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    From all accounts, he was the best soldier in his unit, in terms of training, theory, even practice.
    I have not heard a single person say that.  

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    by SpamNunn on Thu Jun 12, 2014 at 08:54:53 AM PDT

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    •  If he was the best... (2+ / 0-)
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      ...then he should have led by example, not walked off.

      Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

      by JeffW on Thu Jun 12, 2014 at 10:03:16 AM PDT

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    •  Some spoke well of him (12+ / 0-)
      While others in his training unit – A Company 2-58 – used their weekend passes to hit up strip clubs, Bowe hung out at Barnes & Noble and read books. He was already an expert shot from his days firing his .22 in the mountains of Idaho. When his parents attended the graduation, the drill sergeant told them, "Bowe was good to go when he got here."
      At first, according to soldiers in his unit, Bowe seemed to embrace Army life. "He showed up, looked like a normal Joe," says former Specialist Jason Fry, who is now studying for a master's in theology. "When he first got to the unit, he was the leadership's pet. He read the Ranger Handbook like no other. Some people resented him for it." Bowe kept to himself, doing physical training on his own.
      http://www.rollingstone.com/...
      Fancey, now a captain stationed in North Carolina, recalls Bowe as "quiet. He wasn't one of the troublemakers – he was focused and well-behaved." While other soldiers spent Thanksgiving at the NTC playing PSP and reading Playboy, Bowe sat alone on his cot, studying maps of Afghanistan. He was also made a SAW gunner, responsible for providing automatic firepower for the squad, and he did exercises with his cumbersome 15-pound machine gun as though he were curling weights at the gym. "We saw him, and were like, 'Whoa, Mr. Intensity,'" says Fancey.
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      Mr. Sutton said he had struggled to square the popular portrayal of Sergeant Bergdahl as brooding and disenchanted with the soldier he knew. “He wanted to take the fight to the enemy and do the mission of the infantry,” he said, adding, “He was a good soldier, and whenever he was told to do something, he would do it.”
      http://www.nytimes.com/...

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      by Catte Nappe on Thu Jun 12, 2014 at 10:20:48 AM PDT

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      •  That's different than "all accounts" (1+ / 0-)
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        making him the "best" soldier in the unit in "training, theory and practice".   I thought Susan Rice was speaking again, when I saw this comment.

        This makes him a well trained and compliant soldier who left his base without permission, and that's all, until we know more.  

        Thanks for some facts, Catte Nappe.   Much appreciated.

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        by SpamNunn on Thu Jun 12, 2014 at 10:42:30 AM PDT

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        •  And in fact (8+ / 0-)

          We don't actually know that he left his base without permission.

          “Texas is a so-called red state, but you’ve got 10 million Democrats here in Texas. And …, there are a whole lot of people here in Texas who need us, and who need us to fight for them.” President Obama

          by Catte Nappe on Thu Jun 12, 2014 at 11:45:53 AM PDT

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          •  Thanks for saying that! (2+ / 0-)

            What we know is actually very little.  He was there, then he wasn't.  Everything else is conjecture . . . or political bashing.

          •  We do know what his CO said. We may not really (2+ / 0-)
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            know the whole story though.  

            I would not be surprised to find that he was sent on that trip to gather intel, and that the Taliban that were released were micro-chipped, like my hound!

            If that turns out to be the case, we'll never know, which is why I reserve judgment.   I know more than a few Afghan war vets who served in similar circumstances who are very reserved in their judgment.  We should follow their example.  He ain't a hero, and he ain't a bum, until we know for sure, and we may never know for sure, so we should leave him and his family alone.  

            If you get confused, listen to the music play - R. Hunter

            by SpamNunn on Thu Jun 12, 2014 at 01:06:08 PM PDT

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            •  Two main things giving me pause (3+ / 0-)

              This looks like permission, or at least not prohibition

              In the early-morning hours of June 30th, according to soldiers in the unit, Bowe approached his team leader not long after he got off guard duty and asked his superior a simple question:

              If I were to leave the base, would it cause problems if I took my sensitive equipment?

              Yes, his team leader responded – if you took your rifle and night-vision goggles, that would cause problems.

              ~ Michael Hastings' 2012 Rolling Stone Article

              http://www.dailykos.com/...

              Along with this, which suggests a relatively benign destination

              The observation post was rectangular, shaped like a horseshoe, perhaps 150 yards long by 100 yards wide. One end backed up to a hill near where a contingent of Afghan National Police was staying and was not fully encircled with concertina razor wire; Sergeant Bergdahl had been increasingly spending time with the Afghan policemen, who helped provide security for the back of the outpost.
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              “Texas is a so-called red state, but you’ve got 10 million Democrats here in Texas. And …, there are a whole lot of people here in Texas who need us, and who need us to fight for them.” President Obama

              by Catte Nappe on Thu Jun 12, 2014 at 01:42:33 PM PDT

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              •  This reminds me of my wife's Uncle Rich, (1+ / 0-)
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                who went out one cold New Jersey night for cigarettes and called the next day from West Virginia.  He came back the next night, though.

                I''ll bet we'll never know how or why here, either.

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                by SpamNunn on Thu Jun 12, 2014 at 02:22:08 PM PDT

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            •  Microchipped! (0+ / 0-)
              were micro-chipped, like my hound!
              My goodness!  I was thinking that, too!  It's what I would do if I wanted to keep track of my labrador!  ;)
    •  He was studying 3 languages, read up on the (0+ / 0-)

      people and the country, etc.

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