[Editor’s Note: Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, through executive action by the President, was set free in exchange for five Taliban leaders. Though he has not made a public statement, allegations of his desertion and allegiance with the Taliban have surfaced. Here is what his former brothers-in-arms have to say.]
In a powerful interview with Megyn Kelly, six of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s platoon members, including the platoon’s former leader, spoke out on the latest developments in the embattled Taliban trade that secured Bergdahl’s freedom.
Responding to Kelly’s questions about anexclusive Fox News report by James Rosenthat alleges Bergdahl converted to Islam, fraternized openly with his captors and declared himself a “warrior for Islam,” former platoon leader Evan Buetow said, “We knew that he had deserted.”
Buetow went on to say that the unit on the ground in Afghanistan had knowledge that Bergdahl was attempting to find the Taliban, or someone outside of the platoon with whom he could speak in English who could talk to the Taliban for him.
When asked by Kelly for a head-count of how many among the six platoon members thought Bergdahl deserted, every hand went up.
“It doesn’t matter what his motives were. We all took an oath and had to abide by orders, and you don’t just leave your fellow Americans to join somebody else,” said Cody Full, who was Bergdahl’s former roommate.
Former platoon leader Evan Buetow described in detail the morning the platoon realized Bergdahl was missing, and the subsequent search that ensued.
In the days since the platoon members first spoke out about Bergdahl, reports have surfaced that some White House aides have accused the former platoon members of “swift boating,” a reference to a group of Vietnam veterans who questioned now Secretary of State John Kerry’s military service record during his presidential run in 2004.
Department of State spokespeople have openly called into question the credibility of the soldiers who were there on the ground in Afghanistan when Bergdahl disappeared.