Bowe Bergdahl has received two promotions and possibly $200,000 in back pay while awaiting the charges which came down today.
He was charged with desertion with intent to shirk hazardous duty (Article 85) and misbehavior before the enemy by endangering the safety of a command unit or place (Article 99). The case has been referred to an Article 32 hearing. Desertion is punishable with five years in prison, reduction in rank to P1, forfeiture of pay and dishonorable discharge and misbehavior could put Bergdahl in prison for life with a reduction in rank, and a dishonorable discharge.
There were men who died looking for Bergdahl. While the missions appeared to include other objectives, they were also at greater risk searching for Bergdahl who was reportedly hiding from them.
As people began to express outrage over the exchange, the White House and other Democrats like Rep. Jackie Speier said the Taliban aren’t terrorists.
Josh Earnest had to defend it.
“They do carry out tactics that are akin to terrorism. They do pursue terror attacks in an effort to try to advance their agenda,” White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest explained January 29th, 2015, but “they have a different classification.”
Three of the Taliban terrorists have made contact with the Taliban from their temporary homes in Qatar (they’re under faux house arrest until June), and one went beyond mere contact, offering assistance.
The Taliban requested these five terrorists because they are top Taliban chiefs. If you go to the Guantanamo Docket at the NY Times, you can see just how threatening these five are.
The men released include Mullah Mohammad Fazl, Mullah Norullah Noori, Abdul Haq Wasiq, Khairullah Khairkhwa and Mohammed Nabi Omari and they are as dangerous as Khalid Sheik Mohammed and are among the worst terrorists in the war on terror, the Daily Beast reported.
Congress was not informed of the trade as required by law. There are reports that $5 million was also exchanged during the trade.
Obama had at least three other options to get Bergdahl back: snatch and grab, use a third party contractor, or work with the Pakistani government, but he chose instead to give up dangerous Taliban terrorists who will undoubtedly rejoin the fight and put our military in danger.
The White House was shocked by the backlash over the trade. They really thought Americans would want him back at all costs because we leave no man behind. They were clueless on Bergdahl but they did know since 2009 that Bergdahl was a traitor and they did know the Taliban who were released are dangerous.
The White House made the trade in defiance of their own advisors.
The embarrassing Rose Garden fiasco was the White House showing how clueless they are.
Susan Rice, our National Security Advisor who has an important role in the Iran nuclear deal, said upon Bergdahl’s release that it’s a “joyous day”. She also said he served with “honor and distinction”, doubling down the next day in response to a negative reaction to her comments from the press.
Then there were the anonymous White House sources who disparaged the platoon mates who came forward to say Bergdahl deserted.
NBC’s White House correspondent Chuck Todd said on NBC’s “Today,” “I’ve had a few aides describe it to me as we didn’t know that they were going to swift boat Bergdahl.” It is a reference to John Kerry being “swift boated” when he was running for president. Liberals use it to imply the soldiers are lying when they use the expression.
When spokesperson Marie Harf was asked if the State Department considered Bergdahl a deserter, she also implied the platoon mates were lying.
She said there were a “ton of conflicting reports” and when called on that misinformation, she said it was like a “telephone game.”
The reporter retorted, “The guys on national television last night, his squad mates, his platoons mates, were not correct?” Harf responded, “Nobody knows exactly what happened that night. It happened five years ago.”
The reporter came back with the comment that the administration had five years to figure it out, to which she replied, Bergdahl knows best what happened that night. The reporter asked, “But not his platoon mates? She answered, “I don’t think that’s the case.”
Fox News interviewed the platoon mates after some blogged on The Army Times and others tweeted their concerns about the trade.
News sources, such as the Daily Mail, reported that Bergdahl hated the Army and was “ashamed” of the United States.
One quote from an email read, “I am sorry for everything,” he wrote. “The horror that is America is disgusting.” Immediately after that email, he mailed his uniform and books home.
His father appeared to have the same viewpoint. This is one of his tweets.
Unlike the Foley case and in the cases of other Americans kidnapped, the Bergdahls were reported to have been given extraordinary access to intel.
When one considers the lengths the administration has gone to in rescuing a deserter, one has to also wonder why the parents were given so much information and had so much more access than other victim’s families.
Mr. Obama wants to empty out GITMO and freeing five terrorists was helpful to his cause. If military, other Americans, or allies get hurt by these terrorists, it’s not of concern to him.
James Rosen had obtained some information indicating that Bergdahl was part-time captive and part-time mujahid. True or not, he left to join them by all accounts.
He deserves to be tried on these charges and, if guilty, he deserves to serve time in prison.