Further Afghan update:
I swear I need to create a "Ralph Peters" tag for all the nonsensical stuff this guy says. SWJ's Facebook feed has linked to a Fox News interview where retired Lt. Col. Ralph Peters--most likely based on pure speculation and possibly RUMINT (RUMor INTelligence)--makes the wild assumption that the missing US Soldier in Afghanistan is can be nothing other than a deserter and therefore deserves to die at the hands of the Taliban. Further, Peters feels that this Soldier is a traitor because he makes anti-American statements, likely under torture and threat of death. Honestly, does anyone take this guy seriously anymore? There's a reason this guy only appears on Fox News and writes for the New York Post.
The "deserter" story doesn't make that much sense. What did he do, just walk off the Forward Operating Base into Afghan territory without being seen by anyone? Peters claims that it's impossible that he fell behind during a patrol, since all Soldiers automatically know where everyone else is. Well, that's true under a best-case scenario. Mistakes have been known to happen...
Additionally, Peters also operates under the assumption that the Taliban will leave him alive for sheer propaganda value. While I can only speculate, keep in mind that Peters grew up during the Cold War, where American POWs were kept alive for propaganda value. Contrast this with the tactics of al Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) in 2004-2005, where American contractors were often beheaded, with videos distributed over the Internet. What the Taliban will do with him is anyone's guess.