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Wednesday, June 04, 2014

A welcoming party in the home town of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, a U.S. soldier freed from Afghan captivity, has been cancelled amid suspicions that he deserted his post. A statement said the event in Hailey, Idaho, was cancelled for "safety reasons" because of a large increase in the number of expected attendees. The Army is launching a review into the circumstances surrounding Sgt. Bergdahl's capture in June 2009.

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#1 | Posted by 503jc69 at 2014-06-04 05:40 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

Home town cancels welcome for US soldier freed from Afghan captivity, amid suspicions that he deserted

Interesting.

#2 | Posted by JeffJ at 2014-06-04 05:49 PM | Reply | Flag:

Authorities in the small town of 8,000 people said they had been inundated with messages of protest and complaint.

So it's been cancelled because of frothing-at-the-mouth outsiders.

#3 | Posted by Derek_Wildstar at 2014-06-04 06:51 PM | Reply | Flag:

Sorry, was cancelled. It's back on.

#4 | Posted by Derek_Wildstar at 2014-06-04 06:53 PM | Reply | Flag:

repost: CBS News reported tonight on the evening broadcast, that per military law, one must have been at large for 30 days (before return or capture) to be charged with desertion. Bergdahl is believed to have been captured 30 minutes after he left his unit, certainly within 24 hours.

It is doubtful he can be charged as a deserter.

#5 | Posted by kenx at 2014-06-04 07:58 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

.... Loyalty to a Criminal Organization Makes You a Criminal!

**** Did Sgt.Bowe Bergdahl desert the US Military while it was carrying out one of it's many "ILLEGAL WARS"? Then again maybe Bergdahl thought they were going to KILL him like they did Tillman? What's amazing is that all these people (psychopaths or morons?) are still loyal to the CorpoRat Owned,Traitorous,War Mongering US Military! One thing is for sure and that is if you can't think or make up your own mind then you're the PERFECT Soldier Material!

#6 | Posted by AntiCadillac at 2014-06-04 08:14 PM | Reply | Flag:

"So it's been cancelled because of frothing-at-the-mouth outsiders."

Pretty much.

It's ironic that the same bunch that claims the release of Sgt. Bergdahl was just a ploy to distract from Benghazi and the VA are the same folks that dropped Benghazi and the VA like hot potatoes to go into full time Bergdahl bashing mode.

#7 | Posted by REDIAL at 2014-06-04 08:53 PM | Reply | Flag:

I was lucky to be back in Rhode Island for my nephew's national guard units home coming (Rhode Island's National Guard units have the highest activation rate in the country) To see the looks on the kids faces when their Moms and Dads marched in was something very special.

Sammy in Arizona and Rhode Island

#8 | Posted by SammyAZ_RI at 2014-06-04 10:47 PM | Reply | Flag:

I'm sure his home town will receive him with open arms.....

#9 | Posted by MSgt at 2014-06-04 11:30 PM | Reply | Flag:

Just be happy an American prisoner came home and forget about examining it further. The RW stink is too much.

#10 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2014-06-05 12:04 AM | Reply | Flag:

This kid was with other 20 year olds from Texas and the South among others in his unit, but was an intellectual, studying languages, and was empathetic towards the Afghan people.

No wonder they hated him.

Republicans hate him because he was brought home by Obama.

If Obama brought home a Snickers bar tomorrow, they would hold hearings about those Commie candy makers, too, all the way to the election, same as they want to do with this story.

#11 | Posted by Corky at 2014-06-05 12:11 AM | Reply | Flag:

#11 | POSTED BY CORKY

Jesus H. Christ on a popsicle stick.

Are you incapable of recognizing that a person who deserts is going to stir up resentment? Particularly given that the lives of better men were lost trying to find him?

#12 | Posted by JeffJ at 2014-06-05 12:14 AM | Reply | Flag:

Republicans hate him because he was brought home by Obama.

By that logic Republicans will be nominating Bin Laden for sainthood because he was killed on Obama's watch.

Again, you are being ridiculous.

#13 | Posted by JeffJ at 2014-06-05 12:16 AM | Reply | Flag:

#13

If they thought they could hold Hearings on it, they would.

As a mater of fact, they made noises like they might do just that when Obama send forces into Pakistan.

Somehow they managed to stop themselves that once.

-a person who deserts

No one has been proven to have deserted.

-Particularly given that the lives of better men were lost trying to find him?

Yet another dubious claim...

Can Bowe Bergdahl Be Tied to 6 Lost Lives? Facts Are Murky

Two soldiers died during the most intense period of the search after Sergeant Bergdahl's June 30 disappearance. Both were inside an outpost that came under attack, not out patrolling and running checkpoints looking for him. The other six soldiers died in late August and early September.

www.nytimes.com

But let's not let facts get in the way of a good old fashioned lynching.

#14 | Posted by Corky at 2014-06-05 12:22 AM | Reply | Flag:

As a mater of fact, they made noises like they might do just that when Obama send forces into Pakistan.
Somehow they managed to stop themselves that once.

I wonder why that is. Perhaps they are bad people but not quite as horrible as you perceive them to be?

No one has been proven to have deserted.

That is the preliminary conclusion within the Army. A formal investigation needs to take place. I've already stated this.

Yet another dubious claim...

Not really. People were killed while conducting missions trying to find him.

But let's not let facts get in the way of a good old fashioned lynching.

This isn't a 'lynching'. A lynching is essentially mob-justice. Levying accusations isn't mob justice. It's levying accusations. When calls are made to tar and feather this guy, please cue me in.

#15 | Posted by JeffJ at 2014-06-05 12:49 AM | Reply | Flag:

If they thought they could hold Hearings on it, they would.

For killing Bin Laden?

Please.

Your personal prejudice blinds you.

#16 | Posted by JeffJ at 2014-06-05 01:02 AM | Reply | Flag:

Yes he has been proven to have deserted. He even left a note. Kind of hard to refute that but then again being a democrat you are pretty dense.

#17 | Posted by mcmlcxx

"The administration briefed Congress amid a swirl of rumors about the circumstances of Bergdahl's military service and the events that led to his capture. The White House pushed back on some press reports that suggested Bergdahl left a note at his base that included statements critical of the U.S. and the Afghan war."

I think I will wait until the B.S. from the idiots die down and there is a real investigation before I judge him

#18 | Posted by PunchyPossum at 2014-06-05 06:37 AM | Reply | Flag:

I guess you miss the real US Army's investigation in 2010 that he walked away from his unit and all the evidence that points directly to that. That and first hand accounts from those who served with him.

#19 | Posted by zack991 at 2014-06-05 07:04 AM | Reply | Flag:

Are you incapable of recognizing that a person who deserts is going to stir up resentment? Particularly given that the lives of better men were lost trying to find him?

#12 | Posted by JeffJ

Yeah, pretty much. But he'll water down his story in parallel with Obama and his Admin.

#20 | Posted by wisgod at 2014-06-05 07:15 AM | Reply | Flag:

The Army should have already investigated this and had an official position on him long before now, at least as best they could without testimony from Bergdahl.

I'll wait until the issue is resolved and investigated, before I jump on some pied piper political witch hunt driven by ideologues and zealots of both Parties looking only to make points when the soldier never testified. He may have had a logical answer why he left his post, and of the circumstances surrounding it. The fog of war is not as clear as the politicians, couch potatoes and chicken hawks would sometimes like it to be.

#21 | Posted by Robson at 2014-06-05 08:14 AM | Reply | Flag:

"The Army should have already investigated this and had an official position on him long before now, at least as best they could without testimony from Bergdahl. "

They did but the report is classified.

I read this morning that under the law to be declared a deserter a soldier must be absent from his post for 24 hours and that Bergdahl was captured long before 24 hours had passed and thus he can't be charged with desertion.

#22 | Posted by danni at 2014-06-05 08:28 AM | Reply | Flag:

I read this morning that under the law to be declared a deserter a soldier must be absent from his post for 24 hours and that Bergdahl was captured long before 24 hours had passed and thus he can't be charged with desertion.

#22 | Posted by danni

I'm sure that gives the 6 dead soldiers families great comfort.

#23 | Posted by wisgod at 2014-06-05 08:45 AM | Reply | Flag:

"This kid was with other 20 year olds from Texas and the South among others in his unit, but was an intellectual, studying languages, and was empathetic towards the Afghan people."

If he's not an idiot or mentally ill, that makes desertion so much worse. Because it means he understood the likely consequences and did it anyway.

#24 | Posted by Sully at 2014-06-05 09:18 AM | Reply | Flag:

#18

Agreed. It's too early to judge him.

#25 | Posted by eberly at 2014-06-05 09:22 AM | Reply | Flag:

Last night on CNN they had Bergdahl's platoon leader. He claims shortly after he left his post they intercepted radio and phone calls that there was a American asking for someone who spoke english and he wanted to talk to the Taliban. He also said that they had to sign a gag order to not speak about Bergdahl leaving his post. There are some other reports that the file on him that is classified has some bad stuff in it. I understand why his fellow soldiers are pissed. Obama put on his little rose garden ceremony to try and over shadow the fact that he just released high ranking Taliban. They knew there would be some blow back but, thought Bergdahl was the perfect political cover. If he had not done that and Susan Rice not claim he served with honor and distinction this wouldn't have been such a big story.

#26 | Posted by Dalton at 2014-06-05 09:24 AM | Reply | Flag:

Agreed. It's too early to judge him.

#25 | Posted by eberly at 2014-06-05 09:22 AM | Reply | Flag

I'm not military so I won't predict what will happen but, he told his father he hated America and the Army. His father replied all in bold "obey your conscience".

#27 | Posted by Dalton at 2014-06-05 09:30 AM | Reply | Flag:

#26 | Posted by Dalton

Yes, Obama was again successful at pulling the wool over the eyes of the press.

VA scandal? Ooooh, look we released some Taliban and saved a traitor.

Translation - VA scandal? Oooh, look something shiny and controversial.

#28 | Posted by Marty at 2014-06-05 09:39 AM | Reply | Flag:

repost: CBS News reported tonight on the evening broadcast, that per military law, one must have been at large for 30 days (before return or capture) to be charged with desertion. Bergdahl is believed to have been captured 30 minutes after he left his unit, certainly within 24 hours.

It is doubtful he can be charged as a deserter.

#5 | Posted by kenx

Yup.................... he ran right into their arms. He did desert his post. There is no doubt about that.

#29 | Posted by Sniper at 2014-06-05 09:50 AM | Reply | Flag:

I'm sure his home town will receive him with open arms.....

#9 | Posted by MSgt

There are 3 factions in that part of ID. The local rednecks, The ultra rich in Sun Valley, and the imported hippies.

#30 | Posted by Sniper at 2014-06-05 09:53 AM | Reply | Flag:

Again, you are being ridiculous.

#13 | Posted by JeffJ

You have him pegged. 'Stupid' is his job.

#31 | Posted by Sniper at 2014-06-05 09:54 AM | Reply | Flag:

"It is doubtful he can be charged as a deserter."

There are plenty of UCMJ violations that he could be charged with the Army were serious about charging him.

"There are 3 factions in that part of ID. The local rednecks, The ultra rich in Sun Valley, and the imported hippies."

Local rednecks in Bellvue, imported hippies in Hailey, ultra rich in SV. All within a the Sun Valley/Ketchum metropolitain area. Blaine county is the only blue county in Idaho.

#32 | Posted by madbomber at 2014-06-05 10:07 AM | Reply | Flag:

Meanwhile the celebration for the 5 Taliban prisoners is on:

The Taliban commander told NBC News the exchange was the first time its 'enemy' had 'officially recognized our status.'

He said: 'Once we confirmed the arrival of our five heroes back in Qatar, celebrations started everywhere in Afghanistan and the neighboring Pakistan.'

He went on to say: 'Goats are being slaughtered and served with guests and in some places goats are being cooked in rice.'

The news comes as a pro-Taliban website published a video that claims to show the Taliban detainees arriving in Qatar after being released from Guantanamo Bay as part of the prisoner exchange.

#33 | Posted by sames1 at 2014-06-05 10:21 AM | Reply | Flag:

Yes. We would also be celebrating the return of our soldier if not for the GOP...The Grand Old Pissants.

#34 | Posted by donnerboy at 2014-06-05 11:41 AM | Reply | Flag:

Agreed. It's too early to judge him.

#25 | POSTED BY EBERLY

The voice of reason eberly. Unfortunately the voice of reason is bring drowned out by the mob shouting , "Hang him! Hang him!"

#35 | Posted by donnerboy at 2014-06-05 11:45 AM | Reply | Flag:

Unfortunately the voice of reason is bring drowned out by the mob shouting , "Hang him! Hang him!"

#35 | POSTED BY DONNERBOY

Actually, the mob is shouting, "Investigate him! Investigate him!"

Apparently you seem to have a problem with that.

#36 | Posted by JeffJ at 2014-06-05 11:48 AM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

Yes. We would also be celebrating the return of our soldier if not for the GOP...The Grand Old Pissants.
#34 | POSTED BY DONNERBOY

Take it up with those who served with him. They are the ones that started making noise.

#37 | Posted by JeffJ at 2014-06-05 11:49 AM | Reply | Flag:

-Not really. People were killed while conducting missions trying to find him.

Not so much.

www.nytimes.com

#38 | Posted by Corky at 2014-06-05 01:02 PM | Reply | Flag:

Behind P.O.W.'s Release: Urgency and Opportunity

Concern for Health of Bowe Bergdahl Drove Prisoner Exchange

www.nytimes.com

#39 | Posted by Corky at 2014-06-05 01:03 PM | Reply | Flag:

"He went on to say: 'Goats are being slaughtered and served with guests and in some places goats are being cooked in rice.'"

So now Obama owes an apology to the families of the goats.

#40 | Posted by DCTexan at 2014-06-05 05:44 PM | Reply | Flag:

Actually, the mob is shouting, "Investigate him! Investigate him!"

If that was all they were saying then there would be no problem because I think an investigation would have occurred anyway.

But, grabbing the pitch forks and jumping to predetermined conclusions and slandering him and his family based on hearsay and unconfirmed evidence snd reports of soldiers dying looking for him is not helping anyone except the Haters.

And I am sorry but I don't think you just want an investigation. What you want is an investigation followed by a good hanging.

#41 | Posted by donnerboy at 2014-06-05 10:08 PM | Reply | Flag:

#38 | POSTED BY CORKY

Facts and the Right: like oil and water!

#42 | Posted by WhoDaMan at 2014-06-06 10:25 AM | Reply | Flag:

By that logic Republicans will be nominating Bin Laden for sainthood because he was killed on Obama's watch.

#13 | Posted by JeffJ at 2014-06

Osama Bin Laden? The same Osama some on the right were describing as being that "old, sick, unarmed man" immediately after he was killed?

#43 | Posted by Zed at 2014-06-06 01:27 PM | Reply | Flag:

What you want is an investigation followed by a good hanging.

#41 | Posted by donnerboy at 2014-06-05 10:08 PM | Reply | Flag

Close. A "good lynching" is closer to the mark.

#44 | Posted by Zed at 2014-06-06 01:28 PM | Reply | Flag:

Osama Bin Laden? The same Osama some on the right were describing as being that "old, sick, unarmed man" immediately after he was killed?

#43 | Posted by Zed

As I recall in the end he was reduced to nothing more than a creepy old pervert stuck in a perpetual hell between a bunch of nagging old wives and and a stack vhs porn tapes that he watched on a 13 inch tv in his underwear.

yeah I am pretty sure that's how they described him while they were ranting about Obama not respecting Islam by putting him through the chipper shredder and turning him into fish food.

#45 | Posted by donnerboy at 2014-06-06 02:15 PM | Reply | Flag:

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