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Bowe Bergdahl Squadmates Shopping Book, Movie In Their Quest for “Truth”

During Spc. Cody Full’s testimony to Congress in the immediate aftermath of the deal that traded five Guantanamo Bay captives for Bowe Bergdahl, who had spent five years in the hands of the Taliban as the only U.S. POW in Afghanistan, Full said he was motivated to speak out because he did not want Bergdahl being painted as a hero by the Obama Administration. Almost two months later, it is clear that this is not going to happen, but now Full and former team leader Evan Beutow are now shopping a book.

According to Yahoo! News, “their book proposal…depicts Bergdahl as a ‘premeditated’ deserter who ‘put all of [their] lives in danger’ – and possibly aided the Taliban – when he disappeared from his observation post in eastern Afghanistan in the early morning hours of June 30, 2009.” While the two former soldiers continue to insist that this not politically motivated, it certainly seems as if they are motivated by money. Along with the book, an agent for the soldiers “said she is pitching the proposal to studios as an ‘action-adventure in the vein of ‘Lone Survivor’ or [said without irony] ‘Saving Private Ryan.’”

With an Army investigation underway – for which the potential authors were interviewed – and the Bergdahl story gone from the headlines, the crusade of Bergdahl’s teammates seems to be more about sour grapes than any “truth.” In numerous interviews they said they felt betrayed by Bergdahl, which might explain their zeal for trying to stay in the spotlight.

A request for comment went ignored, so we can only speculate about why Full and Beutow persist in seeking media opportunities which, despite their claims of being apolitical, are almost exclusively with conservative media. Also, no one has asked them if it were possible for Bergdahl to already have been mentally injured before he vanished.

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Joshua M. Patton is a father, veteran, and writer living in Pittsburgh, PA. Along with news and current events, he writes about parenting, art, and personal stories. His serial fiction story "The Prophet Hustle" is available at JukePop.com and a forthcoming independent ebook about the cam-modeling industry "Dirty Little Windows" will be available later this summer.