“Soldiers from his own unit died trying to track him down,” Nathan Bradley Bethea, who served as an U.S. infantry officer with Bergdahl’s battalion in the Afghan province of Paktika, wrote in op-ed for Daily Beast (external - login to view).
Sgt. Bergdahl was freed after five years in captivity Saturday in a controversial prisoner swap that saw five senior Taliban figures released from Guantanamo Bay. And while residents in Bergdahl’s native Hailey, Idaho prepared a hero’s welcome over the weekend, Bethea said the soldier’s safe return means “it is time to tell the truth.”
One outpost near the Pakistan border lost two soldiers in a July 2009 insurgent attack — an attack that Bethea says could have been detected and avoided if intelligence aircraft hadn’t been diverted to find Bergdahl. Between August and September 2009, Bethea alleged that six soldiers were killed during reconnaissance missions and patrols directly related to the Bergdahl search effort.
“He has finally returned. Those men will never have the opportunity,” Bethea wrote. “He has much to answer for, some of which is far more damning than simply having walked off. Many have suffered because of his actions.
Fellow soldier says Bowe Bergdahl was a ‘deserter’ whose disappearance ‘derailed’ war efforts | National Post
~President Obama hasn't lifted a finger to help the wife of a US citizen shackled to a wall in Omdurman or a US marine held in Tijuana, but he finally found someone he wanted to spring from jail - one Bowe Berghdahl, held by the Taliban and for whom America's commander-in-chief has just traded five Gitmo detainees. Andy McCarthy (external - login to view):
The Taliban get back five of their most experienced, most virulently anti-American commanders.At the White House ceremony, Sgt Bergdahl's dad, an anti-war activist (and Muslim convert?), addressed his son in Arabic and his captors in Pashto.
In return, thanks to the president's negotiations with the terrorists, we receive U.S. Army sergeant Bowe Bergdahl — who, according to several of his fellow soldiers, walked off his post in 2009 before being captured by the Taliban. (For more on this, see Greg Pollowitz's post (external - login to view) at The Feed.) This was shortly after Sergeant Bergdahl reportedly e-mailed his parents that "the US army is the biggest joke the world has to laugh at," that he was "ashamed to even be an American," and that "the horror that is America is disgusting."
So the Taliban get five warriors back to return to the battlefield. And in return we get some Stockholm Syndrome deserter-revert to head up the next "War is never the answer" rally. What did Sgt Bergdahl say? The horror that is America is the biggest joke the world has to laugh at? You don't have to be popping non-alcoholic champagne corks back in Waziristan to figure he might be on to something.
Frenchmen Gone Wild :: SteynOnline (external - login to view)
While you're at it....read this:
Here are the Taliban Terrorists Obama Released to Free POW Bowe Bergdahl - The Daily Beast (external - login to view)#
The old question springs to mind: If Obama WERE a high-level Islamist mole trying to destroy the United States, what would he do differently?