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Saturday, May 31, 2014

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the American soldier held captive for nearly five years by militants during the Afghanistan war, has been released, the White House said Saturday. "Today the American people are pleased that we will be able to welcome home Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, held captive for nearly five years," the White House said.

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#1 | Posted by Tor at 2014-05-31 01:08 PM | Reply | Flag:

Welcome home Sgt. Bergdahl.

#2 | Posted by Daniel at 2014-05-31 01:31 PM | Reply | Flag:

Obama's fault.

#3 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2014-05-31 01:53 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

I wonder why Pakistan decided to let him go?

#4 | Posted by REDIAL at 2014-05-31 02:11 PM | Reply | Flag:

"To care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his
widow, and his orphan"

The VA stands ready to take care of veterans like Sgt Bergdahl.

www.va.gov

#5 | Posted by PinchALoaf at 2014-05-31 02:32 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

"In a statement, President Barack Obama said Bergdahl's recovery "is a reminder of America's unwavering commitment to leave no man or woman in uniform behind on the battlefield.""

The man has been a pow for 5 years. I'd hate to see the results when the president's commitment was less than unwavering. President Mad As Hell should mellow out on the hyperbole.

#6 | Posted by justanoversight at 2014-05-31 02:46 PM | Reply | Flag:

Now there is a guy that America owes a debt to forever.

#7 | Posted by donnerboy at 2014-05-31 02:53 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

The man has been a pow for 5 years. I'd hate to see the results when the president's commitment was less than unwavering. President Mad As Hell should mellow out on the hyperbole.

#6 | Posted by justanoversight

In other words, even when obama achieves something good, its not really good because it didn't happen on YOUR timetable.

#8 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2014-05-31 03:10 PM | Reply | Flag:

God bless this guy. My heart breaks to think about what he and his family have gone through.

Stress like that will take years off of the lives of Sgt. Bergdahl and those who love him.

#9 | Posted by oldwhiskeysour at 2014-05-31 03:12 PM | Reply | Flag:

His father, who was accompanied by several members from POW-MIA, ate at my restaurant about 18 months ago and gave me a black silicone POW wristband with his son's name and date of capture. I've worn that religiously until Tuesday as I was getting ready for work, and it broke.

Mr. Bergdahl and the others at the table were absolutely sure they knew where his son was held, and were optimistic his son would be freed.

Your faith has been rewarded, Mr. Bergdahl.

#10 | Posted by DCTexan at 2014-05-31 03:13 PM | Reply | Flag:

I love these prisoner exchanges. 5 of their guys equals one of theirs. Is there any better way for those animals to admit their inferiority and worthlessness?

#11 | Posted by goatman at 2014-05-31 03:13 PM | Reply | Flag:

5 of their guys equals one of theirs

should be

5 of their guys equals one of ours

#12 | Posted by goatman at 2014-05-31 03:14 PM | Reply | Flag:

Pretty cool story DCTEXAN!

#13 | Posted by danni at 2014-05-31 03:27 PM | Reply | Flag:

Get that man a book deal.

#14 | Posted by lee_the_agent at 2014-05-31 03:46 PM | Reply | Flag:

He wont go wandering around like he was in Korea again...

#15 | Posted by boaz at 2014-05-31 03:51 PM | Reply | Flag:

Thanks, Danni. I'm drinking a toast to the Bergdahl family now that they're once again whole.

#16 | Posted by DCTexan at 2014-05-31 04:09 PM | Reply | Flag:

God bless this guy.

While I'm glad this guy is back, everything he did was preventable. He went out "in the ville" on his own. And he got taken. It was all his fault. Why he did it, I don't know. This was one of the only war zones (besides Iraq) where the military didn't mix among the people near our bases. We were strictly told not to go off base and this guy did.

I guess he got what he was looking for..

#17 | Posted by boaz at 2014-05-31 05:23 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

AWESOME!

#18 | Posted by ichiro at 2014-05-31 05:27 PM | Reply | Flag:

That POS walked off bases not in uniform and got 5 service members killed who were sent out to look for him. He better be charged in the deaths of his brothers he was sworn to protect. Bergdahl was a deserter who became vocal about his anti-American, anti-war sentiments before he wandered off base unarmed and was "captured". He got US soldiers killed searching for him and this trade puts more soldiers at risk as well as civilian lives. He made his choice, he should have been left to suffer the consequences.

#19 | Posted by zack991 at 2014-05-31 05:32 PM | Reply | Flag:

That POS walked off bases not in uniform and got 5 service members killed who were sent out to look for him

I remember that incident. When I first heard this story, I didn't realize it was this guy.

#20 | Posted by goatman at 2014-05-31 05:37 PM | Reply | Flag:

it's still AWESOME that he is freed, the kast man out is back in.
his famly is reunited.
now do what you will.

#21 | Posted by ichiro at 2014-05-31 05:38 PM | Reply | Flag:

"The man has been a pow for 5 years. I'd hate to see the results when the president's commitment was less than unwavering. President Mad As Hell should mellow out on the hyperbole."

Right Wing AH rule #1.
Never let any event pass without taking a cheap shot at Barack Obama because he defeated your party twice and that is unforgivable.

#22 | Posted by danni at 2014-05-31 06:45 PM | Reply | Flag:

"He got US soldiers killed searching for him and this trade puts more soldiers at risk as well as civilian lives. He made his choice, he should have been left to suffer the consequences."

Can't disagree with your statement but he should be allowed great leeway in explaining his actions. If one of Lt. Calley's men in Vietnam had deserted would they be a deserter or a hero? I'm certainly not making any accusations or expressing any suspicions about his fellow soldiers or their leaders but the question should be addressed.

#23 | Posted by danni at 2014-05-31 06:47 PM | Reply | Flag:

"Can't disagree with your statement but he should be allowed great leeway in explaining his actions."

Has it been confirmed that this is what he actually did, and isn't juts what the Taliban said he did?

#24 | Posted by madbomber at 2014-05-31 06:58 PM | Reply | Flag:

#8&22

When Obama starts taking responsibility for his policies rather than only taking credit when it's politically attractive then you guys can lecture me about being off base. How about Pres. Mad As Hell simply welcome St. Bergdahl home rather than patting himself on the back? The President deserves far more criticism than he will ever receive so spare us your sanctimonious tripe.

#25 | Posted by justanoversight at 2014-05-31 09:35 PM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 2 | Newsworthy 1

How about Pres. Mad As Hell simply welcome St. Bergdahl home rather than patting himself on the back?

You're right. It would have been more appropriate if Obama had marked the occasion by prancing around on the deck of an aircraft carrier.

#26 | Posted by reinheitsgebot at 2014-05-31 09:48 PM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 5 | Newsworthy 2

#26

And if he had, they would have whined about that, too.

#27 | Posted by Corky at 2014-05-31 10:01 PM | Reply | Flag:

"The President deserves far more criticism than he will ever receive so spare us your sanctimonious tripe."

And that will never change Regardless of whether the president has a (D) or an (R) next to his name.

I don't like Obama, but it's disingenuous to assert that everything he does is bad.

#28 | Posted by madbomber at 2014-05-31 10:02 PM | Reply | Flag:

Can't disagree with your statement but he should be allowed great leeway in explaining his actions. If one of Lt. Calley's men in Vietnam had deserted would they be a deserter or a hero? I'm certainly not making any accusations or expressing any suspicions about his fellow soldiers or their leaders but the question should be addressed.

#23 | Posted by danni

I agree since they have been able to "free him" he needs to have his day in court for his actions that lead to the deaths of at least 5 service members. Also we are not sure what he told the Taliban that kept him alive all these years. What I don't want to see is him getting a slap on the wrist for his actions, that being a pow was punishment enough. When his own actions put him there to begin with and got people killed who otherwise may have made it through the deployment and return home to their family's.

#29 | Posted by zack991 at 2014-05-31 10:23 PM | Reply | Flag:

www.armytimes.com

Army times facebook page exploded with angry comments when vets got the news.

"Though Americans may be celebrating the release of the only American soldier held prisoner in Afghanistan by the Taliban, the reaction of the military community has been mixed at best.

Within an hour of the announcement that Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was handed over to U.S. special forces by the Taliban Saturday evening,Army Times' Facebook page lit up with hundreds of comments reacting to the news.

Most centered on the circumstances surrounding Bergdahl's capture, which remain something of a mystery. There has been some speculation that he willingly walked away from his unit, raising the question of whether he could be charged with being absent without leave (AWOL) or desertion.

Many angrily called Bergdahl a traitor or a deserter. Stephen Kirouac, calling Bergdahl a "dirtbag" and "sympathizer," was among many who seized on that speculation to criticize the rescued soldier."

"He is a dirtbag that now should spend the next 20yrs+ in Leavenworth ... his fellow soldiers were affected by his actions, he is a sympathizer and deserves to be tried for desertion," said Kirouac, whose Facebook profile identifies him as a company commander at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

#30 | Posted by zack991 at 2014-06-01 01:29 AM | Reply | Flag:

There's going to be more ruckus over this. Turns out he was traded for 5 high ranking taliban commanders held in Gitmo. A law was passed last year requiring congress be notified before any transfers. Guess what Obama attached to that law -- a signing statement that said he could override it.

I'd like to know more about why we should have released 5 taliban commanders.

#31 | Posted by DixvilleNotch at 2014-06-01 02:12 AM | Reply | Flag:

HEY!...All you law and order people better get it through your heads that Commissar Barackus IS THE FRIGGIN" LAW! law. No matter that this move was against the law just like so many other laws he breaks every day he is like Putin, neither one of them needs a stinkin' law. Now, let's wait and see how many more victims will be kidnapped, held for ransom or to force release of terrorists and criminals. Here's another incident you may not like, so stuff it....the "progressives" are deliriously happy.

"WASHINGTON – Local officials in New Mexico warn a move by the Obama administration to designate nearly a half-million acres as a national monument could open up a crime corridor making it easier for illegal immigrants to cross the border and for drug cartels to operate undetected.

President Obama made the announcement Wednesday afternoon, setting aside 498,815 acres of land as the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument. Unlike national parks which must be approved by Congress, the president has the power to designate national monuments.

"I'm not finished," Obama said during Wednesday's ceremony. The New Mexico national monument is the second one he's designated this year."

www.foxnews.com

AND...here are some more "benefits" from the magnanimity of Barackus Maximus.

"Americans deserve to have an accurate picture of the costs and benefits associated with the administration's plans to reduce carbon dioxide emissions through unprecedented and aggressive EPA regulations," said Karen Harbert, president and CEO of the Energy Institute. "Our analysis shows that Americans will pay significantly more for electricity, see slower economic growth and fewer jobs, and have less disposable income, while a slight reduction in carbon emissions will be overwhelmed by global increases."

The analysis found that EPA's potential new carbon regulations would:

*-Lower U.S. Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by $51 billion on average every year through 2030
*Lead to 224,000 fewer U.S. jobs on average every year through 2030
*Force U.S. consumers to pay $289 billion more for electricity through 2030
*Lower total disposable income for U.S. households by $586 billion through 2030

www.uschamber.com

#32 | Posted by jestgettinalong at 2014-06-01 09:59 AM | Reply | Flag:

I see where the top Republicans on the Armed Services Committees in the House and Senate (Congressman McKeon and Senator Inhofe) have registered their displeasure with Obama by stating he's broken the law over the way Bergdahl was freed.

I'm sure they did the same thing when Bush 43 lied us into the Iraq War, but my google machine is having trouble finding those quotes from them.

Please impeach Obama for this! PLEASE! That and BENGHAZI!!!!!

#33 | Posted by DCTexan at 2014-06-01 10:20 AM | Reply | Flag:

Please impeach Obama for this! PLEASE! That and BENGHAZI!!!!!

He can't be impeached for Benghazi, dctexan. That was just incompetence and lying. Unfortunately those are not impeachable offenses.

Breaking the law as he did here, is indeed impeachable.

#34 | Posted by goatman at 2014-06-01 10:47 AM | Reply | Flag:

So obvisouly I am a racist -----, but the libs on Face The Nation were highly critical of this deal. I wonder why they dislike Obama?

#35 | Posted by justanoversight at 2014-06-01 10:50 AM | Reply | Flag:

Oh man...Bernie Sanders just pulled short of saying this deal was a bad idea.

#36 | Posted by justanoversight at 2014-06-01 10:51 AM | Reply | Flag:

So obvisouly I am a racist -----, but the libs on Face The Nation were highly critical of this deal. I wonder why they dislike Obama?

It was a Freudian slip on their part. They're racists too.

#37 | Posted by goatman at 2014-06-01 10:57 AM | Reply | Flag:

We'll never hear another word about the ultimate fate of those five prisoners in the exchange. I remember reading a serious human rights report a few years ago that any prisoner repatriated from U.S. custody was accused of collaborating with the enemy during interrogation and was summarily executed.

#38 | Posted by Twinpac at 2014-06-01 11:13 AM | Reply | Flag:

Connection: In an effort to reach out to his son's captors, Bob Bergdahl grew a beard and learned to speak Pashtu

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What submissiveness. This is embarrassing..

#39 | Posted by boaz at 2014-06-01 11:25 AM | Reply | Flag:

BOAZ

Any father would have done the same and a lot more if he had to.

#40 | Posted by Twinpac at 2014-06-01 11:30 AM | Reply | Flag:

Don't know if I agree, Twinpac..

#41 | Posted by boaz at 2014-06-01 01:47 PM | Reply | Flag:

If this guy gets taken on a legitimate operation, then maybe. But this guy left his post, walks out into an afghan village unarmed and thinks he is going to be welcomed. Classic liberal, in my opinion.

He got what he deserved.

#42 | Posted by boaz at 2014-06-01 01:53 PM | Reply | Flag:

BOAZ

Do you think that mattered to his father? That's what we're talking about right now aren't we?

#43 | Posted by Twinpac at 2014-06-01 01:58 PM | Reply | Flag:

No, that's what YOU were talking about.

Everything that happened to that soldier is a result of his own actions. He should have thought about his father before hand.

#44 | Posted by boaz at 2014-06-01 03:05 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

BOAZ

"Everything that happened to that soldier is a result of his own actions."

Well I think he's probably changed his mind by now. I suppose that's allowed. A lifetime of torture is a stiff price to pay for making a mistake.

#45 | Posted by Twinpac at 2014-06-01 03:47 PM | Reply | Flag:

BOAZ

I really like the father's beard/Urdu thing.
It shows how liberal/caring/smart he really is.

#46 | Posted by pajama_boy at 2014-06-01 06:09 PM | Reply | Flag:

A lifetime of torture is a stiff price to pay for making a mistake.

#45 | Posted by Twinpac
He should be so lucky, at least 5 others were killed looking for him and countless others payed the price with any Intel he gave up. You can be damn sure he gave up Intel, you are no good as a POW alone if you having nothing to give them.

#47 | Posted by zack991 at 2014-06-01 08:20 PM | Reply | Flag:

On the 5 for 1 issue, Israel set a precedent on that long ago, and with bigger ratios.

As for the whole issue of notifying congress, for things like this, that is just stupid. It was stupid in the past, its stupid now, and will be stupid in the future. (There is plenty congress SHOULD be notified on, including a lot of vital military stuff, but for this, after the fact is just fine).

While I'd not call any such exchange a 'victory', I can't really complain either.

#48 | Posted by USAF242 at 2014-06-01 10:18 PM | Reply | Flag:

#23...."I'm certainly not making any accusations or expressing any suspicions about his fellow soldiers or their leaders but the question should be addressed."
If you really believe this, why did you make the Calley reference....quite a contradiction in words...!!!

#49 | Posted by drsoul at 2014-06-01 11:32 PM | Reply | Flag:

How is a low level Sargent who may also be a deserter exchanged for 5 of the most dangerous terrorists in the world? Everyone is being smoke screened by a side issue. Who in the US government authorized this and why?

#50 | Posted by FreeinTexas at 2014-06-02 12:13 AM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

His father made a strange statement about how proud he was of his son for all he had done for the people of Afghanistan. When this was announced I remembered he was the guy that walked away from his post at 4a.m. alone and w/out permission but, I'm torn about what should happen to him. Obviously he's suffered a lot being held captive for 5 years. He did cause the death's of team members that had to go look for him. I'm not happy about the trade but, am hopeful we put a tracker on those guys to pick up later. My other initial thought was what it would have been like to be a fly on the wall watching Navy Seals make a exchange with this group. I imagine the tension was very thick considering neither side trust the other.

#52 | Posted by Dalton at 2014-06-02 09:01 AM | Reply | Flag:

Another thing. I'm glad he's back and should be given time to recover before the Army starts investigating the actions that caused this situation.

#53 | Posted by Dalton at 2014-06-02 09:02 AM | Reply | Flag:

"Obviously he's suffered a lot being held captive for 5 years."

You mean the torture of making and drinking his own Afghan tea or the part about teaching the Taliban to play badminton?Maybe the Christmas celebrations were tortuous too.

"Freed US soldier Bowe Bergdahl developed a love for Afghan green tea, taught his captors badminton, and even celebrated Christmas and Easter with the hardline Islamists, according to a Pakistani militant commander."

www.telegraph.co.uk

"He did cause the death's of team members that had to go look for him."

MY OWN jury is out! Guilty without any reasonable doubt!

#54 | Posted by jestgettinalong at 2014-06-02 11:07 AM | Reply | Flag:

Not only did this guy desert his post, now he is called a hero.

Then this President trades 1 deserter for 5 high valued terrorists; breaking the law (again) in the process. Now I am trying to decide if Obama is dumb or just arrogant, maybe it is both.

#55 | Posted by danv at 2014-06-02 01:15 PM | Reply | Flag:

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