Bergdahl no pal to former Minnesota soldier

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).

  • Gary F

    These are no run of mill terrorists President Obama let go from Club Gitmo, he gave them the TOP FIVE bad guys, two are wanted by the United Nations.

    All for a traitor/deserter?

    I hope not, but in two weeks, two months, two years or twenty years, this will come back to bite us with something very nasty.

    The Nobel Peace Prize winner is making the world a more dangerous place.

  • Gary F
  • Gary F

    Why was this deal announced in the Rose Garden at the White House?

    Was didn’t this deal go down years ago as many sources are reporting?

  • Gary F

    What did Hillary Clinton know about the current deal, seeing she just had a meeting with the President? What did she know about past deals for this guy?

    Think the media will ask her those questions?

  • jon

    I await more information.

    Though, I see from the comment sections on the interweb that every one else has already made up their minds…

  • lionwarningcat

    We are headed down a slippery slope with this situation. Everyone seems to want to make excuses for this character just like many parents of Millennials have done their entire childhoods.

    Every child has to have a trophy, a ribbon, what have you. Without failure, children can’t mature and handle life’s ups and downs and there are plenty of those to go around.

    As one person so aptly stated, you don’t go into the army for humanitarian reasons. There are plenty of organizations you can join to fulfill a need to help others.

    This soldier deserted his unit and several of his fellow soldiers died trying to find him. The American public has every right to feel outraged.

    This is another indication of how selfish and self-absorbed Americans are becoming.

    God help us all.

    • But the 4,486 mostly young people who died in Iraq and 2323 who sacrificed themselves in Afghanistan are not any sort of indication of Americans? And none of them ever got a participation trophy when they were kids?

      Also, use your real name. It’s the rule around here.

      • Anna

        Okay Bob. My name is Anna.

        My son was accepted into the Coast Guard Academy. When he got there, he realized that he could never go out on rescues because officers were too valuable. He was not comfortable with the fact that he was putting his men at risk while he was safe on land. The only way he could get in on rescues was to go into pilot training which would add another 5 years to his hitch.

        On his first liberty, he and I talked at length and he told me what if he didn’t like it and was stuck in the job for 10 years? I told him he had to make the decision as it was his career we were dealing with.

        Wisely, he decided to DOR after Swab Summer was over. He is now a successful composites engineer, doing what he loves most—making things work better.

        He is also a Millennium. Same path. Two very different outcomes.

        In no way am I demeaning the service of our men and women in the armed forces, many of them of the Millenium generation. I taught many of them when I was a college adjunct instructor.

        Don’t tell me this soldier did not have an opinion about the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq before he enlisted. That’s hogwash. What rock had he been hiding under for the last 10 years?

        There are consequences when we make a bad decision. This young needs to learn what consequences are and hold himself accountable. That’s what mature adults do.

    • Joe

      Americans have been selfish and self-absorbed since at least the 1870s, this is has nothing to do with the dawn of the new millennium. A prisoner swap at the end of a ten year occupation on the search for the boogeyman isn’t exactly “giving him a trophy.” But I do agree that he needs to learn more about failure by being imprisoned longer, we’re still trying to get vital boogeyman data in Guantanamo.

  • kevinfromminneapolis

    I don’t know what to make of this. Of course we’re glad that he’s back, but he’s by all accounts a deserter. It would be weird to bring a guy home then court marshal him. Exchanging him for some bad guys. I don’t know.

    • MrE85

      The cynic in me tells me that Obama made the deal just to get rid of 5 Gitmo detainees we can’t give away, prosecute or execute. The deal with Qatar gets them out of our hair without returning them to Afghanistan, at least not until the combat troops have largely withdrawn. Bowe is just an means to an end.