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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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DontDrinkDatKoolAid says... June 5, 2014 at 11:56 a.m.

"An Obama administration official floated the idea Wednesday that Bowe Bergdahl was justified in deserting his platoon in Afghanistan and joining the Taliban over disagreements with the platoon’s “psychopath” leadership."
Yep, the spin is in.
Hey goo, are you saying that Obama killed Osama Bin Laden himself?

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RaylanGivens says... June 5, 2014 at 1:12 p.m.

At least we figured out the DJ in gooey's name stands for Delusional Jackwagon

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Packman says... June 5, 2014 at 2:20 p.m.

Hey djigoo - Surfergoo, you spit in the face of honorable soldiers when you blame FOX news. It is Bergdahl's fellow solders that are calling him a deserter and perhaps an enemy collaborator. Are you calling Bergdahl's platoon commander a "traitor"? Way to go, surfergoo, you continue to show the true colors of the liberal "Hate America First" crowd.
LMAO @ "Delusional Jackwagon".
marriage equality = religious suppression (just for you, surfergoo).

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GiveUsLiberty says... June 5, 2014 at 4:06 p.m.

googoobrain - Why do you always bring up race? The only ones concerned about the race of the POTUS appear to be the mindless, Liberal Progressives. I do not like the man because he does not love this country or its citizens or soldiers. I do not like him because of his constant attack on our Constitution and Bill of Rights. I do not like him because of his failed policies and crony capitalism. I do not like him because of his vision of a socialist America and his inability to control his psychopathic wife. The only two colors I associate with the POTUS are YELLOW, as in cowardly, and RED as in Communist.

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djigoo says... June 5, 2014 at 4:13 p.m.

I love comparing quotes on Bergdahl by half-governor Failin' Bailin' Palin.

Even SHE had to have gotten whiplash from that fraudulent change of whatever she has instead of a heart.

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T6 says... June 5, 2014 at 4:38 p.m.

GiveMeLiberty..... My comment was a dig at the derogatory term the Proglibs use for conservatives
Goo.You know the trouble with proglibs, You have NO logical thought process, no interest in asking questions, unless it relates to a Republican.
For example Goo... Obama getting Osama is just a one sided claim of a government whose integrity is doubtful.
~Not one shred of evidence Osama was killed
~No body
~No family interview. Speaking of family, WHATEVER happened Osama's family
~No independent eyewitness
~Burial at sea guarantees body cannot be exhumed in future.
~All SEALS connected to the "killing'' of Osama are DEAD
Obama didn't mind spiking the football to tell the world he got Bin Laden but failed to provide any evidence. And tells the world every chance he gets but showing a picture of a DEAD Osama would be toooo inflammatory.
Everything about this administration is smoke and mirrors. When one scandal gets to hot for the Liar-in-Chief, on to something else. His Lapdog media are only to happy to change the subject.

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djigoo says... June 5, 2014 at 5:09 p.m.

The moon landing was a fake, too. And Sandy Hook.

Right, T6?

Could y'all stop putting words in my mouth for a while? Supper's on the table soon.

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GrimReaper says... June 5, 2014 at 7:19 p.m.

Havin' a hot dog for supper, goo goo? Which way?

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3rdWorldState says... June 5, 2014 at 8:52 p.m.

Classic T-6

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