Bergdahl’s fellow soldiers protest swap, call him a deserter

posted at 8:01 am on June 2, 2014 by 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 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 Sgt. 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 for him.”

Vierkant said Bergdahl needs to not only acknowledge his actions publicly but face a military trial for desertion under the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

The Washington Post also reported on the growing controversy and the claims that the US traded five high-profile detainees for a man who may have gone willingly into Taliban custody:

Disappearing from a military post in a war zone without authorization commonly results in one of two criminal charges in the Army: desertion or going absent without leave, or AWOL. Desertion is the more serious one, and usually arises in cases where an individual intends to remain away from the military or to “shirk important duty,” including a combat deployment such as Bergdahl’s.

Javier Ortiz, a former combat medic in the Army, said he is frustrated with Bergdahl’s actions and thinks he should be tried for desertion, even after five years in captivity in Pakistan. Many U.S. troops had misgivings about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan while they were deployed but did not act on them as Bergdahl did, said Ortiz, of Lawton, Okla.

“I had a responsibility while I was there to the guys I was with, and that’s why this hits the hardest,” said Ortiz, who was in Iraq from March 2003 to March 2004 with the 101st Airborne Division. “Regardless of what you learned while being there, we still have a responsibility to the men to our left and right. It’s terrible, what he did.”

After he went missing, the military conducted an extensive search for Bergdahl. The plan was to create a blockade that would prevent his captors from taking him far from Paktika province, especially into Pakistan. The bulk of other operations were halted to focus on finding Bergdahl.

One Afghan special operations commander in eastern Afghanistan remembers being dispatched.

“Along with the American Special Forces, we set up checkpoints everywhere. For 14 days we were outside of our base trying to find him,” he told The Washington Post, speaking on the condition of anonymity because he is a member of a secretive military unit.

But U.S. troops said they were aware of the circumstances of Bergdahl’s disappearance — that he left the base of his own volition — and with that awareness, many grew angry.

The Obama administration seemed caught off guard by the questions about Bergdahl’s disappearance, even though Rolling Stone had raised them two years ago in an article by the recently-deceased Michael Hastings. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel dodged the question yesterday, as did Susan Rice:

A reporter asked Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel Sunday whether Bergdahl had left his post without permission or deserted — and, if so, whether he would be punished. Hagel didn’t answer directly. “Our first priority is assuring his well-being and his health and getting him reunited with his family,” he said. “Other circumstances that may develop and questions, those will be dealt with later.”

The White House appears to have been caught flat-footed about the response of other soldiers to the Bergdahl trade. Perhaps they expected kudos for leaving no man behind. With the strategy to completely withdraw by 2016 in full swing now, they would probably be justified in thinking that leaving Bergdahl behind would get them crucified in 2016 by some of the same people angrily criticizing the trade today.

However, there is a big difference between swapping for a man who’s accused of desertion (and whose disappearance cost at least six soldiers’ lives, and possibly more), and cheering his release in a presidential Rose Garden speech along with his family. That is a return for a hero, not a potential deserter (who, we should stress, has not yet been charged with that crime, let alone convicted). Did no one at the White House bother to check into the details of Bergdahl’s disappearance, or calculate what that might mean politically in this trade? Everyone from Obama on down seems to have been caught flat-footed in a controversy of their own making … again.

CNN noted the controversy in a report this morning, as well as the plan to allow Bergdahl to slowly re-enter American life again. If his fellow soldiers are right, it might be a lot slower than even the Pentagon plans at the moment.

Not all of the questions are about Bergdahl, either:

Separately, some inside the military raised questions about the cost associated with rescuing Bergdahl, who walked off his base and away from his unit five years ago after becoming disillusioned with the war effort.

Most of the immediate concern expressed by military experts, including a former national security adviser to President Obama, centered on the five Taliban prisoners who were released Saturday from the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

“It’s very, very important for the government of Qatar to make sure that these people are kept under control and do not return to the battlefield,” said Gen. James L. Jones, who served as Obama’s national security adviseruntil November 2010. He noted in an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union” that previously released Taliban prisoners had returned to the battlefield.

We’ll see how committed Qatar is to that plan in the days and weeks ahead.


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Is his father a member of the Taliban?…

Pest on June 2, 2014 at 8:04 AM

They were not caught flat footed. They knew he desserted, however, they wanted another subtle way to screw the country and still maintain plausible deniability. It’s been their m.o. since Day 1 and will be until they relinquish power.

preallocated on June 2, 2014 at 8:06 AM

Is his father a member of the Taliban?…

Pest on June 2, 2014 at 8:04 AM

If he isn’t then they need the bestow the title of Honorary American PR Dept. Chief stat.

preallocated on June 2, 2014 at 8:07 AM

The White House appears to have been caught flat-footed about the response of other soldiers to the Bergdahl trade. Perhaps they expected kudos for leaving no man behind. With the strategy to completely withdraw by 2016 in full swing now, they would probably be justified in thinking that leaving Bergdahl behind would get them crucified in 2016 by some of the same people angrily criticizing the trade today.

This is the White House viewing every issue through a political lens. This was a way to tie up a loose end in Afghanistan- a POW and get rid of five very big reasons why Gitmo is still open. They did it all in violation of the law and standing American principle of not negotiating with terrorists.

I suspect they were expecting great credit for doing so, thus the Saturday afternoon Rose Garden victory lap with the deserter’s parents. Look for the push to close Gitmo down by 2016 now that they’ve removed a very big impediment to doing so thanks to Obama’s phone and pen. Look for the deserter to be hailed as an American hero by the Dems even though there is more than circumstantial evidence to suggest that he willingly left his post. And look for further instances where this administration bargains with terrorist groups.

Happy Nomad on June 2, 2014 at 8:07 AM

A deserter and a terrorist sympathizer.

You just can’t make this up.

JellyToast on June 2, 2014 at 8:08 AM

He should be transported to Leavenworth pending trial for TREASON, not be a celebratory football for Obama to spike this week.

ConstantineXI on June 2, 2014 at 8:08 AM

The Obama administration seemed caught off guard by the questions about Bergdahl’s disappearance.

Well Obama won’t be off gaurd after he reads about this in this morning papers. Smart Power!!!

Walter L. Newton on June 2, 2014 at 8:08 AM

A deserter and a terrorist sympathizer.

You just can’t make this up.

JellyToast on June 2, 2014 at 8:08 AM

Obama’s kind of soldier.

ConstantineXI on June 2, 2014 at 8:08 AM

Well Obama won’t be off gaurd after he reads about this in this morning papers. Smart Power!!!

Walter L. Newton on June 2, 2014 at 8:08 AM

When he wakes up in a couple hours NO ONE will be madder than him!

ConstantineXI on June 2, 2014 at 8:09 AM

When he wakes up in a couple hours NO ONE will be madder than him!

ConstantineXI on June 2, 2014 at 8:09 AM

Like^

Walter L. Newton on June 2, 2014 at 8:10 AM

Msdnc is defending dear leader
We don’t know all of the facts yet.yada yada yada

Good lapdog

cmsinaz on June 2, 2014 at 8:10 AM

“I was pissed off then and I am even more so now with everything going on,” said former Sgt. 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 for him.”

I guess Vierkant wasn’t one of the so-called “good SGTs” that Bergdahl said were telling him to get out of the Army as soon as possible.

Happy Nomad on June 2, 2014 at 8:10 AM

Obama killed bin laden and uses drones so there…
-mika

cmsinaz on June 2, 2014 at 8:11 AM

I guess Vierkant wasn’t one of the so-called “good SGTs” that Bergdahl said were telling him to get out of the Army as soon as possible.

Happy Nomad on June 2, 2014 at 8:10 AM

The Regime is going to get right on top of this.

No, they won’t prosecute Bergdahl for Treason like they should, they’ll retaliate against Vierkant of course.

IRS Audit. Malicous Prosecution. Or will they just throw him in jail?

ConstantineXI on June 2, 2014 at 8:12 AM

Sounds like O took some pointers on negotiating from Henry Kissinger.

TimBuk3 on June 2, 2014 at 8:12 AM

Sounds like O took some pointers on negotiating from Henry Kissinger.

TimBuk3 on June 2, 2014 at 8:12 AM

Neville Chamberlain.

ConstantineXI on June 2, 2014 at 8:13 AM

Did you notice obama and Mrs bergdahl walking with their arms around each other toward the podium

Not classy at all

cmsinaz on June 2, 2014 at 8:13 AM

Dear Leader needs to go into the Guinness Book of World Records as the Most Tone Deaf Mofo ever seen in the history of the world…bar none.

How he would ever consider putting Bergdahl’s father on national TV is EPIC in its stupidity.

The man is a friggin’ mo…RON!

NavyMustang on June 2, 2014 at 8:13 AM

Let’s take obama’s strategy to the next level and offer Mexico 11,000,000 Mexicans prisoners for the release of the one Marine being held in that hell hole of a country!

inspectorudy on June 2, 2014 at 8:14 AM

No wonder Obama wanted him released: an anti-American Muzzie lover. They’re philosophical kin.

307wolverine on June 2, 2014 at 8:14 AM

A deserter and a terrorist sympathizer.

You just can’t make this up.

JellyToast on June 2, 2014 at 8:08 AM

Don’t jump to conclusions there JT-

Bergdahl left behind his rifle and other equipment only taking water and a compass. He was not taken during the fog of engagement with the enemy but, rather, because he left his post and set out on his own in the middle of a combat zone where an American would hardly be able to blend in with the locals. And he hated America and the Army.

I think it too early to determine if deserter and terrorist sympathizer is strong enough language to describe this bastard.

Happy Nomad on June 2, 2014 at 8:14 AM

Good on this American hero. He joined the army to spread love, not hate, life, not death.

If more soldiers followed their conscience and their hearts instead of draconian “orders” maybe we’d finally have a military that progressive Americans could truly be proud of.

Frank Lib on June 2, 2014 at 8:16 AM

Did you notice obama and Mrs bergdahl walking with their arms around each other toward the podium

Not classy at all

cmsinaz on June 2, 2014 at 8:13 AM

Obama is like a bottle of ipecac.

bazil9 on June 2, 2014 at 8:17 AM

Oh. Don’t worry. I’m sure the GOP will do something about all of this. The illegal way the swap was done, the fact that the swap was 100X one-sided in favor of terrorists, the fact that the person was swapped for appears to be at best a terrorist sympathizer.

I’m sure the GOP will do something. If we just wait and have faith and vote for them after they pass amnesty.

Then, once they have a big enough majority in both houses, they will do something. Perhaps a strongly worded letter.

But everyone keep voting GOP. This time they’ll do something other than push leftism. I’m sure of it. they’ll get to the bottom of this. Why, didn’t they solve the IRS scandal and punish those responsible? No? Well, didn’t they get to the bottom of the gun walking and punish those responsible? No? Well, didn’t they look into Obama’s accepting foreign donations in his 2008 campaign? No? Well, I’m sure they are going to do something about the VA scandal aren’t they?

Yes. the GOP – they are the opposition party. They oppose conservatives and conservatism with all of their strength and money. Never let it be said that the GOP doesn’t stand for anything. They stand for making sure the left’s agenda keeps moving forward.

Monkeytoe on June 2, 2014 at 8:17 AM

Check out Sgt Vierkant’s article on the Daily Beast article and read the comments.

The liberal spin is that poor Bergdahl had PTSD and no one did anything about it….so, it’s chain of command’s fault that he walked away from the outpost.

NavyMustang on June 2, 2014 at 8:17 AM

Good on this American hero. He joined the army to spread love, not hate, life, not death.

If more soldiers followed their conscience and their hearts instead of draconian “orders” maybe we’d finally have a military that progressive Americans could truly be proud of.

Frank Lib on June 2, 2014 at 8:16 AM

Hmmm. Why does Edward Snowden come to mind?

NavyMustang on June 2, 2014 at 8:19 AM

this pos needs to be brought home, charged with UA immediately, investigated for desertion and executed.

dmacleo on June 2, 2014 at 8:19 AM

Heh B9

cmsinaz on June 2, 2014 at 8:20 AM

I think it too early to determine if deserter and terrorist sympathizer is strong enough language to describe this bastard.

Happy Nomad on June 2, 2014 at 8:14 AM

TREASON is the word you are looking for.

ConstantineXI on June 2, 2014 at 8:20 AM

So yesterday I read that Obama’s Doctrine is “don’t do stupid sh*t”.. And then he does this.

You just cannot make this up. Something is terribly wrong and NOBODY is standing up to this skinny little huckster terrorist sympathizing fraud. Makes me sick.

Key West Reader on June 2, 2014 at 8:20 AM

The left was getting on obama about GITMO. This is perfect play to some of his base. He is a traitor to his oath, actually both bergdahl and obama are traitors.

crosshugger on June 2, 2014 at 8:21 AM

If these rumors are true, it is no surprise that this administration would pull a stunt like this. Any excuse to release gitmo detainees. Only way they should have been released is if they had embedded trackers that could not be removed.

But it sure did get the VA Bengazi, Fast and Furious, IRS,etc story out of the news.

Lucky Pierre on June 2, 2014 at 8:21 AM

So Obama beaks the law to free a deserter?

OOF!

workingclass artist on June 2, 2014 at 8:22 AM

I posted this last night. I still think this was intended as a ‘gift’ to the LEFT to ‘keep the promise to close Guantanamo Bay’ and it went wrong because the Obama administration, once again, proved incapable of due diligence in researching the background of the pawn they chose to accomplish their goal. By releasing the five worst Taliban in Gitmo, they could later make the case that if those five were gone, and could be released, that the majority could also be released,close Gitmo, and try the remaining few in civilian court and put then in prisons state-side.

My considered opinion, having reviewed the available pertinent information, is that Obama and his advisers wanted an excuse to release those five Taliban commanders. Hasn’t Obama been hot to close Gitmo since even before he was elected to office in ’08?

This deserter was thought to be that excuse, since in their typical style, using flawed methodology, employing lazy and dysfunctional bureaucrats to actually do the work, this administration thought he was a legitimate ‘Prisoner of War’ and would be a sympathetic figure to the American people. Again, in typical fashion with this administration, congress, who might have prevented the prisoner transfer from going through, or at the very least questioned actual circumstances regarding how this individual came into the possession of the enemy, was bypassed in this decision.

As usual with the machinations of this administration, only after the fact, after the Taliban were traded and the deserter was liberated, does the information come gushing out that this ‘prisoner’ is, in point of fact, a deserter. Meanwhile, this information is overshadowing the fact that the President of the United States has once again shattered federal law regarding separation of powers and ruled this nation by his will alone.

thatsafactjack on June 1, 2014 at 10:17 PM

thatsafactjack on June 2, 2014 at 8:22 AM

If he had a son he’d look like…

rogerb on June 2, 2014 at 8:23 AM

And it gets worse than just “deserter”. According to some of Bergdahl’s platoon members, he actually learned a LOT of information about US strategies and movements and quite possibly gave the Taliban a lot more info than Name, Rank and SS.

jwehman on June 2, 2014 at 8:23 AM

“…shirk important duty,” including a combat deployment such as Bergdahl’s.

Desertion may be no biggie to Bergdahl (or to the president).

But accuse him or his Dad of shirk, and you may get a more spirited reaction.

forest on June 2, 2014 at 8:24 AM

This “Swap” is the equivalent of the Taliban just
completing the Louisiana Purchase…

Yeah, they’re laughing their azzes off over there right now…

ToddPA on June 2, 2014 at 8:25 AM

Good on this American hero. He joined the army to spread love, not hate, life, not death.

If more soldiers followed their conscience and their hearts instead of draconian “orders” maybe we’d finally have a military that progressive Americans could truly be proud of.

Frank Lib on June 2, 2014 at 8:16 AM

There is a difference between the United States Armed Forces and the Peace Corps.

thatsafactjack on June 2, 2014 at 8:25 AM

Let’s take obama’s strategy to the next level and offer Mexico 11,000,000 Mexicans prisoners for the release of the one Marine being held in that hell hole of a country!

inspectorudy on June 2, 2014 at 8:14 AM

Brilliant!

Mark Boabaca on June 2, 2014 at 8:27 AM

Good on this American hero. He joined the army to spread love, not hate, life, not death.

If more soldiers followed their conscience and their hearts instead of draconian “orders” maybe we’d finally have a military that progressive Americans could truly be proud of.

Frank Lib Sock Puppet XVII on June 2, 2014 at 8:16 AM

Whose sock puppet are you again? I can’t keep them organized in my head.

Mark Boabaca on June 2, 2014 at 8:29 AM

Good on this American hero. He joined the army to spread love, not hate, life, not death.

If more soldiers followed their conscience and their hearts instead of draconian “orders” maybe we’d finally have a military that progressive Americans could truly be proud of.

Frank Lib on June 2, 2014 at 8:16 AM

Simpleton.

tim c on June 2, 2014 at 8:30 AM

Obama has taken Smart Power to a whole new level.

Can’t wait to see what Boehner does to help the President save face.

ROCnPhilly on June 2, 2014 at 8:31 AM

A deserter and a terrorist sympathizer.

You just can’t make this up.

JellyToast on June 2, 2014 at 8:08 AM

I’m sorry, are you referring to Bergdahl or Obama?

M240H on June 2, 2014 at 8:32 AM

Also of note, soldiers who served with Bergdahl were forced to sign a NDA or not be allowed to leave Afghanistan.

Look for the Regime to go full VENGEANCE mode against anyone dropping a turd in Obama’s celebratory football spiking punch bowl.

I wonder what the legality is of making soldiers sign a NDA under circumstances that would nullify them under contract law (which is what NDA’s are, they are contracts). Contracts signed under duress aren’t valid. If it were permissible under the UCMJ to order soldiers into silence on the conduct of Bergdahl they simply could have been ORDERED into it.

ConstantineXI on June 2, 2014 at 8:37 AM

Did no one at the White House bother to check into the details of Bergdahl’s disappearance, or calculate what that might mean politically in this trade? Everyone from Obama on down seems to have been caught flat-footed in a controversy of their own making … again.

With this regime, there are two plausible scenarios. First, they did check into his disappearance and didn’t give a sh-t. They just wanted to do a victory lap and figured the media would cover for them if anyone made a stink about Bergdahl being a deserter. Or second, they didn’t do any background check on the guy because again all they wanted was their victory lap and figured the media would cover for them if anything bad turned up.

That’s the danger of taking an incompetent, corrupt bunch like this and having virtually no check on their power either through the media or the opposition party in Congress. They begin to think they can get away with literally anything. And so far, they’re not exactly being proven wrong.

Doughboy on June 2, 2014 at 8:37 AM

But . . . Susan Rice claims he was “captured on the battlefield.” She wouldn’t go on national television and LIE to the American people, would she?

Naturally Curly on June 2, 2014 at 8:38 AM

Let’s take obama’s strategy to the next level and offer Mexico 11,000,000 Mexicans prisoners for the release of the one Marine being held in that hell hole of a country!

inspectorudy on June 2, 2014 at 8:14 AM

BWAHAHAHAHAHA! LOVE it! Comment of the Year!

NavyMustang on June 2, 2014 at 8:38 AM

If more soldiers followed their conscience and their hearts instead of draconian “orders” maybe we’d finally have a military that progressive Americans could truly be proud of.

Frank Lib on June 2, 2014 at 8:16 AM

I bet you won’t agree with this sentiment when the military follow their conscience and refuse Obama’s orders to confiscate arms from American Citizens or shoot them, will you?

ConstantineXI on June 2, 2014 at 8:39 AM

Obama doesn’t care about the optics of something like this. He doesn’t care whether his politics hurt or hinder the left in the next election. He doesn’t care if he is shirting or breaking the law or if he is stepping on the constitution.

He doesn’t care about any of these thing.

What he cares about is using as much time as his supporters have given him to instigate progressive ideas, plans and ideology into the American fabric. Obama is only concerned with advancing liberal ideals as much as he can, with the time allotted him.

He’s not interested if the history books sees him a a great President, a President that recovered a weak economy, increased jobs and production and strengthened our country.

As soon as you realize the Obama’s only mission is to ingrain as much progressiveness as he can into the country’s everyday life, then you will have your answer when questioning this type of political behavior.

It’s rather simple.

Walter L. Newton on June 2, 2014 at 8:40 AM

Let’s be fair about this: After his conviction by a military tribunal for desertion, at least give him “time served” for his years hanging out with the Tallies.

BigAlSouth on June 2, 2014 at 8:40 AM

So basically, Homeland is real.

libfreeordie on June 2, 2014 at 8:41 AM

Let’s be fair about this: After his conviction by a military tribunal for desertion, at least give him “time served” for his years hanging out with the Tallies.

BigAlSouth on June 2, 2014 at 8:40 AM

Sure, let’s credit him a few years off his DEATH sentence for Treason.

ConstantineXI on June 2, 2014 at 8:41 AM

REPOST: “I WAS THERE”

Apologies for the wall of text.

From NiceDeb‘s:

And Via This Ain’t Hell – in the comment section:

I found this post a few months ago and did some research…it all seems to pan out:

I WAS THERE. I’m sick of all the lies. Here is the TRUTH, from someone on the ground. We were at OP Mest, Paktika Province, Afghanistan. It was a small outpost where B Co 1-501st INF (Airbone) ran operations out of, just an Infantry platoon and ANA counterparts there. The place was an Afghan graveyard. Bergdahl had been acting a little strange, telling people he wanted to “walk the earth” and kept a little journal talking about how he was meant for better things. No one thought anything about it. He was a little “out there”. Next morning he’s gone. We search everywhere, and can’t find him. He left his weapon, his kit, and other sensitive items. He only took some water, a compass and a knife. We find some afghan kids shortly after who saw an american walking north asking about where the taliban are. We get hits on our voice intercepter that Taliban has him, and we were close. We come to realize that the kid deserted his post, snuck out of camp and sought out Taliban… to join them. We were in a defensive position at OP Mest, where your focus is to keep people out. He knew where the blind spots were to slip out and that’s what he did. It was supposed to be a 4-day mission but turned into several months of active searching. Everyone was spun up to find this guy. News outlets all over the country were putting out false information. It was hard to see, especially when we knew the truth about what happened and we lost good men trying to find him. PFC Matthew Michael Martinek, Staff Sgt. Kurt Robert Curtiss, SSG Clayton Bowen, PFC Morris Walker, SSG Michael Murphrey, 2LT Darryn Andrews, were all KIA from our unit who died looking for Bergdahl. Many others from various units were wounded or killed while actively looking for Bergdahl. Fighting Increased. IEDs and enemy ambushes increased. The Taliban knew that we were looking for him in high numbers and our movements were predictable. Because of Bergdahl, more men were out in danger, and more attacks on friendly camps and positions were conducted while we were out looking for him. His actions impacted the region more than anyone wants to admit. There is also no way to know what he told the Taliban: Our movements, locations, tactics, weak points on vehicles and other things for the enemy to exploit are just a few possibilities. The Government knows full well that he deserted. It looks bad and is a good propaganda piece for the Taliban. They refuse to acknowledge it. Hell they even promoted him to Sergeant which makes me sick. I feel for his family who only want their son/brother back. They don’t know the truth, or refuse to acknowledge it as well. What he did affected his family and his whole town back home, who don’t know the truth. Either way what matters is that good men died because of him. He has been lying on all those Taliban videos about everything since his “capture”. If he ever returns, he should be tried under the UCMJ for being a deserter and judged for what he did. Bergdahl is not a hero, he is not a soldier or an Infantryman. He failed his brothers. Now, sons and daughters are growing up without their fathers who died for him and he will have to face that truth someday.

Murphy9 on June 2, 2014 at 12:15 AM

thatsafactjack on June 2, 2014 at 8:42 AM

Folks, Frank Lib is a satirist, not a troll.

Athanasius on June 2, 2014 at 8:43 AM

Good on this American hero. He joined the army to spread love, not hate, life, not death.

If more soldiers followed their conscience and their hearts instead of draconian “orders” maybe we’d finally have a military that progressive Americans could truly be proud of.

Frank Lib on June 2, 2014 at 8:16 AM

I just finished “The Battle of Britain” with you there the Nazi’s would have won. Just like progressives would like. You do know what Nazi stands for don’t you.

CW20 on June 2, 2014 at 8:44 AM

First, they did check into his disappearance and didn’t give a sh-t. They just wanted to do a victory lap and figured the media would cover for them if anyone made a stink about Bergdahl being a deserter. Or second, they didn’t do any background check on the guy because again all they wanted was their victory lap and figured the media would cover for them if anything bad turned up.

That’s the danger of taking an incompetent, corrupt bunch like this and having virtually no check on their power either through the media or the opposition party in Congress. They begin to think they can get away with literally anything. And so far, they’re not exactly being proven wrong.

Doughboy on June 2, 2014 at 8:37 AM

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/bowe-bergdahl-us-soldier-held-by-taliban-was-ashamed-to-be-american-emails-show/

The military has never detailed circumstances of his disappearance or capture, and he is not classified as a deserter. He was initially listed as “duty status unknown” and is now considered “missing-captured.”

The White House declined comment on the emails or Bergdahl’s possible motivation for leaving his base in eastern Afghanistan in 2009.

bazil9 on June 2, 2014 at 8:45 AM

Smart Power… brought to you tonight with limited commercial interruption by the Obama Administration…

dpduq on June 2, 2014 at 8:46 AM

But . . . Susan Rice claims he was “captured on the battlefield.” She wouldn’t go on national television and LIE to the American people, would she?

Naturally Curly on June 2, 2014 at 8:38 AM

Hey! She learned her lesson. She only lied her ass off on two networks not the full Ginsberg.

Happy Nomad on June 2, 2014 at 8:46 AM

Sounds like O took some pointers on negotiating from Henry Kissinger.

TimBuk3 on June 2, 2014 at 8:12 AM

Susan Rice was on t.v. yesterday insisting that the U.S. does not negotiate with terrorists.

She’s right. During the Obama era, we don’t “negotiate” with terrorists. We just roll over and give them whatever they want.

We don’t negotiate; we capitulate.

AZCoyote on June 2, 2014 at 8:49 AM

Bergdahl’s best punishment for desertion was his imprisonment at the hands of the Taliban.

Send him back.

ROCnPhilly on June 2, 2014 at 8:50 AM

I just finished “The Battle of Britain” with you there the Nazi’s would have won. Just like progressives would like. You do know what Nazi stands for don’t you.

CW20 on June 2, 2014 at 8:44 AM

“Battle of Britain” is one of my favorite WW2 movies… Awesome wasn’t it?

You can say the same thing about any Democrat President post-FDR, that had they been in charge in World War II we’d have lost.

Hell, Truman, laudable as his decision to nuke Japan was, turned Korea into a draw from a victory by firing MacAurthur for the “crime” of thinking the way to fight a war was to WIN it…

ConstantineXI on June 2, 2014 at 8:52 AM

Good on this American hero. He joined the army to spread love, not hate, life, not death.

If more soldiers followed their conscience and their hearts instead of draconian “orders” maybe we’d finally have a military that progressive Americans could truly be proud of.

Frank Lib on June 2, 2014 at 8:16 AM

You are a g*ddamned moron, typical of a liberal. If the military followed their “conscience and their hearts”, there would be a lot of dead liberals. You’ve never heard of the term “coup”? There’s a reason the US isn’t a banana republic run by a military junta. Military personnel abide by their oaths to the United States Constitution, to obey the orders of the duly elected President.

Dolt.

quikstrike98 on June 2, 2014 at 8:53 AM

The questions about Bergdahl is going to cause pressure about the Mexican held marine to die down some – there are many questions about that marine too.

Gebeaux on June 2, 2014 at 8:54 AM

Bergdahl’s best punishment for desertion was his imprisonment at the hands of the Taliban.

Send him back.

ROCnPhilly on June 2, 2014 at 8:50 AM

I suspect he may well go back… He converted to islam, no doubt he thinks his job in life is to kill everyone who won’t bow to the Great Pedophile of Mecca.

ConstantineXI on June 2, 2014 at 8:54 AM

Frank Lib on June 2, 2014 at 8:16 AM

Successful fishing trip today…

todler on June 2, 2014 at 8:55 AM

So basically, Homeland is real.

libfreeordie on June 2, 2014 at 8:41 AM

Just as real as Ed Schultz’s angst, Buttercup. Now go eat your yogurt in put in your Pilates disc.

M240H on June 2, 2014 at 8:56 AM

Dear old Dad dropping tweets left and right about freeing Gitmo terrorists doesn’t exactly create warm fuzzies about that family, both he and sonny boy are jihadis.

Bishop on June 2, 2014 at 8:57 AM

Um, folks “Frank Lib” is a parody poster. You may all unknot your panties now.

M240H on June 2, 2014 at 8:58 AM

We never did see that flight manifest from the AF1 Ground Zero buzz. Betcha Ayers has slept in the Lincoln bedroom, and Dzokhar Tsarnaev will be pardoned Clinton style, which was arranged by Holder. Anyone who looked at Wright’s sermons dispassionately and wondered what was on the LA Times tape that was withheld from the public during the election knows Obama is a terrorist-coddling scumbag.

ezspirit on June 2, 2014 at 8:59 AM

Athanasius on June 2, 2014 at 8:43 AM

Some subjects aren’t suitable for satire or comedy.

thatsafactjack on June 2, 2014 at 9:01 AM

Once again Obama and his Administration failed to conduct basic research before attempting what they thought was going to be a huge Political win for Obama.

A quick Google search would have provided them the basic info about this knucklehead and should have stopped this whole thing in its tracks.

Obama could have appeared at a press conference and proudly proclaimed “We will not negotiate with Terrorists” once word leaked about a potential prisoner swap. Hell I would have applauded him for that, and said Damn straight we don’t do deals with terrorists, way to go, but he didn’t do that. He took what he thought would be an easy win politically for him and the Democrats leading up to November and it exploded in his face.

Idiots.

Johnnyreb on June 2, 2014 at 9:01 AM

Folks, Frank Lib is a satirist, not a troll.

Athanasius on June 2, 2014 at 8:43 AM

Yes, but I think for this thread, pushback is good as libs are readthis thread and think “I agree with that guy Frank Lib.”

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22044 on June 2, 2014 at 9:03 AM

M240H on June 2, 2014 at 8:58 AM

Some subjects aren’t fodder for parody, satire, or comedy.

thatsafactjack on June 2, 2014 at 9:03 AM

The military has never detailed circumstances of his disappearance or capture, and he is not classified as a deserter. He was initially listed as “duty status unknown” and is now considered “missing-captured.”

The White House declined comment on the emails or Bergdahl’s possible motivation for leaving his base in eastern Afghanistan in 2009.

bazil9 on June 2, 2014 at 8:45 AM

And it’s just a coincidence that Bergdahl’s unit members from Afghanistan were forced to sign non-disclosure agreements.

The fix is in for this deserter/collaborator. He’ll never be charged with his crimes, because that would spoil Barky’s narrative.

AZCoyote on June 2, 2014 at 9:03 AM

Interesting how his parents were coincidentally in DC for Memorial Day when his return was announced. Undoubtedly, they were hardcore Obama supporters, if not even more.

ezspirit on June 2, 2014 at 9:04 AM

AZCoyote on June 2, 2014 at 9:03 AM

Agreed.

bazil9 on June 2, 2014 at 9:05 AM

There were questions when he “walked” away from his unit and there are questions now. Of course the left will scream bloody murder if you raise questions about this “hero POW” but they need to be asked. Something seems amiss regarding his past and present actions and his father’s comments. Those who served with him will know best what sort of character this fellow has.

iamsaved on June 2, 2014 at 9:05 AM

Um, folks “Frank Lib” is a parody poster. You may all unknot your panties now.

M240H on June 2, 2014 at 8:58 AM

Pal, the problem with “parody”posters is that they are basically liars…using the same excuse that comedians use “Hey, it’s just a joke”.

Their “humor” is at the expense of people who take these things seriously…it should be no problem for them to identify themselves.

Posting, no voice infliction, no facial expression, we just have the words typed.

Guys like him waste peoples time and unless they are actually adding to the discussion, should be banned.

Posting for the sake of causing controversy, he should start his own website…I am sure he would have a lot of followers.

Ban the creeps that do this regularly, we don’t need them.

right2bright on June 2, 2014 at 9:07 AM

Amusing to watch CNN liberal comment threads go from celebratory, to defensive, to silence…

mjbrooks3 on June 2, 2014 at 9:08 AM

At least it got the VA story off the headline news…….

albill on June 2, 2014 at 9:09 AM

Sure, let’s credit him a few years off his DEATH sentence for Treason.

ConstantineXI on June 2, 2014 at 8:41 AM

Desertion in a time of war, in the face of the enemy, is punishable by death. Actual collaboration with the enemy is what constitutes treason. We’ll see if Bergdahl is guilty of that as well.

TarheelBen on June 2, 2014 at 9:11 AM

Huh. You don’t suppose the CIA chief who was recently outed might have had objections to such a swap, do you? Maybe it’s just a weird coincidence…

butterflies and puppies on June 2, 2014 at 9:11 AM

Amusing to watch CNN liberal comment threads go from celebratory, to defensive, to silence…

mjbrooks3 on June 2, 2014 at 9:08 AM

Surprising, with lefties I figured the order would be reversed as Bergdahl’s history is revealed.

Bishop on June 2, 2014 at 9:11 AM

right2bright on June 2, 2014 at 9:07 AM

Jaysus! Who p!ssed on your Cheerios?

katy the mean old lady on June 2, 2014 at 9:13 AM

By releasing the five worst Taliban in Gitmo, they could later make the case that if those five were gone, and could be released, that the majority could also be released,close Gitmo, and try the remaining few in civilian court and put then in prisons state-side.

thatsafactjack on June 2, 2014 at 8:22 AM

These weren’t even the five worst in Gitmo. Dangerous, yes, but Obama wanted to try KSM in lower Manhattan, released the Lockerbie bomber, and remember Benghazi was a failed kidnapping / hostage deal where we were going to trade the Blind Sheik, Omar Abdel Rahman for “Chris” Stevens, their good friend who was running guns to Al Qaeda in Syria. But your thinking is correct.

ezspirit on June 2, 2014 at 9:14 AM

Desertion in a time of war, in the face of the enemy, is punishable by death. Actual collaboration with the enemy is what constitutes treason. We’ll see if Bergdahl is guilty of that as well.

TarheelBen on June 2, 2014 at 9:11 AM

Exactly. Desertion or Treason. Both are death sentences.

Instead this “hero” will be Obama’s celebratory football to spike this week.

ConstantineXI on June 2, 2014 at 9:15 AM

Huh. You don’t suppose the CIA chief who was recently outed might have had objections to such a swap, do you? Maybe it’s just a weird coincidence…

butterflies and puppies on June 2, 2014 at 9:11 AM

Nice catch! Wow, the Chicago way has become our foreign policy during wartime.

ezspirit on June 2, 2014 at 9:15 AM

There is nothing this Administration won’t turn into a self-serving lie.

claudius on June 2, 2014 at 9:16 AM

Yeah, I’m counting on Qatar./

Cindy Munford on June 2, 2014 at 9:16 AM

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RockRib on June 2, 2014 at 9:17 AM

The Obama Administration loves to appease terrorists, and screw over the citizens of this nation.

sadatoni on June 2, 2014 at 9:18 AM

as well as the plan to allow Bergdahl to slowly re-enter American life again.

I assumed his health issues meant he was on the verge of death, what with the quick decision to jump all over a prisoner exchange.

So, he’s not dying?

He just might have had a bad case of gingivitis and Obama leaped into action?

ButterflyDragon on June 2, 2014 at 9:18 AM

Junior better avoid the mosque for a while, one pic of him wearing the full-body diaper and skullcap and it’s over.

Bishop on June 2, 2014 at 9:18 AM

Once again Obama and his Administration failed to conduct basic research before attempting what they thought was going to be a huge Political win for Obama.

[snip]

Johnnyreb on June 2, 2014 at 9:01 AM

They didn’t fail to do anything. THEY DON’T CARE. As long as it advances his progressive agenda, he’s good with it. And no amount of talking about it, complaining about it, pointing it out to the public or bad press will stop him.

It’s that simple.

Walter L. Newton on June 2, 2014 at 9:19 AM

A deserter and a terrorist sympathizer.

JellyToast on June 2, 2014 at 8:08 AM

Obama’s kind of soldier.

ConstantineXI on June 2, 2014 at 8:08 AM

Fixed.

Rix on June 2, 2014 at 9:19 AM

ezspirit on June 2, 2014 at 9:14 AM

Those you mention are the one’s, the remainder, that I think would be tried and imprisoned state-side. Even Obama and his administration wouldn’t be stupid enough to think they could get away with releasing them.

I agree with you that they are the very worst of the group. I should have been clearer in designating them as such. The five released/traded are simply the worst of the group Obama and his administration deemed releasable.

thatsafactjack on June 2, 2014 at 9:20 AM

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