The prospects of a book about Bowe Bergdahl scare Obama supporters

Bowe Bergdahl

A book on Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl and his story could soon become a reality, but not without the participation of his six former platoon mates, which is making some publishers nervous; neither of the former mates have any positive words to share on who they call a “premeditated” deserter.

Publishers have shown hesitation over what they have read so far from a draft of the book proposal. According to the agents representing the six former platoon mates, the book would play right into what conservatives have been using to criticize President Obama’s handling of Bergdahl’s rescue, which required a prisoner exchange that saw the release of five terrorism suspects who had been held in Guantanamo until the swap took place.

Some of the prisoners the Taliban requested in exchange for Bergdahl were reportedly considered senior Taliban commanders. At least one of the prisoners had been allegedly linked to the mass killing of Shiite Muslims in Afghanistan between 2000 and 2001.

The book also claims the former Taliban captive put the lives of his platoon mates in danger while possibly aiding his kidnappers. Over fears related to how the public would receive the details presented by this book, publishers are afraid the “Right [will] use[ing] it to their ends.” According to Sarah Durand, a senior editor at Atria Books “Conservatives are all over Bergdahl and using it against Obama.”

She’s not concerned about the book’s veracity as much as she’s concerned about how the possible revelations may match the concerns brought up by many Republicans and some Democrats when the Obama administration decided to strike the U.S. – Taliban deal: “my concern is that this book will have to become a kind of ‘Swift Boat Veterans for Truth,” the group linked to a book that challenged John Kerry’s record as a Vietnam War veteran.

But President Obama is no longer on the campaign trail.

Considering the Kerry book was published in the midst of Kerry’s 2004 presidential campaign, the book on Bergdahl would not offer any direct challenges to Obama as a candidate.

And as to the Taliban prisoners exchanged for Bergdahl, current Secretary of State John Kerry has vowed to ensure they will be the targets of drone strikes if they happen to return to the battlefield in Afghanistan, which hasn’t changed how Washington’s heavier critics of the prisoner swap see the deal.


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