Serial Season 2 Episode 1

Licensed By CC: Global Panorama
Licensed By CC: Global Panorama

“Instead, slow-simmering and methodical, Bowe formulated a plan. He would create a crisis, a DUSTWUN, in order to call attention to another crisis. Bowe says he had serious concerns—concerns that began back in basic training and which persisted throughout his deployment in Afghanistan—regarding bad leadership within his unit.

Bowe Bergdahl

And what I was seeing—from my first unit all the way up into Afghanistan—all’s I was seeing was basically leadership failure to the point that the lives of the guys standing next to me were literally, from what I could see, in danger of something seriously going wrong and somebody being killed.

Sarah Koenig

This is a big point of conflict, maybe the big point of conflict in Bowe’s story: the question, generally, of Bowe’s true motives for leaving his post; and, specifically, whether his description of what was happening around him is accurate or believable. Because of course this explanation could be a story he invented. You could argue that he did have five years to come up with it. Or he could be expressing the genuine beliefs of a whistleblower.

Or the truth could be something else entirely. And I’m definitely going to get into that—precisely what Bowe says he was seeing during his deployment and how he reacted to it. But all that will make more sense once you know more about Bowe himself.

So for now, I’m going to jump over that and just give you the bare bones of what Bowe says happened. And that is, he was so alarmed by what he considered crappy and potentially dangerous leadership that he needed to act. He needed to let his command know at the highest levels.”

Transcript Season 2

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