By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
6/4/2014 (1 year ago)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
A former comrade broke his military gagging order to tell of the moment when he discovered Bowe Bergdahl had left a note saying he had gone to start a "new life." The Taliban POW had reportedly walked off their Afghanistan base, according to the soldier who requested anonymity.
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - This was recently learned as two top government officials confirmed that there will be a new, full investigation into Bergdahl's disappearance.
"Everyone looked at me like I was crazy but I was right, he had walked off," the soldier said.
Starvation never takes a vacation --
According to the New York Times, Bergdahl also left behind a note in which he said he did not want to fight for America any more, did not believe in the war and was leaving to start a new life.
"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 am ashamed to even be (A)merican," the letter said. The message was separate from the email he sent to his parents before he sent his goods home to them.
Rolling Stone magazine reported the 2012 email and said that Bergdahl had called his battalion commander a "conceited old fool" and his peers an "army of liars, backstabbers, fools and bullies."
General Martin Dempsey has written that while if any misconduct is found, Army leaders "will not look away." Bergdahl is protected by an American ethos of assuming innocence.
"The questions about this particular soldier's conduct are separate from our effort to recover ANY U.S. service member in enemy captivity. This was likely the last, best opportunity to free him. As for the circumstances of his capture, when he is able to provide them, we'll learn the facts.
"Like any American, he is innocent until proven guilty."
In the meantime, President Obama defended his decision to trade five Guantanamo Bay inmates for Bergdahl during a press conference in Poland this week.
The United States, the president says, had an obligation not to leave any of its military personnel behind. Obama did admit that the freed prisoners could now "return to activities that are detrimental to us."
Former secretary of state Hillary Clinton said on Monday that Obama's decision was both "tough" -- but justified.
"This young man, whatever the circumstances, was an American citizen - is an American citizen - was serving in our military," Clinton said at an event in Denver.
"The idea that you really care for your own citizens and particularly those in uniform, I think is a very noble one."
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