‘It’s insulting, frankly’: Bowe Bergdahl says he’s offended that people think he’s a traitor

Bowe Bergdahl said it’s ‘insulting’ that he’s being portrayed as a traitor, in his first filmed interview since being released by the Taliban in a 2014 prisoner exchange.

The interview, filmed by British filmmaker Sean Langan last year, was aired by ABC News on Monday, as the Army sergeant is set to plead guilty to desertion charges in military court.

The 31-year-old Idaho native offered no explanation for why he abandoned his Afghanistan outpost in 2009. But he says the narrative that he deserted his company to join the Taliban is false.

‘You know, it’s just insulting frankly,’ Bergdahl said. ‘It’s very insulting, the idea that they would think I did that.’

  • The Buddhist Butterfly

    That this traitor hasn’t been executed for treason already is an insult to the wives of the men who died trying to bring him back.

  • barryjr

    Nobody thinks he did anything, everybody knows thanks to the evidence what he did.

  • J. C.

    The truth hurts, eh Bowe…???

  • vwVwwVwv

    Offended, I ask myself how many veterans are offended he escaped the gallows.

    • Slickfoot

      Every one I know, myself included… we also spit when John Effing Kerry’s name is spoken.

      • vwVwwVwv


      • Justin St.Denis

        Ditto John Effing McCain!

        • Slickfoot

          Hanoi Jane too.

    • Hard Little Machine

      Hanging in the armed forces is reserved for crimes against civilians and other persons. The firing squad is for crimes against military law. Of course in Islam, flogging, burning, beheading, drowning, detonating, running over with a tank also work.

      • vwVwwVwv

        You are right as usual.

  • CodexCoder

    So call it desertion, and dereliction of duty – penalty would be the same. And if you don’t want people to label you as a criminal, then don’t commit the crime, or, at a minimum, offer some reasonable explanation (which he doesn’t have) for your actions. At this point, Bergdahl should be grateful that he wasn’t given to a jury of his peers for discipline. I am certain they would have straightened him out.

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    • Alain

      Going over to the enemy is more than just desertion and dereliction of duty.

      • Watchman

        More than that, honour demanded that strenuous efforts were made to try to locate Bergdahl and retrieve or rescue him. People died because of him. I would have more respect (minuscule as it may be) had he left a note saying that he was deserting and joining the enemy so that the resolution of his desertion could have been resolved by drone instead of careful military raids and manoeuvres.

  • moraywatson

    Bergdahl is the victim here and it is insulting for anyone to think otherwise. And somewhere some snowflake on a college campus just got the inspiration for their PhD thesis on ‘Intersectionality in the Armed Services: Safe Spaces in Foxholes’.

    • Watchman

      ‘My Four Years As A Catamite: What Can The West Learn About Islamic Rule And Sexuality’

      • moraywatson

        Future department head.

  • robins111

    You are a fucking traitor, stop sniveling about getting caught.

  • Dana Garcia

    Desertion should get the maximum punishment — does the army no longer execute traitors? If not, why not?

    What did moron Bergdahl think think army life would be like anyway?? We’re in a rather lengthy war with islam, in case nobody has noticed.

    • Watchman

      2nd Lt. Spenser Rapone thinks we should be in a fight against Capitalism instead.

  • Rotty Lover

    We don’t think you are a traitor abdul, we KNOW you are. In a sane world you would have been stood against a wall and fucking shot. How about you shut your fucking cock holster and go count your blessings that there was another traitor in office to help your well stretched ass out.

  • Spatchcocked

    I remember Obama in the Rose Garden goosing Bowes Muslim father.

  • Raymond Hietapakka

    Yes. It is intended to make you feel butthurt. What did you expect? A big Christian side-hug?

  • favill

    He didn’t desert…he committed treason.

    • Watchman

      He did both.