The need to exchange five allegedly dangerous detainees in exchange for Bowe Bergdahl is becoming more mysterious with each hour since the weekend exchange with the Taliban. It’s not often the yellow ribbons go up for someone being increasingly described by former colleagues as a “deserter.”
“Any of us would have died for him while he was with us and then for him to just leave us like that, it was a very big betrayal,” former Army Sergeant Josh Korder, a Minnesota man, told CNN.
He has the names of three soldiers, who died looking for Bergdahl, tattoed on his back.
“I don’t think I could have continued to go on without being able to share with you and the people the true things that happened in this situation,” Korder said Monday. “Because if you guys aren’t made aware of it, it will just go on, and he’ll be a hero, and nobody will be able to know the truth.”
Bergdahl walked away from his post in Afghanistan five years ago when he was abducted.
Even more curious: WCCO reports that when he was discharged from the Army — apparently for less than honorable reasons, the TV station says — he had to sign an agreement that he would not talk about the Bergdahl case.
Related: Was price to win release of an American soldier from Taliban captivity too high? (The Washington Post).