Bergdahl’s hometown cancels planned welcome-back celebration

posted at 6:01 pm on June 4, 2014 by Allahpundit

Unfortunate, not because Bergdahl deserves a hero’s welcome but because it sounds like these people have been drowning in vitriol over the last few days for the crime of giving the benefit of the doubt to a hometown boy. (“(We’re) really surprised at the people who are calling — they are hate calls, they’re not just people voicing an opinion.”) If you knew him when he was a kid, know his parents, and heard nothing about his captivity except the fact that he’s spent five years in the company of jihadi degenerates, you might want to celebrate his release too.

Not anymore, though. Go figure that, with half a dozen members of his unit on TV accusing him of desertion and rumbles of outright collaboration with the Taliban echoing in the press, the town’s suddenly less eager to brand itself with Bergdahlmania.

The hometown of U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl has canceled a rally planned for later this month celebrating his release from five years of Taliban captivity, a municipal official told Reuters on Wednesday, amid allegations that he was a deserter.

Heather Dawson, the city administrator of Hailey, Idaho, said town officials called off the June 28 event at the request of organizers because the town “will be unable to safely manage the number of people expected.”

They had planned a “Bowe Is Back” celebration for June 28th, with Carole King expected to sing and up to 15,000 people attending, including thousands of bikers from Boise’s POW/MIA group. The fact that they’re now claiming they can’t “safely manage” it has less to do with the numbers they’re expecting, I assume, than the tenor of the crowd that’s likely to turn out. The first poll on the prisoner swap is out today and shows the country — surprisingly — evenly split, with 40 percent supporting the deal and 43 percent against. Imagine members of those two groups in each other’s faces in close quarters at the Idaho event, with accusations of treason being tossed around, and you can see why safety might be an issue.

By the way, it’s not just members of Bergdahl’s unit who have suspicions about him. WaPo tracked down some of the Afghans who lived in the area when Bergdahl went missing in 2009. They claim to remember him.

Locals remember Bergdahl walking through the village in a haze. They later told Afghan investigators that they had warned the American that he was heading into a dangerous area.

“They tried to tell him not to go there, that it is dangerous. But he kept going over the mountain. The villagers tried to give him water and bread, but he didn’t take it,” said Ibrahim Manikhel, the district’s intelligence chief.

“We think he probably was high after smoking hashish,” Manikhel said. “Why would an American want to find the Taliban?”

“I hope the U.S. can re-arrest the Talibs that they released,” added one of the villagers, drily. Actually, though, their account is the best (and maybe only) defense yet of Bergdahl’s desertion. As damning as it is that he was apparently hellbent on making it to Taliban territory, the fact that he seemed to be “in a haze” and was suspected of being high could be the kernel of a defense for Bergdahl to the desertion charges. “I smoked something on base that I shouldn’t have and, the next thing I knew, the Taliban was all around me,” he could say. That’s implausible given all the evidence against him that Michael Hastings noted in Rolling Stone, including e-mails sent to his father days earlier that seemed to foreshadow something dramatic, but it’s something.

Here’s Tapper latest interview with someone who knew Bergdahl — former Staff Sgt. Justin Gerleve, his squad leader. He too thinks Bergdahl deserted. Pay attention to Tapper’s question and Gerleve’s answer at around 2:00, about how much more accurate and lethal Taliban attacks on U.S. convoys became after Bergdahl disappeared. Evan Buetow, Bergdahl’s team leader on the night he went missing, also raised that point yesterday. The men who were closest to Bergdahl in Afghanistan evidently think he did more than just walk away.


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Obama back out?

idesign on June 4, 2014 at 6:03 PM

Sorry, I put this elsewhere, but I still can’t believe it.

WTF? Special Report is reporting a Fox News poll saying only 47% oppose the trade, while 45% support it.

BuckeyeSam on June 4, 2014 at 6:04 PM

Erickson is calling him “The Bergman of Afghanistan”.

slickwillie2001 on June 4, 2014 at 6:05 PM

What does it matter? He doesn’t understand English so he won’t be disappointed.

Judge_Dredd on June 4, 2014 at 6:06 PM

Let me guess, was it Dearborn?

Oil Can on June 4, 2014 at 6:06 PM

Sorry, I put this elsewhere, but I still can’t believe it.

WTF? Special Report is reporting a Fox News poll saying only 47% oppose the trade, while 45% support it.

BuckeyeSam on June 4, 2014 at 6:04 PM

The poll was conducted early in this scandal.

NotCoach on June 4, 2014 at 6:06 PM

Well there is always San Fransicko !
I’m sure they’d luv to throw him a parade .

burrata on June 4, 2014 at 6:07 PM

they are hate calls, they’re not just people voicing an opinion

Well, excuse me, but how do you politely say “Please don’t have a hero’s party for a guy who deserted in a time of war, collaborated with the enemy, caused the deaths of at least 8 American soldiers, and denounced his citizenship”?

Did someone forget to say “please”?

Rational Thought on June 4, 2014 at 6:07 PM

Actually, though, their account is the best (and maybe only) defense yet of Bergdahl’s desertion. As damning as it is that he was apparently hellbent on making it to Taliban territory, the fact that he seemed to be “in a haze” and was suspected of being high could be the kernel of a defense for Bergdahl to the desertion charges. “I smoked something on base that I shouldn’t have and, the next thing I knew, the Taliban was all around me,” he could say.

This is your deserter. This is your deserter on drugs. Any questions?

Stoic Patriot on June 4, 2014 at 6:07 PM

Here’s Tapper latest interview with someone who knew Bergdahl — former Staff Sgt. Justin Gerleve, his squad leader. He too thinks Bergdahl deserted.

Clearly these two are working for Fox news, lol.

xblade on June 4, 2014 at 6:08 PM

Second Soldier Claims Bergdahl Was Feeding Taliban Intel On U.S. Forces.

If Bergdahl was giving the enemy information that led to the death of his fellow soldiers, then he could be subject to the death penalty. No wonder the home town canceled the homecoming.

anotherJoe on June 4, 2014 at 6:08 PM

Maybe Bowe’s mom and dad can get the hometown crowd in a selfie with Prez ‘If I had a white twin he be just like Robert Bergdahl’

Willys on June 4, 2014 at 6:09 PM

Bergdahl has put on weight in captivity. It looks to be muscle mass (compare the before and after size of his neck), but I can’t be sure.

Still, that doesn’t sound like mistreatment or malnourishment like we’ve been led to believe, and it may increase suspicion of collaboration.

Nessuno on June 4, 2014 at 6:09 PM

Sorry, I put this elsewhere, but I still can’t believe it.

WTF? Special Report is reporting a Fox News poll saying only 47% oppose the trade, while 45% support it.

BuckeyeSam on June 4, 2014 at 6:04 PM

Probably because people polled want to give Bergdahl the benefit of the doubt. If there’s is incontrovertible evidence(aside from the letter which we technically don’t have) showing that he deserted and then collaborated with the Taliban and the deal still has support in double digits, then I officially give up on this country.

Doughboy on June 4, 2014 at 6:10 PM

If you knew him when he was a kid, know his parents, and heard nothing about his captivity except the fact that he’s spent five years in the company of jihadi degenerates, you might want to celebrate his release too.

Idiots. They want everyone to ignore facts and just concentrate on how nice a boy he was in fifth grade. Seesh……..

Johnnyreb on June 4, 2014 at 6:10 PM

yeah they are using whatever excuse they can to cancel to avoid the political fallout.
so now they get to blame phone calls for something they wanted to do after the info came out.

dmacleo on June 4, 2014 at 6:11 PM

Why did they think he would be able to attend by that date? He was suppose to be on death’s door. Were they told otherwise and that he would be home in a couple of weeks? Besides his physical condition (which we know is not bad) there was his mental condition. But most importantly, his legal problems. He already split once, why let him loose again?

Lies lies and more lies….

Blake on June 4, 2014 at 6:12 PM

Maybe after time has gone by and things settle down they can still have a party. He doesn’t have to be treated like a hero for them to be glad he’s home.

Cindy Munford on June 4, 2014 at 6:13 PM

Boise ‘Burb Bikers Bounce Broken-Arrow Bergdahl Bash.

viking01 on June 4, 2014 at 6:14 PM

An open and transparent investigation with a court martial.

rbj on June 4, 2014 at 6:15 PM

You can’t argue that you are not guilty of vehicular manslaughter because you voluntarily ingested the alcohol.

Same here. He can not argue that he was incapacitated due to drugs when he voluntarily ingested them.

Blake on June 4, 2014 at 6:15 PM

Maybe after time has gone by and things settle down they can still have a party. He doesn’t have to be treated like a hero for them to be glad he’s home.

Cindy Munford on June 4, 2014 at 6:13 PM

Yup, a party for men only , with bachabazi for entertainment

burrata on June 4, 2014 at 6:16 PM

Of course he was seeking the enemy to give info. He is a f’ing traitor.

Ta111 on June 4, 2014 at 6:16 PM

Hell yeah! Hooah and This We’ll Defend! A win for the good guys. I’d like to dedicate the cancelation to the real heroes wounded and killed in action because of this O2 2-11 in progress.

hawkdriver on June 4, 2014 at 6:17 PM

They should have decided this days ago but we are talking about a loony left state.

neyney on June 4, 2014 at 6:18 PM

They want everyone to ignore facts and just concentrate on how nice a boy he was in fifth grade. Seesh……..

Johnnyreb on June 4, 2014 at 6:10 PM

The old Trayvon Treatment.

Flange on June 4, 2014 at 6:18 PM

Yup, a party for men only , with bachabazi for entertainment

burrata on June 4, 2014 at 6:16 PM

Maybe, a sexy goat or two… Baaaaa!

Blake on June 4, 2014 at 6:19 PM

Carol King? Cat Stephens would be more appropriate.

myrenovations on June 4, 2014 at 6:19 PM

Maybe they found out the pentagon will have him restricted to base or in jail awaiting his courts martial.

Sven on June 4, 2014 at 6:20 PM

I guess they’ll have to send back the goats….

viking01 on June 4, 2014 at 6:21 PM

This is your deserter. This is your deserter on drugs. Any questions?

Stoic Patriot on June 4, 2014 at 6:07 PM

Well if that’s the new story, he’d be a Dem hero and a shoe-in for political office if he moved here to Colorado.

dentarthurdent on June 4, 2014 at 6:22 PM

Same here. He can not argue that he was incapacitated due to drugs when he voluntarily ingested them.

Blake on June 4, 2014 at 6:15 PM

And, well – drug use is still illegal in the military anyway.
Did he think he was in Colorado (where MJ use is still illegal for people in the military)?

dentarthurdent on June 4, 2014 at 6:24 PM

Sorry, I put this elsewhere, but I still can’t believe it.

WTF? Special Report is reporting a Fox News poll saying only 47% oppose the trade, while 45% support it.

BuckeyeSam on June 4, 2014 at 6:04 PM

As NotCoach mentioned, this was conducted earlier on. The scandal has really only exploded in the last two days. I am expecting the next poll to look substantially different based on how the White House and its witless minions reacted.

As it is, 47% is a good start.

Doomberg on June 4, 2014 at 6:24 PM

If you knew him when he was a kid, know his parents, and heard nothing about his captivity except the fact that he’s spent five years in the company of jihadi degenerates, you might want to celebrate his release too.

Except that it seems his dad was a bitter man.

Freed POW’s dad was a champion cyclist who became disillusioned with America after boycott of the 1980 Moscow Olympics over war in Afghanistan destroyed his Gold Medal dreams

Resist We Much on June 4, 2014 at 5:26 PM

Maybe not the entire town, but I’m sure there are some who picked up on his attitude. The column said his dad “was deeply dejected and walked away from cycling, vowing never to ride a bike again.” That’s a level of anger and bitterness that seeps into everything you do.

We once lived in a town where a guy who would have been on the 1980 U.S. Olympic Gymnastic Team. He was a nice guy, and instead of becoming bitter he opened his own gym.

INC on June 4, 2014 at 6:25 PM

Meanwhile back at what used to be called the southern BORDER with Mexico.

http://www.myfoxphoenix.com/story/25685544/2014/06/03/dhs-continues-to-drop-immigrants-off-at-phoenix-bus-station

I know it’s BERGDAHL, BERGDAHL, BERGDAHL 24/7 but while we’re watching the shiny object in the left hand the DOJ and the right hand are erasing our national borders so our nation will be no more.

And those of you in Texas? YOU’RE NEXT.

http://www.woai.com/articles/woai-local-news-sponsored-by-five-star-cleaners-119078/flood-of-illegal-immigrant-children-into-12413781/

PappyD61 on June 4, 2014 at 6:25 PM

If you knew him when he was a kid, know his parents, and heard nothing about his captivity except the fact that he’s spent five years in the company of jihadi degenerates, you might want to celebrate his release too.

My, well since you put it like that we’ll just forget also that at least six soldiers and officers are dead specifically because they were on operations trying to get his worthless ass back and that for four straight years after he was “captured” IED attacks were more frequent and deadly and raised 2 and three fold for more than four years.

Imagine no defection.
It’s easy if you try.
He was just … on vacation.
And no one really died.

hawkdriver on June 4, 2014 at 6:26 PM

What does it matter? He doesn’t understand English so he won’t be disappointed.

Judge_Dredd on June 4, 2014 at 6:06 PM

*snicker*

bazil9 on June 4, 2014 at 6:28 PM

As they should, cancel the homecoming that is.

Why would any right minded American welcome a low sloping foreheaded traitor to their midst?

My next hope is that they castigate his treasonous muslim piece of crap goat humping father.

Diluculo on June 4, 2014 at 6:29 PM

I want to see Obama and Bergie on-stage, together, with the nearest Secret Service agent more than an arms length away.

Anyone think O has the balls get that close to his hero?

BobMbx on June 4, 2014 at 6:29 PM

“I hope the U.S. can re-arrest the Talibs that they released,”

No more arrests for these scum. Next time they’re caught, they need to stay caught. And dead.

AZCoyote on June 4, 2014 at 6:30 PM

We once lived in a town where a guy who would have been on the 1980 U.S. Olympic Gymnastic Team. He was a nice guy, and instead of becoming bitter he opened his own gym.

INC on June 4, 2014 at 6:25 PM

Or Bergdad Bob’s own teammate, Greg LaMonde, who went on to have a very successful cycling career.

Flange on June 4, 2014 at 6:30 PM

Anyone think O has the balls get that close to his hero?

BobMbx on June 4, 2014 at 6:29 PM

Yes, because they’d probably just tongue-kiss.

AZCoyote on June 4, 2014 at 6:31 PM

Imagine members of those two groups in each other’s faces in close quarters at the Idaho event, with accusations of treason being tossed around, and you can see why safety might be an issue.

From the two pools–both of which were conducted early in the news cycle–the US is currently pretty evenly divided on this. How are you going to separate the US into two groups over this emotionally charged issue?

jim56 on June 4, 2014 at 6:31 PM

Carole King hardest hit. She was positively giddy on Morning Joe yesterday, bouncing up and down in her seat with excitement before I went *CLICK*.

Naturally Curly on June 4, 2014 at 6:32 PM

PappyD61 on June 4, 2014 at 6:25 PM

Everyone within 5 miles of the southern border needs to be issues a .50cal chain gun and a high powered rifle with a balls-out scope to pick off the crapskins as they invade.

I guarantee that would halt the flow of spiceys across the border.

Diluculo on June 4, 2014 at 6:32 PM

Weasel admits that Soldiers died in the pursuit, jimmy, and because of Bergdahl’s defection.

Bowe Bergdahl’s critics not to “judge” him until all the facts are in and sharply defended the extensive and risky search efforts that claimed the lives of some of his fellow soldiers.

“We did a huge number of operations to try to stop the Taliban from being able to move him across the border into Pakistan,” McChrystal told Yahoo News in an exclusive interview. “And we made a great effort and put a lot of people at risk in doing that, but that’s what you should do. That’s what soldiers do for each other.”

Swine generals, most all that are left, only for the next stars.

Shitseki began the decline by ordering the hard-won black berets gone. The rest is history.

Schadenfreude on June 4, 2014 at 6:33 PM

Freed POW’s dad was a champion cyclist who became disillusioned with America after boycott of the 1980 Moscow Olympics over war in Afghanistan destroyed his Gold Medal dreams

Resist We Much on June 4, 2014 at 5:26 PM

So he is pizzd at Carter ?

burrata on June 4, 2014 at 6:34 PM

As NotCoach mentioned, this was conducted earlier on. The scandal has really only exploded in the last two days. I am expecting the next poll to look substantially different based on how the White House and its witless minions reacted.

As it is, 47% is a good start.

Doomberg on June 4, 2014 at 6:24 PM

You might be right on the Fox News poll, but the Rasmussen poll was done on June 2-3, and it had the same split.

jim56 on June 4, 2014 at 6:34 PM

If you knew him when he was a kid,

You could say that about just about anyone … except for the little Jakarta street kid who was a muslim, dog-eating, low IQ pr!ck when he was a kid.

know his parents,

You mean his Mullah Dad who went jihadi PR on the White House Lawn and wants to free all terrorists? That parent?

This story about Bergdahl started leaking out right after he deserted. It didn’t take years for people to start hearing this. People in this town should have known about the circumstances of the lowlife deserter’s disappearance from way back. They can’t claim ignorance. This town has no excuse, except that they are brain dead and seemed happy to collude with the Indonesian America-hater in his latest move to harm this nation and people.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on June 4, 2014 at 6:34 PM

Very telling, the bolded part

Stefanie O’Neill, an organizer of the welcome-home rally originally set for June 28, had insisted as late as Tuesday that the celebration would go on as planned. But on Wednesday, she and her mother, Debbie, a co-organizer of the event, paid a visit to the Army sergeant’s parents, Bob and Jani Bergdahl, to ask whether they wanted the celebration to proceed as planned.

A short time later came the city’s announcement that the event was being canceled.

Schadenfreude on June 4, 2014 at 6:34 PM

The men who were closest to Bergdahl in Afghanistan evidently think he did more than just walk away.

But the HA trolls are sure they’re just making shit up.

Ratf*ck crapweasels – yes, I’m pointing at you, libfree, jim56 and verbaluce. Go straight to hell.

Midas on June 4, 2014 at 6:35 PM

How are you going to separate the US into two groups over this emotionally charged issue?

jim56 on June 4, 2014 at 6:31 PM

Only latrine-rats like you can be in one camp. The Islamists are very happy with you and TaliPa.

Schadenfreude on June 4, 2014 at 6:36 PM

“They had planned a “Bowe Is Back” celebration for June 28th, with Carole King expected to sing..”

Oh, the irony!

“And it’s too late, baby, now it’s too late
Though we really did try to make it
Something inside has died and I can’t hide
And I just can’t fake it..”

The War Planner on June 4, 2014 at 6:36 PM

TaliPa must be spittin’ steel and praying to his Allah. Ameen!!!

Schadenfreude on June 4, 2014 at 6:37 PM

its understandable that they scheduled the rally in the first place..and even more understandable that theyre now canceling it.

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on June 4, 2014 at 6:38 PM

out of curiosity..is there a mosque in this tiny idaho hamlet?

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on June 4, 2014 at 6:38 PM

I hope his folks can just be satisfied that he is home.

Cindy Munford on June 4, 2014 at 6:38 PM

“I hope the U.S. can re-arrest the Talibs that they released,” added one of the villagers

and return all that money talis paid to Hussein ?

burrata on June 4, 2014 at 6:39 PM

#Boomeranggate

SwiftGoat, the first ‘lady’

Schadenfreude on June 4, 2014 at 6:39 PM

An open and transparent investigation with a court martial.

rbj on June 4, 2014 at 6:15 PM

Or, in Obama’s Pentagon: A bogus investigation resulting in precisely nothing so as to avoid embarrassment to Army brass and the CinC.

The U.S. military has said the circumstances under which Bergdahl disappeared have yet to be fully investigated, although Pentagon officials have indicated Bergdahl is unlikely to face charges regardless of what the Army learns of his capture because he has suffered enough.[Emphasis added]

Barnestormer on June 4, 2014 at 6:39 PM

Or Bergdad Bob’s own teammate, Greg LaMonde, who went on to have a very successful cycling career.

Flange on June 4, 2014 at 6:30 PM

Exactly.

INC on June 4, 2014 at 6:39 PM

So he is pizzd at Carter ?

burrata on June 4, 2014 at 6:34 PM

Isn’t everybody? …. except maybe Roslyn.

viking01 on June 4, 2014 at 6:39 PM

Sorry, I put this elsewhere, but I still can’t believe it.

WTF? Special Report is reporting a Fox News poll saying only 47% oppose the trade, while 45% support it.

BuckeyeSam on June 4, 2014 at 6:04 PM

I’m surprised it’s already in the negative. Alot of people don’t pay attention, but when asked would favor getting our guy “released” (frankly, I think he was forced out). Meanwhile everyone who is against the deal knows the story and is likely dead set against the traitor.

These numbers will become more negative.

forest on June 4, 2014 at 6:39 PM

its understandable that they scheduled the rally in the first place..ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on June 4, 2014 at 6:38 PM

Only because they’ve been in denial for five freaking years. I wouldn’t live in a town that threw a party for a traitor like him.

hawkdriver on June 4, 2014 at 6:41 PM

Flange on June 4, 2014 at 6:30 PM

Oh, and Bergdad Bob is clever.

Carol King? Cat Stephens would be more appropriate.

myrenovations on June 4, 2014 at 6:19 PM

As was this jab.

INC on June 4, 2014 at 6:41 PM

These numbers will become more negative.

forest on June 4, 2014 at 6:39 PM

Yeah..I never watch my local news but it was playing at my Doc office today as I waited. Was surprised..they were actually covering it.

bazil9 on June 4, 2014 at 6:42 PM

They had planned a “Bowe Is Back” celebration for June 28th, with Carole King expected to sing

Cat Stevens Yusef Islam would have been a more appropriate booking.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on June 4, 2014 at 6:44 PM

This needs a beard on obama, like TaliPa.

Schadenfreude on June 4, 2014 at 6:44 PM

Schadenfreude on June 4, 2014 at 6:34 PM

Midas on June 4, 2014 at 6:35 PM

..factor in that this muzzie-fellating sack got a promotion to E-4 and E-5 in absentia and is up for E-6 this month.

Bergdahl was promoted twice after he was taken prisoner in June 2009. He was promoted to the rank of specialist in June 2010 and then sergeant in June 2011.

E-6! Cripes, that’s just three steps away from the top rung. What a freaking disgrace!

The War Planner on June 4, 2014 at 6:45 PM

Those tears he was shedding in the Taliban video were from his realization they were dumping him to Americans.The Taliban used him like a stooge then dropped him like a used condom.They got what they wanted and he has to face reality.I would bet he had no idea when the Toyota truck pulled up.

docflash on June 4, 2014 at 6:46 PM

So many good soldiers died in attempts to find him and IED attacks became much more deadly after is disappearance. What difference, at this point, does it make? Hey, Hillary thought it was a good line last year. Maybe the Dems can trot out the same line now.

mydh12 on June 4, 2014 at 6:46 PM

Oh boy, Barry is going to be pissed now, I’ll bet he had big plans to pop in for a surprise photo op of his grand self at the parade.

Rivers on June 4, 2014 at 6:47 PM

If you knew him when he was a kid, know his parents, and heard nothing about his captivity except the fact that he’s spent five years in the company of jihadi degenerates, you might want to celebrate his release too.

If you realized that the man you support deserted from the Army, possibly collaborated with the enemy, and killed other Americans…. well you might be less strident in the support that the bastard is back.

West Point doesn’t have a celebration of Benedict Arnold.

Happy Nomad on June 4, 2014 at 6:48 PM

Oh, and Bergdad Bob is clever.

INC on June 4, 2014 at 6:41 PM

Yeah, I saw it earlier and thought so too.

Flange on June 4, 2014 at 6:49 PM

WTF? Special Report is reporting a Fox News poll saying only 47% oppose the trade, while 45% support it.

BuckeyeSam on June 4, 2014 at 6:04 PM

Every poll question now seems to come down to “Do you support President Obama?”

Count to 10 on June 4, 2014 at 6:50 PM

Not anymore, though. Go figure that, with half a dozen members of his unit on TV accusing him of desertion and rumbles of outright collaboration with the Taliban echoing in the press, the town’s suddenly less eager to brand itself with Bergdahlmania.

Seriously Allah. With multiple members of his unit coming out as strong as they have against the deserter/defector, you really think that there is a Bowe is Back celebration? Shouldn’t such events at least be postponed until some of these very consistent allegations are clarified?

Bergdahl was not captured in the heat of battle. He did not serve with honor and distinction. Far too soon to have an effing parade for some pajama boy, ballet dancing barista who thought the Army was the armed part of the Peace Corps.

Happy Nomad on June 4, 2014 at 6:53 PM

He can not argue that he was incapacitated due to drugs when he voluntarily ingested them.

Blake on June 4, 2014 at 6:15 PM

Plus, Bergdahl has already gone on record about how he was “captured.”

Remember hearing the version of events where Bergdahl was captured by the Taliban when he lagged behind the rest of his unit while they were out on patrol? I was wondering yesterday where that story came from. According to Malkin’s site, that story came from Bergdahl himself, in one of the “hostage” videos he made while “captured,” in which he pleads to be released.

We now know that Bergdahl’s patrol story is false, because several of Bergdahl’s unit members have confirmed that there was no patrol on the night Bergdahl disappeared. So Bergdahl appears to have deliberately lied about the circumstances of his “capture” (which shows consciousness of guilt about his desertion). He could just as easily have said that he got stoned and wandered out of camp by accident (although that too did not happen, because according to his unit, the perimeter alarm never sounded that night), but he didn’t claim to be impaired. Bergdahl (or his lawyer) can make that claim now, but it’s going to be pretty hard to reconcile that story with the contradictory one he has already told on video.

AZCoyote on June 4, 2014 at 6:55 PM

The men who were closest to Bergdahl in Afghanistan evidently think he did more than just walk away.

More details from the Boss Emeritus.

dont taze me bro on June 4, 2014 at 6:59 PM

Six dead soldiers. Five Taliban ringleaders set free.

John the Libertarian on June 4, 2014 at 6:59 PM

Must read

Schadenfreude on June 4, 2014 at 7:05 PM

I am so sick of Obama’s gang saying over and over and over that this kid volunteered. We have an all volunteer military. Crackheads.

Cindy Munford on June 4, 2014 at 7:07 PM

Giants Unlimited is going to keep their deposit.

Cheese Wheel on June 4, 2014 at 7:09 PM

GOATS! Not giants.

Cheese Wheel on June 4, 2014 at 7:09 PM

Hey, buck up Hailey! There’s still the Hailey Fourth of July Parade, not even a week after the cancelled event. The “Bring Bowe Home” float was last year’s highlight. One can only imagine this year’s.

de rigueur on June 4, 2014 at 7:15 PM

Has some nut judge forced a Christian bakery to bake a Taliban cake for it yet?

viking01 on June 4, 2014 at 7:18 PM

If you knew him when he was a kid, know his parents, and heard nothing about his captivity except the fact that he’s spent five years in the company of jihadi degenerates, you might want to celebrate his release too.

I guess, in a way, it’s nice to know that there are people who go to live in remote Idaho and remain so far removed from news of the world that up to 15,000 of them would consider celebrating the deception and malice of Our Idiot President and the return of a known army deserter, simply because he was raised nearby. It’s sort of quaint.

But I’m very glad they came to their senses. They will not regret distancing from Baghdad Bob Bergdahl and his Islamic son Bowe.

Jaibones on June 4, 2014 at 7:26 PM

Maybe they found out the pentagon will have him restricted to base or in jail awaiting his courts martial.

Sven on June 4, 2014 at 6:20 PM

All he has to do is declare he’s a Jihadi trapped in an Americans body, ala B.Manning, and make us make him whole by funding his transformation.

Mimzey on June 4, 2014 at 7:28 PM

This is your deserter. This is your deserter on drugs. Any questions?

Stoic Patriot on June 4, 2014 at 6:07 PM

Win!
.

Imagine no defection.
It’s easy if you try.
He was just … on vacation.
And no one really died.

hawkdriver on June 4, 2014 at 6:26 PM

Place!
.

Boise ‘Burb Bikers Bounce Broken-Arrow Bergdahl Bash.

viking01 on June 4, 2014 at 6:14 PM

Show!
.

Has some nut judge forced a Christian bakery to bake a Taliban cake for it yet?

viking01 on June 4, 2014 at 7:18 PM

.
You messed up my “horserace” meme. ;)

Alien on June 4, 2014 at 7:28 PM

Boise ‘Burb Bikers Bounce Broken-Arrow Bergdahl Bash.
viking01 on June 4, 2014 at 6:14 PM

And that’s why I felt intimidated to post here…

Well done, Viking!

Newtie and the Beauty on June 4, 2014 at 7:34 PM

Bergdahl’s hometown cancels planned welcome-back celebration

…couldn’t find 72 virgins?

KOOLAID2 on June 4, 2014 at 7:35 PM

Rub your eyes and focus. Yes, this is an actual tweet:

The right’s latest dirty Bergdahl trick: Pitting Clinton against Obama salon.com/2014/06/04/the… via @Salon—

Joan Walsh (@joanwalsh) June 04, 2014

‘Cuz, like, um, ya know, The Daily Beast is a right-wing Media Matters and all of us used MK-ULTRA to mind-control Hillary advisers into speaking with TDB about how HRC was against the Bergdahl4Taliban5 swap before she was for it and before she became against it again or something.

Resist We Much on June 4, 2014 at 7:39 PM

If you knew him when he was a kid, know his parents, and heard nothing about his captivity except the fact that he’s spent five years in the company of jihadi degenerates, you might want to celebrate his release too.

Or go to a free Carole King concert.

kcewa on June 4, 2014 at 7:40 PM

I am so sick of Obama’s gang saying over and over and over that this kid volunteered. We have an all volunteer military. Crackheads.

Cindy Munford on June 4, 2014 at 7:07 PM

How is the fact that Bergdahl volunteered a mitigating factor for him? It actually works against him. Nobody forced him into the Army; he volunteered for it.

If he had been drafted and then deserted, he’d probably be more sympathetic — since he would have had no choice about being in the Army. But Bergdahl exercised his own free will and chose to enlist. If he had a conscientious objection to war in general, or to the Afghan war in particular, there was a very simple way to address that: don’t enlist in the Army!

AZCoyote on June 4, 2014 at 7:42 PM

Bergdahl’s hometown cancels planned welcome-back celebration

…couldn’t find 72 virgins?

KOOLAID2 on June 4, 2014 at 7:35 PM

The town was afraid they wouldn’t have enough space for all the Talibani terrorists who’d be coming by to thank Bergdahl for his service. (Also, not enough parking spaces for their mortars and rocket launchers).

AZCoyote on June 4, 2014 at 7:46 PM

Has anyone commented yet that he smoked some geef to build up the courage to do his deed?

Bishop on June 4, 2014 at 7:46 PM

The town was afraid they wouldn’t have enough space for all the Talibani terrorists who’d be coming by to thank Bergdahl for his service. (Also, not enough parking spaces for their mortars and rocket launchers).

AZCoyote on June 4, 2014 at 7:46 PM

Also, the sheep might be in danger.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on June 4, 2014 at 7:49 PM

Poll shows 40 percent supporting the deal and 43 against? What in tarnation is that: Divisive is what it is. Optics Obamified.

Well screw that. I am not hating my neighbor while scheming politicians get away scotfree.

What the hell is this “drowning in vitriol.” FFS somebody apparently descended on a town and alinskied it for having faulty information. No I bloody refuse to partake in this.

RushBaby on June 4, 2014 at 8:05 PM

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