Already the center of some controversy, Bob Bergdahl, the father of the American POW released in exchange for five Taliban prisoners, held an odd live press conference today. Fox News’ Shannon Bream live tweeted but Bergdahl seemed to raise more questions than he answered.

Truly strange.


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  • Mark1971

    The apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree.

    • Richard

      Like father, like son

  • WookieeCon

    I’ve lived in Idaho my whole life. This is not anything like Afghanistan.

    • Ethanery

      Dunno, all the Taliban members walking through Boise tell a different story

      • conservative hispanic

        I lived in ID 18 months. Other than being a civilized place, it does look a lot like Asscrackistan./SNARK

    • owlpellets

      Ketchum or Bellvue have burka stores?

      • conservative hispanic

        Ketchum has plenty of high-end boutiques. I dunno about Bellvue.

    • Jay

      Still, I feel bad for you. I live n Washington state. I’ve BEEN to Idaho, and I know you’re something like a cross between Mississippi and Arkansas.

  • Lakerfanalways

    I knew this story smelled funky from the beginning..Obama never does anything to benefit this country, only to benefit I knew something smelled fishy..we traded five taliban terrorists to get back one traitor..a hero now for the left, the left loves traitors and the left love the taliban..and now the left will love this whacko’s father who looks like the white Bin Laden

    • TomJB

      Hmmm is that smoke I see on the horizon?

      • SQL DBA

        Perhaps AfganKush ??

    • B. Allan Ross, BasherEliminatr

      It is and will be FOXnoise who is making him out to be the biggest hero since … your defense Queen (No Russian anything for me, thanks–worldwide boycott–so he can’t be a defense Tzar nor a Tsar this time, even in his imagination, since he’s never held any such position) John McCain got released after making some 30 videos for North Vietnam in exchange for his comfies.

      YouTube really has a lot of vids from people who say he’s not a hero, he’s a traitor (McCain). They are easily found and quite convincing, with names, etc. You really think McCain, face of the hawk madness on the Right that enabled the war crime of invading Iraq needlessly and with malice aforethought, invited to every corrupted media networks’ Sunday morning propaganda session to spew the most extreme war-loving, war-inciting lies one can find anywhere on TV today, won’t back this loser too? You know better.

      Yes, I served, answering an inevitable question, in the Army. I enlisted ’73, Vietnam-Era Vet (means Germany-based nuke warhead protection (radio telecommunications specialist, w/Morse Code!), not Vietnam for me…whew!). You?

      I’m a leftie; a voting Democratic radical Queer, permanently disabled by chronic mental illnesses, now partially physically disabled 60-year-old single white male, living in California with two cats, only on the benefits from the Social Security Disability Insurance policy we all pay the premium for whenever we work legally. As well as the kindness of others.

      I’m only responding to correct the record, though it’s fairly meaningless here I know. Your attempt to speak about ‘lefties’ has clearly fallen flat with such a misguided and incorrect collection of statements. I see that you’re not alone, of course, and it’s fun to see so many of you keeping up with the story, rooting for the side (which will be the ‘left’) NOT waving the flag and blessing the govt story–but you lucked out (?) randomly for this response.

      Must be said. For example, for the lefties on the fields of battle in the Middle East and everywhere–I’m pretty sure they’re not supportive of terrorists as you falsely claim the leftie President of the United States of America is.

      After all, we lefties are Americans, the volunteered targets, and we do live in America, the declared target nowadays. Terrorists won’t ask for your ticket to the Teabaggers’ Ball to see if you’re on their side with the American Taliban (christohet supremacists, neo-christian nationalists, religious political hucksters, etc.) before they trigger the action that ends you.

      Don’t Enlist. Don’t Re-Enlist. Get Out ASAP. There is nothing the USA is doing as a last resort anywhere in the world right now. Don’t sacrifice your life and future for a horrible ‘good cause’ based on lies, profiteering, or faked, politically imagined hardlines.

      #BDS Boycott. Divest. Sanction. Zionese Israel.
      Really, don’t support Israel’s anti-Palestine wall any more than white South Africa’s anti-black ‘walls’.

      • SansMercy

        What the hell did you just say? Oh, and double up on your meds.

        • B. Allan Ross, BasherEliminatr

          It is and will be FOXnoise who is making him out to be the biggest hero since …

        • Jack Deth

          Is there such a word as “Zionese”?

          It does read like Vogon Poetry, doesn’t it?

          • B. Allan Ross, BasherEliminatr

            Yes. Easy enough to look up for yourself. Look for an article discussing the word called ‘Operation Cast Lead: It’s Zionese for Burning People’. By some religious guy (says he’s a Christian, BTW) whose consistency and clarity and lack of hypocrisy allow me to continue to read his words and follow his actions.

          • Jack Deth

            Even more illiterate Vogon Poetry.

          • SQL DBA


          • scotsman1207

            i looked it up and there is no such word in the oxford english dictionary,zionist[s] —-yes. zionese—-no.just because your pinhead hero writes it does not authenticate it. in fact it casts doubt on his credentials

      • PistolsForPandas
        • TugboatPhil


        • B. Allan Ross, BasherEliminatr


      • TugboatPhil

        I guess you’ve been asleep since January 2009. Your side has become the bootlicking, government sycophants. Check your spam folder for all the talking points you’ve been missing.

      • Don Meaker

        When you admit you have mental illness, your posts can be shorter and people will be just as convinced. McCain’s roommate at Hanoi was Bud Day, an AF pilot awarded the Congressional medal of honor winner. If he testified for McCain, that is good enough for me.

      • journogal

        I always enjoy how rants begin with “Fox Noise,” “Faux News” or some immature variation on the name. Prior to 1997, when the actual cable network went live, what did liberals blame things on?

        • Sean Minturn

          Talk radio.

      • Jack Deth

        So, you’re the Ramstein guys whose “Highly Secured” SIGINT nodes I routinely stumbled through drunk late at night to raid its beer machines?

        Looks like you received too much RF radiation there, Skippy.

        • B. Allan Ross, BasherEliminatr

          Nahh, no beer machines where I was stationed. And it’s Rammstein, isn’t it?

          • Jack Deth

            Still not denying over exposure to RF radiation, Eh, Skippy?

            It affects you coherency first, you know.

      • Shubi

        “…permanently disabled by chronic mental illnesses,”

        That’s all you needed to say. It explains your whole dumbazz lefty life. Actually, it explains EVERY “lefty”; they are all suffering from the chronic mental illness of LIBERALISM. Thanks for clarifying.

        • PumpedUpKix

          That’s the first thing that popped out to me as well. He should have just stopped then. There was no need for him to continue to type and prove it! LOL

          • SQL DBA

            I don’t think he typed it I think he has special Lib magic and it appeared

          • PumpedUpKix

            OMG, you said “special lib magic” and i started to think of ways that they create it. ICK!! Don’t do that again!

          • Malcolm Reynolds

            Here lemme help. Notice the rainbow avatar… The mental illness was no doubt brought on by acute coprophagia.

      • Malcolm Reynolds

        “I’m a leftie… permanently disabled by chronic mental illnesses.”
        Boy Howdie! Your kind all seem share that aspect of your hive mind.

      • scotsman1207

        does this diatribe rationalize that a deserter is a hero. you probably love him just like your real hero, jane is not your body that is crippled, it is your mind.

      • Canned Heat

        Mr. Ross, Mr. Ross wake up… its time for your Prolixin. Napoleon is setting up the checkers board… do you want to play a game of checkers, or shall I fetch your crayons and some paper?

      • Alexander III

        Your lie about serving in the military is totally transparent. Thought it would lend your post credibility? All your post screams is crazy lefty Anti-Semite. You have a mental illness? Really? (Sarcasm)

  • LochGates44

    Not the least bit surprising the left gets behind a deserter and not a soldier held captive in Mexico.

    • Hey, That’s Pretty Good

      The left had no way of being able to free terrorists from GITMO by helping the Soldier in Mexico. That’s why Bergdahl was so important to the left, because they didn’t bring an actual soldier home, and they got to free terrorists

      And yes libs, I accused Bergdahl of not being a true soldier since he went AWOL.

      • Juanita Garnto

        And now he’s saying he doesn’t understand english because of his captivity. Appears to me he doesn’t want to answer questions. We’ve had Vietnam POWs, they never forgot english, I think he’s full of it and this was a planned desertion, and the family knew about it before hand.

        • Harlan Hikaru Fox

          Lying (Taqiyya) is a key tenet of Islam.

          • Juanita Garnto

            It’s starting to appear both him and his dad are good at it.

        • keyboard jockey

          We have interpreters. I think he’s been through the wringer.

          • Juanita Garnto

            Maybe things weren’t as rosey as he thought they were going to be. He’s been living in the mountains in conditions he wasn’t used to, but as for being through the wringer, Nah. He should be tried for deserting his post.

          • keyboard jockey

            The reason they moved up the trade for his release is because his health is failing and it’s been reported he broke down and cried on the helicopter that brought him out. That’s not the actions of someone enjoying their captivity.

            It’s also been reported that he has tried to escape more than once. Once in the past when the group that were holding him were hit by a US attack, and some of his captors died but they managed to track him down and re capture him.

            Trying to escape multiple times from his captor’s is not the sign of an enemy sympathizer.


            As for desertion that’s got to be determined. Given the report that he went over the wall to socialize with a couple of the Afghan army members he was seen leaving with off base. That’s got to be at least against orders, and possibly dereliction of duty?

          • Chrissy the Hyphenated

            It could be the sign of someone who thought he’d be celebrated and important, then found out what living in the real Afghanistan is actually like and missed the comforts of clean clothes, running water, and … you know … all that arrogant stuff they have in places like Idaho.

          • keyboard jockey

            When I read the Daily Mail article about him – his friend relayed that he went on adventures, and always returned home to Hailey. Did he think he was on an adventure in Afghanistan on the Army’s dime? That’s why when he was sending the anti military emails, he was rebellion from not being able to have the freedom to go have the adventure he originally came to Afghanistan for? Who knows, but I get the over all impression that he was very immature. I think he paid dearly for his early immature attitude.

          • Jimmy Andrew

            cmon man !!!

          • keyboard jockey

            It’s all rumor until it’s confirmed. I don’t believe he lagged behind on patrol either it just doesn’t add up. But that’s the official story and they are sticking to it.

          • $11290429

            Nice try, with leaving out all his Obamaesque Hate America dialogue with his old man. He was a stinking, turn coat, deserter, enemy sympathizer, like Rice and Obama and Holder. It doesn’t take a genius to see it.

          • keyboard jockey

            It’s not about seeing it – it’s about what the official military record is going to reflect. Hagel hasn’t closed the door but he keeps talking sympathetically about reuniting him with his parent’s.

            The Army isn’t a democracy.

          • scotsman1207

            obama completely misjudged this. he thought he would be a hero and he could get the v.a. out of the news

          • scotsman1207

            i don’t know where you get your information, but i tend to believe the guys who served with him and they say he’s a deserter.they had to sign non-disclosure agreements to last as long as he was in captivity. now that he is free they are telling their truth. i have no doubt he would try to escape when he found out they wouldn’t treat him like a celebrity for deserting

          • Juanita Garnto

            Leaving your post against orders in a combat zone is desertion. Calling back to unit 24 hrs later to tell them you deserted is proof of desertion. Helping Taliban to build bombs is aiding the enemy. These are court martial offenses. This is from the Army Times and The Pentagon. If I was more computer savvy I’d give you the links. But if you’ve been in service you know your general orders, and he violated them.

          • keyboard jockey

            I am not disagreeing – but this isn’t what’s transpiring. If you listen to Hagel all he talks about is reuniting Bergdahl with his family as in that’s all that’s important. I don’t get it either why the sympathy for someone who obviously was not doing their duty put other’s in danger and got people killed trying to rescue him. I suspect they will find something wrong with him -some psyche diagnose to get him out of any charges. They just don’t look like they have any interest in prosecuting him like he deserves. If you listen to the media they are already making excuses for Bergdhal, PTSD maybe. It think there is a fix in.

            Of course the solider who shot those civilian’s in Afghanistan was found guilty, and he had a defense he actually had head trauma, and was sent back to duty.

        • Bill Phillips

          There’s no way in hell this guy “forgot” …or now doesn’t “understand” approximately 20-some years of being able to speak and understand the English language!
          His emails to his father appear to be evidence of this attempt to avoid the consequences of his actions!

          • Juanita Garnto

            I agree! I’ll be waiting on the Art. 32 investigation and the court martial. They’ll probably try to sweep this under the rug too, even though lives were lost looking for this POS.

      • scotsman1207

        it was “57 states and one left to go” total 58.the new map should be out any time soon. now if he misspelled “potato” the press would ridicule him.

    • Lisl

      Exactly my thoughts when he said, “It’s true, we don’t leave anyone behind.” Get Tahmooressi home where he belongs.

    • Joshua Embrey

      That’s what 42 said to Hillary on their wedding night.

    • globalcrap

      O Bogus can’t trade him for Jihad murderers, so he lets this American Marine rot in this O Bogus Mexican prison.

  • ToyZebra

    Are we sure this guy isn’t Baghdad Bob?

  • Hey, That’s Pretty Good

    Idaho is like Afghanistan? Maybe in that idiot’s dreams.

    • ICOYAR

      To be fair, Afghan terrorists are human potatoes

      • tallron

        Do you mean they are dirty, have eyes but cannot see ?

        • ICOYAR

          Yes. And I would say that they are about as smart as a potato, but that would be an insult to the potato’s intelligence.

          • conservative hispanic

            Potatos are a useful, nutritious, delicious crop. Afghans, not so much.

          • VerminMcCann

            Also, very hard to kill with drone strikes.

  • kblue905

    If his son wanted to help the people of Afghanistan, he should have joined CARE, DACAAR, Action Aid or another of the 3 dozen NGOs that operate in Afghanistan. The U.S. Army is not a humanitarian organization. Also, if you want to “see the world, and earn money for college”, hire a travel agent and get a friggin’ Pell Grant!

  • mrspinky85

    I don’t know what to think. Is this guy gone mad or serious? How does helping the Taliban that helps harm Afghanistan’s people help them? I’m so lost at this right now.

    • Linda

      The situation does get more bizarre. At this point, I’m thinking that dad has lost it. I hope the father’s actions aren’t held against the son. I remember reading that one of the townsfolks said that the son wanted to help the people of Afghanistan by joining the Army. So until there is concrete evidence otherwise, I’m going to assume that it was a good intention to join the service in the hopes that our presence there helped the people.

      • Utopia Can Never be Achieved

        Did the father convert to Islam after the son went AWOL? I’m trying to put together a better timeline here.

        • mrspinky85

          Me too because this is weird. And my brother is Muslim so I’m not saying Muslims are terrorist. But this situation looks troubling to as far as the President helping terrorist. But, I’ll reserve judgment until I learn more. Even though we never get truth from this gov’t.

        • Linda

          I’m not certain that there is a timeline per se. It seems that he started growing the beard when his son was taken, to show solidarity with him. Then he learned the terrorist’s language so he could try to convince them to free his son. His tweets before the release were strange but would fit into the scenario of him trying to act conciliatory. But, to continue the bizarre tweets is not nearly as understandable.

  • tallron

    Hailey, ID- does that mean that folks there murder anybody who disagrees with their insane theology? BTW, we should not confuse AWOL with desertion. What
    is the betting line on whether the Administration will block a full investigation with members from his unit testifying?

  • BoscoBolt

    Military community reaction mixed to Bergdahl release – Bergdahl may have been an enemy sympathizer, and deserted his post:

    Michelle Malkin: A reminder about Bowe Bergdahl’s desertion problem

    Did Bowe Bergdahl really desert his army post out of protest?

    “In 2010, The Taliban claimed U.S. soldier Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl had converted to Islam and had taught them bomb-making techniques. Bergdahl had also changed his name to Abdullah, the Taliban claimed …”

    • mrspinky85

      Oh no.

      • CO2 Producer

        Have you read this story that’s making the rounds today? It’s pretty interesting.

        American Soldier Who Served With Freed POW Casts Doubt on Official Story


        • TugboatPhil

          I don’t know if that’s a true account, but it reads pretty true to me. If Bergdahl’s desertion led to American deaths while looking for him, he should be put in Leavenworth.

          • CO2 Producer

            The way I see it, the guy has nothing to gain by lying about it. The deaths of those who tried to get Bowe back should haunt him for the rest of his days.

          • Bill Phillips

            Deserting soldiers have been put in prison for far less!

    • Linda

      This is the bad thing of our modern technology. It allows people to speak out as if they know for sure when in fact they don’t…and it spreads like wildfire, with people either jumping on the bandwagon or counteracting it depending on their own viewpoints.

      • BoscoBolt

        To what are you referring?

        • Linda

          The people speaking as if they know for sure, one way or the other, whether Bergdahl is a traitor.

          • Bill Phillips

            Yeah ,,,,how dare those former men that served with this disgruntled oddball share what they know and have witnessed with their own lying ears and eyes! < SARC

          • Linda

            I reread the articles and I don’t see any direct quotes from “those former menthat served with this…” I wouldn’t have my comment had there been. BTW, what did those former men become?

        • Ben Bollman

          Don’t worry about it, Linda is a liberal.

      • Ben Bollman

        People with evidence and a working brain. It is hard to deny that there are fishy aspects to what is going on with this story.

        • Bill Phillips

          Not hard to deny for Linda …not hard at all! 😉

        • Linda

          Did I say that it was hard to deny that the story is conflicting?

          • Ben Bollman

            The evidence gives us a right to question what is going on. It’s called “journalism.”

          • Linda

            Yep, you couldn’t answer the question because then you’d have to admit that I never said it or implied it.

          • Ben Bollman

            “It allows people to speak out as if they know for sure when in fact they don’t.”

          • Linda

            Aww, look, the boy knows how to copy and paste. At least, I know you had to look at it in order to copy it and, presumably, realize that I didn’t say that the story didn’t have fishy aspects EVEN if you can’t bring yourself to actually admit that.

          • Ben Bollman

            Aww, sorry you were proven wrong. Move along now.

          • Linda

            Ha!!! How do you figure that? Guess you really didn’t read it afterall.

  • Perso Nasplit

    Im thinking the beard is less and less like a robertson beard, and more and more like an osama beard. Sounds a bit fishy to me. No doubt, the government has fully investigated this guy and his family, and will continue to……..but THAT settle me down. Hell, I wouldnt be surprised if they were releasing the terrorists in exchange for a sleeper cell with the comments they are making…..

    • Utopia Can Never be Achieved

      Or the government didn’t do any investigating because they knew what might have been uncovered.

      • Perso Nasplit

        Probably absolutely true. They know, and will use that to seize more power. just wait till they start putting people in camps like they did with the japanese

  • thedumbblonde

    Curiouser and curiouser.

  • Leslie

    Why does Bob Bergdahl look like one of the GTMO detained Taliban commanders who were traded for his son? I am sure getting a Homeland season 1 vibe here.

  • Bklynnygirl
  • Steve__Jacobson

    There are words to describe Berghahl “Odd” isn’t one of them. That’s like saying “Lord Haw-Haw” in WW2 was “Odd”.

  • BigSky1970

    Hailey, Idaho is deep in the mountains, but that’s where the similarities end.

    • GaryTheBrave

      Isn’t Hailey, Idaho the same place where Janet Reno sent in the FBI SWAT team to take down an alleged white supremacist for weapons charges? Was it Randy Weaver?

      • owlpellets

        That was a few hundred miles North of Hailey. Hailey is next to Sun Valley where Kerry, Ahhnold, and most of Hollywood have ski mansions.

    • keyboard jockey

      He’s not a good speaker, but that’s what I took away from his comment “mountainous”. His son grew up in Idaho in the mountains, and his son could get around in Afghanistan mountainous region.

      We hand picked the people to help you – he’s worried about his son’s mental state after being in captivity for so long he wants him to trust the people who are virtual strangers to him. I got what he was trying to say by his analogy of a deep sea diver needing to acclimate.

      We know you wanted to help the Afghan people….that’s the circle that needs to be squared. He wanted to help as in he was serving in the US military in a forward operating base or he went over the wall to find himself, and aid the Taliban – those specific Afghan people?

      If I was his dad I would stop speaking.

    • owlpellets

      Kerry has a house there…..

  • Don Bailey

    Apparently the apple didn’t fall far from the tree. And to think we’ve unleashed five of the most dangerous (and now most highly motivated) anti-American terrorist to recover the likes of Berghahl. Pathetic.

    • keyboard jockey

      I think a lot of the Dad’s appearance and speech was for his son’s benefit a show for the terrorist – tell them whatever they want to hear to keep his son alive and to get his son back. If he keeps it up since he’s been released then I question his motivation.

  • CO2 Producer

    Some day there will be time for interview, books, I have a lot to say

    Movie deal. Don’t forget the movie deal.

    • Wonder Pony

      Action figures, lunch pails, coffee mugs, hats, garden gnomes…

    • pajamakat

      Who will be the first left wing hollyweird wackos begging for the parts ???

      • CO2 Producer

        That’s a pretty broad field to make such a prediction.

    • CatHerder ✓fire! ✓fire!

      Moichendizing, moichendizing!

  • Joshua Embrey

    I thought I was alone in thinking certain things about this guy. For about three years, I’ve wondered if the Muslims flipped this guy. Anyone else notice Barry perk up and smile when the dad spoke in Arabic at the White House?

    • keyboard jockey

      There is an article in the daily mail, the father intentionally grew beard and learned Pashto for son’s benefit.

      After reading this article it just reaffirms my first impression, he was terribly immature and naive.

      • stellatruman

        thanks for the link…as a wife of an immigrant, I can assure you that no one ” forgets ” their native tongue. I am wondering if the dad spoke in code

        • keyboard jockey

          They will do a full psyche evaluation of him. I fully expect the Asperger syndrome diagnose as it is the catch all for all aberrant behavior for males his age. It’s reported he was home schooled so it might not have been diagnosed earlier.

      • honestynow

        I heard about the beard, but since the son was released, why didn’t he go ahead and shave it?

        • keyboard jockey

          Honestly I don’t know unless they are worried about his son and their family being targeted in the future? Reprisals?
          He might even be taking cues from our government on how to behave in the media?

    • Don Bailey

      “The sweetest sound in the world is the Muslim call to prayer.” – Barack Hussein Odumbo

      “I will stand with the Muslims if the political winds shift in an ugly direction.” – Barack Hussein Obozo

    • Ben Bollman

      You weren’t alone. I hated to feel like that I was judging a book by it’s cover when I saw his dad but as soon as he spoke Arabic I knew something was up with him.

  • AtomicMountain
  • therealguyfaux ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    Idaho is like Afghanistan in that you have a certain contingent of people living in the hills who could basically give a rat’s ass what any authorities tell them, they’re going to do it their way no matter what. When “doing it their one way” involves proactively going out and shooting defenseless people who don’t believe in God as you define Him to be, your “fierce proud independent mountain man” lifestyle crosses a line, and is not to be lauded, but rather, condemned and crushed.

    I daresay there’s a $#!tload more of the “Silence– I kill you!” types in Afghanistan, by countless orders of magnitude– but I’m still none too thrilled with the idea that there ARE a handful of those in Idaho, albeit Christian-identity and not Muslim, who just haven’t started the indiscriminate (no pun) shooting yet.

    • owlpellets

      Hailey is a bedroom town to Sun Valley…The only blue county in the state.
      Full of movie stars, gulf streams, and lear jets.

      • keyboard jockey

        When I read about of his friends account’s of his enlisting in the military. Her family had moved to Seattle. She was upset because she was anti military, and anti war.

      • therealguyfaux ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

        Listen, every state probably has one really embarrassing town they don’t like to brag about, I’m sure. Apparently Hailey is Idaho’s. (And to KJ, I wasn’t saying Hailey specifically– ID’s a large state, after all.)

        • keyboard jockey

          After I read the article about him in the Daily Mail. It looks like he didn’t fit in the military, because he wasn’t raised by those kind of people who respect military service. That’s why the awkward wording by the father “We know you wanted to help the Afghan people”. Meaning his enlistment wasn’t to fight (violence) but more lofty altruistic service. I am from the mountains – I smell hippies. lol!

        • CatHerder ✓fire! ✓fire!

          Well…yeah, there’s Austin *blush*

    • keyboard jockey

      Think Hippies not Prepper’s.

      • owlpellets

        Yup KJ. Limo liberals. Tons of them.

  • pajamakat

    This whole thing stinks.

  • Carter_Burger67

    We haven’t even BEGUN to see this onion start to peel away.

  • nc ✓s & balances

    Today should be a joyful day, with the release of a long-held American soldier. Instead, it’s confusing, unsettling and even a bit scary, not having a clue what all of this will lead to. Thanks, Obama!

  • Janice LEE

    So I guess O is part of the taleebonnn now. Color me furious.

  • stellatruman

    Seriously !! If this isn’t a friggin red flag flying then what IS ? His beard isn’t a redneck, Duck Dynasty beard…he should be seething about the Talaban supposedly holding his son against his will. The Taliban are publicly proclaiming victory !!! Wake the F up America

  • Jeffrey Rogers

    This dude needs to be water boarded

  • Ben Bollman

    So we traded 5 of the worst terrorists in the world for one traitor? Way to go Obama.

  • S. J. Atherton

    This whole thing is suspicious…maybe cult-like.

  • Donald-Now2x/Sarc-w/0calories

    It’s my understanding downtown Boise has a real problem with IED’s, and the Taliban are thick as blow flies on a corpse in the caves of the Rocky Mountains.

    • Bill Phillips


  • globalcrap

    Trading “5 “Jihad terrorist with American blood on their hands, for an A W O L Jihad lover, show America what is wrong with the O Bogus regime. If these “5 ” Jihad American murderers commit more crimes against America, O Bogus should be held accountable

    • Bill Phillips

      Agreed 1000% …but Obama has the Ultimate …get-out-of-jail-free card to play! He’s the first black POTUS!

  • HARP2

    Mullah Omar hails release of 5 top Taliban commanders as ‘great victory’.

  • Ms Anonymous

    Plenty of time for that Court Martial, too… dad.

  • Jaels_Song

    Great Obama’s put a bounty on all Americans heads… now we’re worth more than just a good head choppin’.

  • Squirrel!

    At what time did the father tell his son, ” Bowe, I told you you wouldn’t be left behind?” Anyone?

  • ocdetf

    The entire family is scum. Wake up America. They are not on our side.

  • Amedicinewoman

    That is one damn healthy looking captured enemy! Esp. Considering the lenth of his ordeal…..Sarcasm ON

  • Dinger

    What is the mainstream media in the US saying about all of this? I can find little to nothing in mainstream tabloids online. (I live in Australia).

    It appears to be just another blatant confirmation that The President Bat Olarma is a Muslim sympathiser, if not a covert Muslim. How can this be ignored? Deserters were once shot, yet now a President is not just rescuing one, but publicly feting one, one who fraternises with and supports enemy interests – giving credence to the tweet to release all Guantanamo prisoners.

    What is wrong with the US press? Are they dolt-headed and so married to their political affiliations that they will sacrifice their nation’s interests for them? (These media leftist luddites will be the destruction of us all.)

    • dubbs

      It takes the media a little more time than expected to change all of the words in the articles from hero to traitor.
      And they are dolt headed.

      • Dinger

        Exactly! I mean … how will the media explain that a guy who was imprisoned by terrorists, is now calling for the release of terrorists from Guantanamo Bay. Pretty fishy methinks and where are the so-called ‘intellectuals’ – what are they saying?

        If the media fail to question this in the US, then there is something seriously wrong, and not just within the White House.

  • Guest

    If Bergdahl’s father spoke a line in Yiddish instead of Arabic and Pashto, would the conservative blogosphere be raising a fuss over his two non-English sentences?

    • dubbs

      The reason for the concern over the language thing is that there is probably some complicity between the family, their son, and the Taliban. This soldier is probably a deserter and a traitor. Wait and see.

    • nc ✓s & balances

      No, and if he had spoken a line in French no one would have cared either. Try to focus.

    • crella

      If he’d said ‘Allah is merciful’ in Yiddish, yes, most likely. It’s the content, not only the language!
      “bism allah alrahman alraheem” – which means “in the name of Allah the most gracious and most merciful”

      If he’s trying to communicate with a son who has forgotten English, what kind of a message is that for him? The father said in English ‘I am your father’ and ‘I love you’ but what he said in Arabic was praise for Allah.

  • Crap Detectr

    The Twitchy faithful expect a flawless press conference from two non-professional public speakers who just had perhaps the second-biggest shock of their life in finding out their son has been released from Taliban custody.

    The echo chamber rings louder than ever.

    • tops116 ✓Quipper

      “The echo chamber rings louder than ever.”

      Thank you for sharing what’s going on inside your head. Perhaps now you can focus on learning how to spell “detector” properly.

    • Nahalban

      Can’t expect much from the parents of a deserting piece of sh*t like this.

    • Walter Sobchak

      The Twitchy faithful expect a flawless press conference from two
      non-professional public speakers who just had perhaps the second-biggest
      shock of their life in finding out their son has been released from
      Taliban custody.

      I expect people of his ilk to be so ashamed they don’t want to be anywhere near a press conference. The five soldiers who died looking for his treasonous rat-bastard spawn are all better men than he is, and you know what? None of them get to hold a press conference.

  • dubbs

    This thing is like a huge piece of crap just looking for a fan!

  • 50 Shades of Pissed Off

    We wasted our precious time looking for him in 2009. We almost stumbled upon him in July, 2009 and got into a 45 minute firefight due to local fighters thinking that we were there for him. We took two WIA that day. I don’t mean to sound like a heartless bastard but “F THAT GUY!!!” He walked away from his unit and FOB. He wasn’t left behind during a patrol. I hope he is prosecuted! Now we are known to the world as terrorist negotiators. Great job Mr President! I’m sorry about my rant but I have very strong feelings about this guy and situation.

    Here are some words from someone who was there;

    Forwarded from Jeff Howard. “We were at OP Mest, Paktika Province, Afghanistan. It was a small outpost where B Co 1-501st INF (Airbone) ran operations out of, just an Infantry platoon and ANA counterparts there. The place was an Afghan graveyard. Bergdahl had been acting a little strange, telling people he wanted to “walk the earth” and kept a little journal talking about how he was meant for better things. No one thought anything about it. He was a little “out there”. Next morning he’s gone. We search everywhere, and can’t find him. He left his weapon, his kit, and other sensitive items. He only took some water, a compass and a knife. We find some afghan kids shortly after who saw an american walking north asking about where the taliban are. We get hits on our voice intercepter that Taliban has him, and we were close. We come to realize that the kid deserted his post, snuck out of camp and sought out Taliban… to join them. We were in a defensive position at OP Mest, where your focus is to keep people out. He knew where the blind spots were to slip out and that’s what he did. It was supposed to be a 4-day mission but turned into several months of active searching. Everyone was spun up to find this guy. News outlets all over the country were putting out false information. It was hard to see, especially when we knew the truth about what happened and we lost good men trying to find him. PFC Matthew Michael Martinek, Staff Sgt. Kurt Robert Curtiss, SSG Clayton Bowen, PFC Morris Walker, SSG Michael Murphrey, 2LT Darryn Andrews, were all KIA from our unit who died looking for Bergdahl. Many others from various units were wounded or killed while actively looking for Bergdahl. Fighting Increased. IEDs and enemy ambushes increased. The Taliban knew that we were looking for him in high numbers and our movements were predictable. Because of Bergdahl, more men were out in danger, and more attacks on friendly camps and positions were conducted while we were out looking for him. His actions impacted the region more than anyone wants to admit. There is also no way to know what he told the Taliban: Our movements, locations, tactics, weak points on vehicles and other things for the enemy to exploit are just a few possibilities. The Government knows full well that he deserted. It looks bad and is a good propaganda piece for the Taliban. They refuse to acknowledge it. Hell they even promoted him to Sergeant which makes me sick. I feel for his family who only want their son/brother back. They don’t know the truth, or refuse to acknowledge it as well. What he did affected his family and his whole town back home, who don’t know the truth. Either way what matters is that good men died because of him. He has been lying on all those Taliban videos about everything since his “capture”. If he ever returns, he should be tried under the UCMJ for being a deserter and judged for what he did. Bergdahl is not a hero, he is not a soldier or an Infantryman. He failed his brothers. Now, sons and daughters are growing up without their fathers who died for him and he will have to face that truth someday.”
    This is the truth

  • soxfan4evah

    Idaho is so much like Afghanistan? So they have chai boys, stone women and behead homosexuals?

  • DutyFirst

    So let me get this straight. During the second war, while my uncle was held captive in Changi prison as a POW by the Japanese for over 3 and a half years my mother and her parents should have learned Japanese, changed their appearance to be more Japanese to show solidarity with him and attempt to treat with the Japanese on his behalf. Hmmm, I think that would have got them in shed load of trouble with their neighbors and the government. My, how times have changed.

  • tops116 ✓Quipper

    So, Bergdahl’s saying terrorists and deserters are hiding in the mountains of Idaho.

  • Hotlanta Mike

    ‘We Lost Soldiers in the Hunt for Bergdahl, a Guy Who Walked Off in the Dead of Night’

  • Conservative Pitbull

    We now have a NEW Cindy Sheehan bearded nutjob on the airwaves. Of course the media will eat this up. He should bow down 5 times a day hitting the carpet.

  • jeanie6

    Acorn didn’t fall far from that tree. Nuts in more ways than one that duo.

  • RSnyder

    How can one be so in denial of reality and hate America so much? We need zoos for people like this.

    • san rafael blue

      You would need a ‘zoo’ big enough for at least 47% of the registered voters. FUN FACT; In times of war, one often finds justification for such unpleasantries aka as Internment Camps.

  • CHHR

    Whatever your thoughts of Bergdahl, there is something seriously wrong here and I can’t help but wonder about government designed, systemic “home grown” jihad when I read this TL. Awfully chilling and truly scarey.

  • USNbubblehead

    Y’know, I’m starting to see that every time there’s a nut-job mass murderer (like that pathetic rich brat out in Cali) or some turncoat who runs ‘over the hill’ (like this guy and the Walker kid from early in the war), the parents turn out to be nutty liberal moonbats as well.

  • AmericanLass

    This soldier walks away, defected or deserted and he gets all this attention. While our Vets who stayed on their post, served their Country, came back home and are “FORGOTEN” at the VA.

  • Cora Brantley

    Why did the guy have to tell his son “I am your father” and what is this “we handpicked the team working with you” mean? And what is it about our government that he will learn and be happy about? That its been taken over by the enemy? Its just all too strange. Did obama set up this whole thing while he was in Afganistan last week? and outed the CIA guy? Was it something the CIA guy could have found out about this whole thing with the releases?

  • Cora Brantley

    Was this all just a cover to release the five? Starting to look that way. And is this guy going to be treated at a VA hospital? Or is he going to be admitted to private care? Again the bad guys get treated better then our heros.

    • Nan231

      Yes, yes and yes. These are two separate transactions made to look like one. Of course the left will shout you down if you mention it, but I think it is a cover. Obama tried to do this with Amb Stevens but it failed so he’s doing it this way. Both right before an election, and what’s with the meeting with Killary?
      Of course the left will deny, deny, deny because that’s how they do things. If I were a reporter I would look for funneling of money. That’s Clinton’s modus operandi.

  • FlatFoot

    I fully expect “Preezy of the United Steezy” Barack Hussein Obama to hold a White House ceremony wherein he gives the Presidential Medal of Freedom to the Muslim convert deserter, Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, with the head-traitor himself, Secretary of State John Kerry, giving a follow-up speech about Bravery, Honor, Patriotism and Love of Country. I practically guarantee it.

  • san rafael blue

    And just think, this was supposed to relieve the Presidents’ problems with numerous foreign policy blunders and ongoing scandals. This is but the latest cherry on top.

  • rssllue

    Cameras roll: Look at me! Look at me! Questions start to be asked: Move along; nothing to see here.

  • Super Marsupial

    The whole traitor family should go live there if they love it so much

  • Ed McDowell

    There is something really smelly about this incident and everything surrounding it from the time he went AWOL to these creepy pressers, I mean really smelly.

  • rambler

    I don’t remember seeing road side bombs, executions in soccer stadiums or women dressed in burqas in Idaho.

    • A-Train

      did he get to stone his first wife of 12 years of age?

      • rambler

        He may have a secret harem.

  • Chrissy the Hyphenated

    Bob Bergdahl is making Cindy Sheehan sound positively sane.

  • Carol Robinson

    Bob Bergdahl is the only *sshat in that makes Idaho resemble Afghanistan. Everything else is as american as apple pie.

  • ImJustAGuy

    Special operators grew Afghan beards to help them to somewhat blend in. Why did the Bergdahl dad grow an Afghan beard? For solidarity with the Taliban? Just asking.

  • Malcolm Reynolds

    So we’ve got a guy that deserts to join the Taliban and ends up their POW for 5 years. We got his father who seems more concerned about Gitmo terrorists and their families than his own son and Americans.
    We’ve got a preezy, whom we’ll call preezy Stompy Foot, who trades 5 high level Taliban commanders for a guy that WANTS TO BE one of those Taliban commanders and…. the debate seems to center around a general lack of notification to Congress.

    Hey guess what. You’re no longer talking about the VA, Benghazi, IRS, Stompy Foot’s nervous knocking ticks over Obamacare, the generally COMPLETE failure that characterizes this admin, and an election in a few months…

    Good Grief, is it even safe to bring this guy back to America?

  • A-Train

    I was watching his live conference the other morning, and wanted to attribute his ‘oddness’ to the fact he’s had a son held captive, that the emotions are just so overwhelming, but couldn’t keep from thinking ‘something stinks’.
    Then I hear about his odd ‘praising Allah’ and how America ‘will pay for the dead afghan children’ and what not… Is there ANYTHING this admin does that doesn’t seem downright shady? And to trade 5 HIGH LEVEL terrorists, when we can’t even get a Marine out of Mexico for making a wrong turn? And that this guy deserted?
    Just too much going on here.

  • disappearing moderate

    I can understand a man learning the language of his son’s captors in an attempt at creating a dialogue. Same with tweeting and retweeting messages that appear to be sympathetic to the Taliban. People will do just about anything for their children. Now that the captivity is over, I don’t understand his continuing defense of the Taliban and his desire to free all Gitmo detainees. I can only assume his stance is unfortunately for real. No idea if he managed to self radicalize in an effort to understand the situation or whether his views are long held. Everything about this deal is shady and stinks to high heaven.

  • Rosalee Adams

    NOBODY forgets their native language
    Many who are bilingual can attest to that e.g. my maternal grandmother who
    came over in steerage, age 17, did not forget her dialect (Berne Canton of
    Switzerland) despite fact she was among English speaking only……..
    she never forgot her native language until the day she died……..

    If Bergdahl walked, then he should be charged with violation of Articles 85/86
    and given he finds America so disgusting, when he is released from
    Leavenworth he can return to Idaho which is just like Afghanistan

  • righteousreverenddynamite

    I remember all of those U.S. fathers, whose sons were captured by the Germans and languishing in POW camps, wearing SS or Luftwaffe apparel, learning German (and spouting praise in German of the Third Reich), and growing Hitlerian mustaches in solidarity with the captors…don’t you??

  • righteousreverenddynamite

    So the pre-pubescent boys in Hailey are dressed up like girls on Friday nights and made to dance in front of the town fathers and sodomized? Idaho Akbar!

  • $11290429

    Like the Administration and all about it, it stinks to high heaven.
    Thanks, you libtards. You destroyed America in just 5 years. How does it feel to have participated in that “victory?”

  • ✪✪✪┳ㅌ८८ᏬᏊᏥАीᎴᏋᏌЯ✪✪✪

    Actually, this is what he said, “”Our character is a lot alike. The
    mountain, desert environment breeds tough people, people who know how to farm
    here and make a living. And it’s hard. But it makes you tough. If it doesn’t
    kill you, it makes you tougher. And we’re just so appreciative of the people in
    Idaho.” Maybe y’all should get it right next time. And this is coming from a fellow CONSERVATIVE! #SMFH

  • disgusted_by_the_elites

    Another unstable liberal

  • scotsman1207

    i can’t believe the people of hailey are 100% behind this guy and are fixing to treat him as a hero. this according to their home page. he deserted and cost the lives of 6 soldiers on missions to find his sorry ass.. haIley if you honor this man you may as well have jane fonda lead the parade. now he has been released, the gag order is removed from the guys who served with him and he is a revolting person who does not deserve an honorable discharge. if obama tries to do that he is going to hear from us vets who served honorably

  • MyOpinionPost

    Is this one of those places where those too goofy for California move?

  • MyOpinionPost

    Its a great distraction from the usual Obama administration incompetence coverups, isn’t it.

  • Amy Dunne

    I’ve found knowledge to be my edge and this a useful tool for staying sharp:

  • Aabduhl Jumangai

    Me fear a little afghanistan in Idaho. That is mean that girls are beaten for goig to school and wife is beaten for making question to man

  • Motherangelicacatholic

    How about all of the military men form Idaho who died in these two conflicts? I will bet that they don’t feel the sentiments of Bob Begdahl or Bowe Bergdahl represent them.

  • Charles Hargrave

    The citizens of Hailey Idaho need to make sure they don’t turn their backs on Bob Bergdahl when he’s around them,he may think they are the enemy and open fire,I knew a Vietnam Vet.who dressed like Bob and drove around in a van with looney things written on it and is now he’s in a padded cell because he thought every person with slanted eyes was Viet Cong and they were taking over the U.S.,the Police stopped him and his weapons before he could open fire,he had some great coversations with his invisable friends,one was Buddah,but Buddah could help him because he was a rock shaped like a man.