…according to former U.S. Army Sgt. Josh Korder, who served with Berghdahl in Afghanistan.
There is really almost no other conclusion one can draw from the facts that are coming out about Bergdahl’s departure from his unit five years ago.
Even the NY Times is reporting what would lead any thinking person to agree with Korder. For example, Bergdahl left a note in his tent saying “he had become disillusioned with the Army, did not support the American mission in Afghanistan and was leaving to start a new life…[taking] with him a soft backpack,water, knives, a notebook and writing materials” but leaving behind body army and weapons, something he would ordinarily need in that region.
Other curious facts about Bergdahl before his disappearance were that “he wouldn’t drink beer or eat barbecue” with the others, and he was teaching himself local languages such as Pashto and Dari, as well as Arabic. None of these things would be evidence of much of anything in and of themselves, but taken together with Bergdahl’s note and desertion they also could indicate a “going native” phenomenon that might involve a conversion to Islam, which forbids alcohol and pork.
As Korder said, at best a deserter and at worst a traitor.
[NOTE: Patterico calls the Obama decision to exchange Bergdahl for the five Taliban “inexplicable” in light of this information.
But I think the explanation isn’t so hard to find. As I wrote in my first article about the exchange, “it may be that the release of these particular prisoners wasn’t just a reluctant move in order to free Bergdahl, it may be more accurate to say that Bergdahl’s release was negotiated at this point in time in order to free the Taliban Five.” The president probably thought getting Bergdahl back would allow him (Obama) to be seen as a champion of the military because the non-disclosure agreements signed by many people who had served with Bergdahl would hold (as similar agreements seem to have done so far in Benghazi). Meanwhile, Obama anticipated that releasing the Taliban would serve at least two purposes, the first being to help empty Gitmo as promised and activate his supporters for the 2014 election, and the second being to jump-start talks with the Taliban leadership who had been asking for the release of these five people for years.]