While the White House scrambles to explain its unilateral decision to trade the five top Taliban commanders held in Guantanamo Bay for captured Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, Google’s top auto-filled suggested search is “bowe bergdahl is not a hero.”
“Bowe Bergdahl is not a hero” is the name of a Facebook page, and is part of a larger reaction to the news that the five-year Taliban prisoner was initially captured because he had deserted his post. The Pentagon concluded in 2010 that he had simply walked away before being captured by the Taliban, and Bergdahl has told comrades about a desire to walk to India. Fellow soldiers have also said that the search operations launched to find the wandering Bergdahl resulted in strained community relations, wasted resources and, most damning of all, the deaths of U.S. troops.
CNN’s Jake Tapper reports that the Facebook page was started by none other than one of Bergdahl’s “former squad leaders.”
the soldier who started the “Bowe Bergdahl is NOT a hero” facebook page is one of his former squad leaders
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) June 2, 2014
President Barack Obama announced the deal on Saturday. Members of Congress have since complained that they were left completely in the dark on the trade, and that the release of “the Taliban Dream Team” jeopardizes national security.
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