Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin said Monday that Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's service
was "not honorable" in the wake of his controversial release after spending five years as a prisoner of the Taliban in Afghanistan.
Bergdahl, who was freed in a swap involving five Taliban detainees at Guantanamo Bay on Saturday, reportedly walked away from his post on the evening of June 30, 2009 without a weapon. His fellow soldiers have since said that Bergdahl deserted them.
In the weeks after Bergdahl went missing, six U.S. soldiers were killed while trying to locate him.
"The Obama administration tells America this soldier served 'with honor and distinction,'" Palin wrote on her Facebook page.
"No, Mr. President, a soldier expressing horrid anti-American beliefs — even boldly putting them in writing and unabashedly firing off his messages while in uniform, just three days before he left his unit on foot — is not 'honorable service.' Unless that is your standard."
Richard Grenell, a former U.S. spokesman to the United Nations and partner with Capitol Media Partners, told Newsmax
that numerous soldiers who served with Bergdahl have contacted him to vent their anger about the prisoner swap.
"I have spoken with several of Bowe Bergdahl's platoon mates, and they are united in their view that Bowe walked away from them, and that many lives were risked and some lost in looking for a guy who willingly left the team," Grenell said.
Bergdahl had been e-mailing his father in the weeks and days before his capture and expressed anti-American views in regards to the Afghanistan war, according to a 2012 Rolling Stone article.
Obama held a press conference with Bergdahl's parents at the White House on Saturday to announce the news of his release.
"Please use your White House Rose Garden to praise the truly honorable service of our good U.S. troops who were killed in their search for Sgt. Bergdahl," Palin wrote. "Praise the soldiers who fought with everything they had to defeat Islamic terrorists, those whom you just freed from prison. Our men gave all. Our surviving combat vets will forever live with the effects of the missions they willingly engaged in to protect you, our country, and certainly their brothers and sisters who are proud to wear the uniform.
"You blew it again, Barack Obama, by negotiating away any leverage against the bad guys as these bad guys — Osama Bin Laden's partners in evil crime — joyfully celebrate their 'win' in the deal you sealed."
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