WARSAW, POLAND – President Obama may be in Poland, but he can’t get away from questions about why he exchanged Taliban terrorists for a possible army deserter.
“Regardless of the circumstances — whatever those circumstances may turn out to be — we still get an American soldier back if he’s held in captivity. Period. Full stop.”
Among those who don’t agree is Matthew Vierkant, who served in Bowe Bergdahl’s platoon, “The facts on the ground were, he left his weapons and his equipment, took minimal supplies and walked off to either join the Taliban or do something else only he can answer that question.”
Now there are reports the army knew where he was, but didn’t want anyone wounded or killed trying to bring back a deserter.
To no surprise, the Pentagon’s official stance is different.
“If you’re taken captive, we’re going to do all we can to get you back. It doesn’t matter the circumstances in which you were taken captive,” said Rear Adm. John Kirby, the Pentagon press secretary.
Bergdhal’s return may help answer some other questions, like why did he leave and what did he do while with the Taliban.
London’s Daily Mail ran a story a year after Bergdahl’s capture, quoting Taliban and afghan intelligence officers who said he converted to Islam and was teaching the Taliban how to make remote-controlled bombs.
A lot of people, from the press to politicians, are going to be bird-dogging Bergdhal to find out what really happened during his five years with the Taliban.