Associated Press photos
Signs are displayed at the coffee house in Hailey, Idaho, where 23-year-old soldier Bowe Bergdahl (shown in an undated family photo below), who now is being held captive by the Taliban, worked as a barista before he joined the U.S. Army in June 2008. Will Americans disown Bergdahl if it turns out that he deserted his unit in Afghanistan? Will his case encourage more Americans to think about the U.S. war in Afghanistan, as it has for me?
Associated Press photo
So more inf0rmation about Bowe Bergdahl, the 23-year-old Idahoan who is being held captive by the Taliban, gradually comes to light.
There are the little details, such as that his middle name is the same as my first name, and there are the larger details. There are a lot of missing details, in no small part because Bergdahl’s family members aren’t talking to the media.
I was surprised to read that before he joined the U.S. Army in June 2008, Bergdahl was involved in ballet and fencing. (But especially ballet — I mean, in Idaho. And not many young American men go from ballet floor to the battlefield.)
I wonder why Bergdahl — who, I have read, was home-schooled (which does sound Idahoan…) — joined the U.S. military, especially when the military has been so active in the Middle East since the unelected Bush regime launched its illegal, immoral, unprovoked and unjust Vietraq War in 2003.
Was Bergdahl a True Believer in The Cause? If so, is he still a True Believer, or did he mean at least some, if not all, of what he said in the video that the Taliban released — that the U.S. military should pull out of Afghanistan and that the United States should focus on solving its own serious problems at home before attempting to meddle in other nations’ affairs?
Or was it that Bergdahl saw no other financial future for himself other than the U.S. military? Did he drink the military recruiters’ Kool-Aid?
Why is Bergdahl’s family being so quiet? Has the U.S. government strictly instructed them to be? Or are they just private people? Or do they know or do they suspect that he deserted his unit in Afghanistan — if that is what happened — and therefore they don’t want to talk about it?
I even wonder if my understanding of Idaho has been wrong. It’s one of the reddest states — Wikipedia notes that Idaho has not gone to a Democratic candidate for president since 1964 — and so I have been surprised to hear about Bergdahl’s involvement in ballet (considered to be an effeminate pursuit) and fencing (considered to be hoity-toity if not also effeminate).
I was surprised even to see the peace symbol displayed in the coffee shop in the news photo above; I mean, Idahoans are for peace? Idaho was one of the few states where former “President” George W. Bush still could go as his popularity plummeted, knowing that he’d always find an adoring crowd there, usually a military crowd. (They loved him even though he was sending them off to slaughter in Vietraq for BushCheneyCorp’s obscene profits — go figure.)
OK, so after some quick Internet research just now, I see that, per Wikipedia, Blaine County, the county in Idaho where Bergdahl was raised, “has a reputation as a Democratic Party enclave in strongly Republican Idaho.”*
This factual tidbit makes me suspect even more strongly now that Bergdahl meant at least some, if not most or even all, of what he said in the half-hour video that the Taliban released. (Most of which I agree with, by the way, although with the exception of gaining more cultural knowledge, perhaps, I have little to no interest in learning more about Islam, as I have little to no personal interest in the three Abrahamic religions, which only seem to want to war with each other.)
What if Bergdahl did desert his unit in Afghanistan? How would he be viewed then?
Fox “News” guest pundit retired Army Lt. Col. Ralph Peters (yet another stupid white man — surprise!) posits that Bergdahl definitely is a “liar” (at least about how he came into the hands of the Taliban) and probably is a deserter, and the Fox “News” bitch interviewing Peters smugly notes that Fox “News” won’t show any of the Taliban’s half-hour video featuring Bergdahl because that would be to help the Taliban, you see.
(No, that would be to counter the steady stream of pro-war propaganda for the stupid white men’s military-industrial complex that Fox “News” spoon-feeds the nation a la “The Matrix.” Yes, let Fox “News” decide what you should and should not see and hear! Trust them! They have only your own best interests at heart!)
Peters posits on Fox “News” that the Taliban is unlikely to kill Bergdahl because Bergdahl has “tremendous propaganda value” (although probably not nearly as much as Fox “News” does, of course), although Peters indicates that if Bergdahl is a deserter, then he (Peters) is perfectly OK with the Taliban slaughtering Bergdahl to save the United States the trouble of dealing with Bergdahl. The Fox “News” bitch quickly disowns this sentiment (wink-wink!), but the sentiment is put out there nonetheless.
We can have sympathy for Bergdahl as a fellow human being whose life has value only if Bergdahl is in complete agreement with the stupid white men who steal presidential elections, who run Fox “News” and who send our young people off to slaughter in bogus wars for their own personal riches, you see.
I hope that Bergdahl comes home alive — if indeed he deserted, is the U.S. government really working all that hard to recover him, as they have promised they are doing? — and I hope that his story gets out, that the U.S. government doesn’t do everything that it can to avoid embarrassment if indeed Bergdahl is a conscientious objector and the Taliban doesn’t kill him like the Fox “News” “experts” want the Taliban to do. (Fox “News” won’t tell Bergdahl’s story, because that would be to help the enemy, dontchya know, but there are plenty of satanic and socialist and anti-American news organizations [a.k.a. actual news organizations] that will.)
The best-case scenario is that the case of Bergdahl brings the misguided U.S. military operations in Afghanistan to a grinding halt through a sea change in public opinion that makes a continued war in Afghanistan too much of a liability for the Obama administration (although I’m not holding my breath on that one). But in any case, it’s a war that the United States cannot win, a war that benefits only the greedy traitors who comprise the military-industrial complex who don’t care about the death and the destruction that their wars create for others, a war that the United States cannot afford to continue, financially, militarily, psychologically or spiritually.
If Bergdahl did desert his unit, I find little to no fault with him. The U.S. military is in Afghanistan primarily to protect corporate interests, just as it has been the case in Vietraq.
Long gone are the days when the U.S. military was used to protect the United States from actual harm from enemy nations. The members of the U.S. military now are used as thugs for corporations to steal what they want from other nations. We, the American taxpayers, foot the bill for the corporations to have their thugs, and it is the children of us, the American people, who die in the bogus wars that are waged for corporate interests.
There is a word for that travesty, for that misuse of the U.S. military, for the theft of Americans’ children and the theft of their tax dollars for the benefit of the filthy-rich few: treason.
Bergdahl was not sent to a legitimate war, a war to protect the security of the United States of America. He was sent to a foreign nation to protect corporate interests, and although Fox “News” would have you believe that corporate interests are our national interests, corporate interests are only corporate interests, and as the state of the U.S. economy for the average American attests, the spoils of war never trickle down from the corporate fat cats to us, the people, who pay for those wars with our tax dollars and with our children’s blood.
Although the story still is unfolding, Bowe Robert Bergdahl is a sort of a hero to me, a symbol of what the greedy motherfucking baby boomers have left for our young people (which is literally less than nothing), and I hope that he does not end up like so many of our precious young people have these past several years, sacrified like a lamb to the greed of the corporations that knows no bounds.
*The Wikipedia entry continues:
The Democratic candidate for president of the United States has won [Blaine County] in every election since 1992, when George H. W. Bush finished third behind Bill Clinton and Ross Perot. Blaine was the only Idaho county carried by Al Gore and John Kerry in 2000 and 2004, respectively. In the 2008 election, Barack Obama carried the county by a 33.2-percent margin over John McCain, while McCain won statewide by a 25.3-percent margin over Obama. It was by far the Democrat’s best showing in Idaho.
In 2006, Blaine County voted 66.3 percent against HJR 2, which amended the Idaho Constitution to outlaw same-sex marriage; the measure passed with 63.4 percent of the statewide vote….