Why They Hate: 8 Reasons Bergdahl’s Fellow Soldiers Are Refusing To Stand By Him

By Jay Kirell


If you’ve never been in the Army, you might be surprised that Bowe Bergdahl’s harshest critics are those who served with him.

Soldiers are supposed to have each other’s backs.  They’re a band of brothers, after all.  Turning so harshly on one of their own, especially one held captive by the Tailban for half a decade, seems – at the very least – unusual for those not familiar with infantry culture.

For those who are familiar with infantry culture, it’s a wonder this is a debate at all.

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The Bergdahl Truth: Proceed With Caution When Relying On Testimony of Those Who Served With Him


By Jay Kirell


There’s a lot that really bothers me about this Bowe Bergdahl story.

It’s icky.  It’s slimy.  It’s filled with half-truths, rumors and five years of pent-up confusion and anger.

It bothers me that there was a foolishly-rushed news conference that Obama conducted with Bergdahl’s parents after the announcement of the transfer was made.

It bothers me that pundits and media types who have never known what it’s like to have a child go off to war make immature remarks over Bergdahl’s father because he has a really long beard.

It bothers me that the arrogant civilian media debate the value of Bergdahl’s life like they were debating the value of trades in sports.

And then there’s the soldiers who served with Bergdahl.  It bothers me that they’re appearing on every news channel under the sun telling anyone who will listen what their former platoon-mate was really like.

Not because I don’t believe they have a right to speak their mind.

Not because I don’t understand what they think they’re doing.

But because I know soldiers.  I know infantrymen.

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Bowe Bergdahl & The Flight of the Blue Falcons


By Jay Kirell


You get all types in the Army.

You find out who those types really are when a war breaks out.

Some will have your back.  Others will stab you there.

The Bowe Bergdahl story is no exception.

I became vaguely aware of Bergdahl’s story shortly after I enlisted.  In the back of the Army Times newspaper I used to pick up at the commissary the name “Bowe Bergdahl” was featured in the back of the publication, under a section marked KIA/POW.  The names of those killed in action changed with each subsequent issue, but the sole name under the prisoner of war column never did. 

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The Firing of Eric Shinseki: Guilty of The Crime of Being VA Secretary In An Election Year


By Jay Kirell


In a news conference at the White House today, President Obama announced the firing of the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shineski.

“He’s a good person,”  Obama said.

It didn’t matter.

What does matter is what this firing means for veterans?

Ultimately it means one of the most qualified, dedicated and accomplished men in government – a man who, if he weren’t the current secretary, would probably be the guy everyone else would be screaming to take over – has just gotten shoved out the door.


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