On Wednesday, U.S. Representative Scott Peters (D-San Diego) introduced a Congressional Resolution calling for further diplomatic efforts to free Army Sergeant Bowe Robert Bergdahl. Bergdahl is currently the only American prisoner of war (POW) being held in Afghanistan.
“Veterans in San Diego and across the country are thinking about Sergeant Bergdahl and his family, and they asked me to make sure he is not forgotten. That is the purpose of this resolution,” Peter said in a press release. “This is a complex situation, but I will monitor it closely and will push the administration to keep it as a priority. Given what Sergeant Bergdahl and his family have sacrificed, they deserve our time and attention.”
The resolution follows a letter the congressman sent to President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday formally requesting a review of efforts that have been made and are currently being made to bring Bergdahl home.
Bergdahl was taken captive on June 30, 2009 while serving in the mountainous regions of southeastern Afghanistan by a militant group allied with the Taliban known as the Haqqani network. According to reports, the Taliban has demanded a monetary ransom, as well as the release of Afghan and Pakistan prisoners in exchange for his release.
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I'm both fascinated and worried about what the government could possibly do to potentialize his release, especially after four years of captivity...but Jane, you bring up a good point: the end of the war. Most Americans do seem to be under the impression that our efforts won't do much more good and that the war is, effectively, over, despite the fact that soldiers continue to die. If we declare the war over, we will forcefully detangle ourselves from a conflict that has sapped our money and our patriotism for ten years, and the Taliban, the only effective local law enforcement agency, will march in after us. Afghanistan may not see the same Sunni/Shiite bombings that have pockmarked Iraq since we left, but the Taliban is a violent and repressive force all it's own, and I fear what will happen more if they run Afghanistan unopposed than if they meet a challenger...
The USA Constitution: NO ONE LEFT BEHIND!
The USA Constitution: USA NOT DEAL WITH TERRORIST
Human rights speak louder: BRING HOME BOWE
The war is over why not just swap the prisoners?
People around the world with broken hearts implore the United States of America: BRING HOME BOWE.
I applaud the Congressman for taking this stand in support of a fellow San Diegan. But what can Obama do? This man has been seized by the Taliban--the Afghan government has been struggling to contain the multitude of terrorist tactics used by the Taliban for many years.
Whoa, it's awesome to see San Diego politicians work on something great. I remember interviewing Rep. Peters last year and it seemed like he was willing to take on veterans issues, which is especially important in SD. Nathan Fletcher being a veteran himself, it's always good to see him involved. But hopefully more is done than simply a congressional resolution.
Bring Bowe home!!!! He served this great Country, bring him home!! If he was your son he would already be home.