Beyond Brevard: Questions Surround POW Exchange

By  //  June 2, 2014

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'I am ashamed to be an American'

ABOVE VIDEO: Five of the Taliban detainees who were exchanged for US prisoner of war Bowe Bergdahl were classified as “high risk” and among the most dangerous members of Taliban in US custody. Following the exchange, many questions have surfaced regarding Bergdahl’s loyalty to the unit he served with, and his fellow soldiers have labeled him as a deserter. 

Bergdahl: Image courtesy of Wikipedia


  • Soldiers’ Hometown has cancelled welcome party. (Source: Reuters)
  • U.S. Knew Bergdahl Deserted Post in 2010 (Source: Assoc. Press.)
  • Dutch Ruppersberger, the top-ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, calls the swap a “dangerous precedent that puts all Americans at risk throughout the world.”(Source: CBS)
  • Fellow soldier:”We were told to ‘keep quiet’ about Bergdahl leaving Afghan base (Source: CBS)
    Bergdahl’s team leader: Intercepted radio chatter said he sought talks with the Taliban (Source: CNN)

Following a prisoner of war exchange for five Taliban soldiers, many questions have surfaced regarding Bowe Bergdahl’s capture.

According to other soliders in Bergdhal’s company, Bergdahl was a deserter. Three days before Bergdahl went missing, he told his parents via email that he was ashamed to be an American,

“I am sorry for everything here,” he wrote…“I am ashamed to be an American. And the title of U.S. soldier is just the lie of fools,” he concluded. “I am sorry for everything. The horror that is America is disgusting.”

BELOW VIDEO: Columnist Bill Kristol details several of the questions regarding the POW trade for Bowe Bergdahl. 

BELOW VIDEO: Sen. John McCain, a former POW, expresses his concern over the five Taliban suspects who were exchanged for Bowe Bergdahl.