As many as 14 U.S. soldiers may have lost their lives searching for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, a traitor who deliberately deserted his army post in Pakistan 5 years ago.
President Barack Obama has come under fire for negotiation with the Taliban terrorist organization for Bergdahl's freedom. In exchange for bringing the traitor home, Obama agreed to release 5 dangerous Taliban terrorists from Guantánamo Bay, the American detention camp in Cuba.
Sondra Andrews’ son, 2nd Lt. Darryn Andrews, is one of five soldiers who was killed searching for Bergdahl.
Sondra Andrews said Bergdahl's release from captivity stirred "very raw emotions."
“It gets really hurtful when I think, this guy was worth my son’s life? My son who was patriotic? Who was a true soldier? Who defended his country with his life?” Andrews told Army Times via phone on Monday. “That guy was worth that? I don’t think so.”
Andrews was also angered to learn that Obama released five dangerous terrorists in exchange for Bergdahl.
"I bet you anything there were soldiers killed or wounded capturing those five guys,” she said. “So what does that do for their sacrifice? They sacrificed for nothing, because they turned right around and let them go.”
Soldiers who served alongside Bergdahl at an army base in Paktika province, near the border with Pakistan, say he deliberately walked away from the base on June 30, 2009.
Prior to his disappearance, Bergdahl (pictured above) reportedly talked about defecting and renouncing his U.S. citizenship.
He and 2nd Lt. Darryn Andrews, 34, were deployed with 1st Battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division
Darryn's mother said her son was one of the soldiers killed on Sept. 4, 2009, during a special mission for the army. Darryn was killed when the vehicle he was riding in was attacked by an improvised explosive device and a rocket-propelled grenade.
“By omission, we assumed they were just pursuing the Taliban,” she said. “Then the guys [Darryn Andrews served with] started contacting me. They said, ‘No, ma’am, we were looking for [Bergdahl].’ ”
Sondra Andrews said the five soldiers were sent in search of Bergdahl within hours after he went missing.
“They found his gear. They knew [he’d left],” she said. “You don’t get captured and leave your gear in neat little stacks. They knew he had walked away from his post.”
She said she wants a full investigation into the actions surrounding Bergdahl's release.
After announcing Bergdahl's release from captivity, President Obama celebrated with the traitor's parents at a hastily arranged press conference in the Rose Garden.
Sondra Andrews was shocked to learn that Obama referred to Bergdahl as a "hero."
“The military really owes the parents of these fallen soldiers the truth,” Sondra Andrews said. “Just the fact that they’re calling that man a hero just took me to my knees.”
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