Poor guy has no clue the Graeme Frost/Scott Beauchamp/Sherrod treatment he is about to get:
Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has told medical officials that his captors locked him in a metal cage in total darkness for weeks at a time as punishment for trying to escape, and while military doctors say he now is physically able to travel he is not yet emotionally ready for the pressures of reuniting with his family, according to American officials who have been briefed on his condition.
Sergeant Bergdahl, who was released last Saturday to American commandos in Afghanistan in exchange for five Taliban detainees held at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, remains in a military hospital in Germany without access to news media — and thus is oblivious to the raging criticism from some in Congress about the prisoner swap and even from members of his former platoon who say he deserted them. He has received a letter from his sister but has not yet responded, and objects when hospital staff address him as sergeant instead of private first class, his rank when he was captured nearly five years ago after walking off a remote outpost in eastern Afghanistan, the official said.***
Officials would not disclose if Sergeant Bergdahl has made any special requests. One thing, however, that does rub him wrong is when hospital staff call him “sergeant,” the result of two automatic promotions while a captive.
“He says, ‘Don’t call me that,’ ” said one American official. “ ‘I didn’t go before the boards. I didn’t earn it.’ ”
But his dad looks like the Taliban. Then there is this:
The platoon was, an American military official would assert years later, “raggedy.”
On their tiny, remote base, in a restive sector of eastern Afghanistan at an increasingly violent time of the war, they were known to wear bandannas and cutoff T-shirts. Their crude observation post was inadequately secured, a military review later found. Their first platoon leader, and then their first platoon sergeant, were replaced relatively early in the deployment because of problems.
Some of the stuff in the last article reads like bullshit written by someone who never spent a day in the military. I understand that Patton had everyone wear neckties and that shit, but cut-off t-shirts in the middle of fucking nowhere is not a sign of a raggedy unit. I spent four days in the middle of the fucking desert on a broke down tank with my loader and gunner after the CO hopped off and jumped on another tank. They threw us a shitload of water and cases of MRE’s and told us the 88 will get you in a couple days. We did nothing but manually rotate the turret and reposition the tarp so we could have some shade, play cards, listen to Sgt. Charles sing (we had no batteries left), and make up lies about past sexual conquests. And hell yeah I spent a little time in my knickers and not in appropriate attire getting some sun. That’s not bad soldiers, that’s people in a position where they clearly are fucked.
There were clearly more troubling issues, such as a clear lack of NCO control, a completely incoherent mission, lax security, they were undermanned, and no one knew why the fuck they were there. It reads like a shit-show fail parade from the top down. They had no business being there, had no idea why they were there or what they were supposed to do, and neither did the fucking people who put them there.
And this fucking motormouth:
Mr. Sutton said he had struggled to square the popular portrayal of Sergeant Bergdahl as brooding and disenchanted with the soldier he knew. “He wanted to take the fight to the enemy and do the mission of the infantry,” he said, adding, “He was a good soldier, and whenever he was told to do something, he would do it.”
Mr. Cornelison made it his job to get to know the men he might someday have to save. He said Sergeant Bergdahl was cagey, never telling anyone his full personal story, sharing a snippet with one soldier, another snippet with someone else.
“He got excited during certain parts of fighting, but for the vast majority of the time, he was disillusioned when we had to be boots-on-the-ground infantrymen,” Mr. Cornelison said. However, he said, Sergeant Bergdahl showed more interest in humanitarian activities, like passing out food or medical supplies to Afghan villagers or helping Afghan soldiers repair their buildings, and seemed disappointed that the Army was not more like “a kind of Peace Corps.”
Sorry, but that medic Cornelison doing the Fox News circuit just strikes me as the biggest blue falcon ever.