Since Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was traded for five Guantanomo prisoners, one of the biggest questions to arise has been whether Bergdahl had defected from the military when he was captured by the Taliban.
Now, Bergdahl’s former platoon mate is saying that the POW indeed abandoned his unit:
“We all served together and we were all in it together over there and he broke that bond by leaving us,” Army Sgt. Josh Korder said on TODAY.
Sgt. Korder recalled the lives lost during efforts to find Bergdahl and warned against calling the POW a hero. He said he was upset about the decision to release five Taliban leaders whom his unit helped capture:
“It was really hard for our unit. It wasn’t easy to do that. And then you’re going to just let these guys go for somebody we were already saying just walked away?” he said. “That’s just not right.”
Sgt. Korder brought up a point that the Obama administration needs to hear: Soldiers risked their lives to capture these Taliban leaders. When they were so trivially traded for a single soldier who likely abandoned his unit (and his country), it devalued the sacrifices those soldiers made.