Fmr. Army Special Forces Commander: Bergdahl Owes Soldiers an Explanation
There are mixed reactions across the nation today after American POW Bowe Bergdahl was released in exchange for five Taliban leaders. On one hand, the Bergdahl family and his hometown of Hailey, Idaho are preparing to welcome home a son. On the other hand, there's criticism of the United States government for negotiating with terrorists and what it means for American soldiers.
After five years in captivity, Sgt. Bergdahl is now under medical care at a military base in Germany. The five Taliban leaders released from Guantanamo Bay arrived in Qatar. Among them is Mohammad Fazil, a Taliban commander that Human Rights Watch says should be tried for war crimes.
Some soldiers who served alongside Bergdahl are speaking out, claiming that he is a deserter. Tonight on The Kelly File, Megyn will speak to two soldiers about Bergdahl.
When asked about the claims, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said, “Our first priority is ensuring his well-being, his health and getting him reunited with his family. Other circumstances that may develop, questions, those will be dealt with later.”
In 2012, Rolling Stone magazine published emails purportedly between Bergdahl and his father before he was captured. He supposedly wrote, “I have seen their ideas and I am ashamed to even be American. […] I am sorry for everything. The horror that is America is disgusting.”
Standing alongside President Obama in the Rose Garden on Saturday, Bergdahl’s father, Robert, chose to speak in Pashto – the language of the Taliban – because Bergdahl is reportedly having trouble speaking English.
Adding to the confusion, his father said in an emotional statement, “I’m proud of how much you wanted to help the Afghan people and what you were willing to do to go to that length.”
Meanwhile, some Republicans are accusing President Obama of breaking the law by failing to notify Congress 30 days before releasing prisoners from Guantanamo Bay.
On Special Report, Bret Baier spoke to former Army Special Forces Officer Michael Waltz, who commanded units involved in the search for Bergdahl in 2009.
Waltz said accounts on the ground point to Bergdahl walking off base. “This needs to be thoroughly investigated. He was not captured. He went missing. He left on his own.”
He said the Taliban was deliberately leaving false information to ambush the Army because they knew the U.S. was looking for Bergdahl. “I think that’s why you’re seeing such a vitriolic reaction honestly from a number of folks that were with him.”
Waltz recounted several traps, including one team being lured into an area where the ceilings were rigged with explosives.
“To be perfectly candid, I think now Sgt. Bergdahl has a lot of explaining to do and there are a number of soldiers, there are hundreds soldiers, that are now out on the Internet asking for some accountability,” he said.
There are reports that at least six American soldiers died during the search for the POW. Waltz said Bergdahl owes “the men that he left behind that night, the men and women who were involved in the search for him, and most importantly, Bret, the mothers of those soldiers that didn’t come home this weekend – they deserve answers.”