2009 photo of Bowe Berghdahl in uniform

One of the heavily-polished Richard Grenell talking points that’s been unleashed on an unsuspecting public is the “six men died because of Bowe Bergdahl” trope.

As with pretty much all of the Grenell-polished tropes in #Bergdahlghazi, its factual basis is questionable at best, and flat-out balderdash at worst.

The New York Times has already shot a few holes in the claim. But a more interesting undermining may well be this comment left on Fark:

Alright, first of all, I’d like to say thank you to all the farkwits for making my bad morning worse. I was already in a foul mood, and after slogging through the horror these men had to face, and the absolute bullshiat of people trying to use their deaths to score political points, I’m even more annoyed. Anyway, here we go.

Clayton was killed in action on Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2009, in Paktika Province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle.
He was providing security for Afghanistan’s presidential election. “They were trying to keep the peace,” said his mother.

Pfc. Walker was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Airborne Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Fort Richardson, Alaska; died Aug. 18, 2009 in Paktika Province, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle. Also killed was Staff Sgt. Clayton P. Bowen.

So two of the six died providing security at the election. Were they expecting Bergdahl to turn up to vote or something?

Army Staff Sgt. Kurt Curtiss, 27, of Murray was fatally shot Aug. 25 in a firefight as his unit tried to clear a group of insurgents out of a hospital in Paktika province, Army spokesman Nathan Banks said.

Wait, maybe he was with the insurgents in the hospital?

There. 3 of the 6 most definitely DID NOT DIE SEARCHING FOR BERGDAHL. The other 3, I can’t find much more than “they were on patrol.” While that doesn’t rule out that they weren’t searching for Bergdahl, it doesn’t mean they were either. You may be shocked to find this out, but I’m pretty sure they went on all sorts of patrols.

I have a special sort of hate for those politicizing Darryn Andrew’s death.

While on his second tour in Afghanistan, instead of remaining safe at Army Headquarters, Darryn requested to have his own platoon. While on patrol with his unit, his vehicle was hit by an IED and he was placed on restricted duty. When he learned his men were going back out, he took himself off restricted duty and returned to active duty. During a patrol on September 4, the vehicle in front of his was hit by an IED. Instead of remaining safely in his vehicle, Darryn got out to assist in recovering the damaged vehicle. He looked up and saw a Taliban fire an RPG at them. He pushed his fellow soldiers out of the way and took the direct hit himself.

Pfc. Matthew M. Martinek, 20, of DeKalb, Ill., died Sept. 11 at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Landstuhl, Germany, of wounds suffered in Paktika province, Afghanistan, Sept. 4 when enemy attacked his vehicle with an improvised-explosive device followed by a rocket-propelled grenade and small arms fire. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, Fort Richardson, Alaska

And lastly, Michael C. Murphrey.

Killed September 6, 2009, in Sharana, Afghanistan while on patrol when he stepped on a pressurized plate that set off an IED.

EABOD and DIAF, assholes saying they died searching for Bergdahl. Take your political hackery elsewhere. You disgust me.

US Army photo