If the Obama administration made this terrible and far reaching consequential decision so as to distract from the VA scandal, may I suggest that he fire his PR team? This story is growing with more absurdities by the minute. Everything that could possibly be a negative about this situation– well, it’s been a negative. In fact, it’s building with negative intensity by the minute. Let’s just tick through the list.
1. Obama releases five of the most dangerous Taliban members in American custody and exchanges it for one American “soldier“- I use that term loosely. Worth noting, at least one of these terrorists had direct ties with Osama Bin Laden.
2. That American soldier turns out to be looking more like a deserter and a traitor rather than an American hero in deserve of any type of rescue.
But in the weeks before his capture, Bergdahl had made murky statements that suggested he was gravitating away from the soldiers in his unit and toward desertion, a member of his platoon told Rolling Stone.
“He spent more time with the Afghans than he did with his platoon,” former Spc. Jason Fry told the magazine in 2012.
In fact, Bergdahl’s belongings…his helmet, rifle, body armor, and web gear were left neatly stacked on his bed on the day that he disappeared. His compass was the only thing missing. Furthermore, in emails home to his family he stated that he hated America and found it to be disgusting.
Furthermore, his father’s twitter timeline was full of perplexing tweets such as on May 28th (now deleted), “I am still working to free all the Guantanamo prisoners. God will repay for the death of every Afghan child, ameen!” Even more disturbing– who was he tweeting? The Islamic Emirate.
3. After disappearing from his platoon under “mysterious” and murky conditions, the military used precious time and resources in an effort to locate him with many military members stating that under the conditions with which they searched, only a man who didn’t want to be found would stay “missing.”
Six of our most precious resources, our brave soldiers, were killed while searching for him. Days were spent in 100+ degree weather scouring the villages while precious air resources were constantly sent on “missions” to find him.
These cobbled-together units’ task was to search villages one after another. They often took rifle and mortar fire from insurgents, or perhaps just angry locals. They intermittently received resupply from soot-coated Mi-17s piloted by Russian contractors, many of whom were Soviet veterans of Afghanistan. It was hard, dirty and dangerous work. The searches enraged the local civilian population and derailed the counterinsurgency operations taking place at the time. At every juncture I remember the soldiers involved asking why we were burning so much gasoline trying to find a guy who had abandoned his unit in the first place. The war was already absurd and quixotic, but the hunt for Bergdahl was even more infuriating because it was all the result of some kid doing something unnecessary by his own volition.
The men involved in this deployment were off mission, distracted by orders to find Bergdahl. Most blame Bergdahl for these unnecessary deaths of their brothers in arms.
Our battalion suffered six fatalities in a three-week period. On August 18, an IED killed Private First Class Morris Walker and Staff Sergeant Clayton Bowen during a reconnaissance mission. On August 26, while conducting a search for a Taliban shadow sub-governor supposedly affiliated with Bergdahl’s captors, Staff Sergeant Kurt Curtiss was shot in the face and killed. On September 4, during a patrol to a village near the area in which Bergdahl vanished, an insurgent ambush killed Second Lieutenant Darryn Andrews and gravely wounded Private First Class Matthew Martinek, who died of his wounds a week later. On September 5, while conducting a foot movement toward a village also thought affiliated with Bergdahl’s captors, Staff Sergeant Michael Murphrey stepped on an improvised land mine. He died the next day.
4. Apparently, the soldiers involved were required to sign a “nondisclosure agreements agreeing to never share any information about Bergdahl’s disappearance and the efforts to recapture him”- which they are now defying. Parents of the dead soldiers whose lives were taken as a result of Bergdahl are beginning to express their outrage at the cover-up.
Lt Andrews’ parents told MailOnline that their own son branded Bergdahl a ‘deserter’ before he was killed.
In an exclusive interview his father Andy Andrews told MailOnline: ‘For his family it’s good to get him back but we will never be able to get our son back because of the actions of this guy (Bergdahl).
‘I think people need to be aware that the guy was not a hero and American lives have been lost trying to save this deserter’.