The six brave men at the bottom will never be 'free at last.' They made the ultimate sacrifice for their brother-in-arms, who betrayed them.
(CNN) - Former Army Sgt. Evan Buetow was the team leader with Bowe Bergdahl the night Bergdahl disappeared.
“Bergdahl is a deserter, and he’s not a hero,” says Buetow. ”He needs to answer for what he did.”
Within days of his disappearance, says Buetow, teams monitoring radio chatter and cell phone communications intercepted an alarming message: The American is in Yahya Khel (a village two miles away). He’s looking for someone who speaks English so he can talk to the Taliban.
“I heard it straight from the interpreter’s lips as he heard it over the radio,” said Buetow. “There’s a lot more to this story than a soldier walking away.”
The Army will review the case of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl “in a comprehensive, coordinated effort,” Secretary of the Army John McHugh said Tuesday.
. . . Buetow was involved in the immediate search for Bergdahl, pushing a patrol into a nearby local village.
“Immediately as we left the base, two small boys walked up to us, and they told us that they saw an American crawling in the weeds by himself,” said the former Army sergeant. The search followed that lead, and others, for months.
“For 60 days or more, I remember, just straight, all we did was search for Bergdahl,” said Buetow, “essentially chasing a ghost because we never came up with anything.”
At least six soldiers were killed in subsequent searches for him, according to soldiers involved in those operations.
The Pentagon was not able to provide details on specific operations in which any soldiers were killed during that time were involved.
Buetow says even though those operations were not “directed missions” to search for Bergdahl, there was an underlying premise of acting on intelligence to find the missing soldier.
“The fact of the matter is, when those soldiers were killed, they would not have been where they were at if Bergdahl hadn’t left,” says Buetow. “Bergdahl leaving changed the mission.”
Many soldiers in Bergdahl’s platoon said attacks seemed to increase against the United States in Paktika province in the days and weeks following his disappearance.
“Following his disappearance, IEDs started going off directly under the trucks. They were getting perfect hits every time. Their ambushes were very calculated, very methodical,” said Buetow.
It was “very suspicious,” says Buetow, noting that Bergdahl knew sensitive information about the movement of U.S. trucks, the weaponry on those trucks, and how soldiers would react to attacks.
Did the White House do any level of review before deciding to hand over five hardcore Taliban commanders for this guy? Before it broke laws and set a terrible precedent, and freed terrorists, to get him?
Don't ever call Bowe Robert Bergdahl. Meet a real hero:
This is Army MSG Mark Allen, who was one of the many soldiers that searched for Bowe Robert Bergdahl. What did he get for his efforts? A bullet to the brain.
MSG Allen’s wife would like people to meet her husband:
“Meet my husband, injuries directly brought to you by the actions of this traitor. He can’t give an account of what went down, because he can no longer speak. Now, which guy is a ‘hero’ again?!? Sick.”