Still no trial date in sight, but today the US Army announced their decision and charges filed re: Bowe Bergdahl;
U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl will face a military court on charges of desertion and endangering fellow soldiers, the U.S. Army announced Monday.
Gen. Robert Abrams, the commander of U.S. Army Forces Command, ordered the court-martial on Monday, breaking with the U.S. military officer overseeing Bergdahl’s preliminary hearing who recommended that Bergdahl be referred to a special court-martial and face no jail time.
Abrams on Monday ordered Bergdahl’s case to a general court-martial, which means Bergdahl could face life imprisonment if convicted of “misbehavior before the enemy by endangering the safety of a command, unit or place.”
Of course the type of court martial and these particular charges were appropriate, and about damn time. Now more interminable waiting for justice, hopefully next year.
The worse charges, collaboration with the enemy, can’t be proved, lucky for him. Given his state of mind, bolstered by his emails sent home, it is perfectly conceivable that he spilled his guts regarding troop deployments, numbers, and patrol routes. But only his captures know for sure the level of his treason.
We have talked before how the military is an entirely different animal. Where a mugger or a thief in our society only has one victim, in the military, every soldier is a victim. His actions placed all his fellow soldiers at risk and some gave their lives searching for him. An effective fighting force demands cohesion and camaraderie, and these are jeopardized by even the mere appearance of special treatment due to political expediency.
Of course it was not his fault that our dopey President traded 5 Taliban generals for him, but he swore an oath, one that all other soldiers take seriously.
Naturally we are not privy to all the evidence, but we have a pretty good idea, based on eye witness sworn testimony from his fellow platoon members and supervisors, as to what happened. For my own self, I don’t think a guilty finding with time served cuts it. I want some Leavenworth time, 5 years is about right. Oh, and a dishonorable discharge with a forfeiture of all pay while being held captive.