BERGDAHL - The Salt Lake Tribune http://www.sltrib.com/feeds/topics/BERGDAHL News from The Salt Lake Tribune en-us webmaster@sltrib.com (Webmaster) House panel condemns Obama for prisoner swap http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58238560-68/bergdahl-taliban-obama-swap.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58238560-68/bergdahl-taliban-obama-swap.html.csp">House panel condemns Obama for prisoner swap</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By DONNA CASSATA</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-29T17:58:02.346-06:00">Updated Jul 29, 2014 05:58PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • A bitterly divided House panel on Tuesday voted to condemn President Barack Obama for the swap of five Taliban leaders for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was held prisoner in Afghanistan for five years. The Republican-led Armed Services Committee backed a nonbinding resolution that disapproves of the exchange and faults Obama for failing to notify Congress 30 days in advance of the swap, as required by law. The vote was 34-25 with two Democrats — Reps. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii and Mik...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-582385602014-07-29T17:58:02.346-06:00" id="#license-2014-07-29T17:58:02.346-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58238560@www.sltrib.com Tue, 29 Jul 2014 17:58:02 MDT Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl returned to regular Army duty http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58182458-68/bergdahl-army-taliban-military.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58182458-68/bergdahl-army-taliban-military.html.csp">Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl returned to regular Army duty</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By ROBERT BURNS</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-14T20:37:00.99-06:00">Updated Jul 14, 2014 08:37PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">WASHINGTON • The Army has given Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl a desk job, ending the formal phase of his transition from Taliban prisoner to not-quite-ordinary soldier, and setting the stage for Army investigators to question the Idaho native about his disappearance that led to five years in captivity. In a brief statement Monday, the Army said Bergdahl has been assigned to U.S. Army North at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston in Texas. Bergdahl has been decompressing and recuperating from the effect...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-581824582014-07-14T20:37:00.99-06:00" id="#license-2014-07-14T20:37:00.99-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58182458@www.sltrib.com Mon, 14 Jul 2014 20:37:00 MDT The Cricket’s Daily 3: Bowe Bergdahl going Hollywood? http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogs/moviecricket/58078449-66/com-bergdahl-bowe-bride.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogs/moviecricket/58078449-66/com-bergdahl-bowe-bride.html.csp">The Cricket’s Daily 3: Bowe Bergdahl going Hollywood?</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Sean P. Means</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-06-18T08:47:44.677-06:00">Updated Jun 18, 2014 08:47AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Here’s what’s being talked about in pop culture: • Two different movie projects about former POW Bowe Bergdahl are in the works — one by screenwriter Mark Boal (“Zero Dark Thirty”), the other by writer-director Todd Field (“Little Children”). [The Hollywood Reporter] • Steve Martin took to Twitter to shoot down a rumor of a third “Father of the Bride” movie, this one following the original bride’s gay brother (played in the earlier films by Keiran Culkin) getting married to his boyfriend. [Vultu...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58078449@www.sltrib.com Wed, 18 Jun 2014 08:47:44 MDT Bergdahl back in U.S. after years as Taliban captive http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58064458-68/bergdahl-army-officials-taliban.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58064458-68/bergdahl-army-officials-taliban.html.csp">Bergdahl back in U.S. after years as Taliban captive</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By JUAN A. LOZANO</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-06-13T20:10:17.932-06:00">Updated Jun 13, 2014 08:10PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl “looked good” after arriving back in the United States and is working daily with health professionals after being held by the Taliban for five years in Afghanistan, military officials said Friday. Bergdahl’s family has not joined him since he arrived at Brooke Army Medical Center at Fort Sam Houston after midnight Friday, and Army officials would not say when relatives might show up. Maj. Gen. Joseph P. DiSalvo said during a news conference Friday that Bergdahl was in sta...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-580644582014-06-13T20:10:17.932-06:00" id="#license-2014-06-13T20:10:17.932-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58064458@www.sltrib.com Fri, 13 Jun 2014 20:10:17 MDT Bergdahl scheduled to arrive in Texas on Friday http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58062189-68/bergdahl-officials-taliban-army.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58062189-68/bergdahl-officials-taliban-army.html.csp">Bergdahl scheduled to arrive in Texas on Friday</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By ROBERT BURNS a</span></span> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">nd LOLITA C. BALDOR</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-06-12T18:57:56.352-06:00">Updated Jun 12, 2014 06:57PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who has been recovering in Germany after five years as a Taliban captive, is returning to the United States on Friday, but he will not receive the promotion that would have been automatic had he still been held prisoner. Rear Adm. John Kirby, the Pentagon press secretary, said Thursday that Bergdahl had left Germany on board a U.S. military aircraft and was expected to arrive at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas, early Friday morning. A U.S. offic...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-580621892014-06-12T18:57:56.352-06:00" id="#license-2014-06-12T18:57:56.352-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58062189@www.sltrib.com Thu, 12 Jun 2014 18:57:56 MDT How we treat our veterans, generally, and one in particular ... http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58062151-82/bergdahl-editorial-veterans-html.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58062151-82/bergdahl-editorial-veterans-html.html.csp">How we treat our veterans, generally, and one in particular ...</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn"></span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-06-12T17:16:02.583-06:00">Updated Jun 12, 2014 05:16PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">A lot about veterans on the pundits’ radar today. Veterans in general, and one controversial soldier in particular. — Don’t point fingers, just fix the VA — Salt Lake Tribune Editorial “There are so many faults in the path that has led to the current disgraceful state of the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers across the country that Congress is wise to order some immediate reforms rather than get bogged down in trading blame for how our nation came to such a sorry pass. ... ... Polit...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58062151@www.sltrib.com Thu, 12 Jun 2014 17:16:02 MDT Bowe Bergdahl scheduled to arrive in Texas on Friday http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58060920-68/bergdahl-center-medical-army.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58060920-68/bergdahl-center-medical-army.html.csp">Bowe Bergdahl scheduled to arrive in Texas on Friday</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By ROBERT BURNS </span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-06-12T13:26:35.791-06:00">Updated Jun 12, 2014 01:26PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • A U.S. defense official says released captive Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is scheduled to arrive at a military medical center in Texas on Friday. The official, who spoke Thursday on condition of anonymity because the plan has not been publicly announced, declined to provide details. Officials had previously said the intention was for Bergdahl to be reunited with his family at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio. Bergdahl was released from Taliban captivity on May 31 and has been r...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-580609202014-06-12T13:26:35.791-06:00" id="#license-2014-06-12T13:26:35.791-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58060920@www.sltrib.com Thu, 12 Jun 2014 13:26:35 MDT Milbank: Obama replaces ‘team of rivals’ with too many old pals http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58055973-82/obama-bergdahl-congress-president.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58055973-82/obama-bergdahl-congress-president.html.csp">Milbank: Obama replaces ‘team of rivals’ with too many old pals</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Dana Milbank</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Washington Post</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-06-11T11:50:01.485-06:00">Updated Jun 11, 2014 11:50AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">WASHINGTON • Of the many strange moments in the Bowe Bergdahl saga, the most worrisome was Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s statement about the prisoner exchange. “The president feels very strongly about this. I feel very strongly about it,” Hagel told the BBC’s Katty Kay last week while traveling in Romania. “This was the right decision for the right reasons.” They felt they were right even about rushing the swap with the Taliban before informing Congress. “It was our judgment, and it ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58055973@www.sltrib.com Wed, 11 Jun 2014 11:50:01 MDT Hagel defends secrecy attending Bergdahl rescue http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58055452-68/bergdahl-hagel-taliban-officials.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58055452-68/bergdahl-hagel-taliban-officials.html.csp">Hagel defends secrecy attending Bergdahl rescue</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By BRADLEY KLAPPER</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-06-11T18:50:49.679-06:00">Updated Jun 11, 2014 06:50PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told lawmakers Wednesday that last month’s prisoner swap with the Taliban may have been the “last, best” chance to secure the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the only U.S. soldier held captive in Afghanistan. He said mediators indicated time was slipping away to get Bergdahl out safely. Hagel, the first Obama administration official to testify publicly about the controversial deal, told the House Armed Services Committee that Qatari officials warned in ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-580554522014-06-11T18:50:49.679-06:00" id="#license-2014-06-11T18:50:49.679-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58055452@www.sltrib.com Wed, 11 Jun 2014 18:50:49 MDT Letter: Bergdahl saga should trigger soul searching http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58047392-82/bergdahl-searching-soul-deep.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58047392-82/bergdahl-searching-soul-deep.html.csp">Letter: Bergdahl saga should trigger soul searching</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-06-11T07:33:04.159-06:00">Updated Jun 11, 2014 07:33AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Thank you for running the editorial “Demonizing Bergdahl” June 9. Have we as a society become this cynical and mean-spirited that we have tried and convicted this soldier before he is even back in the United States to tell his side of the story? I know our elected politicians certainly are, and we elect them, so maybe that’s the answer. Now, the hyenas are going after the dad. Enough already! What is the difference between his facial hair and Phil’s, Willy’s and that crew on Duck Dynasty who...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58047392@www.sltrib.com Wed, 11 Jun 2014 07:33:04 MDT Dionne: Seeking sanity on Sgt. Bergdahl http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58044392-82/bergdahl-obama-nation-partisanship.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58044392-82/bergdahl-obama-nation-partisanship.html.csp">Dionne: Seeking sanity on Sgt. Bergdahl</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By E.J. Dionne</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Washington Post</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-06-09T00:02:02.331-06:00">Updated Jun 9, 2014 12:02AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">GETTYSBURG, Pa. • There were many poignant moments in President Obama’s speech in Normandy commemorating the 70th anniversary of D-Day. But two sentences he spoke at what he called “democracy’s beachhead” seemed especially resonant back home. “Whenever the world makes you cynical, stop and think of these men,” Obama said. “Whenever you lose hope, stop and think of these men.” It’s hard not to be cynical after the display of rancid partisanship that greeted the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl afte...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58044392@www.sltrib.com Mon, 09 Jun 2014 00:02:02 MDT Kerry calls threats of freed Taliban to resume war ‘baloney’ http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58043910-68/kerry-taliban-bergdahl-prisoners.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58043910-68/kerry-taliban-bergdahl-prisoners.html.csp">Kerry calls threats of freed Taliban to resume war ‘baloney’</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">David Lerman </span></span> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">and Greg Giroux</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> Bloomberg News</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-06-08T22:06:01.485-06:00">Updated Jun 8, 2014 10:06PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said threats by the five freed Taliban prisoners swapped for Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl to return to war and kill Americans are “a lot of baloney.” Defending the swap that secured the release of the last American prisoner of war in Afghanistan, Kerry said the movements of the five Taliban prisoners released to Qatar will be closely monitored. “No one should doubt the capacity of America to protect Americans,” Kerry said from France in a taped int...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58043910@www.sltrib.com Sun, 08 Jun 2014 22:06:01 MDT Bergdahl says he was tortured by Taliban captors http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58042672-68/bergdahl-taliban-military-official.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58042672-68/bergdahl-taliban-military-official.html.csp">Bergdahl says he was tortured by Taliban captors</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By LOLITA C. BALDOR</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-06-08T22:09:09.751-06:00">Updated Jun 8, 2014 10:09PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">PARIS • U.S. Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has told people treating him at an American military medical facility in Germany that he was tortured, beaten and held in a cage by his Taliban captors in Afghanistan after he tried to escape, a senior U.S. official said Sunday. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss what Bergdahl has revealed about the conditions of his captivity. The New York Times first reported on the matter. The official said it was difficult to...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-580426722014-06-08T22:09:09.751-06:00" id="#license-2014-06-08T22:09:09.751-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58042672@www.sltrib.com Sun, 08 Jun 2014 22:09:09 MDT Bergdahl’s unit was known for its issues http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58040424-68/platoon-bergdahl-soldiers-afghanistan.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58040424-68/platoon-bergdahl-soldiers-afghanistan.html.csp">Bergdahl’s unit was known for its issues</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By RICHARD A. OPPEL Jr. and ERIC SCHMITT</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> c.2014 New York Times</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-06-07T20:31:14.196-06:00">Updated Jun 7, 2014 08:31PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">The platoon was, a U.S. military official would assert years later, “raggedy.” On their tiny, remote base, in a restive sector of eastern Afghanistan at an increasingly violent time of the war, they were known to wear bandannas and cutoff T-shirts. Their crude observation post was inadequately secured, a military review later found. Their first platoon leader, and then their first platoon sergeant, were replaced relatively early in the deployment because of problems. But the unit — Second Platoo...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58040424@www.sltrib.com Sat, 07 Jun 2014 20:31:14 MDT Bergdahl swap a flashpoint of political charges http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58037676-68/bergdahl-obama-republicans-political.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58037676-68/bergdahl-obama-republicans-political.html.csp">Bergdahl swap a flashpoint of political charges</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By DONNA CASSATA</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-06-06T19:27:03.435-06:00">Updated Jun 6, 2014 07:27PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • Republicans and Democrats who initially praised the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl after his five years in captivity quickly scrubbed their welcoming tweets amid questions about whether the Army soldier was a deserter and an outcry over the exchange of five Taliban officials for his freedom. On the defensive, Democrats hammered GOP lawmakers with their own words from just a few weeks ago pleading with the Obama administration to do all it could to return Bergdahl home to his family....</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-580376762014-06-06T19:27:03.435-06:00" id="#license-2014-06-06T19:27:03.435-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58037676@www.sltrib.com Fri, 06 Jun 2014 19:27:03 MDT New York Times: Demonizing Sgt. Bergdahl http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58036433-82/bergdahl-administration-obama-exchange.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58036433-82/bergdahl-administration-obama-exchange.html.csp">New York Times: Demonizing Sgt. Bergdahl</a></h4>