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.