After the White House attacked their motives for opposing the trade to free 5 Taliban leaders in exchange for Sgt Bowe Bergdahl, members of Bergdahl’s Army platoon responded.
Reacting to a story by Fox’s James Rosen that prisoner of the Taliban Sgt Bowe Bergdahl may have been on friendly terms with the Taliban, Bergdahl’s former platoonmates told Fox’s Megyn Kelly that they are not ready to say he was actively helping the Taliban. The former soldiers also rejected charges that they had political motives.
Poltically Swiftboating Psychopaths, says the White House
“What do you make of these reports now,” asks Kelly in the video, “that some White House aides are saying you guys are Swiftboaters? And even the President and his top aides are saying now that anybody who is complaining about this, they’re being political, that this is a political thing.”
“We’ve made it completely clear, and this is the most we’ve ever talked about it,” said Evan Buetow, Bergdahl’s former team leader. “This is not about politics. This is about the fact that Bergdahl walked away from us, went to try to find the Taliban, and we know that for a fact. There is not one person you could find who would say they don’t believe that, at least who was there. It’s as clear as day. He’s not a hero. He did not serve with distinction. And that’s a spit in the face to everyone who joined the Army, and anyone who died looking for him. What do you think their families think? They don’t get their loved one back, like Bergdahl’s family did.”
In War, Everyone Is An American
“Are you guys Republicans, Democrats, are you political people?”
“When you’re in a combat zone,” said Cody Full, Bergdahl’s former roommate, “it doesn’t matter if you’re left, right, independent, Jedi, whatever you want to be, OK? The only thing that matters is you have an American flag on your shoulder, and he’s my brother, he’s my brother, he’s my brother — we’re all going to ride together, we’re all going to die together. He, I guess, for whatever reason … I don’t know how he felt about us, but we would all die for him, and he left.”
“I considered him a really good friend,” said Gerald Sutton, another member of the platoon, “and it maybe hit me harder than some of the other guys, but it hit us all hard, because he was one of ours.”
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And they said there’s a big part of this equation a lot of Americans are missing. Those five Taliban leaders built their careers terrorizing Afghan men and women, not Americans.
“We can all agree, within a year they’re going to be back in Afghanistan, destroying everything that we worked – and the whole military has worked – to build up,” said Josh Connelison, a medic with the platoon.
And as to the Bergdahl swap?
“We need to get him back, he’s an American,” Buetow said. “The price that we paid? Not worth it at all.”