Tag Archive: POW


Objective Military Assessment: Bowe Bergdahl Case

 

 

 

 

 

 

” I am writing this because last night I heard Fox News’ Harris Faulkner refer to Army SGT Bowe Bergdahl as a local hero. I just listened to Bergdahl’s father refer to his son’s character.

  So, we must have a discussion of the truth here. Army SGT Bergdahl was not “captured” by the enemy in 2009. He abandoned his assigned post on his Forward Operating Base (FOB), leaving his weapon. Several U.S. Army Soldiers lost their lives in search for Bergdahl. His disappearance can only be classified as desertion and the media must not be so giddy about a good news story that they don’t tell the truth — which is apparent to many. The allegation of desertion is serious. It is grave because it occurred during a war, during combat operations.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

” The U.S. Army must uphold proper order and discipline and this allegation must be investigated — but the truth is already known. I believe the liberal media will attempt to elevate him to some type of status that will cause the Army not to pursue the right direction under the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ). We who have served in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other combat areas of operation against radical Islamists know they don’t hold our troops — they are savagely and brutally murdered. They exist to kill Americans.

  Are we glad that Bergdahl is home? After five years, yes, but there are many unanswered questions that cannot be dismissed because of emotions.”

 

 

Col. West has much more to say on the Bergdahl saga here

    For more dissent from the media meme that provides Obama with a convenient distraction from the scandals roiling his shaky administration read these additional stories … One must admit , the Bergdahl story has knocked the VA scandal off the front page …

Fellow soldiers call Bowe Bergdahl a deserter, not a hero

Flashback: A reminder about Bowe Bergdahl’s desertion

Did Bowe Bergdahl really desert his army post

 

 

Update: The Daily Mail has identified 6 American GI’s killed in the search for Bowe Bergdahl . The are :

 

 

 

 

 

Staff Sergeant Michael Murphrey, 25

Private First Class Matthew Michael Martinek, 20

Second Lieutenant Darryn Andrews, 34

(bottom row, left to right)

Staff Sergeant Clayton Bowen, 29

Staff Sergeant Kurt Curtiss, 27

 Private First Class Morris Walker, 23

 

 

Here is a link to the Facebook page “Bowe Bergdahl Is Not A Hero” from which the above photo was borrowed .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bowe Bergdahl, American Soldier, Freed By Taliban In Prisoner Trade

 

 

 

 

 

 

” The lone American prisoner of war from the Afghan conflict, captured by insurgents nearly five years ago, has been released to American forces in exchange for five Taliban prisoners held at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, Obama administration officials said Saturday.”

  The soldier, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, 28, was handed over to American Special Operations troops inside Afghanistan near the Pakistan border about 10:30 a.m. Saturday in a tense but uneventful exchange with 18 Taliban officials, American officials said. Moments later, Sergeant Bergdahl was whisked away by the helicopter-borne commandos, American officials said. He was found in good condition and able to walk.”

 

 

 

 

” The five Taliban detainees at Guantánamo, including two senior militant commanders said to be implicated in murdering thousands of Shiites in Afghanistan, were being transferred to the custody of officials from Qatar, who will accompany them back to that Persian Gulf state, where they will be subject to security restrictions, including a one-year travel ban.”

 

 

    As happy as we are that Sgt Bergdahl is coming home , the precedent set by releasing Gitmo prisoners and in effect negotiating with terrorists , in a break from long-standing US policy , bodes ill for all soldiers in the future .

   This will no doubt be a much needed shot in the arm for our beleaguered “commander-in-chief” but may very well open the flood-gates to the kidnapping of American GI’s and thus will be viewed by our enemies as just another sign of weakness , especially after last week’s announcement of the impending 2016 troop withdrawal

   From the Taliban point of view they must believe , rightfully so , that they have the US on the ropes and all the insurgents need do is sit tight for a few more months and victory will be theirs .

Continue reading at NY Times

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Taliban Offer To Free US Soldier

 

 

 

” The Afghan Taliban are ready to free a U.S. soldier held captive since 2009 in exchange for five of their senior operatives imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay as a conciliatory gesture, a senior spokesman for the group said Thursday.

The offer follows this week’s official opening of a Taliban political office in Doha, the capital of the Gulf state of Qatar.

The only known American soldier held captive from the Afghan war is U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl of Hailey, Idaho. He disappeared from his base in southeastern Afghanistan on June 30, 2009, and is believed held in Pakistan.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This US Soldier ‘Found Alive’ In Vietnam 44 Years After Being Left Behind

 

 

 

” A NEW DOCUMENTARY called Unclaimed claims to introduce the world to former Army Sergeant John Robertson, lost over Vietnam in 1968 and left behind for over four decades.

The Toronto Star reports Edmonton filmmaker Michael Jorgenson found Robertson, 76, living in a rural Vietnam village stooped with age, unable to speak English, remember his birthday, or names of the children he left behind in the U.S.

From The Toronto Star:

There is physical proof of Robertson’s birthplace, collected in dramatic fashion onscreen; a tearful meeting in Vietnam with a soldier who was trained by Robertson in 1960 and said he knew him on sight; and a heart-wrenching reunion with his only surviving sister — 80-year-old Jean Robertson-Holly — in Edmonton in December 2012 that left the audience at the Toronto screening wiping away tears.

Jorgenson encountered so much resistance from the US military making his film that he says he’s convinced one “high-placed government source” was telling the truth when he said, “It’s not that the Vietnamese won’t let him (Robertson) go; it’s that our government doesn’t want him.” “

 

 

 

 

 

Korean War POW Finally Gets Medal At 80

 

 

” Gordon L. Petro, a retired U.S. Army command sergeant major, thinks the two years he spent in captivity during the Korean War were a “cakewalk.”

“I spent a couple of years in a POW camp in Korea,” he said. “But it was probably a cakewalk compared to what those poor guys went through in Vietnam.”

U.S. Congressman Bill Posey presented the humble veteran, who served 27 years in the Army, with a Prisoner of War medal on Friday. Petro, who is now 80, retired as a command sergeant major and then pursued a career teaching Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps, or JROTC, in California. He retired, again, to Brevard County.”