In a 2010 speech, Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s father, Robert Bergdahl, reportedly said, “The man who we believe holds Bowe grew up on the lap of his mother learning the Koran. He is a powerful man. We pray for him. He recently lost a son to a CIA missile drone strike. The fact that he didn’t kill Bowe right then is incredible. So we pray for him.”
The statement would coincide with a time period during which there were US drone strikes in and around that region. The comments were made during an Idaho Republican Party fundraiser.
In a YouTube video Bergdahl posted in May 2011, Bergdahl spoke directly to his son’s captors.
“No family in the United States understands the detainee issue like ours,” Bergdahl said. “Our son’s safe return will only heighten public awareness of this. That said, our son is being exploited. It’s past time for Bowe, and the others, to come home.”