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Bergdahl uproar halts plan for return celebration

By The Associated Press

This article was published June 5, 2014 at 7:36 a.m.

HAILEY, Idaho — There will be no hero's welcome for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in his hometown, no fanfare of parades, music or picnics in the park.

A planned celebration for the end of June marking his return after five years of Taliban captivity in Afghanistan has been scrapped, largely due to security concerns as his release has touched off a nationwide debate. Was he an American prisoner of war who should be welcomed home after years in the enemy's hands or a deserter who abandoned his unit who should be punished accordingly?

For those who knew Bergdahl and his family in this small central Idaho town surrounded by forests and mountains, the politics of war have no place. They just want Bergdahl back home.

"It's like a modern day lynching. He hasn't even been able to give his side of the story yet. This community will welcome him back no matter what," said Lee Ann Ferris, who lives next door to the Bergdahl family and watched Bowe grow up. "He's a hometown kid and he's already suffered enough."

The town of 8,000 has been swamped with hate mail and angry calls, labeling the 28-year-old Bergdahl un-American and a traitor. Given the prospect of large crowds on both sides of the debate, organizers abruptly canceled their welcome home celebration.

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djigoo says... June 5, 2014 at 9:58 a.m.

Ditto heads and FOX fiends, doing what they do best....besmirching the character of good people

Baggers are traitors.

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T6 says... June 5, 2014 at 10:21 a.m.

The TeaBagger-in-Chief should have made sure the guy wasn't a deserter BEFORE he made such a ruckus about it. Now it's CYA time.

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DontDrinkDatKoolAid says... June 5, 2014 at 10:36 a.m.

Well, his action before and after he deserted speak of defector.

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ThinkFree says... June 5, 2014 at 10:36 a.m.

Bwahahahahahaha - goo is hilarious. What an idiot.

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HalALouyah says... June 5, 2014 at 10:37 a.m.

When all of the facts come out everyone will finally know he has no character; of course idiots will still defend our POTUS in the worst decision ever made by the moron. The heroes are the ones who died trying to find this traitor

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GiveUsLiberty says... June 5, 2014 at 10:39 a.m.

Baggers, TeaBagger-in-Chief? traitors? I think not. The POTUS stepped into a pile of Muslim dodo and now it he can't wipe it off. Obama failed to follow the law and inform Congress 30 days prior to this fatal exchange; his willingness to trade enemy combatants for US citizens sets a VERY DANGEROUS precedent: now all Americans abroad are targets - thank you very much. The Uniform Code of Military Justice specifically defines desertion in wartime. Leaving one's post, and a letter denouncing your citizenship, pretty much seals the deal. Losing six good soldiers searching for a deserter will not sit well with a military tribunal. The folks at Leavenworth need to make room for Bowe and the POTUS. Obama’s lawlessness has reached the point where impeachment should be imminent.

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AmericasDoomed says... June 5, 2014 at 10:50 a.m.

I guess it's too late to take the deserter back to his Taliban buddies. We don't want him here. Same for Obama.

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djigoo says... June 5, 2014 at 11:25 a.m.

It's like the killing of Osama Bin Laden...Baggers wanted that to happen, until the uppity cuhluhed man went and got it done.

Then it was suspect...a ruse...it didn't really happen because we never saw the body...and ultimately, BENGHAZI!!!

So much hypocrisy from the reich wingnuts in America.

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djigoo says... June 5, 2014 at 11:29 a.m.

htt p://ww w.slate.co m/blogs/weigel/2014/06/04/here_s_how_quickly_conservatives_turned_on_bowe_bergdahl.ht ml

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djigoo says... June 5, 2014 at 11:31 a.m.

Charlie Daniels' about-face in the above article is the funniest and most pathetic of all, IMHO.

Devil went down to Georgia; he was lookin' for a brain to steal. So he was pretty much SOL.

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