New Bergdahl mystery: why haven’t fellow Soldiers been contacted in military investigation?

Last Thursday when I was guest-hosting the Sean Hannity radio show, I asked a rhetorical question, “Where is Bowe Bergdahl?”

As always, when stories fall out of the media frenzy, we tend to forget about them. But I haven’t.

Bergdahl was an American Soldier who deserved to be found. I do not concur with President Obama’s unilateral decision to succumb to the demands of a terrorist organization and return five senior leaders of the Taliban. And I just have to ask, why did it take five years?

Regardless, as reported by Fox News — seemingly the only media organization who stays on top of these stories — “U.S. Army soldiers who were serving with Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl when he left his post and wound up in the hands of the Taliban say no one has contacted them, even though military brass are currently conducting a new investigation into the case.”

This sounds very familiar to the IRS targeting scandal where Attorney General Eric Holder appointed a person to investigate who never spoke to any of the plaintiff conservative groups bringing forth the complaint. I suppose that’s how investigations are done in the Obama administration — like everything else — just words, rhetoric, and in the end castigation by Obama and his crony Leftists as “phony scandals.”

Fox says “several soldiers who immediately came forward after Bergdahl was released on May 31, in a swap for five Guantanamo Bay detainees, have accused the 28-year-old Idaho native of deserting. But even though the Army is probing that very charge, investigators have not reached out to at least two former Army sergeants — including the platoon’s leader — who served alongside Bergdahl on June 30, 2009, when he disappeared from his post in eastern Afghanistan’s Paktika province.”

“There’s only a handful of us who were actually there and we haven’t been contacted yet,” former Army Sgt. Evan Buetow told FoxNews.com. “I don’t really know how in-depth they’re trying to get here. I thought we’d be some of the people they’d call. I think they have their mind made up already on what they want people to know.”

Ok, let’s conduct our own short investigation.

Was Army PFC Bowe Bergdahl at his assigned duty post, in a combat zone, on 30 June, 2009? No.

Did PFC Bergdahl depart his assigned duty post with weapon and sensitive items or where they left on his Forward Operating Base (FOB)? They were left on his FOB.

Did PFC Bergdahl attempt to return to his assigned duty position within 30 days? No, they are rumors that he attempted to escape, but that has yet to be verified.

As articulated by the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ), a deserter has no intention of returning to his or her post, while a soldier who goes AWOL intends to rejoin.

As a former Commander, I can attest the cutoff for reclassifying a Soldier from AWOL (Away Without Leave) to desertion is 30 days.

When I was a Battalion Commander at Ft. Hood, we had a Soldier returned to our Battalion who had gone AWOL and was summarily classified as a deserter under the previous Battalion Commander. I will never forget the Soldier’s return as we were preparing to deploy to Iraq. I asked him a simple question: did he want to deploy with us to Iraq or would he prefer charges to be preferred against him?

The Soldier chose to deploy, and he did.

But the case of Army PFC Bowe Bergdahl is rather interesting because I believe there is some undue command influence occurring. Why has the 2010 Pentagon report on the Bergdahl incident not been declassified and made open to the public?

It seems to me there has already been an investigation — and perhaps it explains why the military didn’t continue to pursue Bergdahl’s rescue. There can be no debate that PFC Bergdahl voluntarily left his assigned duty post on the aforementioned day — he deserted his post. Although the New York Times attempted to make him the victim and attacked his unit, no one forced him to walk off that combat outpost, leaving his weapon, body armor, and sensitive items.

Fox reports that “Army officials announced a two-star general, Maj. Gen. Kenneth Dahl, is conducting a new investigation to examine whether Bergdahl went AWOL or deserted his post. However, the probe won’t begin until Bergdahl’s reintegration process is complete, and Dahl’s recommendations will ultimately be sent to the director of the Army staff, who could then approve or alter them before forwarding to Bergdahl’s commander.”

And who will decide when the “reintegration process” is complete? Funny — there was no reintegration process for former Army Lieutenant Michael Behenna. Oh yeah, he was a bad guy for killing a known al-Qaida operative, Ali Mansur, who was conducting operations in his area.

And why is Bergdahl’s case not being conducted within the chain of command of his original unit, the 25th Infantry Division?

Soldiers like me think things should be simple and explanations not convoluted — unlike legislation in Congress.

Former Army Sgt. Evan Buetow who is now working in law enforcement after leaving the Army in 2012, believes the answer to the key question of the investigation remains unchanged. “I think it’s very clear he deserted his post,” Buetow told FoxNews.com. “He thought about what he was doing, he mailed some things home, he walked away and we have witnesses who saw him walking away. And if you’re walking away in one of the worst, most dangerous areas of Afghanistan without your weapon and gear, I don’t believe you’re planning on coming back.”

Former Army Sgt. Matt Vierkant, a member of Bergdahl’s unit, told FoxNews.com he has also not been contacted by Army officials since the announcement of the new probe, but acknowledged that sworn statements of nearly every soldier in contact with Bergdahl in 2009 undoubtedly still exist. “I have confidence that they’re going to do what’s right,” Vierkant said. “I just feel this should’ve happened a long time ago and it should’ve been public.”Vierkant vehemently maintains that Bergdahl deserted his unit, taking little more than his notebook, a compass, some water and maybe his camera before walking away.

“The most important factor isn’t necessarily why he did it or what made him do it,” Vierkant said. “The most important factor is that he did do it — for whatever reason. That’s enough in my mind to do a court-martial, bring him up under several different charges under the Uniform Code of Military Justice.”

And don’t forget — many of the Soldiers in Bergdahl’s unit were forced to sign non-disclosure agreements – and didn’t come forward until the infamous Rose Garden announcement. It’s also rumored that Benghazi survivors were forced to sign non-disclosure agreements. Hmm, doesn’t exactly sound like a phony scandal to me — how about you?

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Ron Sagle
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They need to court martial Bergdahl!

Rafael X
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15 mins are up go back to your day jobs gentlement.

Timothy-Allen Albertson
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Timothy-Allen Albertson

im retired

Philanthropussy
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I think you are the last one to talk about court marshals, West. The army did you a great favor by cutting you loose with only a fine.

Rena
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Is Earl your new hero? You seem to be so far up his butt on this issue you are starting to smell like him. You puppet everything he does now and cant seem to think for yourself anymore. Try debating the issue, sticking to topic and learn something. This is happening to this country and we are going down fast, if we don’t do something now we wont last. Or perhaps that is what you would prefer….

Philanthropussy
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I read a story about a women so obsessed with her BF, she called him called 77,000x. Did you take lessons from her?

Rena
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Is this your attempt at being funny… cute… meh.. fail… but good try.. keep working on it sweetie

Philanthropussy
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thanks for your support. It’s people like you who make this world a special place.

Rena
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For special people like you right? Get back on the short bus, they are missing one rider…

Timothy-Allen Albertson
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Timothy-Allen Albertson

what is “court marshal”?

Philanthropussy
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it’s a law term.

Timothy-Allen Albertson
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Timothy-Allen Albertson

And what doe sit mean, no it all traitor?

Philanthropussy
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I be a graduate of the law and order school of law

Freewheelin'Franklin
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No. It’s not.

Philanthropussy
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secret society.

Deitwiler
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I see that you’re no longer making your original specious claims about Lt. Col. West. It’s time YOU cut loose your obsession and grow up.

Philanthropussy
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I think the proper phase has something to do with pigs flying

robertsisente
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And what service have you provided this country? I have seen far better “men” than Bergdahl get shafted by our govt. If he deserted, he should be punished. As “your” leader would say, PERIOD…..

Deb D Verdad
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There is group of Veterans working to keep the truth out there, about Bowe Bergdahl… they had a following of nearly 77,000 before FB shut down their page without explanation. … Here is their new page…. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bowe-Bergdahl-is-a-Traitor/232609076949303

robertsisente
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They do not want answers. They want the public to forget about it.

MotherBatherick
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Last I read, Bergdahl has been enjoying the very freedom his fellow soldiers have fought and died for. He’s being allowed to go shopping, sightseeing and eat out at restaurants. There are many military families (some are the very ones Bergdahl turned his back on) wishing they could be with their loved ones enjoying the same.

DustyFae
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He will get what he deserve by true people of Freedom, he will be a disgusting reminder of the traitor to USA…he will always be a loser…Makes me sick to my gut looking at his photo, if l seen him in public, l guess he would make me throw up at his feet…

MotherBatherick
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What Bergdahl has done is bad enough but worse, obama is using him. I wonder if Hanoi Jane would spit in his face.

Col West, was glad to hear you on Sean’s show the other day.
It will be quite refreshing to hear your weekly Presidential radio addresses.

Chas
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It is apparent that DOD and the administration have no intent of contacting Bergdahl’s
platoon members. They want this swept under the rug, mainly to safe face for Obummer after his disasterous photoop…

Roger Reid
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There are no witnesses for any of Zero’s scandals. Therefore there is no scandal. How many witnesses for Bengahzi? For the IRS? Is Snowden the only one at the NAS that noticed? Fand F? Plenty of comment. No sworn witnesses! How they are implimenting Chicago politics at a national level is a feat to behold. But an evil feat indeed

HitchslapU
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Wonder what the drummed-out Lite Colonel thinks about the release of Benghazi “mastermind” Abu Sufian bin Qumu from GITMO in 2007. He returned to the battlefield only to recruit the recently arrested Ahmed Abu Khattala.

Opinari
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Yep, released in 2007 and see what happened. Dontchathink that perhaps Obama should have used it as a lesson. Naw, he just released 5 times as many to do similar. Your “logic” on Bush dumb, Obama smart, attack on Col. West is “missing in action.”

Richard Young
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Obama will get the answers he wants, after all he’s fired a lot of the officers that disagree with him or dislike him so now he has his yes men in place.

thegreatamerican
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IRS basically investigating themselves.
The original Benghazi “investigation questioned who? I think this administration has their story on everything and finds someone to tell their version of the story. The typical drag it out saying there’s nothing to see and hope everyone forgets.

Hangman54
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…the fix is already in…

The_Patriot
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Like typical liberal tree hugger fashion, the will try to explain what he was really doing what his motives really were. The barry administration will and is using this as a poltical stage for barry to look good. I killed osama and got back bergdahl. Both situations are shams. as osama was pointed out by the Pakistani Doctor. Bergdahl by all accounts just walked away as a deserter.
As Hangman56 said “the fix is already in” and it is. barry will make sure of it with his mighty pen and phone

Opinari
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Haven’t heard squat about what happened to the Pakistani doctor since then. I believe they put him in jail??? We have a corrupt president no matter which way you slice it.

The_Patriot
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Corruption is low on the list of thing’s that barry has done. Try treason, aiding and abetting the enemy, try assassinating government officials. Gun Running to Al Qaeda, Assassinating American citizens.
Usurping the constitution, BILL of RIGHTS, Laws that he has signed into law, he breaks all the time at will. There is way more than that. corruption is low on the list

Rena
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The reason seems obvious, so it doesn’t make Obama look bad for trading 5 terrorists for this POS deserter. If they interview these guys its going to force the msm to interview these guys which will make Obama look bad and confirm what Fox and the conservatives have been saying all along, that Obama is destroying this nation piece by piece and allowing the enemy to walk free.

Sams_1
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When I see one of those kinds of beards I know. Too bad-if you do not like my statement -PC is not for me

Brendan
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His beard looks like he belongs on Duck Dynasty.

Madelyn Temple
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TY Col. West… I have been wondering where this little creep got to?? WHY hasn’t he been in the news lately??? IS the military Truly conducting a Fair & Honest investigation???? Or have those in authority been corrupted by Ovomit & his regime?? I don’t trust anything that comes from this admin anymore;/

namvet
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It’s been the WH intentions all along to coverup the story of this deserter. Libs and socialist minded alike will want this guy to receive benefits and all hail to Bergdahl. Our chicken crap officials will do whatever our dictator tells them. I think the socialists and spineless will stay in control, until we’re just like any communist nation. I hate to see our country wither away.

hrdcore
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The do as your told and support my foolish decisions attitude or leave orders from the top has done its desired effect. Too many PC lapdogs in the military top commands. To stand up is to find yourself under investigation and reassigned for an undetermined period of time.

Brendan
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Mr West, in this editorial you mention that you do not know if the new investigation is complete, or even if it has begun Yet, you also express outrage (or at least want you readers to be outraged) over Bergdahl’s former platoon not being interviewed yet for the new investigation… An investigation you acknowledge may not have yet started You are deliberately implying that investigators are ignoring these important witnesses, yet you know full well that they will not be interviewed until the investigation begins. Maybe you should wait until the investigation actually concludes before accusing the investigators of not… Read more »
Fighter Squirrel
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You are a dreamer. Most likely an Obama voter.

Brendan
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Nope. I didn’t vote for Obama and I’m sorry you think that waiting to pass judgment on an investigation is dreaming.

chylene6599
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They don’t want any kind of investigation to probe too deeply for what they will find when too many rocks are turned over. I heard from the Webster Tarpley radio broadcast that a very reliable source had told him that Bergdahl was a lame excuse to release those 5 Taliban guys; RELEASE… they had ‘graduated’ from their ‘Terrorst’ training. Every detention facility, including Abu Gahib (sp) is really an in-depth terrorist training facility, run by the Cia and other black ops, and once they have been thoroughly twisted, are released to carry out their ‘orders’. Hmmm..perhaps this sis where ‘Isis’… Read more »
jane sandes
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I AGREE, MR WEST THAT BOWE IS A DESERTER. INSPIRED BY WHAT HAPPENED WITH SIX SOLDIER TORTURED TO DEATH BY TALIBAN IN 2004. SGT. BOWE BERGDAHL LOVES TALIBANS. HE WOULD LIKE THAT TALIBAN CUT HIS EYES. HIS MOUTH, HIS FINGERS AND OTHERS MEMBERS OF HIS BODY. LATER HE WANTED BE PLAYED IN A PIT AND THEN BURNED. IF POSSIBLE STILL ALIVE. VERY GOOD ! THAT’S IS THE REASONS WHY BOWE DESERTED. REPUBLICANS, PAID JOURNALISTS OF FOX NEWS, PRESIDENT BUSH AND THE IDIOTS ARE CERTAIN: NOTHING IN THE WORLD IS BETTER THAN TO BE TORTURED AND DEAD BY TALIBAN. ANY QUESTION?… Read more »
Andy Martin
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For all of you Bowe apologists…………
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In this undated photo provided by MEMRI, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is seen posing with a senior member of the Haqqani network in Afghanistan.MEMRI