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And Bowe Bergdahl is Still Being Held Hostage

Hailey held a vigil for Bowe well over a week ago now on the 23rd of July – here’s the photo gallery from The Idaho Statesman.  Some snippets of the vigil are interspersed with comments from Jim Spinelli  (Exec. Director, Hailey Chamber of Commerce), and  the Hailey police chief.

One of the speakers at the vigil was a former POW during the Vietnam War, Render Crayton.

Render Crayton: “They have no conception about what’s going through that poor guy’s mind right now. And if he wants to try to save his life by saying what he said, then all the power in the world to him. I do not fault him for that.”

Render Crayton lives in Ketchum, Idaho, about 15 miles north of Hailey. He says any pronouncements are premature.

Crayton is watching with special interest.

He, too, was a prisoner of war. He was held for seven years in north Vietnam with Senator John McCain and more than 500 other American servicemen.

While Bergdahl’s critics say he should never have given his captors more than his name, rank and serial number, Crayton scoffs.

The Oregonian reported on Bowe’s godmother who now lives in Portland and who spoke about how unlike Bowe the tape portrayed him to be.  Thus, one of the points Mr. Crayton made bears out.  You cannot take what anyone really says at face value when under severe duress.

“The only part that sounded like Bowe was when he said, ‘It’s very unnerving to be a prisoner,'” Kayla Harrison said.

A lot of the other stuff, about relatives and having a girlfriend back home he hoped to marry, sounded completely unnatural, the Harrisons say. Bergdahl doesn’t have a serious girlfriend, they say.

“I’m trying not to think about it,” Dellacorva said. “I know he’s stressed out.”

Bowe worked for Sue Martin in Ketchum at Zaney’ s Coffee House.  She was interviewed by Plum TV on Bowe’s role in their community – undoubtedly more familiar, more personal, whereas  Ed Lavandera at CNN also profiled Bowe which may be the corporate, MSM take.

I believe Capt. Crayton’s approach is the one to follow along for now.  It’s that wait and see, take our time approach.  The goal is to get Bowe safely returned home and then the other particulars will sort themselves on out.

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