The official Obama administration narrative regarding recently returned prisoner of war Bowe Bergdahl is that he was an Army soldier captured by the Taliban while stationed in Afghanistan. Testimony by a number of those in his platoon, however, casts serious doubt on that account.
Allegations by former U.S. Army Sgt. Evan Buetow this week provided his particularly enlightening perspective on the situation. Not only does he agree with his fellow soldiers who contend Bergdahl deserted his platoon in 2009; he said radio transmissions reveal an even more sinister possibility.
“There’s a lot more to this story than a soldier walking away,” he said.
Days after Bergdahl left the base, Buetow said he heard through an intercepted conversation that Bergdahl was in a nearby village requesting an English translator and a meeting with the Taliban.
“I heard it straight from the interpreter’s lips as he read it over the radio,” Buetow explained.
He recalled learning that Bergdhal was missing, saying he suspected right away that his fellow soldier had left voluntarily.
“I immediately knew, I said, ‘He walked away. He walked away,’” Buetow explained.
He said he was involved in an exhaustive search that, according to some accounts, left at least six soldiers dead.
“For 60 days or more, I remember, just straight,” Buetow continued, “all we did was search for Bergdahl; essentially chasing a ghost because we never came up with anything.”
He concluded that, not only did soldiers die while looking for Bergdahl; there was also a corresponding increase in attacks against American troops.
“Following his disappearance ,” Buetow said, “IEDs were going off directly under the trucks. They were getting perfect hits every time. Their ambushes were very calculated, very methodical.”
At the time, he confirmed soldiers on the base recognized that Bergdahl had sensitive information about them and “were incredibly worried” that he had been providing it to their enemy.
Buetow would not commit to describing Bergdahl’s return as a victory, insisting “we gave up a lot for what we got back.”
Army Secretary John McHugh said this week there will be a review of Bergdahl’s case. Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, confirmed the Army has several courses of action at its disposal in pursuing the truth about the soldier’s alleged desertion.
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