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6/3/2014

The Sound of Many Shoes Dropping

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 6:40 pm

We already heard the “maybe he’s a deserter” shoe drop. But the shoes keep dropping.

Wham! goes another shoe, courtesy of Fox News:

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl left a letter the night he disappeared from his base in Afghanistan saying he wanted to renounce his citizenship, according to sources, and previously expressed his disillusionment with the Army, telling his father in an e-mail he was “ashamed” to be an American.

That account, though, is being called into question amid conflicting claims over whether Bergdahl left a note behind. U.S Army officials who have read the investigation document said there was no reference in that report to a letter.

While Bergdahl remained at a U.S. military hospital in Germany following a swap for five high-level Taliban members — dubbed a jihadist “Dream Team” — two of Bergdahl’s fellow soldiers told Fox News Channel that the 28-year-old Idaho native willingly walked away from his post in Afghanistan on June 30, 2009. Their claims that Bergdahl’s departure from the base was premeditated jibes with emails published in 2012, in which he told his father of his growing disenchantment with the Army’s mission in Afghanistan.

“The future is too good to waste on lies,” Bergdahl wrote his parents. “And life is way too short to care for the damnation of others, as well as to spend helping fools with their ideas that are wrong. I have seen their ideas and I am ashamed to even be American. The horror of the self-righteous arrogance that they thrive in. It is all revolting.”

OK, but revulsion at the war and its aims does not equal an attempt to renounce citizenship — and without the note and its language, it’s tough to reach an opinion. But wait — what’s that? Incoming!

Wham! goes another shoe, from Jake Tapper:

“Bergdahl is a deserter, and he’s not a hero,” says Buetow. “He needs to answer for what he did.”

Within days of his disappearance, says Buetow, teams monitoring radio chatter and cell phone communications intercepted an alarming message: The American is in Yahya Khel (a village two miles away). He’s looking for someone who speaks English so he can talk to the Taliban.

“I heard it straight from the interpreter’s lips as he heard it over the radio,” said Buetow. “There’s a lot more to this story than a soldier walking away.”

There could be an innocent explanation for this too. I guess. But these pieces are getting tougher and tougher to assemble into a picture of a guy worth trading five Taliban killers for.

Don’t Do Stupid Shit, Obama.

45 Responses to “The Sound of Many Shoes Dropping”

  1. Too late for that.

    Colonel Haiku (4a878d)

  2. Not doing “stupid shit” requires the perception to recognize same. It would appear Mr. Obama lacks that ability.

    navyvet (b3ae95)

  3. The inept Obama administration has now completed the task of doing to the rest of the military what it has done for the VA. With these guys now loose we are all on a “waiting list” to die. I only pray they kill a bunch of leftists first. I would love to see the streets flowing with “white privilege”.

    I really don’t know what this country did to deserve Obama, his sycophants and his minions but it must be a whopper.

    Hoagie (4dfb34)

  4. A few years ago the federal government was shopping for an ultra secure prison where the worst of the worst Gitmo captives could be housed and separated from society after Gitmo closed.
    Guess that won’t be necessary now. Looky all the money they’re saving!! Ugh.

    elissa (76d201)

  5. I do not believe this was “ineptness”, Hoagie.

    elissa (76d201)

  6. Looky all the money they’re saving!! Ugh.

    Yes, elissa, and now they can spend it on studies about the effects of transgender midgets.

    Hoagie (4dfb34)

  7. Ah yes, “according to sources”.
    I treat that as roughly equivalent to “rumors”.

    Not that I think it likely that there’s an innocent explanation for everything.

    Still, remember: innocent until proven guilty.

    OT, something keeps reminding me of the other new story about a political consultant (D) from SF who just got an FBI raid on his apartment for explosives…apparently, some newspapers got the impression he had a large cache of ricin, but supposedly the FBI denied that.

    Ibidem (3ede5e)

  8. Interpreters?

    I wonder what that does to Sammy’s disinformation theories?

    daleyrocks (bf33e9)

  9. “OT, something keeps reminding me of the other new story about a political consultant (D) from SF who just got an FBI raid on his apartment for explosives”

    Ibidem – That’s just a local story.

    daleyrocks (bf33e9)

  10. Choombaraka, words of wisdom: “Don’t do stupid sh!t, be one”.

    gary gulrud (46ca75)

  11. We just had this perfect example of why we need to clean house and Thad Cochran survived his primary.

    We have the government we deserve. We really do.

    Ed from SFV (3400a5)

  12. i’m not exactly glowing with the old american pride myself Mr. Taliban

    but god bless america you had one job

    happyfeet (8ce051)

  13. read it and weep…

    or gnash your teeth in fury & rage.

    redc1c4 (abd49e)

  14. You know, the President’s got his problems too
    He will surely take them out on you
    In walked the idiot Bergdahl his face was all aglow
    He’s been up all night listening to Mohammed’s Radio

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  15. Not so fast;

    https://twitter.com/search?q=%23MSSEN

    you have to ask yourself who were truly motivated to turn out.

    narciso (3fec35)

  16. Moar.

    any comment i could make on the last two links would go straight to moderation, because i have little of that on this subject… #OnceAGruntAlwaysAGrunt

    i wouldn’t pi55 on that deserter if he was lying in gutter in front of me on fire.

    redc1c4, 11H10 (abd49e)

  17. He may be a “defector”, not a deserter.

    In other words, he may have tried to join the other side.

    orcadrvr (2977be)

  18. #4 Elissa

    Neither do I. This is planned

    Angelo (0cb7bb)

  19. It may often… we’ll, okay, always look like Obama doesn’t know what he’s doing, but, in truth, TFG is trying to crush the spirit of the American people… one moronic move, one blatantly imbecilic lie, one jaw-dropping maneuver at a time.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  20. It’s about time the American people reflect the contempt he has for most of them right back at him.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  21. You’ve heard his handlers bandy about the “stray voltage” approach? They’ve now gone to “strange sh*thead” mode.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  22. i thought the important thing this week was that Gina McCarthy’s EPA is gonna fix it so all our electric bills skyrocketed

    Thanks Gina!

    Ugly cow.

    but then food stamp decides to free some terrorists in exchange for a cowardly self-styled traveling hipster soldier bard what not all that long ago would have could have only been played by Sean Penn in the inevitable fawning HBO movie

    happyfeet (8ce051)

  23. Perhaps he thought it was Shinola.

    Kevin M (b357ee)

  24. Bet you Jay Carney’s glad he’s getting out. What next? Accidentally nuke Cleveland?

    Kevin M (b357ee)

  25. I wonder if Jay got out because this was the last straw for him…naaaaaahhhh!

    Gazzer (0e6aeb)

  26. I wonder if Jay got out because this was the last straw for him…naaaaaahhhh!

    That would presume integrity on his part, unlikely in a Democrat.

    Just a rat deserting a sinking ship, that’s all.

    iconoclast (ef3927)

  27. 19. Dead nuts on target.

    gary gulrud (46ca75)

  28. Bergdahl says he’s ashamed of being an American. Well, he’s not the only one ashamed he’s an American. Outside of Susan Rice and the Obama Administration’s other PR flacks at the WH, State Department and Pentagon the sentiment seems near universal. Most of us are ashamed Bergdahl is an American and most of us would give him back straightaway if the Taliban would take him.

    ropelight (d7e92e)

  29. This, coming from ‘No Labels’ sh!tforbrains GOP campaign consultant:

    “I think there is an increasing appetite and desire for just fundamental competence and accountability,” said Republican media consultant Mark McKinnon. “A steady hand on the wheel. Or even a shaky hand on the wheel. Just find the wheel.”

    gary gulrud (46ca75)

  30. My sense is Bob Bergdahl is a Scandi, prolly a Swede, and not a very bright one.

    gary gulrud (46ca75)

  31. Gone forever is the meme (at least among democrats) that the One is the smartest man in the room

    -back to bannableville

    EPWJ (0e7ed5)

  32. Via Larwyn, Syria is worse than Libya, they won’t get their man.

    http://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2014/06/syrian_jihad_the_blo.php

    gary gulrud (46ca75)

  33. “I think there is an increasing appetite and desire for just fundamental competence and accountability,”

    I should hope so, but then I look at long-term trends in countries like Venezuela or France, and I have diminished confidence in the basic wisdom and discernment of far too many people. Moreover, the demographics of the US are becoming increasingly similar to those of our neighbor to the south, and the last time I checked, our neighbor has been a socio-political pit for generations.

    Mark (99b8fd)

  34. I wonder how long it will take bergdahl to go back to Afghanistan looking to join the taliban again now that the terror 5 have been released. Do you think this might have been a setup by a traitor to get the release done?

    It won’t be the first time obama has done some Anti American stupid stuff. This seems to be in his league.

    Jim (145e10)

  35. Join the Taliban, right. Like they’d have him. We’ll be paying to treat his PTSD for the rest of his life and likely his alcoholism and food stamps, too. We really, really, need to tighten recruiting standards.

    nk (dbc370)

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  37. That account, though, is being called into question amid conflicting claims over whether Bergdahl left a note behind. U.S Army officials who have read the investigation document said there was no reference in that report to a letter.

    The New York Times said Tuesday there was a note. They must have been sure of their facts, oor they wouldn’t have put it in.

    Michelle Malkin also said some years ago there was a note, saying that the note said he wanted to live in the mountains.

    It is not surprising that there is no reference to the note in the military review, since the military review in 2010 came to no conclusions about why he left the ase, even though they interviewed soldiers.

    The first review inluded accounts of soldiers who have questioned Sgt. Bergdahl’s intentions, but it drew no conclusions about why the young soldier left the base that night. “Nowhere in the report does it say ‘deserter’ of that he deserted,” amilitart official said.

    It didn’t say that because somebody didn’t want it to say that.. Can you say: “command influence?”

    This conclusion was being avoided.

    Sammy Finkelman (8ab807)

  38. The quote is from a Wall street Journal article Thursday by Adam Entous, Dion Nissenbaum and Michael R. Crittendon. The headline is about how secret videos shot by and supplied by
    the Taliban – excuse me, the ISI – (that fit into the idea Bergdahl’s health was deteriorating) prompted or promoted the exchange.

    Sammy Finkelman (8ab807)

  39. Obama is too smart for this level of stupid. He is again showing us who he really is and why his middle name is. Hussein. He is using the office of American president to help his brothers. We are in trouble!! God help us!

    The Emperor (72bb0c)

  40. To Obama: closing Gitmo is equal to freeing known terrorists back into the warzone. Makes sense now. This is coinciding at the same time US troops will be withdrawn from Alfghanistan. So in the end the terrorists take back their land without US intervention.

    The Emperor (3c91e7)

  41. 41, 42. Whether ingenuous or dis, the gist is correct, Progs are authoritarians, they believe in the populist power of their ideology but it is a bill of goods.

    They don’t give a rip for the tired, the poor, the downtrodden, the huddled masses yearning to breathe free.

    gary gulrud (46ca75)

  42. 10.Choombaraka, words of wisdom: “Don’t do stupid sh!t, be one”.
    gary gulrud (46ca75) — 6/3/2014 @ 7:15 pm

    Gary! You are killing me, lol.

    felipe (960c75)

  43. 26.I wonder if Jay got out because this was the last straw for him…naaaaaahhhh!

    That would presume integrity on his part, unlikely in a Democrat.

    Just a rat deserting a sinking ship, that’s all.

    No, not, at all. This was a case of the coach coming out and telling the pitcher that he was “done”.

    felipe (960c75)


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