When Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was released, I’m sure his family and friends were ecstatic and relieved. But now questions surrounding his disappearance (as well as the deal to release him) are mounting up.
Did Bergdahl get lost or was he actually looking to join the Taliban when he went missing?
In an exclusive article on OAF Nation, a member of the US Special Operations Command provides a number of sordid details. This serviceman was in Afghanistan and part of the group that tried to retrieve Berdahl.
The article says in part, “According to Afghan villagers and elders close to the outpost, Bergdahl had asked where he could find the Taliban. A few children in the area also stated that they saw an American acting funny and wanting water while another local Afghan child had seen Bergdahl walk off the post. According to a few close friends of his and some letters he wrote home, he just wanted to find himself. Bergdahl left behind his weapon and other sensitive items, shipped his personal belongings home to Idaho, only taking some water and his knife.
“Bergdhal had simply become disenchanted with Army life and wanted to seek out the Taliban on his own free will.”
Did Bergdahl want to renounce his American citizenship?
Acoording to Fox News’ Jennifer Griffin, members of Bergdahl’s unit say he left behind a note saying that he wanted to renounce his citizenship and felt disillusioned with the Army. Of course none of us have seen the note — it’s part of the classified investigation. But if true, more than a few eyebrows should be raised regarding the circumstances of Berdahl’s “capture.”
Could Bergdahl be charged with desertion?
It’s certainly not out of the realm of possibilities, according to U.S. Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey. Dempsey says the Army may still pursue an investigation that could lead to desertion charges against Bergdahl.
Secretary of the Army John McHugh says the the first priority is “ensuring Sgt. Bergdahl’s health and beginning his reintegration process.” But with all the firsthand accounts coming from soldiers in his platoon, I’m sure the investigation into the circumstances surrounding his disappearance is a top priority too.
Did Bowe Bergdahl’s Dad Thank Allah at Obama’s Press Conference?
At President Obama’s press conference at the Rose Garden, the POTUS stood along side the parents of Bowe Bergdahl. At the end of the event, the soldier’s father — Robert (Bob) Bergdahl — said the most frequent phrase in the Koran, “Bismillah ir-Rahman ir-Rahim” and then Obama hugged him. The phrase means “In the name of Allah, most Gracious, most Compassionate.”
The Taliban basically agreed with Bob Berdahl saying the exchange happened “due to the benevolence of Allah Almighty and the sacrifices of the heroic and courageous Mujahidin of the Islamic Emirate.”
I’m not sure what to think of Bob Bergdahl’s decision to grow out his beard, to learn to speak Pashto (language of the Taliban) and to thank Allah in front of the President.
Should the U.S. have exchanged Bergdahl for the detainees?
In my opinion, President Obama has now set a very bad precedent. By releasing the five Guantanamo Bay detainees — who were senior leaders of the Taliban — in exchange for Bergdahl, he is saying that if you capture an American soldier, we will negotiate with you — in essence making things even more dangerous for our serviceman around the globe.
According to many, Obama’s actions also indicate that he’s willing to give up prisoners in exchange for an American deserter who cost the lives of his fellow servicemen. If Bergdahl actually was a deserter, he should have been left to rot with the Taliban.