Fox News reports today that secret documents reveal that Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl converted to Islam and joined the jihad in 2010. James Rosen reports that Bergdahl “during his captivity converted to Islam, fraternized openly with his captors and declared himself a ‘mujahid,’ or warrior for Islam.”
“Does this significantly change the game because it confirms what his fellow soldiers have been saying, that the White House has been trying to dispute for days,” asked The Five’s Andrea Tantaros.
Eric Bolling added Rosen’s reports to reports already surfaced including Bergdahl’s journal, his previous instances of walking off his post, the emails to the parents and so on, and suggested that “the Obama administration spiked the ball and did their victory dance in the end zone way too soon.”
“Before you go ahead and parade the parents out and, you know, do your Rose Garden thing you better make sure who the guy you’re saving really is,” Bolling added. Fellow Five host Dana Perino goes on in the segment after the above clip to ask the obvious question which remains to be answered about whether or not Bergdahl was simply forced to declare jihad or convert to Islam under duress while in captivity.
Rosen’s report shows the documents have a few mixed accounts:
At one point — in late June 2010, after Bergdahl succeeded in one of his escape attempts — the Haqqani commanders constructed a special metal cage for him, and confined him to it. At other points, however, Bergdahl was reported to be happily playing soccer with the Haqqani fighters, taking part in AK-47 target practice and being permitted to carry a firearm of his own, laughing frequently and proclaiming “Salaam,” the Arabic word for “peace.”
The reports offer more than one potential explanation:
Experts consulted by Fox News said that SITREP # 3023 presents a picture of an American captive who, if not an active collaborator, may have succumbed to Stockholm Syndrome — the dynamic by which hostages can become enamored of their captors and join their cause — or simply feigned allegiance in order to survive.
As Bolling notes, and as other have been reporting for days now, there is good reason for suspicion regarding Bergdahl’s behavior as well as that of his family. The circumstances of his capture and his feelings about jihad both before and after his time in captivity remain, at best, unclear.
You can read more details from the documents obtained by Fox News here.