Congrats to the British Daily Mail for getting us the underlying story…
By Ryan Parry In Hailey, Idaho
Published: 16:41 EST, 4 June 2014 | Updated: 22:14 EST, 4 June 2014
- A public welcome home celebration featuring Grammy-winning singer Carole King in honor of freed POW Bowe Bergdahl in the tiny town of Hailey, Idaho was abruptly cancelled today.
- The official reason given was a concern for public safety, but MailOnline has learned that it was not the only reason the party was scrubbed.
- Today’s decision follows a row that erupted in Hailey between Mayor Fritz Haemmerle and US Army Platoon Commander Jonathan Kennedy, who lives in Hailey.
Homecoming: Flags and balloons marking the release from captivity of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl adorn the sidewalk outside a shop in the soldier’s hometown of Hailey, Idaho. But the public party scheduled for June 28 has been cancelled
The pros: ‘Past celebrations have focused on bringing this soldier home. Regardless of the character of the men and women who choose to serve, we do not leave our soldiers behind,’ said the town’s mayor Fritz Haemmerle [MC -Fritz uses Obama’s talking points]
And Kennedy wasn’t the only towns person who voiced disapproval of a celebration for the soldier under fire.
Mayor Haemmerle wanted to throw a welcome home party for Bergdahl, who has been released after five years as a Taliban hostage.
But since claims of Bergdahl’s alleged desertion in Afghanistan and the political fallout surrounding his return, the mayor’s office has been inundated with calls and emails in opposition to the plans.
The Army tank platoon commander weighed in and said a public ceremony to celebrate Bergdahl’s return would be a ‘monstrous profanity’.
In an email to Mayor Haemmerle – seen by MailOnline – former US Army platoon leader Jonathan Kennedy said: ‘If Individual members of the community wish to hold sedate, private celebrations to commemorate Bowe Bergdahl’s homecoming, they are of course free and welcome to do so.
Commander Kennedy is one heck of a writer! 🙂
Note to the Mayor – our troops remain on the ground in Afghanistan therefore no one is being left behind except unfortunately some body parts of troops which couldn’t be found. And since Bergdahl was looking well and hearty at his handover (unlike six/eight of his fellow soldiers, and many seriously wounded in their search for him) he could have stayed a little longer with the Taliban, especially since it was he who sought them out. Whether Bergdahl is a deserter or a defector-traitor remains to be proven either way he didn’t appear to be harmed by his Taliban “captors” rather he appears to have been treated well since the Taliban are known for beheading their captors.
Bottomline: The Taliban are constantly looking for money, a few million from Obama and/or one of the sheiks from Qatar would have gotten this deserter released five years ago. At least it wouldn’t have aided them as much as releasing five top Taliban terrorists.