Statement Regarding Sgt. Bergdahl

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“Today is Sgt. Bowe R. Bergdahl’s twenty-eighth birthday. This will be his fifth birthday away from family and friends. He has been held prisoner of war since June 30, 2009, when he was captured by the Taliban in Afghanistan,” said DAV National Commander Joseph W. Johnston. “As we mark this sad occasion, I must stress that our nation–our government–has a sacred obligation to bring home and account for all who have been taken prisoner. Those held captive and their families deserve nothing less.”

  • Isn’t this the soldier who deseerted his post and walked away from his military duties and his country and got captured?

    • achv

      If that is a true fact then he deserves to stay as a POW and not be allowed back to the US.

  • Hazel B

    What has our opulent commander in chief done to get his release? Maybe he needs another vacation to Afghanistan????

    • Kathy

      Why don’t u try waiting to find out FACTS before u insult our President….did u have insults for Bush when he PUT our troops into Iraq based on deception & for his & Cheney’s & their cronies’ profit ?

      • rotorhead

        Get a Life

      • mynetdude

        we all know our current POTUS is a dick; don’t know why people stand up for him, I guess you’re one too? Our POTUS is doing nothing but playing golf… damn most politicians do that 24/7

        • Winter Hope

          Only those who sleep stick up for a man like that!!

      • JAYRADO08 .

        Insult our president? You are a delusional person lol Obama has stepped on the constitution and destroyed america more than any other president in history. Here’s facts dumbass, what about him deserting our people in Benghazi? What about the deaths he caused with operation fast and furious? What about him signing the NDAA? I can guess you’re black because only some dumb ass black people back Obama because of his skin color, Any person who sees what he does knows that man is evil as hell and is easily the worst president in history. Bush was horrible but man Obama takes the cake.

        • 1goodday

          … Obama is the scape goat of Bush’s rush to make money for his oil buddies!! This man is trying his best with whats left of the U.S. Your racist crap is part of the reason why our country can’t keep up with everyone else! You and your republican teaparty who can’t keep up with the 21 century!! In the end he is trying to fix our ruin! All these things you think America is existing on are out of date, out of time. Change is the only thing that will keep us going into the future! Really what has he done that is evil hmm? Every man can’t be perfect all the time and if you think you are, why aren’t you running for president with your better plan? Where is your health plan? Your plan for our future or do you sit back and complain like a duitful sheep?

          • JAYRADO08 .

            Wow you’re a special kind of stupid aren’t yah? Only some liberal dumb shit like you would pull the race card like other
            Obama supporters and paint facts as a racial issue. FACT Obama not bush signed the NDAA and more executive orders then any other president in history and every order had something to do with trampling on our constitutionally protected rights. Obama in interviews has even criticized the constitution something he swore to uphold. You call me one of the sheep lmao!! Lady if you can’t see that Obama is an elitist puppet then you really are naive and stuck in a false sense of reality. Why are you saying you republican tea party people? Who said I was a republican? Only dumb ass people like you believe in this 2 party dictatorship. They all work for the same people. Maybe you should look up the act of 1871 and educate yourself, this country has been bought and paid for a along time ago.

          • Craig Turnquist

            LOL…Even by Foxbot standards, you’re impressive. Total ignorance, and a racist asshole all in one. Please don’t breed.

          • ziena

            not true, where do you get your facts Fox news?

          • mynetdude

            its funny how people keep referring to the previous president for being the one to blame for Obama’s troubles; I have to sort of agree but this is a figment of the larger issue here. Yeah well, you can only do so much in 4 (8 if you’re re-elected) and I understand there’s always going to be some issues to resolve after the last president but when a president makes detrimental decisions like the NDAA and ACA (Affordable Care Act known as “OBAMACARE”) Obama has done most of the crap himself, not the previous president.

            People want to talk about racism? Look at who is THE racist; the POTUS himself. We only have 2 more years to go; but he should have been impeached 4 years ago! (oh no, they won’t even do that).

          • gayle

            Uh..sorry…you are the sheep……do you not understand what Marxism is?

          • Cindy Rowe-Smith

            Don’t forget Obama is also white. so don’t accuse people of being racist. Stick to the facts, not race!!

        • Theprea

          Sir or Mam I beg your pardone all black folks don’t agree with the presdient or either voted for him I know more whites and non blacks that find no wrong in him. I am black a vetran and consertive . So leave race out of it.

      • steve yates

        Your elected officials at the time voted to go to war with Iraq. By an vast majority, not just along party lines. Why make this about anything other than the sergeant? Lets get him home where he belongs.

        • ziena

          I believe he should be brought home as with any American. But if he walked away from his post and put all the other military members in harms way he should also be tried as a deserter.

      • monikamcgall

        @Kathy, what are you a kool-aid drinker? Obviously, he may be your President, but he certainly isn’t mine. Worst President EVER

      • Vet


      • allan

        Kathy;<<< I have always had insults for those that practice their 24/7 deceit on their fellow citizens; You are not even dry behind the ears YET Lady; stick around a little longer; maybe you'll get to know yourself a little better; First shed those DARK ROSE colored spectacles and you just might be able to see things a little more clearly; Like Hazel B. asked; Just what has this OPULENT so called commander in chief done for AMERICA ; ABSOLUTELY NOTHING; the same as your GEORGE BUSH; Not all AMERICANS are of the foolish ignorant type; By the way Kathy all this was planned long before the [Roosevelt, Truman, Eisenhower, J .F. Kennedy's, Johnson, Nixon Ford, Clinton, Carter, the last but not lest Obama ] (genuine fake) the last

        • ziena

          well me and only 40 million others disagree. I finally have health care. Obviously you have no clue.

      • Winter Hope

        You have been hoodwinked, seriously! That man is a danger, and a traitor tyrant!!!

      • Nick De La Rosa

        Hi Kathy.. I’m with Hazel B. Aside from ‘your president’s’ scandals and crimes against our homeland and citizens, our troop’s fatality and injury rate has more than tripled under this administration because the ‘rules of engagement ‘ give the enemy the upper hand. Do your research please, ma’am. Thank you.

    • Larry Christy

      This is not about our POTUS it is about bring home an American POW Soldier
      Get a life folks and stay in reality.

  • Kiltlady

    How do I find out the real story about this POW in Afghanistan? No rumors, nor opinions nor wild guesses but what are the known facts? Please direct me to the right source. thank you.

  • PhDMIT
  • PhDMIT

    Bowe Robert Bergdahl is a U.S. Army soldier who, as a 23-year-old Private First Class with an infantry unit, went missing on 30 June 2009 near the village of Yahya Khel in Afghanistan, adjacent to that country’s border with Pakistan. Since

    Bergdahl’s disappearance, the Taliban have released five different videos (the last in May 2011) showing him to be in their captivity, and in 2010 the Taliban demanded $1 million and the release of Aafia Siddiqui (a Pakistani scientist convicted of attempting to murder U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan) as well as 21 other Afghan prisoners held by the U.S. in exchange for Bergdahl (threatening to execute Bergdahl if their demands were not met).

    Efforts by the Obama administration to secure the release of Bergdahl in exchange for five Taliban leaders held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, broke down in early 2012. In June 2013, the Associated Press reported that the Taliban were again considering the proposal:

    The Taliban proposed a deal in which they would free a U.S. soldier held captive since 2009 in exchange for five of their most senior operatives at Guantanamo Bay, while Afghan President Hamid Karzai eased his opposition to joining planned peace talks.

    The idea of releasing these Taliban prisoners has been controversial. U.S. negotiators hope they would join the peace process but fear they might simply return to the battlefield, and Karzai once scuttled a similar deal partly because he felt the Americans were usurping his authority.

    The proposal to trade U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for the Taliban detainees was made by senior Taliban spokesman Shaheen Suhail in response to a question during a phone interview with The Associated Press from the militants’ newly opened political office in Doha, the capital of the Gulf nation of Qatar.

    The prisoner exchange is the first item on the Taliban’s agenda before even starting peace talks with the U.S., said Suhail, a top Taliban figure who served as first secretary at the Afghan Embassy in the Pakistani capital of Islamabad before the Taliban government’s ouster in 2001.

    “First has to be the release of detainees,” Suhail said when asked about Bergdahl. “Yes. It would be an exchange. Then step by step, we want to build bridges of confidence to go forward.”

    The Obama administration was noncommittal about the proposal, which it said it had expected the Taliban to make.

    “We’ve been very clear on our feelings about Sgt. Bergdahl and the need for him to be released,” State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said. “We have not made a decision to … transfer any Taliban detainees from Guantanamo Bay, but we anticipate, as I’ve said, that the Taliban will all raise this issue.”


    • Hazel B

      Ignore the false accusations of the first response!

  • paul martin

    The Northeast Pow/Mia network is a place you can get real facts on this American Soldier. No man left behind. He’s an American and we should be doing everything possible to bring him home. Now is the time what are we waiting for.

  • army veteran devo brown

    looks like our enemies are winning the war without any fighting on their part, we’re doing it all internally. insults, instigation and condemnation within our citizenry denigrates our power as a nation like no outside threat could, it’s the strongest weapon they have and it’s obviously working. our leaders are liars, our news media instigates internal conflict and we as individuals are active participants in our own self-destruction. wake up my brothers and sisters. we the people need an overhaul! and it’s not going to change at the top until we each find a peaceful way to be “we” again. every individual citizen must take personal responsibility for their environment by enhancing what they want to be and discontinue blaming and waiting for someone else to change. i’ve already started, many others have too. please join us in being “US”.

    • Janie Johnson

      You are absolutely correct… Where does all the hate come from? Our own president had a lot to do with it, turning Black against white, it is sad but true, and it is snowballing out of control…We should be standing together for a stronger united Country, but there are so few leaders..

  • nancymarie

    I send my angels to him every day for strength, grace and comfort. Our son Beaux wears his POW bracelet in hopes that Bowe, Sgt. Bergdahl will return home to his family.

  • Hazel B

    Did our pos opulent leader weigh in on this ever? Or was he on vacation?

  • Hazel B

    Jgalimore is a liar

  • Corinne

    There is a lot of discussion on what the president has done or not people need to read more on this lovely president and see where his loyalty lives, then come back and write some more. As far as this soldier who supposely left his post and walked away and was captured you do not know the circumstances under why he did this or not. I have a son who fought in this war over there and the shit that goes on by our militiary is unbelieveable some people can take it and others can’t so don’t pass judgement until you go over there and fight for this country;;

    • Winter Hope

      Did you actually say “lovely president” speaking of obama? You have been hoodwinked, seriously! That man is a danger, and a traitor tyrant!!!

  • Andrew J. Craig

    the circumstances surrounding his capture are irrelevant. even if he really did just wander off the fob and is an idiot, he is still OUR idiot. we leave NO ONE behind,regardless. Bowe we are coming for you, we will get you back.

  • Vet

    I hate to judge, but it doesn’t seem like he wants to return. Good riddance if that is true, but again neither I nor anyone else seems to know the truth anymore. It’s not the lies they tell, it’s the fact that I know they are lying.

  • Chet Hinton

    He is an American soldier in enemy hands. Period. Bring him home.

  • Winter Hope

    For all you cool-aid drinking, obama loving suckers out there, here is some “mistakes” your president has made!

    It’s hard to think of a president that has been more of an Epic Failure than President Obama. Even Carter is glad this guy came along, so at least he knows he is no longer the worst president ever. Here is just a short list of Obama’s Failures:

    *Hawaii is in Asia

    *Passing on the keystone pipeline.

    *Touts a Green Energy Company as exemplary that fails a year later.

    *Using the Gulf Oil Spill to promote Green Energy – instead of cleaning it up.

    *Thinking the Tea Party is a passing fad – or that they are racists.

    *Pulling out of Iraq with no clear victory over insurgent forces.

    Trying to re-write history through speeches – with inaccurate information (i.e. Statue of Liberty)

    *Getting a Nobel Prize for being the most ineffective President in the history of the United States, though some say it was for his pigment.

    *Putting all legislation on the Internet for five days before it comes to a vote.

    *Returning the bust of Churchill to the Brits.*Giving a collection of DVDs to the British PM.

    *Denying the notion of American Exceptionalism.

    *Promising to close Gitmo — failing to do so.

    *Securing the Olympics for Chicago in 2016.

    *Naming numerous Communists/Socialists/Progressives to his various Czar positions and then watching them scurry for cover when Beck begins to call them out, forcing them to resign.

    *Government races for NJ, VA and the Senate Seat in Mass.

    *The midterm elections, which Obama himself called a shellacking.

    *Prediction that stimulus would ensure that unemployment doesn’t exceed 8%.

    *Bowing to just about everybody.

    *Proposing amnesty for illegal aliens to increase the population of voters for Democrat elections.

    *He said, I have visited 57 states. Now there is just 1 left to visit.

    Obama to Medvedev…give me space I will have more flexibility after my election.


  • Ron Le Blanc

    Why does every conversation degenerate into some form of, (It’s Obama’s fault!)? Usually with exaggerated claims or flat out errors about the President. We are veterans. He is Commander-in-Chief. If anything we owe him the respect of his office. We elected him to that position, TWICE. Get over it. You lost. Either help to get things running as best as possible or get out of the way! YOU are the problem. Not the President. If you don’t want to go along with what our elected officials are doing then you have two choices: 1) Leave, find some other country where you will be happier than you are here. 2) Join or form a party that is able to win control of the government. Otherwise, shut up! You are not helping to fix things, you are only making things more difficult for the rest of us who understand what a representative form of government is. Salute the President. Disagree with his policies. DO NOT attack the man. Work to fix problems not make them worse than they are.
    A Vietnam veteran, a patriot, and not necessarily a supporter of President Obama.