Don’t Forget

No, this isn’t tech related but it’s damned interesting and important. Our sister site Line of Departure just posted this guest piece by Michael Yon detailing his efforts to determine the status of the only American POW in Taliban custody, Sgt. Bowie Bergdahl.

We’re publishing this here because its important not to forget about Bergdahl, captured while on a foot patrol in June 2009, as America starts thinking of how to leave Afghanistan.

Anyway, Yon’s post indicates that Berghdal may be in good health several months after he is rumored to have made an escape attempt.

Here’s an excerpt from Yon’s post.

Numerous times I have asked the Taliban to allow me to visit Bowe.  In each case, the Taliban have declined by citing security issues.

It has been said that I am negotiating with the Taliban for Bowe’s release.  This is untrue.  I have asked only to visit.  Nothing more.

This morning, I received two emails from the account of Zabihullah Mujahid, a high-level Taliban spokesman in regard to Bowe Bergdahl:

===Begin Taliban message===

dont worry , we are not like Americans  who are doing to bad with their presnors in their preson , may be you remember or not the lady who was in our preson b4 and then she became muslim . it was because of good behaviour of our comanders . He is safe and have good health and sorry for this to say that we will invite you to see him becase of some security reasons .

But I asure you that he is happy and have good health . our holy prophet (Hazrat muhammad ) pbuh   teach us how to deal with presnors .  so once again dont worry abut him , and my reqards and about his health to his family .
be safe.

===End Taliban message===

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21 Comments on "Don’t Forget"

  1. To think we're getting all excited over a new hull, or if the F-35 is worth it, and we forget what that technology is all about: Keeping guys like this safe. Who knows, maybe some day we'll have individual GPS dogtags or something to enable instant support in case of an attack. But sooner or (hopefully not) later, we'll get you back, Bergdahl, we'll get you back.Hang in there!

  2. Since Pakistan is openly providing Taliban sanctuary, time to go in and get him with or without Pakistans say. We can't rely on them to do the job so well get the job done ourself.

  3. Bergdahl didn't get captured. He walked.

  4. This Taliban message looks like it was written by one of those guys that emails you from the Ugandan Oil Ministry and wants to give you $300 million if you give him access to your bank account.

  5. Hope the Delta Force will rescue him and kill his captors asap!

  6. Who' the writer? "Captured while on foot patrol"?

    I accept that kind of inaccuracy from the average reporter not familiar with military matters. Berghdahl left the base on his own, without his body armor or weapon. What kind of foot patrol is that?

    That kind of reporting really helps the credibility of "DT"!

    I hope we rescue Bergdahl. I also hope we get better reviews of these stories.

  7. Today is another Date we should not forget. 49 years ago today we Lost USS Thresher with all hands.

    On April 10, 1963, the USS Thresher, the lead ship of a new class of nuclear-powered attack submarines, was conducting sea trials off the coast of New England with another ship, the USS Skylark (ASR-20). The two ships were in communication by means of underwater sound telephone. At 0747 the USS Thresher started a deep dive. Everything was fine until 0913. At this time the USS Thresher sent this message. “We are experiencing minor difficulties, we have a positive up angle, and are attempting to blow. Will keep you informed”. At 0916 & 0917 respectively, the USS Skylark received two garbled messages followed shortly by SONAR detection of a high energy, low frequency disturbance. This disturbance was the crushing of the USS Thresher as it had fallen below crush depth. One hundred twenty nine men had perished, including crew members, PNSY Officer Observers, PNSY civilian workers and contractor technicians.

    On Saturday, April 14, 2012, @ 1300, USSVI Thresher Base will host the 49th Annual USS Thresher Memorial

    honoring the 108 Crew Members, 4 US Naval Submarine Officer Observers, and 17 Civilian Support Personnel lost

    aboard the submarine USS Thresher during sea trials off of the New England coast 49 years ago on April 10, 1963.

    The service will be held at the R.W. Traip Academy located at at 12 Williams Avenue, Kittery, Maine.

  8. People are still wondering why the Army hasn’t expended that much in resources to get him back? It might be that the truth is sadder then people know. I was based out of FOB Airborne in the Wardak Provence when this kid vanished in 2009, we had a lot of our soldiers directly involved in the initial search for him. When all was said and done and the investigation finished up it was determined that the now SGT had been drinking and smoking marijuana on a regular bases. He left the wire after a heavy night of drinking and gets hazy from there. They do know the terp that he left the wire with sold him out to a local group who then sold him to the Taliban (which is why he’s still alive as opposed to soldiers captured in Iraq). There has never been question in that he left on his on will. The question was he either trying to ‘defect’ or just go AWOL or was he trying to go party with the terp and maybe score some Afghan Chick. Strange as it is the reports pointed more to the soldier going AWOL and then getting into way more then he expected.

    This explains why the Army hasn’t put out a lot of effort. The soldier basically did this to himself and he can only blame himself for being capture as oppose to being forced to surrender and being captured in a firefight.

  9. The Taliban clearly do not know how to spell the word "prisoner".

  10. Wonder how performances of Bachi Boy Bowe there have been?

  11. Yea, 'cause the Taliban are really nice and good dudes, right? Smoke some more dope, bud, I got a spiffy new bridge to sell you. The fact is our ideologies are not compatible. We want freedom, they want slavery. It really is that simple. Anybody that tries to impose a religious system of laws is an enemy of mine. Freedom matters in everything, especially religion. Saving our Souls is not a valid reason to kill us.

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