Bring Bowe Home: Leave no man behindPosted by TM Snyder on June 10, 2013
In just three weeks, on June 30, it will mark the fourth anniversary since one of our nation’s own went missing in action while bravely serving our country. Private First Class (PFC) Bowe Bergdahl is an infantry soldier with the United States Army and was just 23 years old when he went missing on June 30, 2009, near the village of Yahya Khel in Afghanistan, next to the Pakistan border. Bowe Bergdahl is the only known American soldier continued to be held by Taliban insurgents, and although absent, PFC Bergdahl was still promoted to the rank of sergeant on June 17, 2011.
Even though Bergdahl is the only U.S. prisoner of war believed to originate from the Afghan conflict, does that mean we should just forget about him? Absolutely not. Bowe Bergdahl is a young Patriot who was fighting for the rights and freedom each and every one of us enjoy on a daily basis as American citizens. He is a native of Idaho where, from what I have found, has an extremely close relationship with his friends and family, especially his parents Bob and Jani Bergdahl.
There are so many questions that Americans should be demanding answers for regarding this situation. The main question, why isn’t the media covering a missing American P.O.W.? Another, why isn’t the Obama administration using every available resource to find and bring this soldier home? Those two questions in all likelihood shall be linked together due to the fact that the media doesn’t cover anything these days that Obama doesn’t personally endorse as “kosher”. I can’t imagine the outrage in the media if this were happening under George W. Bush‘s watch. Bowe Bergdahl would be the lead story, and his name front-page news every day if that were the case, rest assured. But oddly, we have heard next to nothing about Bergdahl in the four years he has been held captive, and that simply must change.
I believe the main reason we are being shielded from the truth by the media is because Obama can’t afford to look any worse than he already does. Remember when President Obama appeared on our TV screens to announce the successful mission and subsequent death of Osama Bin Laden? There were celebrations in the streets, people hugging complete strangers and all of a sudden the general public instantly felt safe again. That’s exactly how Obama wants you to feel, but the reality is, the killing of one man does not compromise an entire movement or belief system. Obama will continue to hold the position that since Bin Laden is dead, therefore all Taliban, Al-Qaeda or other radical Islamic groups no longer exist. This is absurd and couldn’t be further from the truth. The death of Bin Laden did eliminate a key leader, but opened the door for others to take on leadership roles and potentially expand these secular radical groups.
(Pictured above: Bowe Bergdahl Dec.8 2010, clearly exhausted, frail, unhealthy and under Taliban control)
If these radical Islamic terrorist groups are diminishing, then why do we have a P.O.W. that we can’t retrieve? In addition, why has Obama continued to negotiate with these groups for the release of Bowe Bergdahl? This is just further proof that these groups are still very much alive and active, in addition to the media providing Obama whatever cushion he needs whenever he needs it. Since Bergdahl‘s capture, the Taliban have released at least five separate videos showing Bowe to be clearly in their captivity, the last was in May 2011. In 2010, the Taliban demanded $1 million and the conditional release of 22 Afghan prisoners, including Aafia Siddiqui, in exchange for Bergdahl. Siddiqui is a Pakistani scientist convicted of attempting to murder multiple U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan. The Taliban directly threatened Bergdahl‘s life with execution if these demands were not met. Multiple negotiations have fell through, the true number of which we will never know, however Obama‘s latest proposal was squashed before it really ever got off the ground. Reports are that efforts quickly broke down in 2012 after Obama attempted to exchange five Taliban leaders held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, for Bergdahl. That plan collapsed after Obama would not release the five prisoners in exchange for Bergdahl, but instead transfer them to U.S. controlled bases in Afghanistan, officials have said. As an American, and the son of a war veteran, I feel we should stop at nothing to bring our soldiers home. This behavior by the Obama administration is not surprising to me as it has become the “norm”, to do one thing and tell the general public something completely different. But this goes far beyond elections, campaigns, ratings or poll numbers. This is an American Patriot, missing in action. We currently have a prisoner of war that nobody seems to notice or care much about here in America. His name is Bowe Bergdahl, and you have not been forgotten young man. We will find you! God Bless Americans.
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