Why are We Rewarding Desertion?

Who remembers Bergdahl’s parents being nearly blessed in the Rose Garden by then President Obama?  In viewing this, I sensed that a deal could be in the offering.  When considering what now makes up the modus operandi of today’s court martial proceedings, it appears that such a deal is nearing completion.

When comparing two news reports, one from October 24th and the other from CNN’s Jake Tapper back on June 2nd, 2014, together they provide perfect bookends to what was then infuriating but now, in all likelihood, will end with forgiveness and understanding.  In short, the deserter Bergdahl will skate with only a minimum reprimand based upon time served.  Not only have times changed, principles and standards, not to mention enforcing the law, seem to have taken leave of what’s right and obligatory.

My skepticism took off when reading that October 24th account which told of Bergdahl’s judge, Army Col. Jeffery R. Nance, voicing his concern that President Trump’s remarks “could impact the public’s perception of the military justice system.”  Say what?

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The military is a separate entity, an isolated culture with its own system of justice, which is  entirely of and for its own making.  To fret over the public’s impression of military matters is an irrelevant bit of hog wash.

Nance continued with, “I don’t have any doubt whatsoever that I can be fair and impartial in the sentencing in this matter.”  He then stated that while Trump’s disparaging Bergdahl remarks were “disturbing,” they “didn’t amount to unlawful command influence” since they were uttered prior to his inauguration.  In other words, while he was a President elect and prior to becoming the Commander in chief of the armed forces.

It was also noted that he has a “wide leeway to decide his sentence.”  Nance also mentions the contributing factors involved with his final decision which include “Bergdahl’s willingness to admit guilt, his five years of captivity by Talibamn allies, and serious wounds suffered by soldiers and a Navy Seal who searched for him.” Also, it revealed that “Prosecutors are expected to present evidence or testimony about several wounded men.”

These are quotes from the more recent AP release, which mentions only “wounded,” service personnel instead of the lives lost, which was reported in the earlier account.  However, in that 2014 article, Tapper writes even then that a “senior Defense official said Bergdahl will not likely face any punishment.  ‘Five years is enough.’”  Imagine, on the heels of his release, already an anonymous source makes such a statement placating Bergdahl’s blatant act of desertion?

Tapper writes that “At least six soldiers were killed in subsequent searches for Bergdhal.”  He also writes in part that from the seven who knew him best in his squad… “they signed nondisclosure agreements agreeing to never  share any information about Bergdhal’s disappearance and the efforts to recapture him.  Some were willing to dismiss that document in hopes that the truth would come out about a soldier who they now fear is being hailed as a hero, while the men who lost their lives looking for him are ignored.”

Bergdahl was known, by soldiers closest to him, that he no longer supported the US effort in Afghanistan.  Bergdahl himself wrote, “I am sorry for everything.  The horror that is America is disgusting.”

Tapper includes former PFC Jose Baggett saying he was close to two men “killed because of his (Bergdahl’s) actions.”  From Tapper’s own writing, “On August 18, 2009, Staff Sgt. Clayton Bowen and Pfc Morris Walker were killed by an IED in the search for Bergdahl.”

A former Sgt in Bergdahl’s platoon, Sgt Matt Vierkant is quoted saying, “Bowe Bergdahl deserted during a time of war, and his fellow Americans lost their lives searching for him.” And now,  to think our fake news only mentions “several wounded men?”

Then, came the November 1st  headline, “Agents: Bergdahl debriefs were intelligence ‘gold mine.’”  Supposedly, his revelations “really reshaped the way we did intell collection in the area.”  Now, does anyone notice the insubstantiality factor of these vague claims?

While this obviously fluffs up Bergdahl’s value of being released, it also lends credence to Obama’s asinine transfer of five Taliban leaders.  Imagine, rewarding both desertion and aiding the enemy in one fell swoop!

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About the author

Jim Bowman

Retired, grandfather, 71 years old, Vietnam vet, author of This Roar of Ours, over 25 year of published op/eds.

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