Bergdahl's Homecoming Celebration Cancelled Amid Allegations Of Desertion

Tyler Durden's picture

Amid a rising backlash and assertions of desertion, a rally in US Army Sgt. Gowe Bergdahl's Idaho hometown - celebrating his release after 5 years of 'captivity' - has been canceled. The small mountain community's city administrator, Heather Dawson said town officials called off the June 28 rally, because the town "will be unable to safely manage the number of people expected," but residents of Hailey say they will support Bergdahl either way when he returns.


As Reuters reports,

The hometown of U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl has canceled a rally planned for later this month celebrating his release from five years of Taliban captivity, a municipal official told Reuters on Wednesday, amid allegations that he was a deserter.


Heather Dawson, the city administrator of Hailey, Idaho, said town officials called off the June 28 event at the request of organizers because the town "will be unable to safely manage the number of people expected."


The decision came as the small mountain community was coming under mounting pressure to cancel the rally amid rising anger over claims by some of Bergdahl's former Army comrades that he had deliberately abandoned his post in Afghanistan.

And Time adds that...

The joy over Bergdahl’s return among residents of the small mountain community of Hailey, Idaho has been dampened by claims that he abandoned his post. Some have also claimed that the subsequent search for Bergdahl cost the lives of up to six soldiers, Reuters reports.




But residents say they support Bergdahl either way and that they’re continuing to prepare for a June 28 rally in his honor.


“People in Hailey have been aware for some time that there were questions about how Bowe came to be captured, and that there was a chance that Bowe could be in trouble when he came home,” said Stefanie O’Neill, a rally co-organizer.

The backlash over Bergdahl’s release reached a fever pitch early this week amid reports that the White House overrode interagency security processes to free five Taliban higher-ups in exchange for Bergdahl’s release. There has also been increasing scrutiny of Bergdahl’s absence from his post in Afghanistan before his capture.

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lordylord's picture

Too bad all the soldiers overseas won't abandon their post.  Maybe they are having too much fun raping, murdering, and terrorizing.

Colonel Klink's picture

The vast majority are decent people who are blinded by patriotism and following orders as instructed by corrupt civilian leadership.

lordylord's picture

Doubt it.  At some point, you must take responsibility for your own actions. 

NoDebt's picture

Why?  The President doesn't.

ACP's picture



lordylord's picture

Lol. There goes personal responsibility being downvoted again.  Put that one up there with when Ron Paul got booed for quoting the golden rule.

NoDebt's picture

How you conflate personal resposibility with the actions of that deserter, and worse, with the illegal and ill-advised actions of our President to get him back is absolutely beyond me.

I live my life by the principles of personal responsibility.  I recognize NOTHING RESEMBLING PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY IN ANY OF THOSE ACTIONS.

lordylord's picture

It was a general comment on the actions of all human beings.  Get a clue, buddy. 

NoDebt's picture

...Says the guy who just accused all members of the military of enjoying murder and rape, and then advised them all to abandon their posts.

Manthong's picture

I would attend the party only if it included all the things his precious Taliban love, like Dancing Boys, Female Genital Mutilation , uneducated women in burkas and patriarchy morphed into visceral misogyny, especially the stadium stoning  of women who step out of line.

And only it the celebration started off with a lot of explosives and the destruction of archeological treasures.

Gaius Frakkin' Baltar's picture

So if Bergdahl is a traitor, what does that make Congress? Misguided souls?

Manthong's picture

Two wrongs don't make a right.

But the evil of the Taliban way surpasses the evil of the con-gress. 

Gaius Frakkin' Baltar's picture

So Congress is a bunch of traitors?

Manthong's picture


Start with the 16th and 17th Amendments, the FRB, the NSA and then work your way down the list of charges.

And per the response to my comment above, it seems that some think the evil of the con-gress surpasses the evil of the Taliban. I might have to re-think my position on that.

chumbawamba's picture

Oh, please.  You gonna sit there and argue moral relativity?  Next you're going to say that Israel is a "tiny tiny nation surrounded by enemies so they have to treat the Palestinians like discarded foreskins".  Maybe you'll add that Obama is bad but Bush was worse, or vice versa.

And you really have no clue about United States history and its whore called "Congress".

Time to acknowledge your own hypocrisy and exit the Stupid Zone.

I am Chumbawamba.

Manthong's picture

Geez, I thought this was adult fight club, not kindergarten.

FYI.. the 17 Amendment changed the country from the United States to the Federal Dominion when it stole the power of the States Legislatures to check the other two branches and put the Senate up for sale to the best campaigners with the largest budgets (read ‘bought and paid for”). This subsequently put the SCOTUS up for sale too, as the Senate has control (approval) of the alleged Justices.

The 16th gave the new Federal Dominion created by the 17th the power to leach the prosperity of the wage earner through taxes. The founders never intended this..

The 17th, 16th,, FRB and negligent, overreaching Congress gives unlimited expansion capability to government. The founders never intended this, either. Read the Federalist Papers.

Without the 17th, the States would have reined that in long ago as most of what the Feds do they do for the Feds, not the States and State appointed Senators would be beholding to their respective legislatures, NOT lobbyists, PACS and anyone with a few hundred K or more to spare .

I won’t even talk about the overreaching NSA, or the EPA or the DoEd or a host of other federal insults to the Constitution.

And also for your information, morality is not relative, but just like there are levels in Dante's inferno, there are degrees of evil.     

Congress - Taliban..  pick your poison..

I suggest a mirror if you want to see a babbling stupid hypocrite without a clue.

And I'm just me.

nmewn's picture

I'm not seeing where Manthong called him a traitor. But its clear he is a deserter.

The answer to your second question is, yes.

Gaius Frakkin' Baltar's picture

I don't watch the news, but I can only guess some of these gutless wonders in Congress are referring to this deserter as a traitor. If not, they soon will be if they feel they can score any political points whatsoever. I'm not convinced people won't fall into that trap...

COSMOS's picture

I agree Gauius, at least the kid was in Afghanistan and put some time in there, maybe he got fed up with the BS when he saw there were no family members of politicians on his squad or in Afghanistan

It's an all volunteer army, I totally believe that if you change your mind you should be able to leave at any time.

Manthong's picture

It will come out in the record that after he left, linguist spooks intercepted local cell calls describing an American looking for someone who spoke English to take him to the Taliban.

You take it from there.

nmewn's picture

"It's an all volunteer army, I totally believe that if you change your mind you should be able to leave at any time."


Oh, you were serious?

Like totally, fer shur, its just like volunteering down at the local homeless shelter, get bored with volunteering and just split. 


chumbawamba's picture

Sure, you "volunteer" after you're forced to register in the Selective Service.  Actually, no one is "forced", they just use a bunch of scary language to make you thing evil things will happen to you if you don't register, but it's just like those jury duty warnings: you don't really have to show up.

However, once you do, you have entered into a contract, and the US Military takes its contracts pretty fucking seriously.  For those who have a change of mind there is "conscientious objector" status.  However, it's sort of difficult to argue CO status when you volunteered in the first place, unless you want to claim you were a completely ignorant doof and didn't know military service was such serious business.

I am Chumbawamba.

nmewn's picture

"However, it's sort of difficult to argue CO status when you volunteered in the first place, unless you want to claim you were a completely ignorant doof and didn't know military service was such serious business."

I'm just here for the freeeeee! education! Nobody ever said I would be deployed!

It actually

McMolotov's picture

Obama attempted to direct attention away from the VA scandal, and the Red Team is responding by using its reputation as the pro-military, national security party to rally people who've been disappointed in it back to the Red Team in time for the next election. The military has a strong pull on a huge swath of this country (just look at the comments here at ZH), and if Republicans can play this right, it will severely damage Democrats at mid-terms.

There have been any number of things that should have stung Obama badly, but the media have been adept at covering for him. Republicans smell blood in the water, and this fiasco certainly has some stink to it, no matter how one feels on the issue. Float the idea that impeachment and conviction are possible and you'll have people who haven't voted R in years turning out.

TheMeatTrapper's picture

The Congress is fucking me - that's my business. What the Taliban do to their woman is none of my business and is not my problem. It's not up to our Army, our soldiers and my tax dollars to fix their fucked up way of living. 

Bring the troops home. 

Secure the borders.

Honor the Constitution.

It's really pretty simple. Bergdahl shouldn't have been over there to begin with. He's just a clueless idiot raised by a couple of dried up libtards. Bergdahl is not the traitor - they are in DC.

rubiconsolutions's picture

"Two wrongs don't make a right."

"Two Wrights don't make a wrong...but they make a mighty fine airplane"

Oldballplayer's picture

Do we get to stone the ugly chicks?

nailgunnin4you's picture

Hey nodebt, I like reading your comments usually but maybe when it comes to the military you should shut it. I bet you are the sort of terry tough cunt who still mocks France for not merrily marching to war in Iraq, as if you are immune to hindsight and/or simple logic.


If you could not take the five minutes required to understand the purpose of the modern murrrican military i.e. wipe out the small resource rich nation's US supplied arms inventory before committing state terrorism - genocide, torture, rape and of course baby killing over as long a period as the American public will allow (currently indefinite) - you are not a misled patriot you are a culpable psychopath. 


How any person with a modicum of humanity can vilify a soldier for opting out of the middle east terror campaign that has killed over a million citizens in just one country alone is beyond me, but I understand that as a good little fascist you have applied no critical thought to your beliefs and sadly that may be your only redeeming feature - you don't condone genocide you are just a fucking idiot.

jefferson32's picture

All Guantanamo hostages should be released, and all US military personnel should desert their post.

McMolotov's picture

Kinda wonder how all the anti-Bergdahl folks feel about the Ukrainian troops who desert their posts and refuse to kill people in the east.

jefferson32's picture

Exactly. And I prefer thinking about the "why" (he was rapatriated, see strange remarks from father, etc.) than the "what" (propagandized circumstances around the repatriation).

ACP's picture

I tell you what we think. Ukrainian soldiers refusing to kill their countrymen is quite different from a deserter helping to kill his countrymen.

McMolotov's picture

How did he help "kill his countrymen?" That Washington Examiner link you posted earlier says nothing about him trying to "contact the Taliban," despite the misleading headline. Everything else that's been mentioned is hearsay. These ideas get planted in the media and then they take on a life of their own regardless of the absence of evidence.

Also, try to think how any military has wanted to paint any deserter in any war at any point in history: as a traitor or a whack-job. The same thing happened to Snowden. Hell, the same thing is happening to all of us with Holder's new focus on "domestic extremists." The subtle message is that anyone holding an alternative viewpoint from that of the government is an enemy or threat.

ACP's picture

First of all, he deserted, second of all, the other soldiers noted that attacks on the unit increased in intensity after he was "captured". Of course, anyone who is convinced Bergdahl is a poor tortured soul will never believe he had anything do with it.

The Washington examiner link does reference the soldier looking for someone who knows English, at the top. Unless there's another missing soldier no one knows about, he's the one. But of course, anyone who wants to believe the deserter had good intentions will just make the argument he was looking for a bus ticket out of the country.

Also, military commanders and the commander in chief are NOT painting him a whack job. I'd like a reference to that...unless, of course, you consider the 0bombya regime statement "served with honor and distinction" is code for "whack job". His fellow soldiers, the ones who knew him the best, and they are the ones who are calling him what he is.


McMolotov's picture

An American soldier in Bumfuck, Afghanistan, asking if anyone speaks English does not automatically equal "Hey, I wanna switch teams."

And seriously... we're gonna use "fellow soldiers say this" and "fellow soldiers say that" as evidence? Again?

You'd think after "fellow soldiers" burned Pat Tillman's body armor, uniform, and notebook that we'd get over the idea of "fellow soldiers" always telling the truth.

Simplest explanation: The guy deserted because of his conscience, Obama thought he could bring him home to distract from the VA scandal, the military doesn't like anyone who deserts, and Republicans see an opportunity to make Obama look even more inept than he already does.

ACP's picture

So you're taking the word of the NWO 0bama puppet regime over regular people, who have nothing to gain. I see.

McMolotov's picture

Hardly. I accused Obama of bringing him home now solely to distract from the VA scandal. Has he admitted that himself? I must have missed it.

And all these "regular people" we're discussing are government employees, regardless of whether they're wearing suits or uniforms. Don't lose sight of that fact.

ACP's picture

And everyone paying taxes is helping feed the beast. So...?

McMolotov's picture

My point is that automatically believing the "regular people" of the military — the World Police — is no different than automatically believing the "regular people" of law enforcement.

People on ZH have a healthy skepticism of the police here at home; that skepticism should extend overseas.

ACP's picture

I for one, am far more skeptical of the police here, hiding behind the blue wall and a badge, than 20 year old kids sent overseas...except when one is a deserter.

But anyway, this thread is crusty and used up and I don't know about you, but I will agree to disagree on whatever the original argument was.

NuckingFuts's picture

Who is this "we" you speak of, not me. Also not sure who his desertion killed his countrymen.... Links?

COSMOS's picture

So American citizens working for Blackwater shooting up Ukrainian civilians is different than if they were shooting Americans.  I disagree civillians are civillians.  But the way things are going you will see not deserters but federal agents shooting up the American public, almost happened at Bundy.

Gaius Frakkin' Baltar's picture

How honorable of you. However, I doubt your oppressors give a shit.

SelfGov's picture

If a person is part of an organization that is doing terrible things one has a personal responsibility to quit that organization.  It is even arguable that one would then have a personal responsibility to defend against said organization given the chance.

This guy is not a war hero. He is a peace hero.

TuPhat's picture

He is a piece of shit.  If he was a responsible person he would have carried out his assignment which he took an oath to complete and then he would have looked for honest employment that does not include killing people.  There are a lot of ways to leave the military without deserting your post.  He is not in any way any kind of hero.

COSMOS's picture

So the Ukraine soldiers that left their posts should of obeyed their oath??????  Oaths that lead one to actions against the natural rights of human beings are null and void.

nmewn's picture

Thats kinda the way I feel about our loving, caring central governments spying, intimidation & coercion against us. So I guess they broke their oath.

Well, all's fair in love & war ;-)