dan Witmer, wrote that six soldiers died looking for Bowe Bergdahl.
Dan Witmer, via Army Times, said “You want it from the horses mouth?? Here ya go.” He then gave detailed information about their location and what they were doing. He said Bergdahl had been acting strange, “telling people he wanted to “walk the earth”. Next morning he was gone, Witmer said. “He left his weapon, his kit, and other sensitive items.”
Bergdahl took water, a compass and a knife. Witmer then went on to describe Afghan kids talking about seeing an American “walking north, asking where the Taliban are.”
Mr. Witmer, said they came to realize that the “kid deserted his post, snuck out of camp, and sought out Taliban…to join them.”
Mr. Witner said further that six men died looking for him which is also confirmed in a CNN article. He names the men. Still others were wounded.
You can read the entire comment below:
The following comments are from a soldier on Twitter who said he was there and discovered Bergdahl missing. You can click the link and read the entire story he relates in tweets.
Twitter comments @codyFNFootball
CNN’s Jake Tapper reported that many who served with Bergdahl, “veterans and soldiers” call him a “deserter whose ‘selfish act’ ended up costing the lives of better men.”
Also from the CNN report: Bergdahl’s former squad leader, Greg Leatherman: “I’m pleased to see him returned safely. From experience I hope that he receives adequate reintegration counseling. I believe that an investigation should take place as soon as healthcare professionals deem him fit to endure one.”
Tapper’s report confirms that at least six soldiers were killed searching for Bergdahl, and many soldiers in his platoon said attacks seemed to increase against the United States in Paktika Provice in the days and weeks following his disappearance.
On another note, Bergdahl’s father, who praised Allah in Arabic while standing next to President Obama yesterday, has expressed some anti-American sentiments in the past.
Check out one of the father’s tweet which has since been removed but which was captured by Twitchy:
Bergdahl’s final email to his parents on June 27th read:
“The future is too good to waste on lies,” Bowe wrote. “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. It is all revolting.”
Six soldiers might have died trying to rescue a man who sought out the Taliban and found his fellow soldiers revolting. We might have traded five very dangerous Taliban for a traitor who possibly gave away positions and troop movements. That is what Mr. Obama bragged about yesterday.