February 21, 2014.
Hailey, ID. Something is going on in the effort to bring America’s lone POW Bowe Bergdahl home. What has been years of silence and apparent inactivity on the part of the administration has suddenly become an ‘all hands on deck’ effort involving the Pentagon, State Department, White House, Congress and even government officials from Qatar.
Billboards like this are popping up all over America right now in a massive effort to raise awareness. Image courtesy of SupportBowe.org.
For someone who’s spent the last few years passionately campaigning for the return of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl by Taliban-allied forces in Afghanistan, it seems obvious that something has changed in the past 30 days. For four years, nobody in the administration knew anything. Now, everyone knows everything. For four years, there was no demonstrable interest in US elected officials to bring the 27-year-old American POW home. Now, it’s everybody’s top priority. There’s definitely a measurable sense of action and optimism in the air.
Taliban offers to return US POW, again
News that the Taliban released a brand new video showing American POW Bowe Bergdahl alive and still a prisoner of Islamic fighters was circulated around Europe a month ago. That news broke in the US nine days ago by The Daily Beast. And what has been more than four years of desperately seeking any news at all, has suddenly become a tidal wave of information and reported efforts on both sides to agree to a prisoner exchange.
To bring readers up to speed, US Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was captured by Taliban allied forces in Afghanistan in 2009. At least twice, official discussions were reportedly taking place to work out a prisoner exchange. The Islamic fighters want a handful of their brethren currently being held at Guantanamo Bay in exchange for America’s lone official POW. When President Obama was elected, he had promised to close the secret off-shore prison, which looked good for Bergdahl’s release. But that never happened and negotiations eventually ceased.