Emails show Idaho POW was 'ashamed to be an American'


by Danielle Grant &

Posted on June 8, 2012 at 4:30 PM

Updated Saturday, Jun 9 at 9:30 AM

SPOKANE-- An Idaho soldier captured by the Taliban may not be the victim he’s been portrayed as.

Emails just published in Rolling Stone Magazine show a side of Bowe Bergdahl the public has never seen. They portray him as a man disillusioned by war and ashamed to be an American.

The magazine published excerpts of the last emails he sent to his parents before his capture in 2009. He describes being disgusted with the U.S. mission in Afghanistan and with the army. He also blames superiors for failed missions.

According to the emails, the 26-year-old army sergeant from Hailey, Idaho is “sorry for everything” and says “the horror that is America is disgusting.” He sent these emails three days before he walked off the Afghan base and into the hands of the Taliban.

In the last email, he also wrote, "The U.S. Army is the biggest joke the world has to laugh at. It is the army of liars, backstabbers, fools and bullies.” He goes on to say, “The system is wrong. I am ashamed to be an American, and the title of U.S. solider is just the lie of fools.”

Family members spent the last three years in silence, but they decided to release the emails to Rolling Stone.

A trade is currently on the table. The government wants to trade Bergdahl in exchange for five Taliban prisoners.

Bergdahl mailed home his uniform and books just before he went missing.

The White House is not commenting on the emails, nor Bergdahl's possible motivation for leaving the base on that June day.

Bergdahl is the only POW in Afghanistan.