Bergdahl Platoon Leaders Recall Hearing About American Searching for Taliban
Since Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s release in exchange for five Taliban leaders, members of his unit have publicly stated that he was a deserter. Meanwhile, National Security Advisor Susan Rice said that Bergdahl served with “honor.”
Bergdahl’s former platoon leaders, Sgt. Justin Gerleve and Sgt. Evan Buetow, both stated on tonight’s Hannity that he’s a deserter.
Sgt. Buetow said, “I know that he did not serve with honor and distinction. It is frustrating. I know it’s frustrating for my fellow soldiers who were in my platoon and just really soldiers anywhere, anyone who did serve honorably. […] To say that Bowe is honorable is a spit right in everybody’s faces.”
After Bergdahl left the unit and went missing in Afghanistan, both men heard in a radio transmission that an American was looking for the Taliban.
“We hear straight across that radio and straight through the interpreter’s lips that there was an American in Yayakale, like I said that was just a couple miles away from where we were out, and he is trying to find someone who speaks English so he could talk to the Taliban. I mean that’s exactly what was said, that’s exactly what I heard. I mean there’s really no confusing that,” Sgt. Buetow said, adding that they could only assume it was the "one American who had just walked away."
Watch the interview with Sgt. Buetow above, and Sgt. Gerleve below.