Many people wonder what, if anything, the military is going to do about Bergdahl. We know that everyone in his unit, everyone that has direct knowledge about the specifics of his disappearance were ordered to sign non disclosure agreements, a promise to keep their traps shut. But word has gotten out and although we don’t have all the facts (really, in this administration is that even possible?) we know enough to wonder why Bergdahl was not arrested on the spot after his release. It certainly was not because his health was so dire that immediate medical attention was required. Those present have already reported that he is fine, one more lie spread by Obama/Rice and company to justify this stinky deal. Naturally we are not going to try him on a blog, he gets the presumption of innocence like everyone else, and maybe he was not arrested because they knew he wasn’t going anywhere. Or maybe his treatment was in keeping with the general Rose Garden spirit of treating him like something he isn’t, a hero.
Hal’s link in a comment yesterday notwithstanding, the general consensus (from what I have read and heard over the last few days) from military folks about Bergdahl is not whether he is a hero or a deserter, but what the military is going to do with this POS;
I spoke Monday with a highly decorated former Special Forces operator and asked what he thought about Bowe Bergdahl, the Army sergeant who was released over the weekend after five years of Taliban captivity in exchange for five hard cases out of Gitmo.
The former operator suggested a firing squad might be appropriate.
His view is widely shared in the community of warriors who risked—and, in at least six cases, lost—their lives searching for a soldier who wrote his parents that “the horror that is america is disgusting” before vanishing from his post in Afghanistan in 2009.
Whether Sgt. Bergdahl was taken by the enemy, deserted the Army or defected to the Taliban remains to be established. But just to be clear where the former operator is coming from, Article 85 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice states: “Any person found guilty of desertion or attempt to desert shall be punished, if the offense is committed in time of war, by death or such other punishment as a court-martial may direct.”
And here lies the topic of debate, if an honest investigation is conducted and it reveals that all the things we have heard about him are true, does he even merit a firing squad? A semantical question, surely, but if in fact you desert, seek out the enemy, collaborate with said enemy to the demise of your unit, aiding your new friends in defeating your old ones, have you not given up your rights as a soldier and abandoned that standing so that rights and punishments befitting that status are null and void? Would not the gallows be a more fitting end to Bergdahl?
We know that neither fate awaits him;
The maximum U.S. penalty for desertion in wartime remains death, although this punishment was last applied to Eddie Slovik in 1945. No U.S. serviceman has received more than 24 months imprisonment for desertion or missing movement since the beginning of the post September 11, 2001 era
It is curious why the Administration feels it cannot justify the trade to the American people on it’s one merits, no, they obfuscate and embellish. Not having the guts to just admit that the circumstances of Berdahl’s disappearance are murky at best, they paint him as a hero, snatched from his unit while on patrol.
But wait: We are not “in time of war.” We are in Time of Obama.
In Time of Obama, dereliction of duty is heroism, releasing mass murderers with American blood on their hands is a good way to start a peace process, negotiating with terrorists is not negotiating with terrorists, and exchanging senior Taliban commanders for a lone American soldier is not an incentive to take other Americans hostage but rather proof that America brings its people home.
And therein lies the rub, feeding the narrative is what counts. Obama has a narrative about America’s standing in the world, about American exceptionalism ( it don’t mean dick), about our goal in Afghanistan, but mostly about the need for America to pull back and not be so pushy, as Bergdahl himself put it, to not be so conceited and think everyone else is stupid.
Oh, and did you hear? This “hero” will get promoted to staff Sgt. What, no medal?