Story of US Soldier captured by Taliban doesn’t ring true.

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Initial reports on captured US Soldier, Bowe Bergdahl, suggested he “lagged behind his patrol”. I thought about this and wondered what that could possibly mean. In all the training I’ve had, no one–I mean no one–was allowed to lag. And this guy’s an infantryman.

More recent reports are saying Bergdahl simply abandoned his post, violating the First General Order, and then has proceeded to violate the Code of Conduct, by making statements against his own country. The Taliban knows that America’s weakness is its own media’s portrayal of the American military.

Here’s Ralph Peters on Bergdahl:

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4 thoughts on “Story of US Soldier captured by Taliban doesn’t ring true.

    Amos Volante said:
    July 30, 2009 at 10:24 pm

    As a former soldier, that language, “Lagged behind a patrol” sounded extremely suspicious to me. Such language is used by members of the press digging for something reasonable to say as quickly as possible. If you’re Soledad Obrien and you are not acquainted with any member of any combat arms unit member in the entire US military, you have to fall back on your scholarly abilities to explain, since true cognoscenti of this nation all share one common attribute on their ivy league resumes: A total lack of military service.

    For those old enough to remember; the mainstream media reported, following the bombing of the Marine barracks in Beirut, that the Marines were unable to shoot at the bomber because, and I quote CBS news’ live report, “The safety catches on their M-16 attack shotguns were on.”

    This is one of many great media gaffs that any Joe Sixpack can laugh at, but our society’s most educated members are clueless about.

    Let’s see what the true story in this case is. I admit I don’t know, but like Joe Sixpack, I know the media geeks who have never felt the burn of an ALICE pack on their backs don’t know either.

    kernunos said:
    August 4, 2009 at 6:46 am

    DAMN!!!!! This LT COL sure tells it as it is. Very refreshing.

    Bill said:
    August 4, 2009 at 7:55 am

    As a civillian – I’m reluctant to say anything negative about any of our soldiers (I’m a lot of things but ungrateful isn’t one of them) but I definitely see why you posted this and am glad you did. In retrospect, there was something seemingly strange about the whole thing excluding the stuff brought up here. When you add it all together, the chances of it being the narrative we first heard are very small. Weird things happen all the time but when you hear a bunch of strange things all happening – the fix is in.

    Regarding the Code of Conduct… I have quite a few friends who were former serviceman and while that “death before dishonor” stuff may sounds like a war movie cliche’, every serviceman I can think of is dead serious about it. Back when the British sailors were captured by the Iranians I remember several friends being appaled that they would let themselves be filmed having a good time. I remember reading about James Stockdale for instance and all the stuff he went through to keep from being used as a propoganda piece that getting taped like that is normally only something that would happen under extreme duress/torture.

    I think Col Peters really handled the issue like a pro – he gave the guy the benefit of the doubt but pointed out the inconsistencies or peculiarities and laid it out pretty clearly. If he did desert it’s really a shame.

    magus71 responded:
    August 4, 2009 at 9:58 am

    The whole British sailor thing with Iran was a travesty. Those sailors should have been prosecuted, not hailed as heroes.

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