Substantial questions surround Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the American POW for whose release President Obama traded five murderous members of the Taliban. The questions are collected in this New York Post article.
The circumstances surrounding Bergdahl’s capture by the Taliban are murky. Did he desert? Did he wonder off base drunk? Was he simply lagging behind his patrol, as he has claimed? We don’t know for certain.
But Bergdahl view of the U.S. military and his country at the time the Taliban captured him are clear. Among the statements he had recently sent by email are these:
I am sorry for everything here. These people need help, yet what they get is the most conceited country in the world telling them that they are nothing and that they are stupid.
I am ashamed to be an American. And the title of US soldier is just the lie of fools. I am sorry for everything. The horror that is America is disgusting.
An Obama administration official, asked about the circumstances of Bergdahl’s capture, came close to acknowledging that Bergdahl had deserted, saying “frankly, we don’t give a s–t why he left; he’s an American soldier, we want to bring him home.”
I admire the sentiment, and an assessment of the prisoner exchange should not depend on Bergdahl’s character. For the reasons I offered here, the deal would be a bad one even if Bergdahl had been a model soldier and an unwavering patriot.
But I find it odd that an administration so intent on bringing Bergdahl home did not take substantial action to attempt the rescue of the brave Americans killed while defending our personnel in Benghazi. As I suggested yesterday, the key to Bergdahl rescue is probably lies not in a “no soldier left behind” mentality, but in Obama’s moronic desire to gain the trust of the Taliban.