According to the Taliban deputy district commander cited in that Daily Mail story from 2010, Bergdahl left his post with an Afghan soldier – a detail I haven’t seen anywhere else. But it makes sense, given what his former platoon mate Cody Full (@CodyFNfootball) told Megyn Kelly, last night. When asked why he thought Bergdahl was a deserter, he answered there were “tell-tale signs” including the fact that Bowe was “talking to the Afghan National Police in a way that was not about hearts and minds. There was an agenda there when he spoke to them.”
This deserter, Bergdahl – who “served with honor and distinction” according to Susan Rice – left behind a note in his tent on the night he left, saying “he had become disillusioned with the Army, did not support the American mission in Afghanistan and was leaving to start a new life.”
He slipped off the remote military outpost in Paktika Province on the border with Pakistan and took with him a soft backpack, water, knives, a notebook and writing materials, but left behind his body armor and weapons — startling, given the hostile environment around his outpost.
That account, provided by a former senior military officer briefed on the investigation into the private’s disappearance, is part of a more complicated picture emerging of the capture of a soldier whose five years as a Taliban prisoner influenced high-level diplomatic negotiations, brought in foreign governments, and ended with him whisked away on a helicopter by American commandos.
Yet Susan Rice on ABC Sunday, and State Department spox Jen Psaki, Monday are both insisting that Bergdahl was “captured on the battlefield” – suggesting he was heroically battling the Taliban when he was taken captive – not willfully walking straight into their arms.
In a snippy back and forth with a Fox News reporter, Monday, Psaki erroneously called Bergdahl a Marine who was taken “while in combat.”
Fox News Q: Just a quick follow up on Matt’s question. You mentioned because Sergeant Bergdahl is a member of the military you went after him. If you have a Marine reservist in Mexico, why can’t you do a similar swap for him?MS. PSAKI: I understand the desire to make comparisons, but we wouldn’t compare them.
This is — it was a Marine [sic] who was taken while in combat, and you’re talking about a situation of an individual who the Mexican authorities are accusing of violating the law.
(He was not a Marine – he was Army. And he was not taken while in combat. He deserted. The State Department spokesperson still doesn’t know this?!)
Fox News Q: But I’m sure we have five cartel members or somebody in jail we could swap in exchange for this Marine. Would that be a good — MS. PSAKI: Thank you for your advice, Lucas (sp), but every situation is different. Do you have another question?
If, as the Daily Mail article suggests, Bergdahl actually collaborated with the enemy, it makes the Regime’s false talking points and the fact that they traded five dangerous, high level Taliban commanders for one Taliban collaborator, and the fact that they did it without informing Congress – all the more offensive.
Forgive me if I’m not overcome with the joy Susan Rice thinks all Americans should share because this man is now free.