Most of Bergdahl's squad members have come forward to speak about the matter even though they were under a gag order issued by the Armyto maintain silence. Their comments indicate Bergdahl was disgruntled, had talked of walking away from camp and he even went so far as to pen a note saying he wanted to give up his American citizenship. When they noticed he was gone, they found his gear neatly in one place, excepting a compass and knife which he must have carried with him.
Extensive patrols looking for him were conducted despite the likelihood that over time these patrols would be seen by the enemy as a pattern which would make them subject to danger from insurgents. Sure enough, over the time of the patrols, at least six of Bergdahl's patriots were killed by the enemy and the soldiers themselves started questioning why they were being put in harm's way looking for a deserter.
As the patrols went on, local nearby villagers stated that they had seen Bergdahl and rather than asking them for aid he had asked where he could find the Taliban. Bergdahl had made many friends with the villagers and it therefore seemed likely that such a conversation would be reasonable.
Now the Army has even admitted that Bergdahl was suspected of being a deserter in 2010 yet he was never carried so officially. Furthermore, he continued to be eligible for pay and allowances and even received a promotion while missing. Why was he not at least reported as AWOL and why did the Army put a gag order on his squad members? Something strange is clearly going on.
Under pressure yesterday, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, General Martin Dempsey, stated that the Army would likely begin an AR 15-6 investigation into the Bergdahl situation, an action which could conceivably lead to court martial. Meanwhile, the President and his minions continue to obfuscate and use Bergdahl's health as a matter of urgency for the action he took.
Regarding Bergdahl's health, the Sergeant was able to walk without assistance to the rescuing helicopter and board it, fully capable of conversing with those on board without any difficulty. For a man who was supposedly in captivity for five years, he was in remarkably good shape. Another smokescreen of excuses offered by the Administration once again fails to convince.
And one last point. When Robert Bergdahl, father of the soldier, was in the Rose Garden with the President, his remarks, particularly beginning with his use of Pashto to send a message to his son, and following with comments of almost thank you to the captors and sorrow for what Americans have done sounded like the talk of an enemy sympathizer rather than a loyal American. We know that comments to be made at White House ceremonies are always approved ahead of time and by the looks on the President's expression he seemed to be in total agreement. Once again the President has used his bloody pulpit to put down the Americans fighting for freedom and peace. Shame on you, Mr. President.
Somehow I don't think you would have seen such a display from Ronald Reagan. But then again, I don't think you would have ever faced such a tawdry situation as this either. It was truly a sad day for America. Hopefully, Congress will fully investigate this matter and try and find the truth, with or without the President's assistance.
I hope everyone will take a moment to pray for the souls of those fine Americans who lost their lives searching for a man who is likely a deserter at best or a traitor at worst. And may God be with the families of the dead and my his Spirit infect the soul of Sergeant Bergdahl with a cleansing brush.
Stand with America and God or don't stand at all.