Bergdahl uproar halts plan for return celebration in Idaho

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  • worf Mcallen, TX
    June 7, 2014 3:53 p.m.

    LOU Montana,

    Why do people look at George Bush to excuse Obama?

    What makes Bush the model?

    Reminds me of Pagen

  • HotGlobe SAN RAFAEL, CA
    June 6, 2014 3:43 p.m.

    Our troops and their families are entitled to respect as long as they all say the things they are supposed to say. Bergdahl apparently thought he was entitled to do his own thinking and that is not what this great country is about.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    June 6, 2014 12:14 a.m.

    Study the case?

    Why wasn't it studied five years ago?

    It has been known

  • Concinnity Richfield, UT
    June 5, 2014 3:56 p.m.

    @ OneWifeOnly...

    In a perfect world, your comment would make more sense. But we don't live in one. Like you, everyone else is also entitled to an opinion. And we all base our opinions on whatever information is available at that time.

    The established information so far is that Bergdahl walked away from his unit. That has been collaborated by many witnesses. His own fellow soldiers have unanimously called him a traitor. There's got to be some reason they all have.

    It's also been shown that he sent an email just prior to abandoning his unit claiming that he was ashamed to be a US soldier and that the USA was wrong to be in Afghanistan.

    It's almost impossible not to form an opinion. And based on the information coming out in the media, most people's opinions will be negative until additional info comes forward (if it ever does) to recant what's already known.

    Are you following the real-world logic?

    If sad to read the Obama apologists who make excuses for whatever he does, no matter how negative it proves to be. Their loyalty is admired, but their level of common sense is not.

  • happy2bhere clearfield, UT
    June 5, 2014 3:27 p.m.

    I had a friend who was only vaguely aware of Sgt. Bergdhal. A few days ago, he e-mailed me saying he was glad that the Sgt. was coming home. After I filled him in on some of the details, he was not so glad. Many public people may very well have found themselves in the same position when asked about their feelings regarding the release of a POW of 5 years from Afghanistan. And many who said things a long time ago may not have seen anything other than a POW. At first joy upon hearing of the release, then maybe not so much when they understand the price paid for a guy that may have caused his own capture in the first place. So, I'd not hold any past or first statements coming from anyone over the release of this guy as their true feelings. Many may have just been having natural emotional reactions, without having much context. What they say after having heard more facts is the important thing. So far Obama has no apologies.

  • OneWifeOnly San Diego, CA
    June 5, 2014 2:50 p.m.

    My point was that this article is about the way the media and commentators of this and other articles in DN and other media are behaving in a hateful way toward the citizens of Hailey Idaho, the parents of Sgt. Bergdahl and Sgt Bergdahl himself. We do not know what he has gone through or the events that led up to his capture. We should not prosecute people in the media nor should we prosecute people based on national polling data; it's not a popularity contest. Evidence produced to the public by the media is not the same as evidence produced in a legal trial for the purpose of determining the facts of a case. Personal testimony given to national media is not testimony. There is a reason why our justice system tries people in court and not in the court of public opinion.

    So in my opinion, we shouldn't be trying this case in the media. In my opinion, we should be treating this case exactly like I would want to be treated if it were my son, or brother, or nephew or neighbor; with kindness, with charity and with patience.

  • Happy Valley Heretic Orem, UT
    June 5, 2014 2:43 p.m.

    So to all you patriots who have never served, You would have left him there, or let him die, given the choice?
    Because that's what your saying from your comfortable seat on your bench of judgement.

    Truth said: "These folks didn't know the truth about Bergdah" ...and still don't

    Truth said: "Not one of the folks you choose to misrepresent in your post, feels the same today! And neither should you!"

    Only a conservative thinks quotes in context and complete are misrepresented, while selecting a partial sentence as damning evidence against the POTUS. They don't "feel" the same because they've been told by the GOP overlords what to feel and say it's what the hive does.

    I feel the same, I wasn't there, I have no idea what this soldier went thru, and neither do any of you, yet you stand stone ready to crucify him and Obama for bringing him home.

  • Happy Valley Heretic Orem, UT
    June 5, 2014 1:49 p.m.

    Breakable? Not by GOP foam stones.

  • Sagacious Logan, UT
    June 5, 2014 1:13 p.m.

    @ OneWifeOnly:

    I can't find any comments before yours... none whatsoever... that directed one iota of hate toward the parents or neighbors of the soldier in question. As such, what exactly are you referring to?

    @ Happy Valley Heretic:

    There has not yet been any court proceedings against Bergdahl. But if you follow national media news, you would've seen plenty of personal testimony against Bergdahl given by his former soldiers in service... the ones who served directly with him and knew him best.

    And the evidence is quite damning concerning him walking away from his post, and of his email sent to his parents just beforehand claiming he was ashamed to be a soldier for the United States, and indicating more allegiance to Afghanistan than to the USA.

    There seems to be valid reasons why a recent national poll indicated more people opposing the trade Obama made for Bergdahl than for it. It's not controversial for no reason. Five dangerous Taliban members who will kill again are now loose.

    As far as you pointing fingers concerning hypocrisy...
    People who live in glass houses shouldn't be throwing stones. And your house of bias seems quite breakable.

  • TRUTH Salt Lake City, UT
    June 5, 2014 12:59 p.m.

    @Happy Valley Heretic

    Your rhetoric proves one thing?

    These folks didn't know the truth about Bergdahl at the time these statements were made?

    Thankfully, the soldiers who were forced by Obama to sign non-disclosures about Bergdahl, spoke up and told the truth about Bergdahl, Obama, Hagel, Susan Rice.
    Otherwise, we would have another coverup like Benghazi, Fast and Furious, IRS Lois Lerner.

    Not one of the folks you choose to misrepresent in your post, feels the same today! And neither should you!

  • Happy Valley Heretic Orem, UT
    June 5, 2014 12:26 p.m.

    Here's a few partisan hypocrites...

    “I have the pleasure of regularly speaking with our nation’s active duty military and veterans and I know that there is nothing more solemn than the pledge to never leave one of their own behind on the field of battle,” Terry said in the statement, before calling Bergdahl “a national hero.” Rep. Lee Terry (R-NE) said in a statement that’s since been removed from his website.

    Rep. Mark Amodei (R-NV) seemed excited when he heard the news, too. “Best news I’ve heard in a long time!” the Twitter account for the Republican congressman said, including the hashtag “#standwithbowe” and a link to a USA Today story about the soldier’s release.

    Joni Ernst, the leading Republican candidate hoping to replace retiring Sen. Tom Harkin in Iowa, tweeted at 3:31 p.m. on May 31, “US Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl freed after being reported missing 5 yrs in Afghanistan. Thoughts & prayers go out to Sgt. Bergdahl & his family.”

  • Happy Valley Heretic Orem, UT
    June 5, 2014 12:25 p.m.

    So there has been a court held and these testimony's you speak of, will be found in the court records.
    Will you please share where these court records can be found?

  • OneWifeOnly San Diego, CA
    June 5, 2014 12:11 p.m.

    To all of the commentators who posted before me, this article is about the town of Hailey Idaho having to cancel plans for what was originally a rally to bring Bergdahl home. This rally has been held every year complete with yellow ribbons and other shows of support. Citizens of this town have been swamped with hate mail and angry calls just because they want to do the right thing and support their neighbor and fellow citizen.

    The events surrounding Sgt. Bergdahl’s capture by our enemy will be investigated by the proper authorities in the proper time. Until then, stop behaving so hateful toward the parents of this young man and toward his neighbors. You should treat these citizens exactly like you would treat your own neighbor—with kindness and with charity.

  • SCfan clearfield, UT
    June 5, 2014 10:43 a.m.


    I was about to post here, but you said exactly what I would have said, only better, so no need to post. I only hope people like LOU and Irony bother to read it.

  • Brio Alpine, UT
    June 5, 2014 10:22 a.m.

    What the liberals on this site (LOU Montana and Irony Guy) don't seem to understand is that there are also many Democrats in Congress who are also condemning this action by Obama. He broke his own law in not coordinating this trade with the Senate and giving them the proper notice beforehand. Hagel is just doing damage control.

    The prisoners Obama released were considered the most dangerous at Guantanamo Bay and will undoubtedly contribute to the killing of additional American soldiers and/or civilians. So how can you possibly consider their release "a propaganda campaign of the Republicans"? That's absolutely absurd.

    How do you explain the fact that literally every single former soldier who served directly with Bergdahl has labeled him a traitor?

    LOU Montana... Every prisoner released by Bush was a low-level fighter who had questionable ties to the Taliban with very little evidence against them. You are comparing apples and oranges. Even Congressional Democrats encouraged their release.

    Irony Guy... please name a few of the blogs you are referring to. I haven't noticed any of those "bring him home" blogs you referred to. Your comment seems to have it's own liberal agenda.

  • Irony Guy Bountiful, Utah
    June 5, 2014 9:23 a.m.

    This is a real shame. Until last week, Bergdahl was a darling cause of the right wing. "Bring him home!" on every Republican blog. Now that Obama tries to help, these hypocrites are literally erasing those blog entries. Why are conservatives so mean-spirited these days?

  • COOL HAND LUKE Watching, UT
    June 5, 2014 7:58 a.m.

    Listen to the gobbledy gook from the liberal left, especially the commentators on this board. It's about facts, and testimony from the soldiers in the unit that served while this man (Bergdahl) was in their ranks. Do you people ever do research, look at the facts and testimony given against him? Multiple accounts from his unit said he was a deserter, GOOD MEN died in the search to recover him, read the email he sent his father via. Rolling Stone, that stating he hated this country.......Keep drinking the Kool Aid that your ilk (BHO, MSM) serves. Your'e part of the problem not the solution.

  • LOU Montana Pueblo, CO
    June 5, 2014 5:39 a.m.

    "U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Wednesday that the Army will review the case, and he cautioned against drawing conclusions until then."

    Republicans have successfully turned the release of Sargent Bergdahl into a propaganda campaign of hate towards one of our soldiers. All because they wanted to have their stamp of approval on it.

    Please keep in mind this fact,"Between 2007 and 2009, President George W. Bush released 520 detainees from the facility at Guantanamo Bay – at least that’s how many are officially recorded. One of those detainees was Abu Sufian bin Qumu, who is a suspect in the Benghazi embassy attack."

  • Ranch Hand Bountiful, UT
    June 4, 2014 5:55 p.m.

    Good idea.