Bowe Bergdahl is a United States Army soldier who was held captive by the Taliban in Afghanistan from June 2009 until his release in May 2014 as part of a prisoner exchange for five Taliban members who were being held at the detention center at Guantanamo Bay.
According to The New York Times, a former senior military officer briefed on the investigation into Bergdahl’s disappearance said that on the night he went missing, Bergdahl left a note in his tent that said he was leaving to start a new life. Fox News reported that the letter said that Bergdahl wanted to renounce his citizenship.
Some soldiers who served with Bergdahl have called him a deserter. Cody Full, a member of Bergdahl’s platoon, said “He knowingly deserted and put thousands of people in danger because he did”. Full said that Bergdahl had mailed his computer and other possessions home prior to his disappearance.
CNN reported that, according to soldiers involved in the operations to find Bergdahl, at least six soldiers were killed in the search.
The Taliban detainees known as the “Taliban Five” who were transferred from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to custody in Doha, Qatar, are Mohammad Fazl, Khairullah Khairkhwa, Abdul Haq Wasiq, Norullah Noori, and Mohammad Nabi Omari. They were the Taliban army chief of staff, a Taliban deputy minister of intelligence, a former Taliban interior minister, and two other senior Taliban figures.
Some U.S. lawmakers have said that the prisoner swap that led to Bergdahl’s release may have been illegal. The White House released a statement acknowledging that the release of the Guantanamo prisoners did not comply with the law but cited the president’s signing statement, and “unique and exigent circumstances” as justification. “They are undoubtedly among the most dangerous Taliban commanders held at Guantanamo,” said Thomas Joscelyn, a senior editor at the Long War Journal
On January the 27th this year Defense officials told NBC News that Bergdahl will face desertion charges. Here’s his last letter home to his folks. It beggars belief that the Obama administration would release five dangerous Taliban leaders for this deserter and traitor. Amazingly, Obama not only released these brutal terrorists, he actually held a ceremony in the Rose Garden to personally announce it. He actually considers it an achievement.
The future is too good to waste on lies. And life is way too short to care for the damnation of others, as well as to spend it helping fools with their ideas that are wrong. I have seen their ideas and I am ashamed to even be american. The horror of the self-righteous arrogance that they thrive in. It is all revolting. […] [
Three good sergeants had been forced to move to another company] […] and one of the biggest shit bags is being put in charge of the team. […] [My battalion commander was] a conceited old fool. […] In the US army you are cut down for being honest… but if you are a conceited brown nosing shit bag you will be allowed to do what ever you want, and you will be handed your higher rank…
The system is wrong. I am ashamed to be an american. And the title of US soldier is just the lie of fools. … The US army is the biggest joke the world has to laugh at. It is the army of liars, backstabbers, fools, and bullies. The few good SGTs are getting out as soon as they can, and they are telling us privates to do the same. […] 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, that they have no idea how to live…
We don’t even care when we hear each other talk about running their children down in the dirt streets with our armored trucks… We make fun of them in front of their faces, and laugh at them for not understanding we are insulting them […] I am sorry for everything. The horror that is america is disgusting. There are a few more boxes coming to you guys. Feel free to open them, and use them.:4