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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Schadenfreude on June 5, 2014 at 4:04 PM

Sure he did. When he bowed on the carpet and the Haqqanis got him from behind he realized they were not the Taliban he sought out. It was bloody after.

The biggest mistake is that this fool was ever recruited. Sure they’ll play the “mental PTSD” to the end.

But what is obama’s problem?

Schadenfreude on June 5, 2014 at 4:05 PM

Deserter or doofus?

Doofus deserter

cozmo on June 5, 2014 at 4:05 PM

*double facepalm*

Midas on June 5, 2014 at 4:06 PM

“Sensitive” deserter.

kingsjester on June 5, 2014 at 4:06 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

What difference, at this point….
or the other points..
does it make?

Electrongod on June 5, 2014 at 4:07 PM

Bowe Bergdahl was radicalized by his father, who is an obvious nutcase.

That we gave away the store for this traitor is insane. I hear that not only did we hand over the top five dangerous Taliban terrorists, but we agreed to halt nearly all offensive military actions as part of the huge price to get back this enemy sympathizing “POW.”

anotherJoe on June 5, 2014 at 4:08 PM

Paging veraluce, libfreeordie and jim56 to the troll courtesy phone…

Enough facts in *yet*, chumps?

Midas on June 5, 2014 at 4:08 PM

The fact that he was sneering in his correspondence about how much better he was than everyone around him while simultaneously acting like an oblivious moron that everyone else had to pick after explains why so many liberals empathize with him.

JeremiahJohnson on June 5, 2014 at 4:08 PM

There’s apparently plenty of evidence that he hates America and its military, planned desertion and left behind evidence to that effect. I don’t know what people keep trying to speculate and make excuses for the guy.

cajunpatriot on June 5, 2014 at 4:08 PM

themuppet on June 5, 2014 at 4:07 PM

Well, your nick was well chosen.

Midas on June 5, 2014 at 4:08 PM

It’s a good thing Obama’s admin has handled this delicate situation – closely intertwined with winding down the Afghan war, with wise, sober, steady, adult leadership.

/

aquaviva on June 5, 2014 at 4:09 PM

So,..this wasn’t Bowe’s only WALK_OFF??????????????????????:

US Army Sgt. Bergdahl freed
10m

Military report: Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl had walked away from assigned areas before – @nytimes
Read more on nytimes.com
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WASHINGTON — A classified military report detailing the Army’s investigation into the disappearance of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in June 2009 says that he had wandered away from assigned areas before — both at a training range in California and at his remote outpost in Afghanistan — and then returned, according to people briefed on it.

The roughly 35-page report, completed two months after Sergeant Bergdahl left his unit, concludes that he most likely walked away of his own free will from his outpost in the darkness of night, and it criticized lax security practices and poor discipline within his unit. But it stops short of concluding that there is solid evidence that Sergeant Bergdahl intended to permanently desert.

Whether Sergeant Bergdahl was a deserter who never intended to come back, or simply slipped away for a short adventure amid an environment of lax security and discipline and then was captured is one of many unanswered questions about his disappearance.

The issue is murky, the report said, in light of Sergeant Bergdahl’s previous episodes of walking off. 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.
(More…)

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/06/world/asia/bowe-bergdahl-walked-away-before-military-report-says.html?_r=0

canopfor on June 5, 2014 at 1:24 PM

canopfor on June 5, 2014 at 4:09 PM

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.

I’m not sure where those reports of escape attempts came from…that would indeed color how much weight to give them. But even if they were from solid sources, he could have come to strongly dislike his treatment or the conditions at any time enough to try to escape…whether he cooperated with the Taliban or not.

AUINSC on June 5, 2014 at 4:09 PM

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

One has to wonder why the White House would not take immediate action to fix the lack of accountability within the chain of command! LMAO

Top-down problem.

s1im on June 5, 2014 at 4:10 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

Obama told us what has happened…
And then added to it later…
So..

No need to wait…

Unless Obama needs to add more stuff…

Electrongod on June 5, 2014 at 4:10 PM

Ideological naive defector

Schadenfreude on June 5, 2014 at 4:11 PM

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.

Didn’t John Kerry turn up in Paris after his Senate perjury, and try to contact the North Vietnamese negotiators on his own?

Since he was still in the naval reserves, this might be the little problem that necessitated Jimmah later issuing him an honorable discharge?

Wethal on June 5, 2014 at 4:11 PM

It’s creepy to see this deserter/defector in uniform.

Schadenfreude on June 5, 2014 at 4:11 PM

By the time the Obama regime’s propagandists get done Bergdahl will be the second coming of Audy Murphy and Sargent York put together.

jukin3 on June 5, 2014 at 4:12 PM

Does this further incriminate him on the desertion charge or does it cut the other way?
==================

Yes, on the first part!

canopfor on June 5, 2014 at 4:13 PM

This Bergdahl should have been turned into a “free spirit” permanently.

portlandon on June 5, 2014 at 4:13 PM

Remember, there are reports that he tried to escape from the Taliban at least twice.

Dang! There it is again.

butch on June 5, 2014 at 4:14 PM

Obama told us what has happened…
And then added to it later…
So..

No need to wait…

Unless Obama needs to add more stuff…

Electrongod on June 5, 2014 at 4:10 PM

Stuff that contradicts the previous stuff because he is a sooper jeanus.

Wyle B. Obama
Have Brain Will Travel.

jukin3 on June 5, 2014 at 4:14 PM

*sickens*

kcewa on June 5, 2014 at 4:14 PM

Give me a break. This is the US Military- not hippie summer camp.

Bergdahl took and oath. He swore to live by the rules, discipline and code that places the military apart in our society. I’ve served with some pretty simple people who perhaps struggled with easy tasks we all take for granted, but they understood the warrior ethos and lived by it.

This is just another excuse for dishonorable behavior propagated by the professional responsibility deflectors and politically correct, cover the president’s ass crowd.

Bergdahl knew exactly what he was doing and as a consequence he should pay for it. Because for many years now, we will all be living with the threat presented by releasing command level terrorists back into the theater.

Remember, the September 11th attacks and other terrorist attacks since then were executed by exactly the types of people the president released.

Marcus Traianus on June 5, 2014 at 4:14 PM

I come back and there is something new and more damaging everytime it’s amazing. Now we have Nancy mouthing off…saying something dumb.

sorrowen on June 5, 2014 at 4:14 PM

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.

Why? The observation/experience that the Taliban was suddenly ‘better’ *after* Bergdahl found himself in the Taliban’s midst is the same observation/experience regardless of *how* Bergdahl found himself in the Taliban’s midst.

Midas on June 5, 2014 at 4:14 PM

Remember, the September 11th attacks and other terrorist attacks since then were executed by exactly the types of people the president released.

Marcus Traianus on June 5, 2014 at 4:14 PM

Edited

kcewa on June 5, 2014 at 4:15 PM

Immediate demotion in rank of Sgt. Revoke it.

portlandon on June 5, 2014 at 4:15 PM

After all, he was just a child….

d1carter on June 5, 2014 at 4:16 PM

TimeLine:

[PDF]
Timeline of Bowe Bergdahl’s Ordeal – Times-News
magicvalley.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/…/538ac0817f987.pdf.pdf
4 days ago – military asked the Bergdahl family to keep the story quiet as news reports could hurt rescue efforts. July 18, 2009 … April 7, 2010 … sergeant.
===========================

http://magicvalley.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/eedition/e/99/e993a6cb-2c4e-5a2b-a328-d8a1d1e98377/538ac0817f987.pdf.pdf

canopfor on June 5, 2014 at 3:53 PM

canopfor on June 5, 2014 at 4:16 PM

Palin lets the administration have it with both rhetorical barrels.

portlandon on June 5, 2014 at 4:16 PM

Bergdahl had multiple delusional episodes but the army kept him on the front line because he was good at killing people with knives, that’s the new template.

The Army will be blamed, and of course Dubya too because because.

Dog Eater and Berg walk away free as birds and entirely blameless.

Bishop on June 5, 2014 at 4:16 PM

that the accused attempted to, or did, dispose of uniforms . . . that the accused made preparations indicative of an intent not to return . . . .

It has been reported that Bergdahl shipped home boxes of his stuff, including his military uniform, to his parents shortly before disappearing. Seems to fit both the above-listed categories of circumstantial evidence of intent to desert.

AZCoyote on June 5, 2014 at 4:16 PM

Didn’t John Kerry turn up in Paris after his Senate perjury, and try to contact the North Vietnamese negotiators on his own?

Since he was still in the naval reserves, this might be the little problem that necessitated Jimmah later issuing him an honorable discharge?

Wethal on June 5, 2014 at 4:11 PM

He sure did and yes it was. And now look at him!

butch on June 5, 2014 at 4:17 PM

He was taking flowers and food to the Afghan locals….it took more than one trip..?

d1carter on June 5, 2014 at 4:17 PM

Not a rightie reporter

“Taliban more forthcoming than the WH”

Schadenfreude on June 5, 2014 at 4:17 PM

maybe we should ask him not so nicely.;;;

MontanaMmmm on June 5, 2014 at 4:18 PM

By the time the Obama regime’s propagandists get done Bergdahl will be the second coming of Audy Murphy and Sargent York put together.

jukin3 on June 5, 2014 at 4:12 PM

As much as they might want to believe otherwise, Obama and his sycophants and apparatchiks aren’t immune to the laws of science…. no matter how much they try, they can’t put 20 lbs of shiite into a 5 lbs bag.

Athos on June 5, 2014 at 4:18 PM

John Kerry still has the hat…..

d1carter on June 5, 2014 at 4:19 PM

Nancy just said 5 mass murder’s out of jail is less dangerous then 5 mass killers in….

sorrowen on June 5, 2014 at 4:19 PM

portlandon on June 5, 2014 at 4:16 PM

Wow!

d1carter on June 5, 2014 at 4:20 PM

[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…
=============================================================

Ya, I do hope NSA is in over-time shifts, to back-track Bowes
communications, and what possibly could be on his computer!!

canopfor on June 5, 2014 at 4:20 PM

Did Bergdahl send his personal belongings, including his laptop, back to his family when he went AWOL twice earlier?

No, he didn’t.

If you are having a ‘mental break’, do you send your stuff to your parents a week or two before?

Please. It is evidence that this was a premeditated act and not one that ‘just happened’ during a ‘mental break.’

Resist We Much on June 5, 2014 at 4:21 PM

This may sound crazy but I’ll bet Bowe was tinkering around with a little heroin he was getting from the locals. How long is detox in a German hospital?

iceman1960 on June 5, 2014 at 4:21 PM

“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.”

Oh, sure. “Army Privates Deserting Their Unit to Head Over to Enemy Territory to ‘Help Broker an Understanding’” is one of the most popular courses at West Point. You should see the chapter on “Getting Your Fellow Soldiers Killed While You Help Broker an Understanding.” It’s right before the chapter on “Switching Sides” and just after “Making Sure Your Parents Use Social Media to Show Their Support for the Enemy.”

Rational Thought on June 5, 2014 at 4:21 PM

I don’t know, maybe times have changed.

I know that when I was in the Corps, had I sent all my expensive personal belongings home from a war zone, then put my weapon down and walked away from my unit covertly and without authorization, I would have been a deserter.

Whether the guy was riding a unicorn when he left is immaterial.

BKeyser on June 5, 2014 at 4:21 PM

he could have come to strongly dislike his treatment or the conditions at any time enough to try to escape…whether he cooperated with the Taliban or not.

AUINSC on June 5, 2014 at 4:09 PM

Or he may have just gotten homesick, and wanted to go back to his coffee shop and ballet shoes and his mommy and daddy — whether he had earlier collaborated with the Taliban or not.

AZCoyote on June 5, 2014 at 4:21 PM

Remember, there are reports that he tried to escape from the Taliban at least twice.

Is there any official documentation of these reports, or did someone down the line just throw this out?

otlset on June 5, 2014 at 4:22 PM

Shaken puppies

Schadenfreude on June 5, 2014 at 4:22 PM

Stinger

Schadenfreude on June 5, 2014 at 4:23 PM

Bowe must have read O’Brien’s “Going After Cacciato” & not realized it was FICTION….

JFKY on June 5, 2014 at 4:25 PM

Trying to ‘broker a peace deal’ is a power delegated to the President of the United States ONLY.

If he was trying to do THAT then he is in deep, deep Kimchi.

ajacksonian on June 5, 2014 at 4:25 PM

Ain’t if obvious? He was figuring that he had a much better chance in Afghani Idol.

corona79 on June 5, 2014 at 4:26 PM

The ULTIMATE twist would be for Bowe Bergdahl to be a CIA agent. lolz

coolrepublica on June 5, 2014 at 4:26 PM

Ajacksonian, prospective Secretary’s of State may do it too…q.v. John Kerry.

JFKY on June 5, 2014 at 4:27 PM

coolrepublica on June 5, 2014 at 4:26 PM

That’s some straw sweetheart.

cozmo on June 5, 2014 at 4:28 PM

including that Sergeant Bergdahl shipped his computer and a journal home before he disappeared.

So it was planned. And by now the dad has gotten rid of any incriminating information in the computer & journal.

rbj on June 5, 2014 at 4:28 PM

JFKY on June 5, 2014 at 4:27 PM

Was he given the Magic Hat, too?

ajacksonian on June 5, 2014 at 4:28 PM

Ah…so now we’re going to blame the chaperons for not doing their job by keeping Private Wanderoff under tight surveillance during the summer camp overnighter.

BobMbx on June 5, 2014 at 4:29 PM

More than any report (redacted or otherwise); more than any tone-deaf statements from hipster-arrogant, Emo-looking State Department spokes-idiot Marie Harf (you’re so cool with your black, fat-rimmed glasses and aloof Oberlin-rehearsed flicking of your ratty blonde hair); more even than his fellow platoon members (and I do believe their accounts)…

I believe Bergdahl’s own words:

A) “I am ashamed to be an American.”

B) The United States is “the most conceited country in the world.”

C) “The horror that is America is disgusting.”

Etc.

So, you win Bergdahl (and so does your zombified father): I trust you and your words — that they reflect your sincere beliefs.

So delight in your too-cool-for-school America-the-great-Satan poseur dance. Everyone is repulsed by you. Everyone hates you. Everyone finds you to be not only vile, but profoundly, hopelessly stupid.

Victory!

Oh, and #BanBossy!

Dion on June 5, 2014 at 4:30 PM

Stinger

Schadenfreude on June 5, 2014 at 4:23 PM

Sadly the damage is done. And the stupidity of the electorate was on display in 2012. And will be again in 2016.

Judge_Dredd on June 5, 2014 at 4:30 PM

Give me a break. This is the US Military- not hippie summer camp.

Bergdahl took and oath. He swore to live by the rules, discipline and code that places the military apart in our society. I’ve served with some pretty simple people who perhaps struggled with easy tasks we all take for granted, but they understood the warrior ethos and lived by it.

This is just another excuse for dishonorable behavior propagated by the professional responsibility deflectors and politically correct, cover the president’s ass crowd.

Bergdahl knew exactly what he was doing and as a consequence he should pay for it. Because for many years now, we will all be living with the threat presented by releasing command level terrorists back into the theater.

Remember, the September 11th attacks and other terrorist attacks since then were executed by exactly the types of people the president released.

Marcus Traianus on June 5, 2014 at 4:14 PM

I once had a young kid who went UA on me. I gave it a few days and called his father and convinced him that his kid needed to come back if he knew where he was and presto I got a call on Sunday afternoon that he was back and the MA’s wanted to know what to do with him. I had a nice chat with him and he took his lumps went to mast and got a fine and turned out to be a nice Sailor after that.

That is what

Johnnyreb on June 5, 2014 at 4:30 PM

Remember, there are reports that he tried to escape from the Taliban at least twice.

I submit these were instances where he lagged behind Taliban patrols and were mistakenly characterized as escape attempts.

BobMbx on June 5, 2014 at 4:31 PM

canopfor on June 5, 2014 at 4:09 PM

I can’t recall the Marines name. Someone here might be able to.

When I was stationed in Viet-Nam in the late sixties, it was well known that wandering off base or out of a secure compound at night was a certain way to find yourself captured and/or killed. If we were out, we made it a point to get back before dusk, lest we wind up a statistic. To think that someone would just go out for an evening jaunt in a war zone is incredibly stupid.

One afternoon I was at “Monkey Mountain” outside Da-Nang. Light was dwindling, and I knew I had to hustle back to base. Within hours of my adventure, – and totally unrelated – the VC captured a young Marine and held him for years. When he finally got back to the States, he was charged with desertion, tried, convicted, and did hard time. He always claimed he was captured and as such was a POW, but the Corps viewed him as a deserter.

Everything about this Bergdahl case – including his father and family – stinks even more than what usually comes out of the Enchanted Castle at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Expect to see many more lies and smears of good soldiers from the media whores.

oldleprechaun on June 5, 2014 at 4:31 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

By all means – let’s sit quietly until the idiots in the WH find the best crap sandwich to serve us. The truth doesn’t take a long time to come up with but big honking lies do.

katiejane on June 5, 2014 at 4:32 PM

Obama and the Left have never given the Tea Party the benefit of the doubt that it is demanding that we give Bergdahl, who, for whatever reason, abandoned his brothers-in-arms during a time of war and knew that they would be risking life and limb when sent to search for him.

Resist We Much on June 5, 2014 at 4:32 PM

Screw this sensitive deserter we traded the 5 top terrorists for this guy? Only an excuse to do so…

sandee on June 5, 2014 at 4:33 PM

It is frustrating reading these posts by Hot Air Commentators- because it seems none of you have any actual military experience.

Try something called “Google” and look up “Civil War Deserters”.

There were deserters who wanted to feed their families, who had sick children, who had to take in the crops as the only man left to provide for wife and kids..

and they were all stood up and shot for desertion.

Which reason is more important? Feeding your kids- or watching a sunset with your Taliban buddies?

In the military IT MAKES NO DIFFERENCE WHY YOU DESERT YOUR POST ON THE BATTLEFIELD.

It is the action that leads to the punishment, not to the Allahpundit “well maybe he thought he was driving the peace train” analysis..

AirForceCane on June 5, 2014 at 4:35 PM

The ULTIMATE twist would be for Bowe Bergdahl to be a CIA agent. lolz

coolrepublica on June 5, 2014 at 4:26 PM

With a mission of what? You brought it up, lets hear the mission.

BobMbx on June 5, 2014 at 4:35 PM

Expect to see many more lies and smears of good soldiers from the media whores.

oldleprechaun on June 5, 2014 at 4:31 PM

This is beyond infuriating already. And yeah, I expect more of the same.

Midas on June 5, 2014 at 4:35 PM

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

Allah, Bergdahl was at an OP not a POW camp. Once out, he was out as far as the Army equation is involved. The fence line was there to keep the bad guys out. Not to keep twinkle toe pajamaboy PFCs in.

But, if this is true, it begs the question if Tali-Bowe was an intentional deserter or became one when it turned out that the Taliban were not the best choice when asking for directions.

Happy Nomad on June 5, 2014 at 4:37 PM

Where are the detailed stories about the released prisoners?

KyserS on June 5, 2014 at 4:37 PM

AirForceCane on June 5, 2014 at 4:35 PM

One doesn’t need to go back to the Civil War for an example of a deserter being executed.

Eddie Slovik was executed for desertion on 31 January 1945.

Resist We Much on June 5, 2014 at 4:38 PM

In the two years I served in SEA (1969-71) I met many dispirited and disillusioned troops, most of whom, admittedly, were draftees. Rather than go over to the ‘enemy’ in a goofy effort to ‘make a difference’, they ‘tuned out and turned off’ in alcohol and drugs (mine, warm Falstaff – yuck). My father, a dirt farmer West Texan and Vet of the CBI, when he learned I’d been drafted, said, “Don’t go”. Point is, although I believe Bergdahl to be a misguided doofus who should have gone through the chain of command to get out (and caused all sorts of unintended consequences, thereby) he has lots of company over the years. My problem with all this is the administration’s ministrations with itself to lie, spin, obfuscate, minimize, equivocate, delegate, bus-gate – anything and everything to make itself look relevant. The beat goes on.

vnvet on June 5, 2014 at 4:38 PM

Time to blame this guys unit. Knew this was coming…

sandee on June 5, 2014 at 4:38 PM

One thing you learn about roaming around in the mountains, either here, Idaho, or over there in that desolate waste known as Afghanistan, don’t leave home without your weapon which is what this deserter decided to do. The dad must be a former hippie flower child devotee of Jane Fonda, to be of a mind set that he tels the kid to follow his conscience. We do know that old terrorists never repent, see Bill Ayers.

Kissmygrits on June 5, 2014 at 4:41 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

Resist We Much on June 5, 2014 at 4:36 PM

I think it best to not base (or support) anything with a press release from the Taliban.

BobMbx on June 5, 2014 at 4:41 PM

Basically Bergdahl has no honor – no code.

The 6 who died and those who were injured – they should be who we are talking about. They are/were the best of the best. They made us proud.

gophergirl on June 5, 2014 at 4:41 PM

I think we are being too hard on the poor guy. I mean, after listening to Obama speechify about corpsemen and such, he probably got confused and thought the new kinder, gentler army had merged with the peace corpse, and he was just fulfilling his mission. Naturally, the taliban / haqqani mistook him for a sheep corpse, and the real fun began.

stvnscott on June 5, 2014 at 4:42 PM

Dion on June 5, 2014 at 4:30 PM

I believe Bergdahl’s own words:

A) “I am ashamed to be an American.”

B) The United States is “the most conceited country in the world.”

C) “The horror that is America is disgusting.”

Dion compare the above with the words Bergdahl said when he first became a soldier.

I do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies foreign and domestic. That I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same. That I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the officers appointed over me; according to regulation and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. SO HELP ME GOD.

Happy Nomad on June 5, 2014 at 4:43 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

Wow! Tell me verbaluce, what color is the sky in your world? Seriously SMH right now. Facepalm doesn’t do that statement justice.

Judge_Dredd on June 5, 2014 at 4:45 PM

Because for many years now, we will all be living with the threat presented by releasing command level terrorists back into the theater.

Not excusing Bergdahl, but I lay 110% of that threat on Obama and on him alone.

jazzuscounty on June 5, 2014 at 4:47 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

Waaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhh

Chuck Schick on June 5, 2014 at 4:47 PM

The 6 who died and those who were injured – they should be who we are talking about. They are/were the best of the best. They made us proud.

gophergirl on June 5, 2014 at 4:41 PM

The rat-eared wonder has not even acknowledged that other soldiers might have died looking for this filthy traitor.

Even if Tali-Bowe was a real POW, it would be appropriate to acknowledge that others made the ultimate sacrifice trying to get him back from the hands of his captors.

Happy Nomad on June 5, 2014 at 4:47 PM

I think it best to not base (or support) anything with a press release from the Taliban.

BobMbx on June 5, 2014 at 4:41 PM

If Obama can negotiate with and violated the law because, supposedly, the Taliban demanded it, then why shouldn’t he have to deal with what the organisation is saying now?

Resist We Much on June 5, 2014 at 4:48 PM

While serving in Viet Nam, I made an effort to learn Vietnamese and make friends with the Vietnamese that I came in contact with. As a result I later found myself in an Advisors and eventually, as my Vietnamese improved, an Interpreters job.

Note, the military(USN), encouraged these efforts and even arranged extra time for my studies. The military spends a lot of money and effort both teaching foreign languages and encouraging military personal to learn foreign languages and interact with foreign nationals.

For some reason, Bowe Bergdahl seems to have not received the same treatment. My guess is that he was considered a real flake and potently disloyal. You do get a few of those. Most of those do have enough contact with reality that they do a reasonably good job and move on. Bowe Bergdahl didn’t.

Linh_My on June 5, 2014 at 4:49 PM

Eddie Slovik was executed for desertion on 31 January 1945.

Resist We Much on June 5, 2014 at 4:38 PM

After a court martial hearing that lasted something like an hour.

Happy Nomad on June 5, 2014 at 4:49 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

She’s not allowed to voice an opinion?

otlset on June 5, 2014 at 4:49 PM

Waaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhh

Chuck Schick on June 5, 2014 at 4:47 PM

You should be crying if you can’t see why Palin doing that is awful.
You know, you’re not required to polish turds.

verbaluce on June 5, 2014 at 4:52 PM

Let’s stop the nonsense. This fool deserted and was caught on radio seeking out the enemy. Just after he went missing the attacks became more direct against our troops. In a court of law this is very powerful stuff. He clearly derserted and will probably be found to have aided the enemy. But of course the loons on the left will support this idiot.

Ta111 on June 5, 2014 at 4:53 PM

You should be crying if you can’t see why Palin doing that is awful.
You know, you’re not required to polish turds.

verbaluce on June 5, 2014 at 4:52 PM

Paging rogerb…

Judge_Dredd on June 5, 2014 at 4:54 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

Because if we were to do that, you moon bats would then say, “dude…that was like weeks ago, man…we need to move forward…”…which Muppet are you, anyway?? Ernie??

bimmcorp on June 5, 2014 at 4:55 PM

We really need to update the psych eval for military service.

Cindy Munford on June 5, 2014 at 4:55 PM

themuppet on June 5, 2014 at 4:07 PM

Well, your nick was well chosen.

Midas on June 5, 2014 at 4:08 PM

Heh

ToddPA on June 5, 2014 at 4:55 PM

Paging veraluce, libfreeordie and jim56 to the troll courtesy phone…

Enough facts in *yet*, chumps?

Midas on June 5, 2014 at 4:08 PM

Yeah actually….

Another outspoken champion for Bergdahl’s release was Rep. Rich Nugent (R-Fla.), who wanted the administration to “do everything possible” for his safe return.

“Last year, on the fourth anniversary of Sgt. Bergdahl’s capture, on the floor of the House of Representatives, I introduced a resolution in the House calling on the United States to do everything possible not to leave any members of the armed forces behind during the drawdown of Iraq and Afghanistan. Believe it or not, I had members of Congress come up to me and say, ‘I didn’t know we had a living POW in Afghanistan.’ That was shocking to me,” said Nugent, according to a Feb. 24 article in the Citrus County Chronicle.

COOPER: Would you oppose the idea of some form of negotiations or prisoner exchange? I know back in 2012 you called the idea of even negotiating with the Taliban bizarre, highly questionable.
McCAIN: Well, at that time the proposal was that they would release — Taliban, some of them really hard-core, particularly five really hard-core Taliban leaders, as a confidence-building measure. Now this idea is for an exchange of prisoners for our American fighting man.
I would be inclined to support such a thing depending on a lot of the details. [...]
COOPER: So if there was some — the possibility of some sort of exchange, that’s something you would support?
McCAIN: I would support. Obviously I’d have to know the details, but I would support ways of bringing him home, and if exchange was one of them, I think that would be something I think we should seriously consider.

A May 22 press release from Ayotte’s office read, “As part of ongoing efforts to urge the Department of Defense to do all it can to find Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl and bring him home safely, Senator Ayotte worked successfully to include a provision in the bill that presses Pakistan to fully cooperate in the search for SGT Bergdahl.”

libfreeordie on June 5, 2014 at 4:55 PM

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