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We Lost Soldiers in the Hunt for
Bergdahl, a Guy Who Walked
Off in the Dead of Night

Daily Beast, by Nathan Bradley Bethea

Original Article

Posted By:JoniTx, 6/2/2014 11:18:00 AM

For five years, soldiers have been forced to stay silent about the disappearance and search for Bergdahl. Now we can talk about what really happened. It was June 30, 2009, and I was in the city of Sharana, the capitol of Paktika province in Afghanistan. As I stepped out of a decrepit office building into a perfect sunny day, a member of my team started talking into his radio. “Say that again,” he said. “There’s an American soldier missing?” There was. His name was Private First Class Bowe Bergdahl, the only prisoner of war in the Afghan theater of operations.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Shmowry1, 6/2/2014 11:39:58 AM     (No. 9870158)

Prosecute him for desertion.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: MirJoy, 6/2/2014 11:41:36 AM     (No. 9870161)

Good article, and it is important to name all the soldiers who lost their lives because of his desertion.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: nekochan, 6/2/2014 11:41:55 AM     (No. 9870162)

Why was this guy rescued and Tahmooressi left to rot?

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Reply 4 - Posted by: jt26, 6/2/2014 11:45:12 AM     (No. 9870166)

Court martial him and send him to Gitmo.
Which will be like a home coming for him.
Send his hippee parents with him.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Smart11344, 6/2/2014 11:53:09 AM     (No. 9870172)

If this soldier deserted he needs to receive appropriate justice. Soldiers died because of him and even worse we traded 5 seriously dangerous terrorists for his released.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: CaptainLibra, 6/2/2014 12:15:05 PM     (No. 9870208)

Forget Courts Martial as he is a hero of BHO, Hagel and the others on the left. Actually, this is turning out to be a real win for our Muzzie-in-Chief. Another Dim voter added to the roles, a reduction in the number of GITMO prisoners, and he gets to look "tough" and compassionate at the same time.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: BigGeorgeTX, 6/2/2014 12:32:03 PM     (No. 9870224)

I thought he was SGT Bergdahl, yet this says he was a PFC. This must mean that the Army promoted this deserter to SGT while he was a captive. That is truly ridiculous.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: coyote, 6/2/2014 12:39:00 PM     (No. 9870234)

This is a very articulate indictment of Bergdahl´s actions. Politicians tend to jump on a situation quickly but this soldier has first hand, long duration knowledge of the situation. It should be taken seriously and investigated. Mr. Bethea, welcome home, we are lucky to have you.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: KatieJo, 6/2/2014 1:05:32 PM     (No. 9870273)

FTA: "Many (returned soldiers) have struggled greatly with life on the outside, and the implicit threat of prosecution if they spoke about Bergdahl made it much harder to explain the absurdity of it all."

I hate these people with every fiber of my being. I´m listening to talk radio and the top of the hour "news" mentions his release as all happy and mentions none of this. Oh sure, a couple of republicans are complaining but they reporting would not suggest they have a valid gripe.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Honeybadger, 6/2/2014 2:10:54 PM     (No. 9870369)

Desertion is a very serious hit. But, there are several empty rooms at Gitmo so that shouldn't be a problem. Besides, he speaks their language.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: LadyVet, 6/2/2014 2:32:49 PM     (No. 9870396)

This guy needs to be forever labeled as a deserter and traitor. Even with that, we still have to worry that he will soon be Congressman Bergdahl, then Senator Bergdahl, then presidential candidate Bergdahl (our grandkids will lucky if that is a near-miss loss instead of a win). He could even become Sec. of State Bergdahl.

And Susan Rice tells us that the Obama Administration thinks that this guy served with "honor AND distinction." For crying out loud, what low regard they hold those are actually honorable and heroic." Thank goodness for the guy named Cody who bravely tweeted the truth about this sniveling coward. Cody was on the Michael Berry show this a.m. and he is expecting that he may have to "lawyer up" to defend himself.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: GreatPlains, 6/2/2014 2:49:00 PM     (No. 9870414)

The true story of Barry´s POS POW is getting attention in non conservative outlets
like the Daily Beast and Rolling Stone.
In addition to the firestorm on Facebook and Twitter.
No one likes a deserter.
Except the Commander in Chief and
Secretary of Defense , apparently.
This makes the VA scandal look like child´s play.
I bet Carney suddenly vanished so he wouldn´t have to deal with this mess.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: rlcnutter, 6/2/2014 2:58:00 PM     (No. 9870424)

Whatever sympathy I had for this guy is now pretty much gone. Thanks for the article. And for this piece of wuss the Taliban get back five experienced professional - and HUNGRY - killers.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: trapper, 6/2/2014 3:28:27 PM     (No. 9870455)

Obama actually paid the ransom for PFC Red Chief.

Not the first screw-up who got himself captured. And not the first screw-up who got others killed. What a story. Any normal president would want to keep it quiet. This guy brags about it.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: LadyVet, 6/2/2014 3:40:08 PM     (No. 9870465)

The other part of the Obama / Susan Rice lie is that there was no time to get Congressional approval, in accordance with the act that Obama himself signed into law. They had been negotiating this for THREE years. I suspect that this was the reason Congress passed the law in the first place. There is no reason to think that the deserter´s health was in any more danger than at other times within the five years. It´s just that with the VA scandal, he badly needed to try to show some regard for the military. He is totally tone deaf and clueless when it comes to the military that he messed this up as well.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: lazyman, 6/2/2014 4:03:25 PM     (No. 9870482)

Susan Rice may have to hit the talk shows and 0 may have to give the deserter the Medal of Honor. Don´t look for any Generals to show leadership because long ago they sold their sole to 0.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: Pros7767, 6/2/2014 4:03:56 PM     (No. 9870483)

My sympathies to the families of the fallen who died trying to rescue this deserter. They, and you, deserved better.

Truly heartbreaking.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: merc55h, 6/2/2014 5:01:44 PM     (No. 9870549)

Great article, thank you for the truth Mr. Bethea, thank you for the names, it matters.

Can it get any worse? Can Obama become even more dishonest, more useless, more helpless?

Upon Obummer´s inauguration I said that Jimmy Carter was no longer our worst President. Little did I know he´d make Carter look like a giant instead of the mouse he was. Pathetic, God save America,,,from itself.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: Patchy Groundfog, 6/2/2014 5:08:21 PM     (No. 9870557)

Who enacted and enforced the gag order and why?

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Reply 20 - Posted by: Boston Tea Party, 6/2/2014 6:00:13 PM     (No. 9870618)

Excellent question, #19!

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Reply 21 - Posted by: MirJoy, 6/2/2014 6:11:46 PM     (No. 9870645)

#11 - couple of men from the same outfit as Bergdahl called to a talk show in Boston as well, giving similar details of what happened when he deserted.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: Native Texan, 6/2/2014 6:24:35 PM     (No. 9870662)

He needs to be tried for treason!! My heart goes out to the families of the young men who died looking for him!!
They promoted him will hie was in captivity, WHY????

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Reply 23 - Posted by: catfur27, 6/2/2014 6:39:48 PM     (No. 9870683)

Let´s cut to The Chase. : because this guy "walked away" and allowed himself to be "captured" he effectively secured the release of 5 super-dangerous, top terrorists.

How is that NOT treason?

And BTW...check out the story on The Beast following this posted article. - what a left wing idiot that writer is. Barf alert.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: afherkdriver, 6/2/2014 7:21:50 PM     (No. 9870727)

Øbama released him because he needs another America hater here in the US.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: fayebeck, 6/2/2014 7:25:11 PM     (No. 9870731)

What difference does it make? Like Dude, this happened five years ago.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: raspberry, 6/2/2014 8:21:41 PM     (No. 9870809)

Right #23, we traded a deserter for five war criminals the first time in the history of the U.S!

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Reply 27 - Posted by: Jubilationtcornpone, 6/2/2014 9:09:23 PM     (No. 9870872)

I wonder why Obama didn´t make the announcement if the swap at the USMA graduation speech ?

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Reply 28 - Posted by: dman, 6/2/2014 10:51:24 PM     (No. 9870972)

The best way for these soldiers and the families to beat any "retribution" is to band together and speak out - "Swiftboat" style.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: BaseballFan, 6/2/2014 11:20:11 PM     (No. 9871000)

Gosh, doesn´t Obama sound oh so noble with his baloney sandwich line "we don´t leave uniformed service members behind"?

Well what the hell would HE know about it?

Add to that: what does Obama say to the fact that it was Bergdahl who left HIS men behind??

Obama makes me physically ill.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: Charactercounts, 6/2/2014 11:48:29 PM     (No. 9871032)

Someone in the White House said they expected this to be like January, 1981, when the hostages returned from Iran.

There´s a problem with that: those people weren´t deserters, and Obama´s not Reagan.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: msjena, 6/3/2014 1:22:11 AM     (No. 9871112)

Charles Jenkins, whose desertion story is very similar to Bergdahl´s, endured 40 years in North Korea until he was released to go to Japan to be with his wife. He was dishonorably discharged and sentenced to a short sentence for desertion. The US government didn´t spend time and money or endanger military men trying to get him back. I guess the Taliban were smarter, setting up a trade instead of keeping Bergdahl around. Obama bowed to the wishes of Bergdahl´s wackadoodle parents, who appear to be fellow travelers.

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WASHINGTON — It was an enduring image of his presidency: a chastened Bill Clinton walking his dog while wife Hillary keeps her distance as the family leaves town at the height of the Monica Lewinsky scandal — but it was all part of a contrived public-repentance campaign, according to a new book. With Bill on the skids and his wife’s future prospects on the line, it was necessary for the pubic to see the president being punished, said Weekly Standard online editor Daniel Halper in his new book, “Clinton, Inc.: The Audacious Rebuilding of a Political Machine.” “They understood that

Obama a "shark" at the pool table,
Gov. Hickenlooper says

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CBS News, by Stephanie Condon    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/14/2014 4:33:37 PM     Post Reply
President Obama is known for being competitive on the basketball court, but he´s also apparently a cutthroat pool player. Gov. John Hickenlooper, D-Colo., told reporters at the National Governors Association meeting on Sunday that the president surprised him by beat him in two consecutive games. To add insult to injury, the two were playing at the Wynkoop Brewing Company, a bar that Hickenlooper co-founded. "You know I´ll tell ya -- the man is a shark," Hickenlooper told reporters, Time reports. "I was up a few balls. I felt pretty good. I was actually wondering whether how hard should I --


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