Leave No Man Behind!
By Susan Steffen-Kraft
Bowe is from Hailey, Idaho and started believing that the military was the Peace Corp with guns. Not sure where he got that idea but he truly believed that we were protecting and helping other people in other countries and protecting the American way of Life. This is something that most in the Middle East despise at the least because they want to keep their way of life.
He is America's only known prisoner of war. Note I said known!
I have always believed as have others that there were men who were alive when they were abandoned by our country over in Vietnam. Of course we have to wonder if by this time any are alive.
NO MAN LEFT BEHIND......??????
At first Bowe's e-mails home seemed happy but then a darker side seemed to emerge. But his father, Mr. Bergdahl, has not commented on the why of it. He himself was becoming disillusioned with things going on. The doctrine of counter insurgency to win over the population by building schools, roads and good governance plus the fact finding of where the insurgents are and then targeting them at night. Many times the troops travel these bomb filled and explosive filled roads to do this.
We all know of another Afghanistan soldier who was frustrated and his name was Pat Tillman. I will write about him another day. He was murdered for his belief and wishing to expose what was really one of the reasons for us being in Afghanistan.
Some in the military believe he deserted his post. In the propaganda videos Bowe has made while he is a prisoner some think he is telling lies. Hmmmm, a camera in front of you and forced to say things he may not want to. I wonder what those high up military jackasses would do if they were not so high and mighty and protected.
Our Presidents in the last few years would sing like birds. They are not real war leaders. A real king went to battle with his troops like King David in the Bible or King John of Bohemia who led his troops into battle despite being blind and was killed in 1346 in battle.
In the Middle Ages, kings had to prove their bravery in order to win fame and glory. I should say at the least if you are going to go to war prove your courage instead of sitting on your butts and watching the war unfold from far away. Maybe the generals, and all the heads of our government who want us in war would shut their mouths about who is saying what if they were captured by the enemy.
In the one video Bowe states that we should not be in Afghanistan and it is like another Vietnam. If he said that, I would tend to agree with him. He would only be stating the truth. However stating something false or truthful through free will is different then stating it when someone is threatening you.
In fact from several reports it appears that there were problems in his unit. Soldiers were breaking rules, discipline problems in general. Soldiers not caring about the Afghans because they felt they were cowardly and just want to be left alone because for 17 years the Russians and now this country are there telling them what to do. Perhaps we should just let them sink or swim on their own.
Ultimately the outpost was left with no officers. A recipe for disaster which was one of the reasons there were breakdowns in morale and discipline.
Peters is often introduced as a “retired “intelligence “ officer. Mr. Peters described Bergdahl as “an apparent deserter” and then called on the Taliban to "save Americans the trouble and off him if he is a deserter". Fox should have known better especially on a subject as sensitive as Bowe Bergdahl.
This also begs the question: Did Fox News not think that the people who care about Bowe Bergdahl like his family and friends should have a right to know who in the US government gave Peters the right to spout such venom? I know I would like to know why Fox has judged and allowed such an interview before knowing what really happened. Shame on you Fox news!
Official reports and the Rolling Stone have said that Bowe only had a bottle of water and a compass on him. If you want the truth you must bring him home. God knows what condition he will be in after over 4 years.
The Taliban has in fact demanded the release of 21 Afghan prisoners and also 1.5 million dollars. They would also like the release of Aafia Siddiqui. They sure want a lot for one soldier. If he were helping them so much I would think they would never want to let him go.
The leader of the Taliban Haji Nadeem claimed that Bowe had weapons and arms on him when he was captured. Pentagon officials immediately denied the charges.
As you can see in the above pictures there is plenty of support from even Hollywood celebrities now. They are wearing the wristbands that support Bowe Bergdahl. From Champion jockey Gary Stevens to Queen Lahtifah are sporting these bracelets. The word has got to get out further then Idaho and I hope that Hollywood will continue to help.
While I could wish that they are being sent out to do that, the fact is that is war means killing, not hugs and kisses. My God! They lower pensions for the Veterans who have served and at times left men behind that are serving. And if you say not many have been left behind, in my mind one is too many. Those who are not left behind are scarred and battered physically and mentally many times.
These are men our country sent to fight but to our Presidents and many politicians they are just pieces of flesh that are expendable. In fact I daresay pawns in a worldwide game. In fact in most countries the military man is just that, a pawn.
A huge thank you to Senator Risch for fighting to bring our soldier from Idaho home and a shout out to the Idahoans who are standing by Bowe and his family. May all soldiers receive the same love and support he is getting!
Sources include Greasy on Line, KTVB News, Rolling Stones, New York Times, Wikipedia, KGW.com, NCWN.com/IdahoNews, Bring Home Bowe.com