Bowe Bergdahl: What Really Happened?
PRESIDENT Obama looks weak. Doesn’t he? He’s ordered the release of five Afghan militants from Guantanamo Bay in exchange for American soldier Bowe Bergdahl. Private First Class Bergdahl was captured by the Taliban on June 30 2009. So they say. Some of his former comrades says he deserted. But Bergdahl was the only US prisoner held in Afghanistan.
The US tried to rescue him. Six soldiers died trying.
Bergdahl got promoted. Today he is Sergeant Bergdahl, 28.
Obama has been talking big:
“We don’t leave men and women in uniform behind. Regardless of the circumstances, whatever those circumstances may turn out to be, we still get an American solider back if he’s held in captivity. We don’t condition that.”
Obama says, he waited for the chance to bring the soldier home. When it came, “We seized that opportunity.”
Obama staged a Press conference at the White House.
The National Security Advisor said Bergdahl had “served the United States with honour and distinction”.
He was joined by Sergeant Bergdahl’s parents, Jami and Bob.
You can see Bob. He’s the man with the Pashtun-style beard who learnt Pashto during his son’s years in captivity.
The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin Dempsey, told us:
“The questions about this particular soldier’s conduct are separate from our effort to recover ANY US service member in enemy captivity.”
Really? Is he deserts? If he defects? It doesn’t matter?
“This was likely the last, best opportunity to free him. As for the circumstances of his capture, when he is able to provide them, we’ll learn the facts … In the meantime, we will continue to care for him and his family.”
Nathan Bradley Bethea says he knows what happened. He served with Bergdahl:
“He is safe, and now it is time to speak the truth. And that the truth is: Bergdahl was a deserter, and soldiers from his own unit died trying to track him down… The soldiers in 2nd Platoon, Blackfoot Company discovered his rifle, helmet, body armour and web gear in a neat stack. He had, however, taken his compass. His fellow soldiers later mentioned his stated desire to walk from Afghanistan to India… Bergdahl was relieved from guard duty, and instead of going to sleep, he fled the outpost on foot. He deserted.”
Before he went walkabout Bowe Bergdahl wrote to his parents:
“I am sorry for everything here,” he wrote. “These people need help, yet what they get is the most conceited country in the world telling them that they are nothing and that they are stupid.”
Bergdahl also complained about fellow soldiers. The battalion commander was a “conceited old fool,” he said, and the only “decent” sergeants, planning to leave the platoon “as soon as they can,” told the privates — Bergdahl then among them — “to do the same.”
“I am ashamed to be an American. And the title of US soldier is just the lie of fools,” he concluded. “I am sorry for everything. The horror that is America is disgusting.”