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Freed US POW Bowe Bergdahl, Family Vilified by Hawks

•, Jason Ditz

Freed in a prisoner of war trade with the Taliban on Saturday, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is in stable condition in Germany today, and likely to return to the US reasonably soon. Controversy beat him back home by several days.

Sgt. Bergdahl's father, Robert Bergdahl has also found himself at issue among the hawks, with his suspiciously long beard and knowledge of Pashto leading to allegations he is some sort of Islamist. The elder Bergdahl actually began learning Pashto after his son's capture, and considered going to Pakistan to try to negotiate for his son's release himself.In addition to the psychological scars of years in captivity, Sgt. Bergdahl is also going to be facing growing questions surrounding his alleged "desertion" before his capture, and emails that expressed some opposition to the occupation of Afghanistan before that.

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