According to ABC News, Bowe Bergdahl is going to be charged with desertion. ABC obtained this information from Bergdahl’s attorney.
While I certainly think Bergdahl deserves to be court-martialed, I honestly did not think this would come to pass because of the Army’s effort to keep it hush-hush up to and including compelling members of Bergdahl’s unit to sign non-disclosure agreements. The Pentagon certainly wasn’t in any hurry to bring this case forward. It appeared that an announcement was going to come in late January, but the Pentagon squashed such speculation.
As I argued at the time, if Bergdahl had been an exemplary soldier it would have been difficult to justify trading him for five Taliban leaders. But the Obama Administration only made matters worse with the Rose Garden ceremony plus National Security Adviser Susan Rice’s ill-advised comment that Bergdahl “served with honor and distinction”.
And things are only bound to get worse when the Taliban Five will be free to leave Qatar at the beginning of June although reports came out in late January that at least one of the five had returned to terrorist activities.
UPDATE: It appears that three of the Taliban Five have already tried to return to their old ways. Quel surprise.
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