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    Captured U.S. Soldier in Taliban Video Identified

    Bowe Bergdahl, Captured U.S. Soldier in Taliban Video Identified - ABC News


    Department of Defense officials confirmed the identity of a captured American soldier in a video posted online Saturday by the Taliban.

    Private first class Bowe Bergdahl, 23, of Ketchum, Idaho, went missing from his base in eastern Afghanistan on June 30. On July 3, officials declared him "missing-captured."
    Early in the video, a captor holds up the soldier's dog tag to the camera; later Bergdahl states his name and hometown on the video. Bergdahl is a member of 1st Battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Fort Richardson, Alaska.
    Bergdahl is shown in the video sitting cross-legged with a shaved head eating a meal. During the footage, the camera frequently cuts back and forth to shots of Bergdahl answering questions in short, stilted sentences.
    "I am scared. Scared I won't be able to come home. It is very unnerving to be a prisoner," Bergdahl says in the video

    Bergdahl, who appeared dressed in gray with the start of a beard, spoke of his family and the girlfriend he hopes to marry back home. For a moment he began to break down and cry. In following shots, he was asked, "Any message to your people?"
    He replied, "To my fellow Americans who have loved ones over here, who know what it's like to miss them, you have the power to make our government bring them home."
    The 28-minute video features more question and answers about Bergdahl's view on the war, which he calls extremely hard, and about Bergdahl's desire to learn more about Islam.
    On July 2, the military told The Associated Press that a U.S. soldier had disappeared after walking off his base in eastern Afghanistan with three Afghan counterparts. At the time he was believed to have been taken prisoner.
    Bergdahl says in the video that he was captured when he lagged behind on a patrol. His family released a statement through the Idaho National Guard, and is asking for privacy during this time: "We hope and pray for our son's safe return to his comrades and then to our family, and we appreciate all the support and expressions of sympathy shown to us by our family members, our friends and others across the nation. Thank you, and please continue to keep Bowe in your thoughts and prayers."



    U.S. Military: Taliban Using Soldier for 'Propaganda'

    Lt. Cmdr. Christine Sidenstricker, a U.S. military spokeswoman in Afghanistan, said the Taliban was using their captive for propaganda.
    "I'm glad to see he appears unharmed, but again, this is a Taliban propaganda video," Sidenstricker saud. "They are exploiting the soldier in violation of international law."
    Bergdahl says in the video that the date was July 14, although it is unclear from the video alone that the date is authentic.
    In the video, Bergdahl speaks about a recent helicopter crash, saying that he heard a Chinook helicopter carrying 37 NATO troops had been shot down over the Helmand Provence in Afghanistan.

    The Associated Press reports that a helicopter carrying six Ukrainian civilians on a reported humanitarian mission for NATO forces was shot down in southern Afghanistan July 14.

    Afghans speaking on the condition of anonymity told the AP that the soldier was held by a Taliban group led by a commander called Maulvi Sangin, who operates in the area where the American went missing.
    The Afghans, who are in contact with the Taliban, said Bergdahl's captors planned to smuggle him into Pakistan, but then decided to move him into Taliban-controlled areas of the Ghanzi province.
    The AP said it is impossible to independently confirm the anonymous Afghans' information.
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    Damn, poor kid. We are trying to bring you guys home, but all this is to no avail. Some of us know you guys don't belong there in that god forsaken desert, but we are not being heard. All this power lies with the people nonsense is just a farce.

    It took me several years in the service to realise this, now you are getting a first hand crash coarse.

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    my son is 12, he recently just started saying he wants to be a soldier. i'm torn between proud and terrified.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Little Wing View Post
    my son is 12, he recently just started saying he wants to be a soldier. i'm torn between proud and terrified.
    That's heartbreaking. Fortunately, you still have six years to try to change his mind. If, he must join the service, try to convince him to join the Airforce. There's no need for him to roll around in the mud, or just do some of the stupid shit you've to do in the Marines Corps.

    Show him this video, school is a much safer option!

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    i wish they could go in with guns blazing, kill every person connected to taking this young man and display their heads on poles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Little Wing View Post
    i wish they could go in with guns blazing, kill every person connected to taking this young man and display their heads on poles.
    would be great...but gosh...we're just too civilized and nice for that...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Little Wing View Post
    i wish they could go in with guns blazing, kill every person connected to taking this young man and display their heads on poles.
    i feel ya. and for bowe, but even if we as a people were as savage as a mother lynx protecting her young i'd doubt if we'd get em all.

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    You don't have to get them all...just enough to get them to stop killing us.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Burner02 View Post
    You don't have to get them all...just enough to get them to stop killing us.
    then who's to say it wouldn't start again?? im thinking about ants in the home.

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    It disgusts me when I hear the liberal left crying about our needing to "understand" our enemies and "get them to like us". (Keylan, that's not directed at you.) BULLSHIT! Our current enemy is the most base form of human being. They understand one thing and that thing is power. If we prove that we are more powerful than them and aren't afraid to us that power on them they'll leave us alone. Was that way for many years. It wasn't until WE became "civilized" and refused to use our power, even to defend ourselves, that they became bold and started pulling shit like bombing our embassies, bombing our ships, kidnapping our soldiers/citizens, etc.

    I don't want our enemies to like us. They're our enemies for God's sake. Letting our guard down would only give them a chance to stab us in the back.

    I don't want our enemies to fear us. Fear causes people to do stupid things.

    I want our enemies to RESPECT us. Respect our way of life and respect our ability and willingness to defend that way of life. The only proven way to EARN that respect is to unleash the full wrath of the U.S. military on anyone and everyone who threatens us. Once that happens these little worms will crawl back in their holes and go back to leaving us alone.
    Rules? You mean we have RULES for that???

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    Quote Originally Posted by ALBOB View Post
    It disgusts me when I hear the liberal left crying about our needing to "understand" our enemies and "get them to like us". (Keylan, that's not directed at you.) BULLSHIT! Our current enemy is the most base form of human being. They understand one thing and that thing is power. If we prove that we are more powerful than them and aren't afraid to us that power on them they'll leave us alone. Was that way for many years. It wasn't until WE became "civilized" and refused to use our power, even to defend ourselves, that they became bold and started pulling shit like bombing our embassies, bombing our ships, kidnapping our soldiers/citizens, etc.

    I don't want our enemies to like us. They're our enemies for God's sake. Letting our guard down would only give them a chance to stab us in the back.

    I don't want our enemies to fear us. Fear causes people to do stupid things.

    I want our enemies to RESPECT us. Respect our way of life and respect our ability and willingness to defend that way of life. The only proven way to EARN that respect is to unleash the full wrath of the U.S. military on anyone and everyone who threatens us. Once that happens these little worms will crawl back in their holes and go back to leaving us alone.
    In reality, they will never like, fear, OR respect us. They are not capable of rational thought, and thus a shitty enemy to fight against.
    If sense were common, everyone would have it.

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    This is exactly the reason I believe every United States Military Person should have to attend SERE training. These Muslim Extremists think it's some sort of accomplishment to get a frightened enlisted soldier who really doesn't want to be over there anyhow because he'd rather watch the locals blow one another up from a bar stool back in the States.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dale Mabry View Post
    In reality, they will never like, fear, OR respect us. They are not capable of rational thought, and thus a shitty enemy to fight against.
    I know what you mean to say, but the way you stated it sounds defeatist. We both know we have to do SOMETHING and the best thing against animals like this is pure, unrestrained force.
    Rules? You mean we have RULES for that???

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    WTF DO YOU THINK HAPPENS IN WARS!! GODDAMIT THEY JOIN A MILITARY ORGANIZATION AND THINK ITS GOING TO BE JUST HARD TRAINING AND FREE CASH FOR COLLEGE!!! 'NOPE' YOUR TO DO THE BIDDING OF A BUNCH OF OLD ASS FARTS THAT AREN'T STUPID ENOUGH TO GO TO WAR THEMSELVES, BUT LOVE TO START THEM, SO SEND THE YOUNG AND BRAINLESS. ITS WHAT I WOULD DO

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    dude...ease off the caffeine...and caps lock.

    Suddenly...this quote seems to work here...
    "...what you've just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul"
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