The release of Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl has ignited passionate responses. Sgt. Bergdahl was freed from captivity by the Taliban after five years as a prisoner of war in Afghanistan. But there are conflicting reports about what really happened on June of 2009. Former specialist Jon Thurman was part of the action back then: He belonged to the 501st parachute infantry regiment and was in the same province of Paktika where Bergdahl disappeared.
In an interview with Fusion Live, Thurman adds more to the conflicting reports about Bergdahl’s kidnapping.
“One hundred percent, I know that Sergeant Bergdahl walked off his outpost in Afghanistan,” Thurman said.
As a fellow soldier in Afghanistan, his picture of the controversy is clearer than most. Thurman told Fusion Live he thinks America did the wrong thing by working out a prisoner trade with the Taliban.
“We really let our guard down as the United States. I believe we have been betrayed by the executive leadership of the United States in this exchange, because since the 1776 and the foundation of this country, we have never once until now negotiated with terrorists, especially over a deserter,” Thurman said.
The release of Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl from captivity has ignited a lot of passions since he was first held hostage by the Taliban in June of 2009. His freedom, however, came with a price: Five Taliban prisoners being held in Guantanamo Bay. Thurman questions whether Bergdahl should have been brought back at all.
Thurman told Fusion, “(Bergdahl) may have born in America, but there comes a time when you have collaborated with the enemy, and I wholeheartedly believe that he has. There comes a time when, you know, when does your citizenship stop? I mean, where was his allegiance to us and the American people when he was collaborating with the Taliban?”