A Strange Story Gets Stranger Still


As I’m sure you have heard by now, yesterday the Obama administration announced that they had traded five Gitmo inmates for one American POW in Afghanistan. Questions have been raised about the wisdom and legality of the deal, but now there are a whole new batch of questions being raised about the POW who was freed, Bowe Bergdahl.

If even part of this is true it’s some strange shit. Rolling Stone:

Then, on June 25th, Bowe’s battalion suffered its first casualty of the deployment. A popular officer, 1st Lt. Brian Bradshaw, was killed in a blast from a roadside bomb near the village of Yaya Kheyl, not far from the outpost. Though Bradshaw was in a different company, the 24-year-old’s death rocked the unit, shattering the sense of invulnerability that accompanies those who have just arrived in country. Bowe’s father believes that Bradshaw and Bowe had grown close at the National Training Center, and his death darkened his son’s mood. It was all too much for Bowe. On June 27th, he sent what would be his final e-mai­ to his parents. It was a lengthy message documenting his complete disillusionment with the war effort. He opened it by addressing it simply to “mom, dad.”

“The future is too good to waste on lies,” Bowe wrote. “And life is way too short to care for the damnation of others, as well as to spend it helping fools with their ideas that are wrong. I have seen their ideas and I am ashamed to even be american. The horror of the self-righteous arrogance that they thrive in. It is all revolting.”

The e-mail went on to list a series of complaints: Three good sergeants, Bowe said, had been forced to move to another company, and “one of the biggest shit bags is being put in charge of the team.” His battalion commander was a “conceited old fool.” The military system itself was broken: “In the US army you are cut down for being honest… but if you are a conceited brown nosing shit bag you will be allowed to do what ever you want, and you will be handed your higher rank… The system is wrong. I am ashamed to be an american. And the title of US soldier is just the lie of fools.” The soldiers he actually admired were planning on leaving: “The US army is the biggest joke the world has to laugh at. It is the army of liars, backstabbers, fools, and bullies. The few good SGTs are getting out as soon as they can, and they are telling us privates to do the same.”

In the second-to-last paragraph of the e-mail, Bowe wrote about his broader disgust with America’s approach to the war – an effort, on the ground, that seemed to represent the exact opposite of the kind of concerted campaign to win the “hearts and minds” of average Afghans envisioned by counterinsurgency strategists. “I am sorry for everything here,” Bowe told his parents. “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, that they have no idea how to live.” He then referred to what his parents believe may have been a formative, possibly traumatic event: seeing an Afghan child run over by an MRAP. “We don’t even care when we hear each other talk about running their children down in the dirt streets with our armored trucks… We make fun of them in front of their faces, and laugh at them for not understanding we are insulting them.”

Bowe concluded his e-mail with what, in another context, might read as a suicide note. “I am sorry for everything,” he wrote. “The horror that is america is disgusting.” Then he signed off with a final message to his mother and father. “There are a few more boxes coming to you guys,” he said, referring to his uniform and books, which he had already packed up and shipped off. “Feel free to open them, and use them.”

On June 27th, at 10:43 p.m., Bob Bergdahl responded to his son’s final message not long after he received it. His subject line was titled: OBEY YOUR CONSCIENCE!

“Dear Bowe,” he wrote. “In matters of life and death, and especially at war, it is never safe to ignore ones’ conscience. Ethics demands obedience to our conscience. It is best to also have a systematic oral defense of what our conscience demands. Stand with like minded men when possible.” He signed it simply “dad.”

Ordinary soldiers, especially raw recruits facing combat for the first time, respond to the horror of war in all sorts of ways. Some take their own lives: After years of seemingly endless war and repeat deployments, active­duty soldiers in the U.S. Army are currently committing suicide at a record rate, 25 percent higher than the civilian population. Other soldiers lash out with unauthorized acts of violence: the staff sergeant charged with murdering 17 Afghan civilians in their homes last March; the notorious “Kill Team” of U.S. soldiers who went on a shooting spree in 2010, murdering civilians for sport and taking parts of their corpses for trophies. Many come home permanently traumatized, unable to block out the nightmares.

Bowe Bergdahl had a different response. He decided to walk away.

In the early-morning hours of June 30th, according to soldiers in the unit, Bowe approached his team leader not long after he got off guard duty and asked his superior a simple question: If I were to leave the base, would it cause problems if I took my sensitive equipment?

Yes, his team leader responded – if you took your rifle and night-vision goggles, that would cause problems.

Bowe returned to his barracks, a roughly built bunker of plywood and sandbags. He gathered up water, a knife, his digital camera and his diary. Then he slipped off the outpost.

Go read the whole thing. It was written two years ago. Yesterday a guy who claims to have been a soldier in Bergdahl’s unit posted a bunch of tweets disputing the accuracy of that story, but his identity has not yet been confirmed.

Also yesterday, Bergdahl’s father deleted this tweet:


Then there is this:

I’m not ready to draw any conclusions, but I do have a lot of questions. Until I find out a lot more about this case I don’t know who to believe. Maybe I’ll never be satisfied.

But it is pretty clear that Bowe Bergdahl is not just a soldier who got captured in a war. And even if we give him every benefit of doubt there are some serious questions about the deal that freed him. Our official policy has always been that we don’t negotiate with terrorists, but now we just set a 5 to 1 price on American hostages. If that isn’t an incentive to kidnap more of our people I don’t know what is.

BTW: Here’s the skinny on the guys we let go.

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69 Responses to A Strange Story Gets Stranger Still

  1. The Klown says:
  2. driguana says:

    posted this last night…
    Michael Yon
    May 24, 2013 ·

    Bowe Bergdahl

    People often ask if we really have a POW in Taliban hands. Yes, we do.

    His name is Bowe Bergdahl.

    We have an entire, very secretive task force dedicated to getting him back. I asked about Bowe a few days ago. The only real info I got is that every two weeks, Bowe’s case is in the high level briefing. I could get much better info if I were in DC, but difficult from here.

    The basic story behind Bowe is that he went AWOL, and walked off his base, and into the Taliban hands. He was captured while going AWOL. This happened before in Afghanistan, at least in one case, but the other soldier was picked up by Afghan authorities and brought back to the US base. It was another case of a soldier just walking off, and getting picked up by Afghans.

    My guess with Bowe is that the Taliban will not kill or torture him. If Bowe was in the hands of Al Qaeda, he would be dead, horribly.

    If someone is killed in any rescue attempt on Bowe, I wonder if he will be charged by us.

    We want him back, but this is a sticky case. Let’s not kid ourselves. Bowe really did go AWOL, and I think that makes some reluctance to go full bore and risk lives to get him back. We want him back diplomatically, which means probably a prisoner or money swap. In the past, the Taliban told me that we lied to them on a swap deal that almost went through. Did we lie? I do not know, but that is what the Taliban told me.

    Again, I do not think that the Taliban are going to torture or kill him, unless of course he changes hands to truly horrible people like AQ.

    FULL VIDEO: Captured by the Taliban, US Soldier Bowe R. Bergdahl Speaks [1/3]
    FULL VIDEO: Captured by the Taliban, US Soldier Bowe R. Bergdahl Speaks [1/3]

  3. The Klown says:
    • driguana says:

      This all really makes one wonder. Surely someone had to know the back story on this guy. Once you dig, it’s all over the place. I found an AWOL article within a minute. Or perhaps this administration just thinks that most Americans won’t do any research and, therefore, won’t care. It fits their “mo”….just put out a diversionary tactic and walk away…everyone will forget about it sooner or later. This is a bit odd that it happens right at the same time of the VA scandal. See!!…look what I do for the military…I go in and rescue a soldier! Just like I took out Bin Laden! Really fishy…

      • 1539days says:

        Now that Obama wants to pull all the military out of Afghanistan, Bergdahl will be a useful idiot. He can go on TV and become this generation’s John Kerry.

        Oh, wait. Who’s in charge of State now?

      • foxyladi14 says:

        Look Squirrel!!! 😡

      • Constance says:

        I can see why the Army wouldn’t want to leave a soldier behind when they pull out and we are pulling out. But considering the circumstances and how dangerous the guys we traded for him are wouldn’t it just have been easier to send a quiet mission in and pick Bergdahl off quietly and then spread rumors that the Taliban tortured him to death or neglected him to death?

        • 1539days says:

          The fact is that he has not actually been found guilty of desertion. The irony is, however, that he should not be a free man when he gets back to the US because he is very suspicious. What’s worse is that this prisoner exchange sets a bad precedent since the Taliban could recruit Americans to go AWOL for future exchanges.

  4. 1539days says:

    In Obama’s eyes, this is a win-win. He gets to reduce the population of Gitmo, something that has been politically problematic for him, while getting back an American. In the real world, there are two major problems.

    1. Gitmo has a lot of real scumbags. At one time, there was a real campaign to convince people that Gitmo was full of Muslim guys in America who were just grabbed off the streets. Detainees who were released to other countries frequently found their way back to the battlefield.

    2. I can see why someone deserts if they were forced into the military, but the US has been all volunteer for decades. Bergdahl and his family seem to have a really contentious relationship with the US. Going AWOL was a petty act, not one of conscience.

    • The Klown says:

      I object to holding prisoners at Gitmo without due process, but that doesn’t mean I want them released. I want them to get due process.

      • 1539days says:

        I have no problem with due process, defined as a military tribunal. I just don’t want open trials in the middle of New York City.

  5. The Klown says:
  6. The Klown says:
    • jeffhas says:

      Yes, sticky indeed….

      Rescue soldier on exchange for 5 enemy combatants…

      Rescued soldier gets dishonorably discharged (at the very least). Seems like a strange narrative.

  7. Somebody says:

    Here’s a link to the second part of the tweets by soldier “@CodyFNfootball”

    If you read the account in Cody’s tweets, it without a doubt sounds like this guy went AWOL. If Cody is to be believed then from what he tweeted Bergdahl not only went AWOL he actively sought out the Taliban. I base that on the supposed conversations that night with nearby villagers.

    1539 is right Bergdahl may well be this generation’s John Kerry. His emails to his father seem to indicate he has that potential. I’m really not up for a circus, I hope things don’t turn out that way. Somehow though if it were to happen I think the majority of Americans would not take kindly to it. I could be wrong though because I certainly never thought Obama would get re-elected.

    The guys we released from GITMO will surely not waste any time planning their revenge against the US. Obama is typically not good on his word, so let’s hope this case is no exception and the drones are ready to help those 5 meet their virgins.

    • 1539days says:

      It worries me when the Left is so gung-ho about an American soldier.

    • Constance says:

      Regarding Bergdahl. In simple peoples brains people and their institutions are good or bad. So Bergdahl was in the army long enough to see that it wasn’t pure good. That means it was bad and so he was working for the wrong side. So he tries to change to the good side and find the Taliban to help them. The kid looks simple and he looks slightly off.
      I have no idea why the Obama regime thinks it’s a good idea to release 5 hard core prisoners to get him back. Why these 5 prisoners? How might these men help the progressive cause by being out of captivity?

  8. The Klown says:

    Obama on Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s release: ‘He was never forgotten’:

    • 1539days says:

      Funny. The progs usually get indignant when some guy in a beard praises God. Must be they don’t like duck calls.

      • Somebody says:

        Good one 1539!

      • Constance says:

        Or maybe he was praising God in Muslim terms and it is only praising God in Christian terms that Progs find offensive.

        I find speaking the language of his sons captors to his son very weird. Also it was sort of like he was showing off that he spoke a foreign language or something. Very odd behavior. Clearly the apple didn’t fall far from the tree.

  9. The Klown says:

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  10. The Klown says:

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  12. votermom says:

    So, basically Obama can’t be bothered to attempt to rescue his own ambassador, but trades 5 Gitmo jihadis for a US AWOL solder & possible Taliban sympathizer.
    Actually makes sense.

  13. The Klown says:

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  14. foxyladi14 says:

    Great post Klown and very informative thanks. 🙂

  15. Mary says:

    Ok, then. So, now we actually DO negotiate with terrorists, and Congress gets absolutely no input into either knowing about it or influencing how it happens. A pen and a phone—-and an attitude of arrogance in pushing aside anyone’s concern with the rule of law.

    One wonders why Congressional Democrats would allow their traditional responsibilities to be trampled on, doesn’t one? De-balled, every one of them.


  16. votermom says:


    • Constance says:

      The kid doesn’t look that smart. Actually it sort of surprises me that the USA enemies would bother to keep him alive. And it surprises me that the USA government didn’t just assassinate him and then act outraged that the untrustworthy extremists executed him .

    • Mary says:

      If this young man actually went AWOL and felt sympathy for the Taliban, and if his fellow American soldiers were killed in their efforts to find and rescue him, then he’s a worse traitor than Snowden, and should be in prison.

  17. foxyladi14 says:

    If true then he is a traitor not a hero. 😡

  18. foxyladi14 says:

    Sorry I just noticed that is an old story. 🙂

  19. insanelysane says:

    The politics in this country are really starting to creep me out.

  20. The Klown says:

    Stupid should hurt:

    Our Founding Fathers were way smarter than Donny: “If men were angels, no government would be necessary.” – Federalist 51

    FYI: Donny is a young socialist and a grad student at Wayne State in Detroit.

    • 1539days says:

      That college sucks if he never learned about Maximilien Robespierre. He was even more convincing than a stick figure infographic.

    • DandyTIger says:

      Jeebus. I can only pound my head on the desk so many times.

    • Monster from the Id says:

      Actually, both come from human nature. Sometimes, in the amoral natural environment in which our species and its ancestors evolved, competition was the best way to get one’s DNA into the next generation. In other situations, cooperation worked better. Hence, the mindless process of evolution selected for both selfishness and altruism.

  21. swanspirit says:

    I am having a great deal of difficulty with the left who is currently screaming about Bergdahl and the Gitmo prisoner exchange , because according to them ” we don’t leave our own behind ” and those same lefties derisively mocking anyone who continues to raise Benghazi as an issue . The bile of hypocrisy should rise in their throats and sting their tongues before they speak ..
    I am just cynical enough regarding this administration , to fully believe that Bergdahl’s return was negotiated at this time, and in a hurry ; to offset and distract from the bad political press from the VA scandal . Look ! A POW Squirrel !!

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