A street in his home town of Hailey, Idaho is lined with signs and yellow ribbons welcoming home America’s last remaining prisoner of war in Afghanistan, released this weekend after five long years in captivity. And in less than an hour, all news of the scandal rocking the Veterans Administration disappeared, replaced with the headline: “Sgt Beau Bergdahl, Released from Afghanistan”.
The deal done by the White House to trade the Sergeant for 5 high-ranking Taliban Leaders from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba is more than just a bit controversial, not simply because the men released will likely be back on the battle field sooner rather than later, but there are many questions surrounding Bergdahl’s disappearance in the first place, in addition to some very strange treatment from “the enemy” while in captivity, and an almost Stockholm like response from the captured Sergeant’s family.
On it’s face you should be thrilled for the release of ANY American held in captivity, but when you look past those initial details, this release is suspect for a variety of reasons.
Let’s start with the conflicting stories from the night Bergdahl was captured. On a video released after his capture, Bergdahl says he was captured one night while lagging behind on patrol. Enemy radio chatter collected that night claims the Sgt. was ambushed while in the latrine. Mulvin Sangeen, a Taliban Commander, says they captured Sgt. Bergdahl while he drunkenly stumbled to his car in the Yousaf Khel district of Paktika.
The men serving with Sgt Bergdahl were forced to sign Non-Disclosure Agreements after he was taken, a practice meant to conceal certain details the government claims could aid in the Sergeant’s rescue, along the same lines as not releasing all of the details about a string of murders. I couldn’t tell you whether this is true or not, but it certainly adds to the suspicious nature of this story.
Fortunately, several of these brave American’s have stood up and spoken out anyway, and the picture they paint of Sergeant Bergdahl while deployed, leads to more questions than answers. In fact it is safe to say the general consensus among these men is that that while in theater, the Sgt Beau Bergdahl lost his faith in the mission and turned his back on America.
He reportedly mailed his personal valuables back home, mid-tour. They also noticed a lot of Anti-American rhetoric flowing through his email, and say he simply deserted one night, with a compass, a bottle of water, a knife, and a small camera, Bergdahl “walked off base and was captured by the enemy”, though it may be just as likely he left to “aide the enemy”.
In August 2010 it was reported that a Taliban commander named Haji Nadeem said Bergdahl was helping to train the Taliban in bomb making and infantry tactics. The Pentagon dismissed the reports as Taliban “propaganda”.
His path into the US Army is a strange one. He was raised in a rugged and rural area of the United States by his father Bob Bergdahl, a staunch woodsmen who home schooled his kids, taught them to shoot, and live off the land.
Beau studied ballet, went on a sailing expedition from the Atlantic to the Pacific, then attempted to enlist in the French Foreign Legion. Only after being rejected by the French did Bergdahl join the US Army. He’s also said to have expressed an interest in the Sudan and had desires to become a mercenary.
He deployed in 2009, and went missing on June 30th of that year. Reports after his capture began to surface of games of badminton with his captors, inviting them to celebrate Easter and Christmas, and a growing fondness for kawa, an Afghan green tea. He also became fluent in the predominant Afghan languages of Pashto and Dari. According to father Bob, Beau is now struggling to speak English.
All of this while other servicemen and contractors who were captured were tortured and treated to the “Taliban Haircut”, also known as having one’s head removed from one’s body.
An article published in Rolling Stone Magazine, contained a few particularly concerning emails sent from Sgt Bergdahl to his family three days before his capture. From Rolling Stone:
“The future is too good to waste on lies. 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 am ashamed to even be American. The horror of the self-righteous arrogance that they thrive in. It is all revolting.”
“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… the title of US soldier is just the lie of fools.”
“The US army is … the army of liars, backstabbers, fools, and bullies… I am sorry for everything here. 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.”
“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.”
It’s also worth mentioning the author of this Rolling Stone article is none other than the very suspiciously deceased writer Michael Hastings, who’s silver Mercedes C250 coupe jumped the center median on Highland Avenue just past Melrose in Los Angeles, hit a palm tree, and exploded.
Friends say he had become increasingly agitated by some by story he was working on, and was growing suspicious that the helicopters that are a common sight above LA were, in fact, tracking him. Hastings is also said to have emailed colleagues at Buzzfeed that he was onto some big story and he needed to go off the grid for a while because the Feds were interviewing his close friends and relatives, and that he hoped he would see them soon. Tragically, he did not.
There is also the strange behavior by Sgt Bergdahl’s family, specifically his woodsman father, to consider. Upon news of his son’s release. Bob Bergdahl was on hand this weekend for the announcement, and was allowed to speak to the press…
He started his press conference in Arabic by saying: “bism allah alrahman alraheem” – According to a claim made on former Congressman Allen West’s website, Clare Lopez a former CIA operations officer, a strategic policy and intelligence expert with a focus on Middle East, and counter-terrorism says the phrase means “in the name of Allah the most gracious and most merciful” and serve to sanctify the grounds of the White House for Islam, essentially claiming it for Islam, based on dogmatic and religious traditions.
Sgt Bergdahl’s father has also done a very good job of growing out his scraggly beard, a tell tale sign of a White Islamic sympathizer. There is also this tweet: “@ABalkhi I am still working to free all Guantanamo prisoners. God will repay for the death of every Afghan child, ameen!” that appeared on his Twitter account and then promptly disappeared…
With the weird behavior of both father and son, including reports from those Sgt Bergdahl worked closest with that he in fact deserted, what cost did the American public pay for this man’s release, and perhaps even more important is why.
Simply put: we set free 5 of the most dangerous terrorists on the planet, in captivity at Gitmo, and the President broke the law to do so. According to the Washington Post: “The law requires the Defense Secretary to notify relevant Congressional Committees at least 30 days before making any transfers of prisoners, to explain the reason and to provide assurances that those released would not be in a position to reengage in activities that could threaten the United States or its interests…”
The White House says the Sgt’s health was failing, and this opportunity was timed perfectly to make a deal happen. But to think the motivation for this release was based on some dedication to the men and women serving our country, or loyalty to America, is farcical.
This is the Obama Administration’s Gitmo Fire Sale.
President Obama wants nothing more than to shut Guantanamo down completely, a task made much more complicated by the requirements for release of these ‘suspected terrorists’ placed into law by Congress (the same requirements violated over the weekend, coincidentally).
Is anyone shocked this President and his team would use the “release” of Bergdahl to justify letting loose some seriously bad guys, who only want to hurt Americans, as a way to make the eventual closing of the prison at Gitmo more palatable and less controversial.
All of this so he can deliver to his base a big fat gift later this year, which consider the closing of Guantanamo Bay, no matter the cost to lives and freedom around the planet, a campaign promise, and thus, sacrosanct.
The controversy surrounding Sgt Bergdahl, his capture, subsequent release (5 years later), and the cost in blood to American servicemen, 6 of whom died as a direct result of the search for the missing Sergeant, who for as yet unknown reasons up and walked out of a Forward Operating Base one night, not to mention the countless American lives lost capturing the men who were released to kill again in order to PAY for this release, may in fact be a political witch hunt, but but the real question here is: What VA Scandal?
organization, or place of duty with INTENT to remain away therefrom permanently…
But hey, maybe I’m wrong. Maybe my interpretation of these events is simply jumping at shadows. Dad speaking Arabic, Son sent his stuff home, reporter who got the emails dies mysteriously, nothing to see here.
I do know one thing, if it walks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, it’s probably a duck. The real test for all of this will be whether or not Sgt Bergdahl stands before a Court Martial to answer any of these allegations.
Spoiler alert? He won’t. Barack’s ‘right hand liar’ is already at work. Susan Rice telling ABC News that Sargent Bergdahl Served With ‘Honor and Distinction’. Nothing to see here. What difference, at this point, does it make?