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Not Likely Bergdahl Will Be Court-Martialed

By on 6.11.14 | 3:50PM

A week ago, I argued that Bowe Bergdahl must face court-martial proceedings for desertion. But the more I think about it the less likely I think it will happen.
 
When you consider the lengths the military went to hush up Bergdahl's desertion up to and including compelling members of his unit to sign non-disclosure agreements any proceeding would cause the Army great embarrassment and quite possibly do more harm to it than to Bergdahl. Under those circumstances, the military will avoid initiating proceedings at all costs. 
 
Yet I believe that not pursuing the matter against Bergdahl will severely lower military morale. If there are no consequences for desertion then how can our military stand for honor? To add insult to injury, Bergdahl is receiving the finest medical care while 100,000 veterans continue to wait in line for theirs. Consequently, we might very well be see an exodus of people leaving their military careers. It says a great deal if the military stands behind a deserter, but not 100,000 veterans who reported for duty and stood guard.
 
The only way I can see Bergdahl being prosecuted is if significant public pressure is brought to bear on the military.

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