Bowe Bergdahl Has Returned Home

I’m having feelings of ambivalence here. Five years ago, Bowe Bergdahl disappeared from his base in Afghanistan, and he has been held captive by the Taliban since then. Today he has been traded for five Gitmo prisoners.

The prisoners that will be exchanged for Bergdahl are Mohammad Fazl, Mullah Norullah Noori, Mohammed Nabi, Khairullah Khairkhwa, Abdul Haq Wasiq. There are now 149 detainees remaining at Guantanamo Bay.

According to NBC, Bergdahl will be at Bagram for medical care, and then will be flown to Landstuhl, Germany.

Why the ambivalence? The guy is back from five years with the Taliban. He will eventually be reunited with his family, and we have our Soldier back – the only prisoner of war since this abortion of a conflict began. We should be thrilled to have our troop home.

There’s a part of me that is. But then, there’s that other part of me that is concerned about this, from a friend’s Facebook post:

“We were at OP Mest, Paktika Province, Afghanistan. It was a small outpost where B Co 1-501st INF (Airbone) ran operations out of, just an Infantry platoon and ANA counterparts there. The place was an Afghan graveyard. Bergdahl had been acting a little strange, telling people he wanted to “walk the earth” and kept a little journal talking about how he was meant for better things. No one thought anything about it. He was a little “out there”. Next morning he’s gone. We search everywhere, and can’t find him. He left his weapon, his kit, and other sensitive items. He only took some water, a compass and a knife. We find some afghan kids shortly after who saw an american walking north asking about where the taliban are. We get hits on our voice intercepter that Taliban has him, and we were close. We come to realize that the kid deserted his post, snuck out of camp and sought out Taliban… to join them. We were in a defensive position at OP Mest, where your focus is to keep people out. He knew where the blind spots were to slip out and that’s what he did. It was supposed to be a 4-day mission but turned into several months of active searching. Everyone was spun up to find this guy. News outlets all over the country were putting out false information. It was hard to see, especially when we knew the truth about what happened and we lost good men trying to find him. PFC Matthew Michael Martinek, Staff Sgt. Kurt Robert Curtiss, SSG Clayton Bowen, PFC Morris Walker, SSG Michael Murphrey, 2LT Darryn Andrews, were all KIA from our unit who died looking for Bergdahl. Many others from various units were wounded or killed while actively looking for Bergdahl. Fighting Increased. IEDs and enemy ambushes increased. The Taliban knew that we were looking for him in high numbers and our movements were predictable. Because of Bergdahl, more men were out in danger, and more attacks on friendly camps and positions were conducted while we were out looking for him. His actions impacted the region more than anyone wants to admit. There is also no way to know what he told the Taliban: Our movements, locations, tactics, weak points on vehicles and other things for the enemy to exploit are just a few possibilities. The Government knows full well that he deserted. It looks bad and is a good propaganda piece for the Taliban. They refuse to acknowledge it. Hell they even promoted him to Sergeant which makes me sick. I feel for his family who only want their son/brother back. They don’t know the truth, or refuse to acknowledge it as well. What he did affected his family and his whole town back home, who don’t know the truth. Either way what matters is that good men died because of him. He has been lying on all those Taliban videos about everything since his “capture”. If he ever returns, he should be tried under the UCMJ for being a deserter and judged for what he did. Bergdahl is not a hero, he is not a soldier or an Infantryman. He failed his brothers. Now, sons and daughters are growing up without their fathers who died for him and he will have to face that truth someday.”

I know we should be celebrating the safe return of a U.S. Soldier right now, and there’s a part of me that is. But this is what gnaws at my very guts.

PFC Matthew Michael Martinek, Staff Sgt. Kurt Robert Curtiss, SSG Clayton Bowen, PFC Morris Walker, SSG Michael Murphrey, 2LT Darryn Andrews, were all KIA from our unit who died looking for Bergdahl. Many others from various units were wounded or killed while actively looking for Bergdahl.

He walked off, without his weapon, leaving everything and everyone behind. He went looking for the Taliban, and he was with them for five years.

And people died. People died looking for him, and we have released five scumbags from Gitmo in exchange for him

I realize that in the coming months he will be debriefed, interrogated and prodded. He’s got five years’ worth of information to give up, and I hope he does so willingly and completely. But I would be a liar if I said I wasn’t nervous. If he did, in fact, go off looking for the Taliban, it would not have been difficult to turn him, return him to his country and just wait a bit before giving him orders to murder innocents.

So yeah, my joy at getting our troop back is tempered somewhat.

What about  you?

21 responses

  1. 15-6? Then try and hang him for desertion. In your post above are six accessories to murder they can add to his list of crimes.

    But what will happen is he will be treated like a hero and the small number of us who served will hoist a glass in memory to those who died because of him.

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  2. I feel the same way. He should have been left over there but Obama wanted a propaganda coup and was willing to free five terrorists to get it. This guy will now get a shit-ton of back pay, be lauded as some sort of hero, and given a few months or years, I suspect that we’ll hear about him gunning down a bus load of schoolkids or going rambo in a shopping mall. He quit us and willingly became one of “them”, converting to islam almost as soon as they grabbed him if not sooner. But Obama wants a hero so none of that will ever matter or even see the light of day.

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  3. “He should have been left over there but Obama wanted a propaganda coup and was willing to free five terrorists to get it. ” Once again, Obama’s fault. LOL.

    I share concerns about the nature of why he left, and if he did leave of his own accord then ….what? Leave him there? People make mistakes, even military people. I think he needs to be, and definitely will be placed under surveillance. People who are plotting to commit some type of huge crime give off signs, usually very clear, and very loud signs. I am sure that he will be placed under all possible surveillance. From his telephone through the NSA to his ISP.

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  4. Just to put this into context, OBAMA LITERALLY RETURNED A CAPTURED SOLDIER but somehow it’s still his fault. LOL. This is beyond the scope of normal politicking. This is actually scapegoating.

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    1. Ryan, if this exchange of a probable traitor for 5 hardcore terrorists doesn’t disgust you, then surely nothing will. If they had video of Obama torturing kittens, you would surely invent some rationale. Even Pelosi and Feinstein were appalled at his decision; does that say nothing?

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  5. I had no idea he was a deserter. Sounds like an all around sketchy proposal for me, and like the math you stated, 6 =/= 1. So if he wanted to join the Taliban, why couldn’t we just leave him there? Problem solved.

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  6. Ryan…bite me. American policy has always been that we don’t negotiate with terrorists. Obama just did that, however, and freed five other terrorists to get this deserter back. So now how do we dare ask other nations plagued with terrorism to stand fast and refuse to negotiate with them when we’ve just done it and the media is trumpeting it?

    I again suggest that he should have been left there, and Ryan, if you can’t see the difference between objective criticism of a politician’s actions and mere “politicking”, as you called it, then maybe you might want to consider your own biases before posting publicly again.

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    1. It has not been the history of the United States to not negotiate with terrorists. That is incorrect.

      Also your outlandish remarks about this kidnapped veteran gunning down innocent school children is silly. And claiming that Obama wanted a “propaganda coup” is really silly.

      We have a difference of opinion. I am attacking your opinions, not you!

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  7. This bugs the hell out of me Nicki. Feeling very conflicted about the whole thing. Hopefully the truth will come out. But I’m not holding my breath. Not with this administration.

    Hey Murph, GET SOME!

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  8. Nicki .. your friend consider writing someone .. ??

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    1. You talking about the FB person who posted this? I don’t know. I think this is something that needs to run its course. None of us know what really happened out there. I’m fairly sure, however, that Bergdahl will not be hanging out, free and happy, for a very long time.

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  9. Drudge is reporting the five exchanged were some of the worst, and the exchange was performed outside the guidelines of law.

    This one smells bad, and if it leads to more deaths of U.S. citizens, somebody needs to be keelhauled.

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  10. Maybe not, Nicki, but if he IS the deserter as claimed, you can bet your last dollar that the general public won’t hear of it until at LEAST after the 2014 mid-terms….unless someone in Congress grows a pair and spills the beans.

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  11. It sucks. Present admin will stonewall just like Benghazi. If good men died trying to save a deserter, I don’t have the words.

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  12. “Out of every one hundred men, ten shouldn’t even be there, eighty are just targets, nine are the real fighters, and we are lucky to have them, for they make the battle. Ah, but the one, one is a warrior, and he will bring the others back.”

    ― Heraclitus

    I spent 31 years completing the mission in my small way and bringing mine back.., No heroes, no glory, only one “Triumph” was proud anytime anyone said “Warrior” of me. He is just one of Heraclitus’ ten Ms. Nicki…

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  13. Constitutional Insurgent

    I share the same sentiments on his ‘capture’….and once debriefed and healthy enough, he should stand trial under Article 85 – Desertion during wartime. It won’t happen though.

    Another interesting account from one who claims to have been in Bergdahl’s platoon at OP Mest. As an Infantry guy, his recounting rings true.

    https://twitter.com/CodyFNfootball

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    1. I did see that report this morning too. This whole thing stinks. I reserve judgment until I have more information, but it doesn’t look good for Bergdahl.

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  14. I share in your feelings toward this situation. If the reports are true, and I am beginning to believe they are, then this guy should not be celebrated. My other thought process is America’s long stance of negotiating with terrorists has come to an end. Now, there is going to be a higher price on our heads because this administration released known terrorists…they negotiated. They KNEW the circumstances of his captivity yet still pulled the trigger on releasing bad people for what may end up being a traitor.

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  15. Also – although I haven’t heard news lately – but as far as I know, a US Marine and veteran of Afghanistan is still being held in a Mexican hellhole for no reason other than missing a freeway exit and turning around on the wrong side of the border. Been there since March. The family, and a California senator, have repeatedly asked Oscumbag to intervene and he has been too busy golfing, vacationing, campaigning or hitting the bathhouse with Reggie and Rahm to be bothered. So all I can say is whiskey tango foxtrot!!!!

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  16. Fox is already reporting that there is talk in Afghanistan among members of the Taliban, urging them to “capture” more American soldiers.

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  17. […] have kept mostly quiet about Bowe Bergdahl other than to mention his homecoming. There are reasons for this that I won’t get into […]

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