The plot thickens: Classified military report says Bergdahl walked away twice before

posted at 4:01 pm on June 5, 2014 by Allahpundit

Does this further incriminate him on the desertion charge or does it cut the other way? Could be that he went outside the wire the first time as a “dry run” for desertion, to see if he could make it that far without being caught. It could also be that the guy was simply a kook, a “free-spirited young man,” as the Times puts it, who was so eager to find a plum spot from which to watch the sun rise that he’d, er, wander off into the Afghanistan countryside. That’s not the same as my “mental break” theory, but it’s not far from it.

Deserter or doofus? They’re not mutually exclusive, you know.

The report cites accounts from his unit mates that in their predeployment exercise at the Army’s National Training Center at Fort Irwin, Calif., he sneaked or crawled off a designated course or range either to see how far he could go or to see a sunrise or sunset…

The report is also said to cite members of his platoon as saying that he may have taken a shorter unauthorized walk outside the concertina wire of his combat outpost in eastern Afghanistan before he left for good, in an incident that was apparently not reported up the chain of command. The Military Times on Wednesday first reported that claim, also citing officials familiar with the military’s report…

[The report] is said to confirm certain other details relayed in recent accounts, including that Sergeant Bergdahl shipped his computer and a journal home before he disappeared. It also confirms that he left behind his body armor and weapon – an unwieldy SAW machine gun – taking with him water, knives and a compass…

While much of the report is said to focus on disciplinary problems within his unit and a lack of accountability within its chain of command, the report is also said to portray Sergeant Bergdahl as a free-spirited young man who read martial-arts books, drank tea with Afghan soldiers from whom he tried to pick up Pashto phrases, and maintained a collection of throwing stars and knives, which it documents in detail.

There’s no better place for a “free spirit” to follow his bliss than Taliban country in the middle of a war. The report concludes that Bergdahl did indeed leave the base voluntarily; what it doesn’t say definitively is that he left with the intent to never return, notwithstanding the details about him shipping his belongings home and leaving his weapon and body armor behind. But if he didn’t leave to join the Taliban, what other reason might he have had? Jake Tapper dug around for possibilities and came up with this:

But assuming the account of Buetow and Gerleve is accurate [that radio intercepts indicated an American was looking to talk to the Taliban], one former government official involved in the case cautions that Bergdahl, who was a private at the time, seeking the Taliban does not necessarily mean nefarious intent.

“This is just one of a range of potential explanations,” the official said. “But that report tracks with other indicators of a sort of messianic mission on his part to stop the violence and perhaps help broker an understanding with the local Taliban. If this was his motive, it throws things into a bit different light.”

Buetow said, “That could be a possibility,” noting that “he was upset with the way we were handling the war effort while in Afghanistan. He just never gave me specifics on what it was he was frustrated with.

That’s the kook theory in a nutshell. Bergdahl may well have been disgusted with the U.S. and its mission and left to seek out the Taliban — not to “actively collaborate” with them, though, but to fulfill some odd fantasy that he was going to negotiate the end of the war. Remember, there are reports that he tried to escape from the Taliban at least twice. None of that would absolve him from the charge of desertion but it would challenge the suspicion, raised by former squad mates Evan Buetow and Justin Gerleve, that he was helping the Taliban improve the precision of their attacks on U.S. convoys.

One other curious note about the classified military report. The NYT points out that it makes no mention of the alleged radio intercepts that Buetow and Gerleve swear they heard about an American soldier looking to talk to the Taliban. There is a reference in the Army’s war logs to intercepts about an unnamed U.S. soldier looking to talk to someone who speaks English — not to the Taliban specifically — but oddly none of that made it into the report, despite eyewitness accounts to it from men in Bergdahl’s unit. You know what else didn’t make it into the report? The mysterious note that Bergdahl may or may not have left in his tent before going outside the wire. The NYT went back to its source on that and asked him where he got his information. Answer: “[H]e remembered reading a field report discussing the existence of such a letter in the early days of the search and was unable to explain why it is not mentioned in the final investigative report.” Fox News has also heard independently from its sources that there was a damning letter — and yet, somehow, despite it being the single strongest indicator about Bergdahl’s motives, there’s no reference to it in a classified report devoted to investigating Bergdahl’s motives. Either the report whitewashed key evidence about the case or someone on the ground invented the note and stuck it in a field report, where news of it began to circulate. Hmmmmmmmm.

Update: If it turns out Bergdahl did walk away in half-assed hopes of brokering a peace deal, would that spare him a desertion charge? Probably not:


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canopfor on June 5, 2014 at 6:00 PM

canopfor on June 5, 2014 at 6:01 PM

AIDS may no longer be the death sentence it once was, but your comment comes close.

jim56 on June 5, 2014 at 5:54 PM

Would it be OK for Bimmcorp to wish upon you a summer cold instead?

Judge_Dredd on June 5, 2014 at 6:01 PM

jim56 on June 5, 2014 at 6:00 PM

Uh huh.

kingsjester on June 5, 2014 at 6:02 PM

jim56 on June 5, 2014 at 5:52 PM

I don’t think deserter is out on a limb, the others, I’ll reserve judgement. Still a nut and should have never been in the military in the first place.

Cindy Munford on June 5, 2014 at 6:02 PM

Rather than constantly theorizing and turning hotair until all Bergdahl all the time, why don’t you wait a few days or (gasp) a few weeks until we have a fuller picture of exactly what happened?

themuppet on June 5, 2014 at 4:07 PM

Ah, smells like Open Reg Teen Spirit in here.

Tell us again how your side accused, tried and convicted Chimpy Bush of deserting using forged documents…

F-

Del Dolemonte on June 5, 2014 at 6:02 PM

Answer: “[H]e remembered reading a field report discussing the existence of such a letter in the early days of the search and was unable to explain why it is not mentioned in the final investigative report.” Fox News has also heard independently from its sources that there was a damning letter — and yet, somehow, despite it being the single strongest indicator about Bergdahl’s motives, there’s no reference to it in a classified report devoted to investigating Bergdahl’s motives. Either the report whitewashed key evidence about the case or someone on the ground invented the note and stuck it in a field report, where news of it began to circulate. Hmmmmmmmm.

Oh, no, Allah, almost everyone here will tell you that you’re a traitor, liar, scumbag, whatever for questioning in any way any of the details reported by Cody and the others on Fox News or suggesting in any way that they might have embellished things. sarc off/

jim56 on June 5, 2014 at 5:41 PM

I guess those rotten right-wing SOB’s at the NY Times don’t deserve an honorable mention in ‘lettergate’, ‘eh?

tanked59 on June 5, 2014 at 6:04 PM

bimmcorp on June 5, 2014 at 5:32 PM

My understanding is that wishing death on someone gets the ban hammer. AIDS may no longer be the death sentence it once was, but your comment comes close.

jim56 on June 5, 2014 at 5:54 PM

Unless a threat, I’m against banning.
Whatever medieval law allows for me to wash away bimmcorp’s in-the-heat-of-the-moment transgression, make it so.

verbaluce on June 5, 2014 at 6:05 PM

You know, you’re not required to polish turds.

verbaloon on June 5, 2014 at 4:52 PM

You’ve been polishing your Cult Leader’s turds since 2007. Where’s the beef?

F-

Del Dolemonte on June 5, 2014 at 6:06 PM

jim56 on June 5, 2014 at 5:46 PM

Absolutely. I mean after all, the Obama regime has been so open, honest, forthright, and transparent about every single matter that has cropped up during its reign…oh wait.

Left Coast Right Mind on June 5, 2014 at 6:06 PM

AIDS may no longer be the death sentence it once was, but your comment comes close.

jim56 on June 5, 2014 at 5:54 PM

At least he didn’t say “I hope you have to go to the VA for a medical problem”.

Bishop on June 5, 2014 at 6:07 PM

Del Dolemonte on June 5, 2014 at 6:06 PM

Are they still technically turds when he has to go spelunking in order to collect them for polishing?

Left Coast Right Mind on June 5, 2014 at 6:09 PM

FYI–

A document released by WikiLeaks contains an intercepted communication that suggests Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was captured by the Taliban while relieving himself — although other aspects of the intercept are at odds with what is known about Bergdahl’s disappearance.

The question of just how Bergdahl was captured by the Taliban has become an increasingly politicized one since his release in a prisoner exchange. Some conservatives have suggested that Bergdahl was a deserter. Others, meanwhile, maintain that he was simply absent without leave. The brief intercept published by WikiLeaks as part of a much larger chronicle of Bergdahl’s disappearance suggests a third course of events altogether — that he had not even left his base.

“WE WERE ATTACKING THE POST HE WAS SITTING TAKING EXPLETIVE HE HAD NO GUN WITH HIM,” reads the July 1, 2009, intercept of an apparent Taliban communication.

That intercept, which was also referred to in a 2012 Rolling Stone article, suggests the soldier had little role in his capture by the Taliban.

But other aspects of the WikiLeaks document suggest that Bergdahl did indeed leave his base willingly. Another intercept suggests that “an American Soldier with a camera is looking for someone who speaks English.”

Few other sources support the idea that Bergdahl was taken by the Taliban while the base was being attacked. A military review conducted after his disappearance in 2009 concluded that he most likely simply walked away at night.

jim56 on June 5, 2014 at 6:10 PM

Gee, you apparently believe at face value everything the Taliban said about Bowe. I’m sure you’d also have believed everything Tokyo Rose said during WWII as well, as well, right? I’m sure both of those only told the total truth and didn’t manipulate the message for their own benefit, right?

jimbo 56 on June 5, 2014 at 5:46 PM

I’m sure you believed Dan Rather when he used forged documents to claim George W. Bush was an AWOL deserter, right? And you believed Harry Reid when he said the Iraq War was “lost”, right?

See, others can play your game too.

F-

Del Dolemonte on June 5, 2014 at 6:10 PM

At least he didn’t say “I hope you have to go to the VA for a medical problem”.

Bishop on June 5, 2014 at 6:07 PM

Or that I hope you have to drink the water in India.

Or that you have to breathe the air in Pakistan.

jim56 on June 5, 2014 at 6:11 PM

My understanding is that wishing death on someone gets the ban hammer. AIDS may no longer be the death sentence it once was, but your comment comes close.

jim56 on June 5, 2014 at 5:54 PM

What makes you think I care what your ‘understanding’ is about this, Jimmy? Your understanding of everything else is suspect at best.

bimmcorp on June 5, 2014 at 6:13 PM

But other aspects of the WikiLeaks document suggest that Bergdahl did indeed leave his base willingly. Another intercept suggests that “an American Soldier with a camera is looking for someone who speaks English.”

Few other sources support the idea that Bergdahl was taken by the Taliban while the base was being attacked. A military review conducted after his disappearance in 2009 concluded that he most likely simply walked away at night.

jim56 on June 5, 2014 at 6:10 PM

I take it you made a Cheetos run before you read to the end.

Chuck Schick on June 5, 2014 at 6:13 PM

I’m sure you believed Dan Rather when he used forged documents to claim George W. Bush was an AWOL deserter, right? And you believed Harry Reid when he said the Iraq War was “lost”, right?

See, others can play your game too.

F-

Del Dolemonte on June 5, 2014 at 6:10 PM

And, gee, what did further investigation reveal in those cases? And are you suggesting skeptism (misspelled, probably) and further investigation isn’t needed here?

F-

jim56 on June 5, 2014 at 6:13 PM

And please go back to signing with the Belmonts.

jimbo 56 on June 5, 2014 at 5:50 PM

I actually saw Dion and the Belmonts live once. They did not sign once during their entire performance.

F-

Del Dolemonte on June 5, 2014 at 6:14 PM

I take it you made a Cheetos run before you read to the end.

Chuck Schick on June 5, 2014 at 6:13 PM

I read to the end. I’m just pointing out that there’s conflicting information out there even about whether he voluntarily left (and I think he did).

jim56 on June 5, 2014 at 6:14 PM

F-

jim56 on June 5, 2014 at 6:13 PM

Nobody gives an F- but Del.

NOBODY.

Chuck Schick on June 5, 2014 at 6:15 PM

Careful, everybody…you don’t know whom your messing with.

He’s **gasp!** a corporate lawyer!

kingsjester on June 5, 2014 at 6:15 PM

jim56 on June 5, 2014 at 5:41 PM

some of us were MPs who actually have dealt with awol people before.
what fox or anyone says means nothing to me, what his team mates say and the patterns he exhibited say a lot to me.
so try not being a dumbass.

dmacleo on June 5, 2014 at 6:15 PM

And please go back to signing with the Belmonts.

jimbo 56 on June 5, 2014 at 5:50 PM

I actually saw Dion and the Belmonts live once. They did not sign once during their entire performance.

F-

Del Dolemonte on June 5, 2014 at 6:14 PM

Oh yeah, good catch. That’s what I meant.

jim56 on June 5, 2014 at 6:16 PM

I read to the end. I’m just pointing out that there’s conflicting information out there even about whether he voluntarily left (and I think he did).

jim56 on June 5, 2014 at 6:14 PM

Good. At least we agree he’s a deserter.

Enemy collaborator? I’m not sold on that yet.

Chuck Schick on June 5, 2014 at 6:17 PM

Nobody gives an F- but Del.

NOBODY.

Chuck Schick on June 5, 2014 at 6:15 PM

Well, I’m sure you think I’m the one with the stupid, futile gestures.

jim56 on June 5, 2014 at 6:17 PM

Gotta run. Gotta go back to work. If you’re going to say bad things about me (which you will), well…..then just go ahead.

jim56 on June 5, 2014 at 6:18 PM

Or that I hope you have to drink the water in India.

Or that you have to breathe the air in Pakistan.

jim56 on June 5, 2014 at 6:11 PM

Or that you have to go to the VA today for a medical problem considering that Dog Eater said back in 2007 he was committed to getting the organization back on track.

What’s 2014 minus 2007? Let’s see…carry the 4…divide by the square root of…..wait…PI needs to be incorporated…this math crap is tough.

Bishop on June 5, 2014 at 6:19 PM

Fries are burning?

CurtZHP on June 5, 2014 at 6:20 PM

Del Dolemonte on June 5, 2014 at 6:10 PM

And, gee, what did further investigation reveal in those cases?

jimbo 56 on June 5, 2014 at 6:13 PM

Many Democrats are still convinced Bush was an AWOL deserter, and 2 years ago Dan Rather claimed that the documents weren’t forged.

And the majority (nearly 80%) of Democrats are also still convinced that the US lost the Iraq War. The percentages of Republicans and Independents who believe that we lost the Iraq War are at least 50% lower.

Thanks for playing!

F-

Del Dolemonte on June 5, 2014 at 6:21 PM

I’m sure you believed Dan Rather when he used forged documents to claim George W. Bush was an AWOL deserter, right? And you believed Harry Reid when he said the Iraq War was “lost”, right?

See, others can play your game too.

F-

Del Dolemonte on June 5, 2014 at 6:10 PM

And, gee, what did further investigation reveal in those cases? And are you suggesting skeptism (misspelled, probably) and further investigation isn’t needed here?

F-

jim56 on June 5, 2014 at 6:13 PM

“….what did further investigation reveal…?”

Please, do tell….

tanked59 on June 5, 2014 at 6:21 PM

Gotta run. Gotta go back to work.
jim56 on June 5, 2014 at 6:18 PM

Of course you do.

Judge_Dredd on June 5, 2014 at 6:22 PM

Nobody gives an F- but Del.

NOBODY.

Chuck Schick on June 5, 2014 at 6:15 PM

Well, I’m sure you think I’m the one with the stupid, futile gestures.

jimbo 56 on June 5, 2014 at 6:17 PM

No, we all think that.

F+

Del Dolemonte on June 5, 2014 at 6:22 PM

Gotta run. Gotta go back to work.

jimbo 56 on June 5, 2014 at 6:18 PM

Tell verbaloon we all say “High”!

Del Dolemonte on June 5, 2014 at 6:23 PM

All that’s needed now is a 9/11 truther to round out the moonbattery from the left.

tanked59 on June 5, 2014 at 6:25 PM

Cindy Munford on June 5, 2014 at 5:42 PM

No one said “too far ” on a thread the other night that
spoke about ” lamp posts ” yet a serious , diligent ,
decent person was banned for repeating the quote .

Lucano on June 5, 2014 at 6:26 PM

It’s 102 degrees in my part of Texas, and my A/C unit is non-functional. the heat, coupled with the sheer disgust I hold for the opinions and views of ‘verbaluce’ were instrumental in that reference to him/her contracting a particularly nasty disease. The comment was uncalled for, and for that I do apologize to verbaluce and to the rest of the group. I take this stuff seriously, folks. Often times my fingers type a wee bit faster than my 65 year old brain thinks. A walk and a nice ice cold soda works wonders. — Joe

bimmcorp on June 5, 2014 at 6:28 PM

Lucano on June 5, 2014 at 6:26 PM

I’m sorry to hear that. I was just trying to warn a fellow commenter that the edge might be close at hand, not for me but for the hosts. If you think someone was banned for another person’s post, you should point it out to the hosts.

Cindy Munford on June 5, 2014 at 6:30 PM

bimmcorp on June 5, 2014 at 6:28 PM

Eh, if being offended by comments were a sport we would have 20,000 teams in the USA.

At least you’re willing to apologize if you felt the need to, there are worse comments from lefties that have gone unregistered and unpunished.

Bishop on June 5, 2014 at 6:32 PM

bimmcorp on June 5, 2014 at 6:28 PM

Ahhhh, 102 without A/C. Get a bucket of water, dump ice cubes in and put your feet in. Also, a damp dish towel in the freezer, then around your neck is helpful. That happened to in 2005 with the Husband 600 miles away, dithering on his decision what to do. I was a B!TCH!

Cindy Munford on June 5, 2014 at 6:34 PM

The White House CYA Team has probably figured out that a “confused nut” cuts a more sympathetic figure than a “deserter”, “traitor” and even “collaborator” and this is the best way to get Bozo off the hook.

But even if this charade were the truth does “being nuts” excuse either a soldier or his commander-in-chief from making horrific decisions that have and will cost lives? also, how does this jibe with another WH “suggestion” that “poor” Bergdahl was in a platoon of “back-biting malcontents?”? Oh, I see, the “malcontents” drove him nuts.

But maybe we can get poetic justice if a nutty Bergdahl checks into a VA hospital and has both kidneys removed by mistake.

MaiDee on June 5, 2014 at 6:35 PM

Bishop on June 5, 2014 at 6:32 PM

Ain’t that the truth.

Cindy Munford on June 5, 2014 at 6:35 PM

Thanks Cindy , it may be a fruitless pursuit .
You know what I’m talking about ?

Lucano on June 5, 2014 at 6:40 PM

Eh, if being offended by comments were a sport we would have 20,000 teams in the USA.

At least you’re willing to apologize if you felt the need to, there are worse comments from lefties that have gone unregistered and unpunished.

Bishop on June 5, 2014 at 6:32 PM

Oh, I have lurked around here long enough to realize that, my friend, and I also realize that for some reason, lefties seem to be allowed a whole lot more rope with which to hang themselves with as opposed to the short one afforded to the more conservative leaning posters. Just an observation, but i believe an accurate one…

bimmcorp on June 5, 2014 at 6:41 PM

MaiDee on June 5, 2014 at 6:35 PM

I think he’s going to get promoted to Staff Sargent and then get a 100% disability for PTS.

Cindy Munford on June 5, 2014 at 6:41 PM

Lucano on June 5, 2014 at 6:40 PM

Who got banned?

Cindy Munford on June 5, 2014 at 6:47 PM

Who got banned?

Cindy Munford on June 5, 2014 at 6:47 PM

ditto.

avagreen on June 5, 2014 at 6:48 PM

I just saw a report Bergdahl officially declared Jihad and joined the enemy while in captivity.

http://conservativetribune.com/bergdahl-declared-jihad/

dogsoldier on June 5, 2014 at 6:48 PM

I just saw a report Bergdahl officially declared Jihad and joined the enemy while in captivity.

http://conservativetribune.com/bergdahl-declared-jihad/

dogsoldier on June 5, 2014 at 6:48 PM

There’s been some talk that he did this in order to lessen his bad treatment there as after that, he received much more gentle tx.

I dunno. I think it’s a stretch, personally.

avagreen on June 5, 2014 at 6:53 PM

dogsoldier on June 5, 2014 at 6:48 PM

The guy has been a ballerina (male equivelent), a wanna be French Legionnaire and now a jihadist. This kid is a nut.

Cindy Munford on June 5, 2014 at 6:53 PM

Cindy Munford on June 5, 2014 at 6:53 PM

Sounds like a 60′s flower child. Maybe he’s been taking ‘ludes, too.

avagreen on June 5, 2014 at 6:55 PM

Since Obama has said that he wouldn’t leave any American soldier behind, I wish someone would ask Obama:

Rather than the Taliban 5, would you have swapped Malia for Bergdahl?

I mean, if the CINC’s position is that we don’t leave any American soldier behind, then…

Would the circumstances of Bergdahl’s ‘disappearance’ factor into Obama’s calculus?

Would Obama have even thought about exchanging Malia for a AWOLer, deserter, defector, or collaborator Bergdahl?

Of course not.

Resist We Much on June 5, 2014 at 6:56 PM

avagreen on June 5, 2014 at 6:55 PM

One of the accounts has him leaving the base under the influence of something. Since I thought alcohol was out, I don’t know what they get wacked out on over there. Might explain a lot.

Cindy Munford on June 5, 2014 at 6:58 PM

Cindy Munford on June 5, 2014 at 6:47 PM

SWalker ?

Lucano on June 5, 2014 at 6:58 PM

Cindy Munford on June 5, 2014 at 6:53 PM

He may well be.

avagreen on June 5, 2014 at 6:53 PM

I believe he joined the enemy and helped them. His offense is far worse than private Slovic’s

The butchers Zero released are mass murdering, arch terrorists we should have put to death.

dogsoldier on June 5, 2014 at 7:00 PM

Lucano on June 5, 2014 at 6:58 PM

Darlin, SWalker has been gone a while and while I don’t know what got him banned, it’s hard to believe that it was on someone else’s words. He is a fiery passionate guy.

Cindy Munford on June 5, 2014 at 7:02 PM

US Army Sgt. Bergdahl freed
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Retired Gen. Stanley McChrystal on Sgt. Bowe Bergdal: Anyone who serves has a responsibility to people they serve with; as a nation, we have a responsibility to those who serve; we should not judge until we know the facts -@OKnox
Read more on yahoo.com

http://news.yahoo.com/gen–stanley-mcchrystal-on-bowe-bergdahl–hillary-clinton–and-his-call-to-national-service-181750459.html
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canopfor on June 5, 2014 at 7:03 PM

canopfor on June 5, 2014 at 7:05 PM

OT: shooting at Seattle Pacific University in Seattle; 7 hurt including the perp.

Del Dolemonte on June 5, 2014 at 7:17 PM

OT: shooting at Seattle Pacific University in Seattle; 7 hurt including the perp.

Del Dolemonte on June 5, 2014 at 7:17 PM

Gun-free zone?

Judge_Dredd on June 5, 2014 at 7:18 PM

Gun-free zone?

Judge_Dredd on June 5, 2014 at 7:18 PM

Apparently not.

kcewa on June 5, 2014 at 7:24 PM

Cindy Munford on June 5, 2014 at 7:02 PM

Sorry you didn’t connect with the day he got banned .
Yup , a very passionate guy that was banned for quoting
the lamppost /politician famous quote .
There were a couple of HA commenters that remembered .
A very passionate person indeed .

Lucano on June 5, 2014 at 7:27 PM

Gun-free zone?

Judge_Dredd on June 5, 2014 at 7:18 PM

Not anymore.

bimmcorp on June 5, 2014 at 7:31 PM

Lucano on June 5, 2014 at 7:27 PM

I guess we better watch quoting Jefferson and the tree of Liberty. SWalker is a great guy.

Cindy Munford on June 5, 2014 at 7:32 PM

Cindy Munford on June 5, 2014 at 7:32 PM

Ditto .

Lucano on June 5, 2014 at 7:40 PM

Rather than constantly theorizing and turning hotair until all Bergdahl all the time, why don’t you wait a few days or (gasp) a few weeks until we have a fuller picture of exactly what happened?

themuppet on June 5, 2014 at 4:07 PM

Translation: wait until all relevant docs and reports dissappear from the official Bergdahl dossier. Sandy Berger anybody.

jimver on June 5, 2014 at 7:48 PM

Rather than constantly theorizing and turning hotair until all Bergdahl all the time, why don’t you wait a few days or (gasp) a few weeks until we have a fuller picture of exactly what happened?

themuppet on June 5, 2014 at 4:07 PM

Translation: wait until all relevant docs and reports dissappear from the official Bergdahl dossier. Sandy Berger anybody.

jimver on June 5, 2014 at 7:48 PM

Or the “Dude, that was like 2 weeks ago” defense.

VegasRick on June 5, 2014 at 8:00 PM

Marine: Bowe Bergdahl Haunted Us All

‘He’s back and my friends are still dead.’

When I fought in Afghanistan there were many stories about how Bowe Bergdahl was captured. In one video released by the Taliban, Bergdahl said he had lagged behind on a patrol and been taken. For years, it stood as a kind of accusation against his comrades in Blackfoot Company: They had left him behind. But, on the day Bergdahl disappeared, June 30, 2009, there was in fact no patrol, according to other soldiers who were there. On that night, instead of patrolling, they slept in the earthen bunkers of OP Mest, an outpost scraped from a hillside in Afghanistan’s rugged and remote Paktika Province. Life at OP Mest had been miserable: weeklong rotations in the scorching heat, no showers, no food except for Meals Ready-To-Eat.

The next morning, Sergeant First Class Larry Hein took muster. Then the misery really began. Bergdahl was gone. At 9:00 a.m., Hein called over the radio to report a missing soldier. Bergdahl was then classified DUSTWUN—Duty Status: Whereabouts Unknown. A little before 5:00 p.m. that afternoon, the senior officer responsible for Paktika ordered that “all operations will cease until the missing soldier is found. All assets will be focused on the DUSTWUN situation and sustainment operations.” Drones and intelligence aircraft were diverted; recovering Bowe Bergdahl became Blackfoot Company’s central mission.

Beginning that August, Bergdahl’s battalion lost six soldiers in a three-week period—all of these fatalities occurred on a mission that was related to, or influenced by, the effort to find Bergdahl. In this remote part of an increasingly remote war, suffering and loss—the senselessness of Afghanistan—often played out in Bergdahl’s name. By March of 2010, Bergdahl’s infantry battalion had returned home without him. Before they left, the Army mandated they sign non-disclosure agreements. Bergdahl’s story wouldn’t be theirs to tell.

‘No one’s serious about a rescue mission. It’d be too risky. Maybe if Bergdahl had actually been captured they’d do something, but he deserted.’

I served in the Marines, in Iraq and in Afghanistan, and later, in special operations in Afghanistan’s rugged Paktika Province, for a good part of 2010 and 2011, working out of a remote firebase a few kilometers from the Pakistani border. At night my colleagues and I would climb on our bunkered roof, a tumbler of scotch or a cigar in hand, and watch the drone strikes against al-Qaeda and Taliban leadership in South Waziristan. During those days, Bergdahl’s case loomed ever-present. The irony that an iconic figure in a war that had largely been deserted by the American people was probably a deserter himself was never lost on us. It seemed just our luck.

Continue…

Resist We Much on June 5, 2014 at 8:07 PM

Watching the obama-azz-dwellers is hilarious.

How do you live? How is that air? How do you exist with yourselves, you scum of the land?

Schadenfreude on June 5, 2014 at 8:13 PM

Watching the obama-azz-dwellers is hilarious.

How do you live? How is that air? How do you exist with yourselves, you scum of the land?

Schadenfreude on June 5, 2014 at 8:13 PM

I use to get a laugh out of them. Now I just basically want to puke on them. They make me sick.

VegasRick on June 5, 2014 at 8:41 PM

Rather than constantly theorizing and turning hotair until all Bergdahl all the time, why don’t you wait a few days or (gasp) a few weeks until we have a fuller picture of exactly what happened?

themuppet on June 5, 2014 at 4:07 PM

A few weeks, a few months, a few years…than, What difference does it make?

I read to the end. I’m just pointing out that there’s conflicting information out there even about whether he voluntarily left (and I think he did).

jim56 on June 5, 2014 at 6:14 PM

There is always “conflicting” reports whenever someone is trying to pull a scam and gets caught…they are always “innocent”.

This guy left notes, gave all the indication he was deserting, they had intercepted radio that he was in town looking for the Taliban…the conflicting reports are not if, it’s how and when…

right2bright on June 5, 2014 at 8:43 PM

Before the week’s over, there will be a closed door meeting with top “journolists” at the WH.

Norky on June 5, 2014 at 8:44 PM

Rather than constantly theorizing and turning hotair until all Bergdahl all the time, why don’t you wait a few days or (gasp) a few weeks until we have a fuller picture of exactly what happened?

themuppet on June 5, 2014 at 4:07 PM

Translation: wait until all relevant docs and reports dissappear from the official Bergdahl dossier. Sandy Berger anybody.

jimver on June 5, 2014 at 7:48 PM

Or the “Dude, that was like 2 weeks ago” defense.

VegasRick on June 5, 2014 at 8:00 PM

Or, “Can’t we just finish our fact patterning in peace?”

de rigueur on June 5, 2014 at 8:54 PM

Well it doesn’t matter that the president is a communist so why should it matter that Bergdahl is a deserter?

bgibbs1000 on June 5, 2014 at 7:56 PM

I see what you’re saying.

The implication is true. We should have traded the President for the deserter and, say, two handsome goats and a dozen woven baskets to make up the difference. Then we could have traded the baskets and one goat for our guy in Mexico, and come out of the whole deal with 1. one apprehended traitor, 2. a new President, 3. freedom for our guy in Mexico, 4. a dozen workers willing to do the jobs Americans won’t do, 5. an excellent goat.

Axe on June 5, 2014 at 8:41 PM

http://hotair.com/headlines/archives/2014/06/05/does-it-matter-if-bergdahl-was-a-deserter/

. . . yeah, I know, but I can’t stand the idea of it scrolling away. :)

I mean — I even got a goat in there.

Axe on June 5, 2014 at 8:55 PM

OT: Two retired generals–frequent FNC contributors–just reamed Obama’s trade. One said that Obama new everything about Bergdahl; the other said trading a buck-sergeant for the equivalent of five four-star generals is inconceivable and has never been done in US history.

BuckeyeSam on June 5, 2014 at 9:09 PM

Palin lets the administration have it with both rhetorical barrels.

portlandon on June 5, 2014 at 4:16 PM

Wow…how classless.
It’s one thing to wrap yourself in the flag.
But this?
It’s rank and shameless political opportunism.

verbaluce on June 5, 2014 at 4:41 PM

The president releases five top members of the Taliban, linked to the biggest terrorist attack on American soil EVER, from prison and back to the battlefield (after a supposed year-long vacation), all for one single deserter…..

… and it’s Palin who is beyond the pale for criticizing him.

There’s really nothing else to say.

Except … idiot.

There Goes the Neighborhood on June 5, 2014 at 9:11 PM

Watching the obama-azz-dwellers is hilarious.

How do you live? How is that air? How do you exist with yourselves, you scum of the land?

Schadenfreude on June 5, 2014 at 8:13 PM

They sit around and eat each others poop…..

redguy on June 5, 2014 at 9:14 PM

What did BO know about Bergdahl and when did he know it?

petefrt on June 5, 2014 at 9:59 PM

Oh, no, Allah, almost everyone here will tell you that you’re a traitor, liar, scumbag, whatever for questioning in any way any of the details reported by Cody and the others on Fox News or suggesting in any way that they might have embellished things. sarc off/

jim56 on June 5, 2014 at 5:41 PM

Do you ever tire of being a f*cking idiot? i mean, you do seem to put a lot of effort into it; are there exercises that help you hone your f*cking idiot skills, or is that just raw, uncut f*cking idiot talent? Or maybe you studied at a private school, took classes on weekends, sought out tutoring, and after years of relentless pursuit in excellence, you have arrived here, now, and an incredible f*cking idiot.

Congratulations.

Midas on June 5, 2014 at 11:12 PM

Oh, no, Allah, almost everyone here will tell you that you’re a traitor, liar, scumbag, whatever for questioning in any way any of the details reported by Cody and the others on Fox News or suggesting in any way that they might have embellished things. sarc off/

jim56 on June 5, 2014 at 5:41 PM

Another typical leftist know-nothing a-hole who thinks he can read other people’s minds.

zoyclem on June 6, 2014 at 8:03 AM

Just to make absolutely sure we understand due process according to Democrats: Bergdahl almost literally wrote a confession in his own blood and we still have to wait until the court martial to draw any conclusions, but we knew beyond the shadow of a doubt that the Marines at Haditha had “snapped” and committed a massacre before the bullet casings has cooled.

Zoomie on June 6, 2014 at 8:29 AM

Fine. In your own words then,

The hyphen is just to set off what I’m responding to. People in the past have said there wasn’t enough difference between the two, so I’ve tried to do better.

Jimbo3 on June 11, 2010 at 5:28 PM

http://hotair.com/archives/2010/06/10/mitch-daniels-we-need-a-truce-on-social-issues-to-concentrate-on-our-fiscal-crisis/comment-page-4/#comment-3627532

–Links of calls to boycott United Airlines because of the personal actions of its CEO. You are wrong, Press1foEngrish.

jim56 on April 3, 2014 at 5:59 PM

http://hotair.com/archives/2014/04/03/mozilla-ceo-resigns-after-uproar-over-his-opposition-to-gay-marriage/comment-page-3/#comment-7896086

Bmore on June 6, 2014 at 10:41 AM

A kook that went to the other side in a misguided effort to end the war? So Bergdahl is the new Rudolf Hess. And where did Hess spend his remaining years?

segesta on June 6, 2014 at 12:45 PM

Uhh-when you “wander off” from your assigned post, that is desertion.

mikesixes on June 6, 2014 at 1:42 PM

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