[Vision2020] Bergdahl

Tom Hansen thansen at moscow.com
Sun Jun 1 20:51:51 PDT 2014

Courtesy of the U.S. Department of Defense at:



Release No: NR-281-14
May 31, 2014

Statement from Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel on the return of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl

A few hours ago, the family of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was informed by President Obama that their long wait for his return will soon be over. Sgt. Bergdahl is now under the care of the U.S. military after being handed over by his captors in Afghanistan. We will give him all the support he needs to help him recover from this ordeal, and we are grateful that he will soon be reunited with his family.
Also today, I informed Congress of the decision to transfer five detainees from Guantánamo Bay to Qatar. The United States has coordinated closely with Qatar to ensure that security measures are in place and the national security of the United States will not be compromised. I appreciate the efforts of the Emir of Qatar to put these measures in place, and I want to thank him for his instrumental role in facilitating the return of Sgt. Bergdahl.
Sgt. Bergdahl's return is a powerful reminder of the enduring, sacred commitment our nation makes to all those who serve in uniform. The United States government never forgot Sgt. Bergdahl, nor did we stop working to bring him back. I am grateful to all the military and civilian professionals ­ from DOD and our interagency partners ­ who helped make this moment possible, and to all those Americans who stood vigil with the Bergdahl family.

In the words of Bruce Springsteen . . .

"We Take Care of Our Own"

Would you have left Sergeant Bergdahl behind, Mr. Falen?

Seeya 'round town, Moscow, because . . .

"Moscow Cares" (the most fun you can have with your pants on)
Tom Hansen
Moscow, Idaho

"There's room at the top they are telling you still.
But first you must learn how to smile as you kill,
If you want to be like the folks on the hill."

- John Lennon

> On Jun 1, 2014, at 8:12 PM, "Rosemary Huskey" <donaldrose at cpcinternet.com> wrote:
> Hi Roger,
> I don't know the particulars of his capture - and, although the press has
> covered it extensively, I doubt that they have unique or even accurate
> information beyond speculation.  I rejoice for him, his parents, and friends
> because survival under circumstances that were akin to the most marginalized
> existence is heroic from my perspective.  I am quite sure that I would never
> have managed at all.  
> Rose
> -----Original Message-----
> From: vision2020-bounces at moscow.com [mailto:vision2020-bounces at moscow.com]
> On Behalf Of lfalen
> Sent: Sunday, June 01, 2014 4:50 PM
> To: vision2020 at moscow.com
> Subject: [Vision2020] Bergdahl
> I am glad that he has been released, hopefully none the worse for ware,
> however he was not a hero. He was not captured in battle or anything like
> that. He wandered down town by himself. Poor judgment on his part. When
> Rudolph Abel was traded for Francis Gary Powers, it was a one for one deal
> and Abel was unlikely to kill anyone. Anyone of the five traded  here would
> probably kill Americans if he got the chance. This sets a poor president. I
> hope that if I were a POW, I would refuse to be traded for multiple
> terrorists. Of course he may not have known the particulars od the trade.
> Roger
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