Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Bergdahl Charged With Desertion and Misbehavior Before the Enemy
The announcement is just beginning at Ft Bragg, NC. Sgt Bowe Bergdahl is being charged with desertion and misbehavior before the enemy. This will lead to an Article 32 preliminary hearing at Ft Sam Houston, TX to determine if a court martial is warranted.
It appears from the statement that the maximum penalty sought will be life imprisonment for the latter charge.
I am very careful about judging soldiers who serve in a combat theater because my own military service did not include that. I was in Germany during the Vietnam war. However, I must say, based on what I have heard in the news and the statements of some of his unit members, that I applaud the decision to pursue charges.
This also represents a further embarrassment for President Obama, who made the decision to trade five high-ranking Taliban commanders for Bergdahl. It also brings back to mind the distasteful appearance of Obama with Bergdahl's parents when the trade was made.
Today it is being disclosed that three of the five terrorist leaders, whose one-year confinement in Qatar is about to expire, are preparing to rejoin the Taliban in Afghanistan.