Thursday, July 01, 2010

Bowe Bergdahl: One Year in Captivity

"PFC Bergdahl went missing on June 30, 2009. Since then, the Taliban has released three videos showing him in captivity. The Taliban are demanding the release of 21 Afghan prisoners and Aafia Siddiqui in exchange for Bergdahl's release. They have threatened to execute Bergdahl if Siddiqui is not released. Most of the Afghan prisoners are being held in the Guantanamo prison..."

What I'm wondering is why no one is talking about this anymore? When Specialist Shoshana Johnson (along with PFC Jessica Lynch, SPC Edgar Hernandez, SPC Joseph Hudson and PFC Patrick Miller) were being held we heard about it...and worried collectively as a country. They were held prisoner for 22 days.

But one year in captivity, and nothing is said but on an anniversary of capture? Why? has there been confirmation that he intentionally left the Army that I don't know about? --His family and girlfriend doesn't seem to think so... The thought of making a false judgment here scares me. If this soldier was captured and is being held and tortured for a year with barley a word uttered about him here --that would be unforgivable on our behalf...

But then you read letters like this and you are forced to wonder:

Received from a USARPAC soldier June 2009:

“Please don’t list my name– I am here in Afghanistan– I know the story and the accounts that he was drunk or that he was lagging behind on patrol are not true– this soldier planned this move for a long time. He walked off the post with a day’s supply of water and had written down before that he wanted to live in the mountains. He has violated the Code of Conduct in his 28 minute speech and he is an embarrassment to everyone who has worn the uniform. He made it to two towns and was asking for water when the locals turned him over to the Taliban. That is really all I can say– since we are still looking for this soldier.”

But is speculation enough?

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