Allen West “Bergdahl – Taliban Prisoner Swap Lacks Transparency”

By Allen West for Newsmax

“For the sake of national security we deserve to know the truth”

As we draw down our forces in Afghanistan, there is one American soldier not accounted for: Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl.

Sgt. Bergdahl, of Hailey, Idaho, went missing on June 30, 2009, in eastern Paktika province of Afghanistan. We certainly want our soldier back home.

The circumstances surrounding Sgt. Bergdahl are a mystery and if there is a cover-up, the question is simply, why?

(Excerpts from this article)

The military has never detailed circumstances of Sgt. Bergdahl’s disappearance or capture, and he is not classified as a deserter. He was initially listed as “duty status unknown” and is now considered “missing-captured.” He is the only U.S. prisoner of war from the Afghanistan conflict, and U.S. officials say they are actively trying to free him.
After an initial manhunt in which several U.S. soldiers were wounded, there have never been any follow-up operations to secure Sgt. Bergdahl. In addition, there are rumors and stories that soldiers knowledgeable of this incident were forced to sign non-disclosure statements — something hinted at for Benghazi survivors as well.

Allen West went on to say: 

Could it be the Obama administration is not telling the American people the entire truth (not that such a thing has ever happened before)?
Talks are resuming for his release, but it has been reported the Pentagon is trying to arrange a prisoner swap of Sgt. Bergdahl for five Taliban. There is even a possibility that a Haqqani terrorist prisoner may be released.
As a former soldier, I want Sgt. Bergdahl returned. As an American statesman, I want the truth about the Sgt. Bergdahl disappearance to be known before the American people learn, ex post facto, about a Taliban release.
If Sgt. Bergdahl is a deserter, the military justice system will deal with the situation — but for the sake of national security we deserve to know the truth. The Obama administration is, after all, the “most transparent administration.” Supposedly.

As a former member of the House Armed Services Committee, I call upon Chairman Howard “Buck” McKeon to call for an open hearing on the Sgt. Bergdahl incident before any prisoner exchange by the Obama administration is conducted. I think every American can agree.



Leave a Comment

We have no tolerance for comments containing violence, racism, vulgarity, profanity, all caps, or discourteous behavior. Thank you for partnering with us to maintain a courteous and useful public environment where we can engage in reasonable discourse.