Fox News’s Megyn Kelly sat down with six members of Sergeant Bergdahl’s platoon Thursday night to discuss Bergdahl’s alleged desertion and potential collaboration with his Taliban captors. All six agreed, without question, that Bergdahl had deserted.
“It doesn’t matter what his motives were,” Bergdahl’s former roommate Cody Full said. “We all took an oath. . . . You don’t just leave your fellow Americans to join somebody else.”
Kelly asked the sergeants what they’d say to Americans who see Bergdahl as understandably disillusioned by the war effort. “Every time you’re in a combat zone, it’s not an easy time,” Full said. “Everybody’s struggling.”
Matt Vierkant, the team leader of a squad in Bergdahl’s platoon, added, “We’re there to do a hard job, and that’s what we signed up to do.”
Kelly discussed Fox’s latest reports about Bergdahl’s relationship with the Taliban during his captivity, including the fact that he was apparently armed at times. “He doesn’t seem like a captive,” a former medic in Bergdahl’s platoon, Josh Cornelison, said. He explained that even if Bergdahl’s life was at risk, he should have been trying to escape (there are some reports that he did attempt to do so).
“You do everything you can to get back to your guys,” Cornelison said. “You would put your life down for them, and they’re going to do the same for you.”