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Re: Can Bowe Bergdahl really have forgotten how to speak English?
« Reply #1 on: June 05, 2014, 09:35:32 AM »
This whole "forgot how to speak English" business is entirely too convenient for my taste.  I simply do not believe it.
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Re: Can Bowe Bergdahl really have forgotten how to speak English?
« Reply #2 on: June 05, 2014, 09:38:50 AM »
I tend to think that the line about him having trouble with English was a ruse for the father to be able to speak the phrase he uttered in Pashtu or Arabic, or whatever language he used.  I've heard some say that the father basically staked a claim for Allah at the White House.  It was creepy. 

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Re: Can Bowe Bergdahl really have forgotten how to speak English?
« Reply #3 on: June 05, 2014, 10:04:58 AM »
I can't remember the exact timing of when I first heard that his father said that his son was having trouble speaking English, but it was pretty early on Sunday morning or late on Saturday night.  My thought at the time, that still remains, was "How the heck did he find that out?"  It seemed way too early for that bit of "information" to have made it to him.  (Aside from the fact that it doesn't ring true.  The thing about a native language is this: it is how we learn how to 'think' and process all information and stimuli.  It never goes away.  Assuming English is his native language, it is the basis of how his brain functions on many levels.  One of the difficulties that we all have as we learn to speak additional languages, is learning how to "think" in the new language.)

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Re: Can Bowe Bergdahl really have forgotten how to speak English?
« Reply #4 on: June 05, 2014, 10:26:36 AM »
A video of Bergdahl from Dec. 2013 and a letter sent in 2013 show he was in full command of the English language - see it here
So he forgot English in about 6 months?
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Re: Can Bowe Bergdahl really have forgotten how to speak English?
« Reply #5 on: June 05, 2014, 10:37:12 AM »
A video of Bergdahl from Dec. 2013 and a letter sent in 2013 show he was in full command of the English language - see it here
So he forgot English in about 6 months?

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Re: Can Bowe Bergdahl really have forgotten how to speak English?
« Reply #6 on: June 05, 2014, 10:44:02 AM »
And how is it that O understands Arabic after not speaking it for nearly fifty years.

The statement by the father was a message to his son..........don't speak English during debriefing.  Make it as difficult as possible.

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Re: Can Bowe Bergdahl really have forgotten how to speak English?
« Reply #7 on: June 05, 2014, 10:49:23 AM »
This whole "forgot how to speak English" business is entirely too convenient for my taste.  I simply do not believe it.

That was a part of the "served with honor and distinction" and "captured on the battlefield" "deathly ill" meme that none other than Susan Rice put out on the talk shows.  None of it is true.  That line was concocted in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary, including the official DOD report from 2010. 

The other thing I find very interesting is that it was none other than Tom Donilon who first came up with the idea of swapping Bowe al Ameriki for the Taliban's Dream Team.  But it was Susan Rice who revived this nonsense and who bullied everyone with a contrary opinion out of the loop and convinced Obama to do this on his own.


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Re: Can Bowe Bergdahl really have forgotten how to speak English?
« Reply #8 on: June 05, 2014, 11:42:25 AM »
How many Vietnam POWs "forgot" how to speak English?  Did McCain "forget" how to speak English?  His captivity lasted more than 5 years and was, I can safely say, orders of magnitude more "traumatic" than the coddling this little baby got.

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Re: Can Bowe Bergdahl really have forgotten how to speak English?
« Reply #9 on: June 05, 2014, 01:14:43 PM »
How many Vietnam POWs "forgot" how to speak English?  Did McCain "forget" how to speak English?  His captivity lasted more than 5 years and was, I can safely say, orders of magnitude more "traumatic" than the coddling this little baby got.
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