Commander recalls grim details of Bergdahl search: ‘The Taliban were baiting us into ambushes’

Then-Army Private Bowe Bergdahl’s decision to leave his unit in Afghanistan and apparently seek out the local Taliban took an enormous toll on lives lost and resources redirected, the man who led the search for him told Sean Hannity Wednesday.

Lt. Col. Michael Waltz, who wrote “Warrior Diplomat: A Green Beret’s Battles from Washington to Afghanistan,” recalled the time spent looking for Bergdahl.

“We knew at the time that he had walked off his post and that he had put us in this position,” Waltz told Hannity.

“And the disturbing thing was that the Taliban knew we were pulling out all the stops to look for him and were feeding false information into our informant network, so they were baiting us into ambushes. In one case, they had baited us into a house rigged to explode. Thank God it didn’t.”

Waltz confirmed one of the most damning parts of the Bergdahl story.

“Soldiers died looking for him,” he said.

He also noted that assets such as helicopters and Predator drones were diverted from areas they were needed in order to assist in the search.

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