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Tue Jun 3, 2014, 06:54 PM

QUESTION: What are Veteran groups or Veteran/Enlisted saying about POW Bergdahl's release?

As I understand the military, their code of brotherhood leaves no soldier to die a captive in a foreign country. Regardless.

Has anyone heard any statements from a military branch that supports the return of Bergdahl?

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Reply QUESTION: What are Veteran groups or Veteran/Enlisted saying about POW Bergdahl's release? (Original post)
misterhighwasted Jun 2014 OP
Lee-Lee Jun 2014 #1
hardtravelin Jun 2014 #3
840high Jun 2014 #6
giftedgirl77 Jun 2014 #9
840high Jun 2014 #4
TexasProgresive Jun 2014 #10
eShirl Jun 2014 #14
MohRokTah Jun 2014 #13
Lee-Lee Jun 2014 #2
NavyDem Jun 2014 #5
Lee-Lee Jun 2014 #7
NavyDem Jun 2014 #8
misterhighwasted Jun 2014 #11
Andy823 Jun 2014 #12

Response to misterhighwasted (Original post)

Tue Jun 3, 2014, 07:11 PM

1. Go to just about any web forum populated with vets or those serving, or place where they comment

 

From the Army Facebook page to articles in Army Times and the comments.

The overwhelming sentiment seems to be "Glad we got him back, now bring him to justice for desertion and endangering everyone else."

Leave no man behind doesn't absolve them from accountability for their actions once returned.

And I saw this just now, interesting if true:


The Pentagon on several occasions had ground-level intelligence on where ArmySgt. Bowe Bergdahl was being held captive at various times — down to how many gunmen were guarding him — but special operations commanders repeatedly shelved rescue missions because they didn’t want to risk casualties for a man they believed to be a “deserter,” sources familiar with the mission plans said.



http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/jun/2/pentagon-knew-berghdahls-whereabouts-but-didnt-ris/?utm_source=RSS_Feed&utm_medium=RSS

I will say I understand the difference between risking to rescue someone who was captured doing their job and risking to attempt to get somebody who willingly went, in disregard for orders and rules, and the deal didn't work out like he hoped.

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Response to Lee-Lee (Reply #1)

Tue Jun 3, 2014, 07:19 PM

3. Pretty much this.

I am active duty Army (Infantry). The universal expression from EVERYONE active duty is: glad he's back; if he warrants punishment, nail his ass to the wall.

A good friend of mine, SSG Clay Bowen died from an IED while he set up and manned a blocking position as Bergdahl's unit raided a village (which turned into a dry hole, obviously) in an effort to find him. Clay died on the 18th of July, about 2 weeks after Bergdahl deserted. By that time he was likely already in Pakistan.

Emotions are running high out here in the regular Army.

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Response to hardtravelin (Reply #3)

Tue Jun 3, 2014, 07:22 PM

6. Thank you.

 

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Response to hardtravelin (Reply #3)

Tue Jun 3, 2014, 07:31 PM

9. Exactly our thoughts....

 

My husband & I were just talking about it as we were deployed at the time & actually remember commenting on who in the hell wanders off in the middle of a combat zone. There is no love lost if he walked off, but there is no doubt that we needed to bring him home.

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Response to Lee-Lee (Reply #1)

Tue Jun 3, 2014, 07:21 PM

4. Thanks.

 

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Response to Lee-Lee (Reply #1)

Tue Jun 3, 2014, 07:38 PM

10. Too bad they don't express that for the Deserter in Chief

When will George W. Bush be brought to justice for desertion, let alone taking U.S. troops into a war under false pretenses? That's what this veteran wants to know.

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Response to TexasProgresive (Reply #10)

Wed Jun 4, 2014, 08:44 AM

14. he was a conservative elite, though, so it's ok

Can't expect a Bush to be held to the same law as the rest of us

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Response to Lee-Lee (Reply #1)

Wed Jun 4, 2014, 08:35 AM

13. Is there a better source for this than the Moonie Times? eom

 

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Response to misterhighwasted (Original post)

Tue Jun 3, 2014, 07:22 PM

5. I can't speak for other Veterans, or Veteran groups...

But my thought is that it was the right thing to do to get him back. If he did indeed desert, he will have the opportunity to defend his actions via non judicial punishment or courts martial whichever is appropriate.

I haven't followed the story in it's entirety, so I have to ask: Was he confirmed to be a deserter?

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Response to NavyDem (Reply #5)

Tue Jun 3, 2014, 07:26 PM

7. The investigation into his capture hasn't been released

 

But pretty much all the evidence available, and all those who were on that outpost with him, point toward such.

I would be hard pressed to find another explanation for him being gone, with his gear neatly piled and left behind and a note left.

And that has been the consensus pretty much since he went missing.

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Response to Lee-Lee (Reply #7)

Tue Jun 3, 2014, 07:29 PM

8. Thanks

I still stand by bringing him back home 100%. If he has deserted, it would be nice to get a follow-up as to what caused him to desert. I thought I read a story that he disappeared shortly after one of his friends was KIA.

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Response to NavyDem (Reply #8)

Wed Jun 4, 2014, 08:19 AM

11. The psyche can fracture.

No matter how strong someone once was or how well trained a soldier is, the psyche can fracture.

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Response to misterhighwasted (Original post)

Wed Jun 4, 2014, 08:31 AM

12. No question about it

Bringing him home was the right thing to do. As for the other accusations they will be dealt with and whatever the truth is will come out. War is hell and many people break, we need to know all the details, not just accept what is being said, especially what is being said by the right who only care about trying to turn this into another BS scandal to attack the president.

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