Bowe Bergdahl is going to face charges of desertion.
WASHINGTON (AP) – Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was held captive by the Taliban for five years and freed in exchange for five detainees in Guantanamo Bay, will face charges of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy in a general court-martial, the Army announced on Monday.
If convicted, Bergdahl could get life in prison on the misbehavior charge and up to five years for desertion. He also could be dishonorably discharged, reduced in rank and made to forfeit all pay.
Bergdahl, 29, of Hailey, Idaho, walked off his post in eastern Afghanistan’s Paktika province on June 30, 2009. He was released in the prisoner swap in late May 2014 that touched off a firestorm of criticism, with some in Congress accusing President Barack Obama of jeopardizing the safety of a nation for a deserter.
Many us of knew what this was early on. To review, obama traded 16 for Bergdahl. Five detainees were released a year before Obama released the terrorist “Dream Team.” Six American soldiers lost their lives searching for the deserter.
There they were in the Rose Garden, celebrating their champion. Dad sported his best jihadi beard. Obama said that we as a nation
“made an ironclad commitment to bring our prisoners of war home. It’s who we are as Americans. Today, at least in this instance, it’s a promise we’ve been able to keep.”
That wasn’t enough.
The fecklessly idiotic Susan Rice took to the talk shows to proclaim Bergdahl a hero.
She asserted that Bergdahl “served the United States with honor and distinction.”
In this galactically corrupt regime desertion is what constitutes “honor and distinction.” The GAO declared the trade “illegal.”
At the celebration Obama let slip the real reason he traded ten really bad guys for Bergdahl.
“We’re committed to winding down the war in Afghanistan and closing Gitmo,”
Begdahl was a convenient tool- a vehicle for obama to justify releasing more of the worst denizens of Gitmo- the consequences be damned. If he empties the place, he can close it. obama placed Americans- especially the military- in jeopardy with this stupid stunt. You’re a goddam idiot to believe anything obama says. Period. And honestly, I am freaking tired of that wretch telling us “who we are as Americans.”
You can bet your ass that every time he utters those words, there is a lie underneath them. obama thinks we’re all as stupid as those who support him. We’re not.
Good for WaPo’s Richard Cohen, who found the Rose Garden fiesta “sickening.”
The last seven years have been sickening.