U.S. & World

From prayers to fury: The journey of Bowe Bergdahl


Return To Article
  • What is the truth? Sandy, UT
    June 10, 2014 2:33 p.m.

    Love how this article already convicts him.. I'm so saddened by this entire affair. What has become of my country and the politicians who say they care about it?

  • Brio Alpine, UT
    June 9, 2014 11:09 a.m.

    @ UtahBlueDevil:

    You should do a bit more research on the group you are defending. It doesn't take much to find out that they are patheticly and viciously evil. And everyone in the Taliban has taken an oath to fight against and destroy "the great Satan, America". I find it reprehensible that you are defending them.

    And yes, they were being held as terrorists... not POWs.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    June 9, 2014 9:38 a.m.


    These guys admitted to, and were wanted by the UN for killing thousands of Shiites. They also killed, and beheaded hundreds of helpless prisoners..--New York Times.

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    June 9, 2014 7:21 a.m.

    "* Five terrorists who have killed thousands"

    Worf.... you do know who the Taliban is, and the difference between them and those led by Osama Bin Laden? You actually think these guys "killed thousands"........ which thousands would those be?

    Please do tell....

  • morganh Orem, Utah
    June 8, 2014 10:26 p.m.

    As a Republican and a Conservative I am not against bringing Bergdahl home. I don't like the idea of trading five high ranking members of the Taliban terrorist group to get him. According to his platoon leader and many soldiers around him he left his post voluntarily. He was also reported to have done this exact same thing when he was stationed in California. I do object to Obama using the photo op with his parents as a way to bump up his sinking approval numbers. Also I object to Susan Rice calling him a "War Hero" when in fact he left voluntarily. A war hero is someone who fights with honor not someone who writes home saying how ashamed he is and then voluntarily leaves his unit and gets captured by the enemy.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    June 8, 2014 10:18 p.m.

    Prayers are pretty fickle, aren't they? It's as if they don't have any real value except that we attach to them...

  • Rustymommy Clovis, NM
    June 8, 2014 7:59 p.m.

    It's interesting how "conservatives" are being criticized for just wanting answers to some very basic questions: 1)Was the soldier a deserter? 2)Was Obama negotiating with terrorists? It is one of those situation where, whether someone was right or wrong, things could be quickly resolve by people just telling the truth up front. The deserter scandal would fizzle on its own if a commanding officer declared straight up if the guy was a deserter or not. The terrorist scandal would lose some steam if the particulars of the negotiation were put out in a straight forward manner. The more you try to be sneaky, the more conservatives are going to question the matter. And what is wrong with that? The liberals question everything that conservatives do. Why shouldn't conservatives turn the tables when appropriate? But like always, it seems that many liberals think free speech and and transparency on go one direction.

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    June 8, 2014 7:34 p.m.

    "release of 5 avowed terrorists,"

    These guys were terrorist... ok.... and they were charged with what acts of crime the enabled us to hold them for now 10 years in prison? Anyone?

    How quick we forget history. The taliban was not a terrorist group that attacked us on 9/11. They were the government of a sovereign nation that we went to war with. It is as prisoners of war that these men were taken, and held in a military prison. They were not being held as terrorist... they were being held as POWs.

    Now might they in the future work to enable acts of terrorism..... very likely. But our justice system doesn't all for locking up people for acts they might do. It seems the party of constitutionalist seems to be a bit vague on due process. What has the Republican party become?

  • casual observer Salt Lake City, UT
    June 8, 2014 7:12 p.m.

    It sounds as if you haven't read the entire story and become knowledgable on those speaking out. democrats blaming Republicans for a photo op gone wrong is humorous.

  • 4601 Salt Lake City, UT
    June 8, 2014 7:09 p.m.

    Considering the bipartisan concern for Bergdahl's motives and the release of 5 avowed terrorists, now the far left is blaming Republicans for Obama's gaff and the reaction. That's a strange distortion of fact.

  • Red San Antonia, TX
    June 8, 2014 6:31 p.m.

    When something smells this fishy you know that it stinking bad. Obama is laughing that he is giving a the dad a chance to come to the white house and claim it for their god. They are both anti American.

  • Brio Alpine, UT
    June 8, 2014 5:52 p.m.

    Wow... What a bunch of low information commenters. Its pathetic trying to make this into a partisan issue. Even Nancy Pelosi, the queen of Washington liberals claims this trade was all wrong.

    No one knows the politics of his fellow soldiers, yet they are unanimous in their condemnation of Bergdahl. In light of those actual facts, this is simply NOT a partisan, and especially not a Republican issue.

    Obama apologists go to ridiculous lengths in trying to cover for his controversial actions.

  • M88nlight Raymond, Canada, 00
    June 8, 2014 5:47 p.m.

    I judge from the comments that people have never read the parable of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15). The father, when he saw his son from afar off, ran to greet him, IN SPITE OF HIS SINS, and welcomed him home. He ordered the best robe and a ring for his finger. The father ordered the killing of a fatted calf for a feast of celebration. We need to read it especially at this time of the Bergdahl boy. Mistakes, it appears so, but how pathetic that his home town canceled the celebration. Is there not a Christian in the group? The boy is home!!!

  • LOU Montana Pueblo, CO
    June 8, 2014 5:27 p.m.

    How disgusting of REPUBLICANS to attack this soldier. How disgusting of them to support Snowden.

    The Army has not finished it's investigation of Bergdahl and the REPUBLCIANS have him tried and hung for treason. They have made death threats on his family and created an incredible hatred for this soldier who was confined and tortured for five years.

    Bravo .... Republicans..........Bravo

  • NeilT Clearfield, UT
    June 8, 2014 3:52 p.m.

    I am not taking sides. Just wondering why the bushy beard. Is he not still a member of the U.S. Army. Why is he out of uniform. I find this disturbing.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    June 8, 2014 3:40 p.m.

    Obama believes in freedom:

    * Bergdahl--from Afghans
    * Five terrorists who have killed thousands.
    * In 2013, released 36,000 convicted criminals out of American prisons.

  • Mrs.MacTeacher NOCONA, TX
    June 8, 2014 1:41 p.m.

    This young man volunteered. If he disagreed with government military policy and purpose then why did he volunteer? Before anyone blames the"conservatives"for the uproar over this incident, please remember that the 5 prisoners released in exchange are guilty of masterminding the killing of our innocent people. Our President has flaunted the laws of this country continuously, and is arrogant beyond belief in his actions against the Constitution. If the Conservatives or the Democrats value our freedom, they will force Congress to take action against the lawlessness of this current administration. No one in DC seems to have any backbone for patriotism or what is right any longer. God help us. God has His Own Plans, that we are unable to understand, so Let Not Your Hearts Be Trouble, or your blame go to places it does not belong.,.

  • CVgal Smithfield, UT
    June 8, 2014 11:21 a.m.

    I think most people are upset most with the "caliber" of the five traded for him -- and not for Bergdahl himself. It's fine that they got him out -- but not at the price we traded for. Also, I hear Democrats, former generals, and others complaining about the whole thing. I don't hear ANYTHING being said about them on many TV channels except for Senator Weinstein being displeased. Why is it a Republican thing? Even some Democrat Reps and Senators pull their Tweets off their sites. Be FAIR everyone!

  • EstoPerpetua Holden, MA
    June 8, 2014 11:17 a.m.

    Hey fellow Americans, this isn't the old west when people flocked to see hangings without justice. We need the facts about what happened so please give it a chance. We do know he was captured and until now, was a POW. Let us find out before we jump to conclusions.

  • The Real Maverick Orem, UT
    June 8, 2014 11:13 a.m.

    If I'm the marine in Mexico I'm not sure I want to come back to the states. Why? Because what happens if the GOP doesn't want Obama to receive any credit for my release? They'll call me a deserter, mudsling, dig up whatever dirt they can to ruin my family.

    So if I'm that marine in Mexico, after seeing this ugly display by the right, I think Mexico might be my new home.

  • DVD Taylorsville, 00
    June 8, 2014 8:51 a.m.

    His family and hometown have been receiving hate mail and death threats. How is that behavior 'patriotic'?

  • Screwdriver Casa Grande, AZ
    June 8, 2014 8:17 a.m.

    The Marine in Mexico is there on criminal charges. He's not a POW. YOU are FREE to donate money to hire lawyers and get him out.

    There are lots of Mexicans in US jails. I'm sure some have served in the Mexican military. Should they all be released too?

    Oh I know, this is just the latest in the long line of conservative outrage. Remember when they were all in a tither about Obama not stopping BP's oil spill fast enough? Or how about when he didn't wear a jacket in the Oval Office?

  • Howard Beal Provo, UT
    June 8, 2014 2:03 a.m.

    Yes, what about the Marine in Mexico. I don't think the Republican grandstanding on Bergdahl is helping us out in this affair...

  • Richie Saint George, UT
    June 7, 2014 6:58 p.m.

    Lets all cool it and let him have his say in front of a General Court Martial convened in accord with the Uniform Code of Military Justice. Oh Mr. President keep out of the way and tend to trying to get the Marine languishing in a Mexican jail home. We know he served with honor.

  • TimBehrend Auckland NZ, 00
    June 7, 2014 6:39 p.m.

    "As months passed, Bergdahl began grousing to Buetow, his boss, about their mission. "'You don't have to believe in it, but I need your mind clear if something happens,'" Buetow, 28, of Seattle recalled telling him."

    Bergdahl didn't agree with his team leader that it's all right to participate in an occupation, and to kill the local people who resist, if you believe it's wrong and based on deception. Bergdahl and his family sound more and more like admirable people.

  • BSU Lehi, UT
    June 7, 2014 6:24 p.m.

    Just adding to the list of stupid and lies from the "administration."

  • GaryO Virginia Beach, VA
    June 7, 2014 6:09 p.m.

    Jeff Harriss -

    "Shame on the partisan hacks who have propagated this pointless cruelty."

    Well . . . That's American "Conservatism" for you.

  • Screwdriver Casa Grande, AZ
    June 7, 2014 5:49 p.m.

    It's pathetic that the republican party is now ready to sacrifice a soldier for the God of turning out the base.

    The Army hasn't classified him a deserter because they have to prove intent which they can't do without talking to Bergdahl. You have to bring him back to court martial him.

    Yet republicans have convicted him already and would rather leave him in the hands of the Taliban to be used as a propaganda tool. It makes you wonder whose side the republicans are really on.

  • USA Salt Lake City, UT
    June 7, 2014 5:45 p.m.

    Welcome home, Bowe.

  • Jeff Harris Edmonds, WA
    June 7, 2014 5:20 p.m.

    The Swiftboating of Bowe Bergdahl is another unfortunate chapter in American partisan politics gone amuck. The men and women who serve our country deserve better than this. The rest of us deserve better than this. Shame on the partisan hacks who have propagated this pointless cruelty.