June 18th, 2014
09:16 PM ET

Why has Bergdahl not spoken to his parents?

New outrage and blame over Bowe Bergdahl's capture and release.

Some of Bergdahl's former platoon members testified before Congress that the Army sergeant deserted his post nearly five years ago and, they say, as a result - six soldiers died searching for him.

Bergdahl deal scrutinized at congressional hearing

Currently, Bergdahl is being exposed to some of the media coverage about him. It's part of his recovery process, but 18 days after his release, the 28-year-old has yet to speak with his family.

CNN's Ed Lavandera is OutFront with more.

Filed under: Bowe Bergdahl • News
soundoff (94 Responses)
  1. You Got It

    He's obviously hiding something he doesn't want them to see – most likely the fact that he's a traitor for abandoning his post in a combat zone, and that he willingly surrendered to the enemy.
    Now he's embarrassed to face his mother & father, as that would mean facing the truth of his actions after they worked so hard to try and free him (only to find out that he willingly put himself in that very position of captivity).

    July 16, 2014 at 11:37 am | Reply
    • Boineelo Modimoofile

      This is so touching! Bowe undrestands what his parents went through during his captivity and meeting them soon is not advisable .According to the source he doesn't know how to speak English at all which is another valid resoan why Bowe needs time before he can meet his parents .Healing is a process and yes he need time to heal ! ppl must stop judging him and appreciate what US gv has done! imagen if it was your son! your brother or sister!

      July 31, 2014 at 3:22 am | Reply
  2. iamtoscanini

    He is fed up with his helicopter parents, and who wouldn't be. They are the worst.

    July 16, 2014 at 10:51 am | Reply
  3. iamtoscanini

    It's predictable that he doesn't want to speak to his interfering helicopter parents. They probably never let him alone, so he joined a couple branches of the military to try to become independent. Just when he thought he found a few new friends and a new life in Afghanistan, they go and mess it up for him again in the world media, no less.

    July 16, 2014 at 10:49 am | Reply
  4. Emmi

    There are 2 sides to every story. If what this man did is true, he may walk away again.

    July 15, 2014 at 3:33 pm | Reply
  5. rifleman

    there is def something wrong if he still hasnt spoken to his parents. either he really is a mental case or he cant face them knowing he is guilty and a coward.

    July 15, 2014 at 3:16 pm | Reply
  6. jon wilson

    His father speaking Arabic in the Rose Garden blew me away. To me that put a whole new twist on things. Of course everybody knows all the other stuff by now. But after 5 years suddenly? they want ransom money? To top it off he gets traded for 5 yes that's 5 of the hardest of the hard Taliban leaders not just Joe Shmoes. At first everybody's like yay we got out guy back. Then when all the truth started coming out everyone's like what the heck did we just do?

    July 4, 2014 at 12:23 pm | Reply
    • IndyMike

      What do you expect from this administration? They are so desperate for some good PR, they can't bother to check out the whole story about anything and end up stepping into poop over and over again.

      July 15, 2014 at 11:00 am | Reply
  7. Na

    The NY Times says that he has still not met his parents (!) and that he lists a friend as his army insurance beneficiary. such is the lofe of this troubled young man. more demented than deserter.

    July 1, 2014 at 11:50 pm | Reply
  8. alumette

    I do not understand why this philosophical guy went into the military. Hello ! these recruits are fingers on triggers, kill what you can while you can . Nothing about helping cultures in distress. He was likely at high risk of getting a " friendly discharge" in his butt. He saved himself by running out and getting picked up by the Taliban. At least, they kept him alive. Reality check needed here.

    June 26, 2014 at 3:49 pm | Reply
    • DK

      You're dumb. Extremely, almost to a hyperbolic level. Do military men and women sometimes have to shoot people? Absolutely. Do some people join the service because they might be put into a situation like that? Absolutely. But to say all service-members are itchy-trigger-finger having fratricides waiting to happen is ridiculous. If his team/squad mates didn't trust him to do what is sometimes necessary (give a hostile a healthy dose of lead poisoning), they would simply have left him behind the wire or in his vehicle. He was in no danger from the troops around him, and for you to imply that he willfully and knowingly abandoned his post in a hostile country in order to save himself from American forces is absolutely insane.

      July 3, 2014 at 2:57 pm | Reply
    • jon wilson

      Reality check?? Felt safer with the Taliban?? That may be the stupidest comment of the day.

      July 4, 2014 at 12:05 pm | Reply
  9. lg

    Maybe his father's ugly scraggly beard reminds him of his captors.

    June 23, 2014 at 8:13 pm | Reply
  10. No Name

    Our country is weaker because of this trade. If ever one or more of the "Guantanamo Five" kills an American GI or civilian, Obama will have to answer for their actions. If Bergdahl really deserted, then he deserved to be left behind. If Bergdahl did not desert, then he needed to stick it out to the end (his death if he had to) as an American soldier in time of war. This swap was not a political prisoner "Cold War Swap" between the USA and the USSR, it was a swap for terrorists and murderers.

    June 20, 2014 at 7:32 pm | Reply
  11. Steve

    I keep reading references to the 6 soldiers who are said to have died searching for Bergdahl.

    But an article in Time magazine that listed these 6 brave men did not give the slightest bit of proof that any of them died actually searching for Bergdahl, but rather during the normal violence they faced every day in the province they were stationed. In all but two of the stories, the men were engaged in normal patrols, which they would have been engaged in with or without Bergdahl's being missing.

    For two of the soldiers, the article stated that they were looking for Bergdahl, but there was no indication that they weren't simply keeping an eye out for him while conducting a normal patrol.

    You simply can't blame this man for every death that occurred after he left his post.

    If he did indeed leave his post – then he needs to face a military court and stand charges.

    But blaming him for those who fell in this war is, or should be beneath America.

    June 20, 2014 at 7:28 pm | Reply
    • alumette

      pure BS. These guys lost their lives as they would have, anyway. It had nothing to do with this poor guy, but they would like to pin it on him. Just as a payback. I think he was in danger with these fellows and he took the high road to save himself. Guess what ? he is alive now. We have too many of these killing recruits as they like nothing better than to kill. These are the same guys we see torturing innocent animals in slaughter houses. They are monsters. Sorry to say but it is what they are. No souls, no compassion as killing is their joy.

      June 26, 2014 at 3:56 pm | Reply
      • jon wilson

        Man, you've got a totally warped view of the military. Ever served? didn't think so. Soldiers don't kill their own men they send info. up the chain of command. even if they thought .Bergdahl was a total nut case he wouldn't be of any danger from his own men.

        July 4, 2014 at 12:14 pm | Reply
  12. Big Ben

    This guy has been away for 5 years, About like 20 to him. They have to bring him back gradually, and they will want to question him about every day. They cannot bring into his enviroment anyone untrained (parents) who may bring something into the conversation they do not want him to know yet. This hospital in Texas is where all POW's go since Vietnam. Leave them alone to do what they know how to do.

    June 20, 2014 at 6:47 pm | Reply
    • Keith

      you are right, I wasn't a prisoner and it took a few months after returning from a war zone before I could talk to anyone I knew from the past, and I did not want to talk to my parents.

      July 2, 2014 at 12:14 am | Reply
  13. MN

    Who cares? His business, not ours.

    June 20, 2014 at 6:29 pm | Reply
  14. Barack obama

    I used the Bergdahl incident to get you stoopid americans minds off of the Benghazi incident. You fools of America! Too stoopid to see the answer in front of your own eyes you stoopid fools!

    June 20, 2014 at 6:12 pm | Reply
    • Keith

      Benghazi was an act of war, why are you so stupid to believe that it was anything special. People die in war, that is what happens. Libya was at war and the ignorant CIA operative Stevens was walking around Benghazi claiming to be the "Liberator of Benghazi". Some of the real liberators decided to show him the truth.

      July 2, 2014 at 12:18 am | Reply
  15. me

    the soldier abandoned his post.others died looking for him,his father speaks the language of the enemy. the president praises all of them. the president showed customary thank you to the enemy. smile like the cat that ate the canary. why is this not treason committed by Obama for acts against the united states?

    June 20, 2014 at 6:03 pm | Reply
    • Steve

      This is not treason because the Commander in Chief had a soldier that was in enemy hands returned to the U.S.

      If the man indeed deserted – which these men claim – then he should be tried for desertion – and perhaps for manslaughter if military law allows for those charges in relation to the death of men searching for him.

      But is has been and MUST ALWAYS BE the policy of the United States that you LEAVE NO MAN BEHIND. No matter how he ended up in the enemies camp – you go get him, trade for him, do what it takes to bring him home. Only then does how it happened matter.

      You and I are asking our men and women in uniform to go into harms way for us, with the possibility that they can be taken prisoner or killed. We owe them the absolute guarantee that we will find them and bring them home if we can. Otherwise how do you dare ask them to risk it all on our behalf?

      June 20, 2014 at 6:58 pm | Reply
    • davemvh

      AND,the "prisoner" who claims to have forgotten how to speak English,has been reported to be talking up a storm to his doctors and nurses!,in ENGLISH!

      June 20, 2014 at 7:34 pm | Reply
    • mericanhero

      Spot ON.

      June 20, 2014 at 8:07 pm | Reply
    • renate

      Because he did not know all of this and just welcomed home an American at that point. He just can't win for loosing.

      June 20, 2014 at 8:54 pm | Reply
  16. JY

    I think this young WAR HERO should ave all the time he needs to acclimate him self back ..after all he lived in a cage for close to 5 years

    June 20, 2014 at 5:41 pm | Reply
    • TRMKC

      Bergdahl walked away from his post according to those soldiers who served with him. There are consequences to bad choices. Defaming those who served with Bergdahl by the press and the Obama administration does not change that reality.

      June 20, 2014 at 6:48 pm | Reply
    • jmgone2000

      Lets assume you're right, contrary to those who were there, then many folks would change their opinion of him. Now lets say the accusations surrounding his capture turn out to be true, would you then turn around and condemn him as well as NOT being a war hero?

      June 20, 2014 at 7:29 pm | Reply
    • davemvh

      Hes FAR from a 'war hero" you fool.He is a DESERTER! He deserves to be tried under the articles of the UCMJ and imprisoned for deserting his post,period.Tell the families of the EIGHT soldiers who died looking for his cowardly ass what a "hero" he is.

      June 20, 2014 at 7:36 pm | Reply
    • Bulfrog54

      He "claims" he was in a so called cage....we have no proof of that...only his word....but we do have proof of him walking off...I'd find it hard to believe all those guys are lying about it.

      June 20, 2014 at 7:54 pm | Reply
    • Ken

      Do you know that for sure? Keep in a cage get real...So I guess I can say he lived among them as an equal its about as credible as your claim....

      June 20, 2014 at 8:22 pm | Reply
      • TiredOfPaying

        According to reports, he WAS kept in a cage after one escape attempt. Obviously this needs to be verified, as does the rest of his story, but YOU should not comment without some actual, ya know, KNOWLEDGE.

        July 1, 2014 at 4:51 pm | Reply
  17. JohnD

    Usually, the military moves the family to the released'. It is odd,that the family who never said anything in five,years after their brief Presidential exposure, is,silent and distant.

    June 20, 2014 at 5:17 pm | Reply
    • Na

      As much as his family misses him, Berghdal is a mentally stable man. and his time in captivity didnt help any. we expect people to change but they dont. the Times lists his complocated relationship with his parents and unfortunatley this ordeal isnt bringing them any closer. i dont think Berghdal is a terrorist sympathizer. hes a sick individual who shouldve gotten help rarher than put on the plane to Affhanistan

      July 1, 2014 at 11:54 pm | Reply
  18. Lonnie

    He hasn't spoken to them because he cannot speak pashtan

    June 20, 2014 at 5:01 pm | Reply
  19. Oliver Clothsoff

    Cuz they look like old hippies!

    June 20, 2014 at 4:59 pm | Reply
  20. Jay Beaser

    Obama and company are conditioning Bergdahl to be more presentable. Obliviously, the Dad failed the sniff test, given his police record, and now, Obama does not want to reintroduce this person and fail yet another time. Poor Obama? No he listens little, big ego, he has failed at every level.

    June 20, 2014 at 4:57 pm | Reply
  21. GMAC

    Is it not obvious to all, that this your Soldier is a sick person.

    Let the Military sort it out, I for one am sick and tired of hearing about it.

    June 20, 2014 at 4:55 pm | Reply
    • davemvh

      who cares what you think.

      June 20, 2014 at 7:37 pm | Reply
  22. pennyankee35

    Most people are more inclined to believe what his platoon members are saying, than anything that comes from obama and any of his stooges. They have no reason, or anything to gain, so why would they lie about the deserter? Now obama and his administration on the other hand, do nothing but lie, so why would any rational thinking person believe them? The dude skipped out on his team members in combat, that's deserting in the face of the enemy, and that calls for the death penalty.

    June 20, 2014 at 4:33 pm | Reply
    • TRMKC

      The real tragedy is the treatment of the soldiers that served with Bergdahl. The Obama administration is trying to sell a different narrative than from the reality of what happened, according to the soldiers who were there. When the soldiers spoke out, the Obama administration and the press are trying to defame them. Shame on the the press and the Obama administration. The truth will win out, rather than their attempted spin on it.

      June 20, 2014 at 6:53 pm | Reply
    • Steve

      Unless you want to live in Russia or some other country that the US – YOU do not get to judge this man based on news reports and second hand stories.

      The Military has a very strict code of justice. They will fine the facts and if they believe this man guilty of a crime, he will be court martialed and get what he deserves.

      But that has nothing to do with the Commander in Chiefs responsibility to do whatever he can to return any US service man or woman back to the US. Be it to proclaim them a hero or to have them face charges – they first and foremost need to be brought home.

      Do you want a soldier to know that FOX NEWS or MSNBC get to decide if they are freed from the enemy if they are taken prisoner? Or should it be the Commander in Chief and the Military that decide?

      June 20, 2014 at 7:06 pm | Reply
  23. benstanklin

    Ummm new outrage and blame?? The guys in his unit were talking about this since the day dude was handed over. CNN only about 3 weeks behind good job guys.

    June 20, 2014 at 4:03 pm | Reply
  24. maggie

    He hasn't talked to his parent because that would make him a traitor to the Taliban since I'm sure he decided that he is now a muslim and converted as such. This man doesn't want to be a traitor to two countries ya know.

    June 20, 2014 at 2:33 pm | Reply
  25. bdenny1954

    birddog is and was a deserter.i find it impossible to believe anyone other than his fellow soldiers.they testified he deserted 5 years ago an I stand with them.they have no reason to lie.besides,why would you just wonder off into enemy territory away from the safty of your camp? I smell a pile of B.S.

    June 20, 2014 at 2:08 pm | Reply
  26. guillaume

    His brain washing hasn't been completed.

    June 20, 2014 at 1:47 pm | Reply
  27. PAT

    Maybe he has turned against the US and for five years has been briefed on this very occasion. How do we know he isn't part of them now? Maybe he already has ties in America from over there. He was smart enough to convince the coast guard that he was mentally ill. If I am wrong I apologize to him for thinking this way but seems as if he was deserting his own why would he do that?

    June 20, 2014 at 1:29 pm | Reply
  28. Rich

    What's more important is, how was he captured?

    June 20, 2014 at 1:21 pm | Reply
  29. quesswho

    As Obama says, better keep it a secret, it's too dangerous to let everybody knows the truth.

    June 20, 2014 at 12:55 pm | Reply
  30. elmerpsuggins

    Bergdal is not stupid. He had already written his father in Arabic before he sent his computer & things back to the US. It is all a FRONT because he knows he will be facing a court martial and possible jail, so he is playing the'ole mentally ill trick. That way he thinks the military courts will go easy on or not try him. Wouldn't surprise me one bit if Obama stepped in gave him a pardon because it would make Obama look like a fool, which he is.

    June 20, 2014 at 12:25 pm | Reply
  31. Ginny

    This is not about Obama or any politician. It is about his signing up to protect the USA and his fellow comrades. Too many of his troop calls him a deserter. I wonder why his father learned how to speak Islamsic so he could converse with his son. And is there any doctor's reports on his mental health before he joined. Too many unanswered questions about this soldier to judge him.

    June 20, 2014 at 12:16 pm | Reply
  32. yakky11

    The government isn't through telling him what they need him to say. Watch him come out and say how he loves America, he never deserted,and was totally committed to his duty.

    June 20, 2014 at 12:03 pm | Reply
  33. rheba w

    the article is dated 6/18 and states "Some of Bergdahl's former platoon members testified before Congress that the Army sergeant deserted his post nearly five years ago and, they say, as a result – six soldiers died searching for him."

    Recent news reports of other maintream (eg generally reliable) press state that the six soldiers were killed after the search for Bergdahl ended. Also other reports say he had gone off before as had other soldiers but had returned. If all else is true, it's not a strong case to say on June 18 to quote inaccurate information. It doesnt sound like he deserted and the timing of the deaths of the other soldiers and the end of the search for him can be confirmed or denied with a little homework. I dont see any effort to get the story straight. It probably would be helpful to the families of the soldiers that were killed to know more.

    June 20, 2014 at 11:57 am | Reply
  34. Alfonzo Greytonzo

    Wow, first he deserts his post and causes 6 heros to die. He ambarresess the only one who backs him namely the president, and compromises national security. And now he won't talk to his parents, not a very honorable person that's for sure.

    June 20, 2014 at 10:32 am | Reply
  35. I-8-UR-cat

    you know I would not speak to my parents either ! I would be ashamed ! but when his father is aloowed to speak Arabic to him in private. all bets are off !

    June 20, 2014 at 9:16 am | Reply
  36. On The Grid

    He hasnt talked to his family, cause hes mad they helped him get released...now he may be facing prison time...for real this time

    June 20, 2014 at 8:43 am | Reply
    • Tom William

      If he winds up spending time in a federal prison, it better be solitary confinement. Put him in the general population and he will not live a week. No one likes a deserter. It made me sick to see Jane Fonda praised on TV a few nights ago. She should be in prison for life for what she did in Vietnam. Yes, I was in Vietnam when she expressed her desire to shot down some "American dogs". Wish she had come south on a USO tour after that. She would have had a serious accident real quick.

      June 20, 2014 at 7:50 pm | Reply
  37. Bruce P

    Huh. The only one who said he was a hero was Obama. How about that?

    June 19, 2014 at 8:44 pm | Reply
    • Audrey DeShields

      Maybe he believe that people have right to be innocent until proven guilty and that evidence is proven not just an opinion. Like the law says so

      June 20, 2014 at 2:05 pm | Reply
    • Carmen Bailey

      I don't think Obama cares if he was a deserter or not! I think he just wanted to free those five men! He put us and all of our men and women in uniform in danger and he should be tried and not only impeached but put in prison! This is nothing short of treason!! JMHO

      June 20, 2014 at 3:45 pm | Reply
      • Heathkit

        Obama released the bad guys just in time to join ISIS in Iraq.

        June 21, 2014 at 12:34 pm | Reply
    • Lilly Skywalker


      June 20, 2014 at 5:30 pm | Reply
  38. Linville Bottoms

    Why is everyone still beating this dead horse? This man is mentally ill....isn't that why the Coast Guard released him before he signed on with the military? Let it be.

    June 19, 2014 at 8:38 pm | Reply
    • TheCommonSenseConservative

      Sure, let's just forget it. Your apathy is distubing.

      June 20, 2014 at 10:53 am | Reply
    • boisebullhorn

      I'll give it up when 1) the five slimebag murderers who were traded for him are recaptured and sent to their 72 virgins, and 2) Bergdahl is stripped of the Sergeant's stripes he didn't earn. His two post-desertion promotions, which were for PR's sake only, were slaps in the face of anyone who's ever worn Sergeants' stripes or Specialist 4's insignia.

      June 20, 2014 at 3:58 pm | Reply
    • Lola

      So let him go along his merry way for abandoning his post and getting six soldiers that were looking for him killed? What planet do you live on?

      June 20, 2014 at 4:06 pm | Reply
    • Susan M. Augustine

      You are absolutely right. This guy had an alcohol-fueled (?) mental lapse– No sane person would simply walk unarmed directly into unsecured territory of the enemy. I don't think he intended to desert, but naively thought he would hang out unscathed for a while with some Afghan friends and return to his post–something that many soldiers apparently have done with locals since Europe & Vietnam– and if they return in a timely fashion, not much is made of it– too idealistic & trusting maybe, but not a traitor/deserter. It's not like he boarded a flight to Paris or the Bahamas–he deserves some compassion & care, the last 5 years have been no joyride for him & he will have to live with knowing others in his garrison died bravely searching for him. I understood that already he has refused his promotion. So he has a history of mental illness with the Coast Guard but also of being a kind quiet cerebral person of good character. Do you think those comrades that died bravely searching for him would wish for him to now be so hastily condemned & used as political pawn? I think NOT. I am neither Nazi Liberal Democrat NOR Rabid Republican, I am in independent that votes by my conscience on the individual merit of each candidate or issue. It is national political extremism/polarization and obstructionist unwillingness to consider any moderate course of beneficial action that will destroy America– not radical jihad Muslims, but radical politically extreme Americans?

      June 20, 2014 at 5:13 pm | Reply
      • joe


        Being a Vietnam Vet and speaking from personal experience, I can tell you nobody in my outfit ever left their post to mingle with the locals while we were in the field. People in the rear would sneak into town from time to time. But in the field? NEVER! Living in your protected sate you have no idea how important each person is on an outpost.


        June 20, 2014 at 8:34 pm | Reply
  39. dave

    What would a traitor say?

    June 19, 2014 at 8:03 pm | Reply
  40. Geo

    He has not talked to them because he is still confused on what the government wants him to say

    June 19, 2014 at 6:35 pm | Reply
    • Aceflier

      Wow you hit the nail on the head there.. I have said all along it will take time for them to help him get his troy just like they want it... The spin doctors are working around the clock.....

      June 20, 2014 at 10:12 am | Reply
    • DaniGirl

      George, you said it for me! You are right about that. He will be really sticking his foot in his mouth because at some point as well all know, lies come back to haunt us. What a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive...And that's what they are afraid of. Besides, the Rose Garden photo op with his arm around his parents (his dad is a creepy peeping tom with multiple convictions) will have gone to waste! Lord knows I am supposed to love all of my brothers and sister in God, but I have to say, it is very difficult for me to love or pray for MR. Obama. I don't refer to him as president. I never voted for him because I was not swayed and I did my homework. I love you sisters and brothers of America.

      June 20, 2014 at 2:49 pm | Reply
    • Lilly Skywalker

      Good point. Obama will spin this so he looks as if he did the right thing by not obeying the law. In the meantime, we have four Taliban generals on the loose who vow to return to the war zone. Obama never took into consideration the number of our armed forces who will be placed in harms way trying to recapture the enemies to our country!

      June 20, 2014 at 5:33 pm | Reply
  41. Skeptic

    He's probably being prevented from speaking with anyone, while the Army are thoroughly 'de-briefing' him, i..e intimidating and brainwashing him to make sure he won't make any anti-war remarks. Its precisely because Bergdahl is an intelligent individual who was horrified by the US's destructive actions in Afghanistan that he is being vilified by the right-wing with the willing collaboration of the media.

    June 19, 2014 at 6:19 pm | Reply
    • Don't think...

      Skeptic, seems like you've made up your mind instead of being skeptical.

      June 20, 2014 at 7:44 am | Reply
    • Scot V

      Seriously? The guy VOLUNTEERED to be put into that position, and now you want to believe that he was horrified by the destruction caused by the US military? You're not very smart are you?

      June 20, 2014 at 8:51 am | Reply
    • ED

      "US's destructive actions"? Obviously you've never served but seem to enjoy bad-mouthing those who do. This Country's military destroys only that which needs to be destroys and we treat people, both military and civilian a hell of a lot better and more humane than our enemies treat us or would treat you if not for your military keeping them away from here..

      June 20, 2014 at 10:20 am | Reply
    • WannaBet

      If you believe Bergdahl is "intelligent" you have more issues than he doea.

      June 20, 2014 at 10:54 am | Reply
    • Crosstip

      "destructive actions in Afghanistan" so you have seen first-hand all of those actions? Or maybe it is you who has been villified by the left-wing with the willing collaboration of the media.

      June 20, 2014 at 11:03 am | Reply
    • PatrickPain

      You are an idiot! Oh and I was in the military and they don't brainwash you. And what the hell do you mean the U.S. destructive actions in Afghanistan? Those primiative pieces of crap killed 3000 U.S. civilians!

      June 20, 2014 at 11:29 am | Reply
    • Scott

      Say hi to the rest of the people in imaginationland for me.

      June 20, 2014 at 11:51 am | Reply
    • Grizzly

      He left his unit because he wanted to kill, he went looking for the enemy. He left the U.S. to be with them. The video shows he was well fed, not beaten like others have been. In the video it showed the so called captors talking to him as a friend. So stop drinking Obama's Kool-Aid.

      June 20, 2014 at 12:56 pm | Reply
    • Hill

      You literally have no idea what your talking about.

      June 20, 2014 at 1:41 pm | Reply
    • DaniGirl

      Skeptic, I doubt he is being vilivied by the right wing collaborating with the media. HA! Far cry from THAT ever happening since 99 percent of the media is left wing and married into The White House.

      June 20, 2014 at 2:51 pm | Reply
    • vet

      for what I read, I understand your point of view; have you ever served in the armed forces? Have you had to had your life in the hands of another? what if when he walked off a group of Taliban came in a slaughtered all of the troops who were depending on him to keep them safe. is the same situation if you were to walk away from you children and let all kinds of pedophiles and rapist come in to your house while you went out and had a little stroll!!!

      June 20, 2014 at 3:03 pm | Reply
    • USMCphrogcrew

      Skeptic, thanks for showing the world what a useless two legged oxygen thief you are. Sounds like you know all about being a sniveling coward, just like your useless hero Bergdahl. Neither one of you mommy's boys are worth the price of a bullet to put you out of your sad little miserable life....Now run back downstairs to mom's basement, its time for her to bring you your kool-aid and twinkies.....

      June 20, 2014 at 3:56 pm | Reply
  42. Glenna

    I think he already knows about the turmoil surrounding him. Military setting or not, people are people ; and they DO talk.

    June 19, 2014 at 6:15 pm | Reply
  43. boo7498

    Obama can't catch a break. He thought this would be a worthwhile effort but not only are Republicans calling him out on the high profile Taliban leaders given up, his own fellow soldiers are non too happy with Bergdahl and the photo op of him uniting with his parents may never happen.

    June 19, 2014 at 5:41 pm | Reply
    • Marty

      I break? really? The man is an idiot.

      June 20, 2014 at 12:25 pm | Reply
    • jet2233

      No obama did this to take some heat off him and make people like him again. When people found out the punk was a deserter and obama broke the law freeing him it backfired. Obama cant catch a break because he sucks and isnt fit to lead a country

      June 20, 2014 at 12:28 pm | Reply
    • bdenny1954

      boo,you cannot be serious.obama can't catch a break? what are you smoking?he broke the friggin law dummy.he did this on his own and traded a deserter for 5 murderers.sound like an even trade to you fellow?

      June 20, 2014 at 2:11 pm | Reply
    • vet

      Really? do you think he deserves a break?
      think very well what he did. If you had a killer roaming your house and gets caught, but said killer gets let go again and put back in the same place he was picked up; how safe would you feel knowing that he was behind bars and you could sleep in peace, now he is out and ready to kill at the first chance he can. you may be the next target. think again what you say.

      June 20, 2014 at 3:06 pm | Reply

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