'He's Not a Hero': 6 of Bowe Bergdahl's Platoon Members Speak Out
In a powerful interview with Megyn Kelly, six of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's platoon members, including the platoon's former leader, spoke out on the latest developments in the embattled Taliban trade that secured Bergdahl's freedom.
Responding to Kelly's questions about an exclusive Fox News report by James Rosen that alleges Bergdahl converted to Islam, fraternized openly with his captors and declared himself a "warrior for Islam," former platoon leader Evan Buetow said, "We knew that he had deserted."
Buetow went on to say that the unit on the ground in Afghanistan had knowledge that Bergdahl was attempting to find the Taliban, or someone outside of the platoon with whom he could speak in English who could talk to the Taliban for him.
When asked by Kelly for a head-count of how many among the six platoon members thought Bergdahl deserted, every hand went up.
"It doesn't matter what his motives were. We all took an oath and had to abide by orders, and you don't just leave your fellow Americans to join somebody else," said Cody Full, who was Bergdahl's former roommate.
Former platoon leader Evan Buetow described in detail the morning the platoon realized Bergdahl was missing, and the subsequent search that ensued.
In the days since the platoon members first spoke out about Bergdahl, reports have surfaced that some White House aides have accused the former platoon members of "swift boating," a reference to a group of Vietnam veterans who questioned now Secretary of State John Kerry's military service record during his presidential run in 2004.
Department of State spokespeople have openly called into question the credibility of the soldiers who were there on the ground in Afghanistan when Bergdahl disappeared.
In an even more outrageous turn, a deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development suggested on Twitter that the platoon members speaking out against Bergdahl were "psychopaths." The deputy secretary, Brandon Friedman, was formerly a VA official.
When asked by Kelly for their reaction, the six platoon members gave an incredulous chuckle. Gerald Sutton said he was flattered, because it meant that the administration was noticing their story.
The platoon members all agreed that none of them have political motivations in speaking out against Bergdahl.
"This is not about politics. This is about the fact that Bergdahl walked away from us, went to try to find the Taliban, and we know that for a fact. We were all there, and there is not one person you could find who would say that they don't believe that -- at least who was there," said Buetow.
"He's not a hero, and he did not serve with distinction, and that's a spit in the face to everyone who joined the Army and anyone who died looking for him. What do you think their families think? They don't get their loved one back like Bergdahl's family," said Buetow.
"When you're in a combat zone, it doesn't matter if you're left, right, independent, Jedi, whatever you want to be, okay? The only thing that matters is that you have an American flag on your shoulder... We're all going to ride together, we're all going to die together," said Full.
"I don't know how he felt about us, but we all would die for him, and he left," Full said.
"I would just ask him, 'Why?'" said Sutton, who added that he'd considered Bergdahl a close friend.
"We have no idea why he did it," Buetow said.
When asked to raise their hands if they would like to see Bergdahl court-martialed, all six hands went up.
"He needs to answer for what he did," said Buetow.
Watch part one of the interview and tune in to The Kelly File, Friday at 9p ET for part two.