Bowe Bergdahl: Dad’s Pro-Afghan Tweets Spark Controversy
Bowe Bergdahl is not talking about why he left his unit in Afghanistan, but his dad is readily sharing his thoughts about the ordeal via Twitter. Robert Berdgdahl’s tweets sparked controversy in mere minutes after he hit the publish button.
The widely shared tweet from @bobbergdahl’s account, which was also quickly deleted, read:
“I am still working to free all Guantanamo prisoners. God will repay for the death of every Afghan child. Ameen!?”
The response from readers on the popular social networking website was both swift and largely unfavorable. As previously reported by The Inqusitr, President Barack Obama ordered the release of five Gitmo detainees to strike a release deal for Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl.
Bob Bergdahl has stated publicly that his son if having difficulty speaking English and compared his five years in captivity in Afghanistan to a deep-sea dive. The elder Bergdahl said that if son returned too quickly, “it could kill him.”
Another tweet from Bob Bergdahl’s Twitter account read:
“Ten years in Guantanamo: Tunisian families hope for loved ones’ release.”
The tweet included a link to a video in an article published by The Guardian. An excerpt from the article reads:
“Last year’s revolution in Tunisia fuelled hopes that the five Tunisians held at Guantánamo can return home. The legal action charity Reprieve represents two of them, and is lobbying the US for their release. One ex-detainee who has returned home and the families of other prisoners discuss their experiences.”
Exactly how Sgt. Bergdahl became a Taliban prisoner remains unclear. A Fox News report read an excerpt from an alleged release by his Afghan captors which claimed that the soldier was in a wooded area going to the bathroom and had not yet wiped himself clean when they snagged him.
Reports about Bowe Bergdahl’s disappearance from his base in Afghanistan are conflicting in nature. Some reports from the military contend that he was discovered missing from his bunk around 4 am. Some of Bergdahl’s former unit members reportedly told the media that he disappeared from his watch post, leaving his rifle behind and taking nothing but a compass and a journal with him. Some are calling for Bergdahl to be charged with desertion once he returns to the United States.
The controversial prisoner swap marks the return of the only American soldier to be held prisoner in Afghanistan. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said that the Obama administration opted to agree to the Gitmo detainees release because Bowe Bergdahl’s “safety and health were both in jeopardy.”
Bob Bergdahl recent tweets and retweets:
— Col. Morris Davis (@ColMorrisDavis) May 30, 2014
US disengaging from Afghanistan or changing nature of the battle? http://t.co/48Ap8G5Jdk @ABalkhi
— Abdulqahar Balkhi (@ABalkhi) November 19, 2013
— Robert Bergdahl (@bobbergdahl) May 31, 2014
What do you think about Bowe Bergdahl’s release and Bob Bergdahl’s tweets?
[Image Via: US Army website]