It has been concluded that Bowe Bergdahl is a deserter:
The Army has decided to charge Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was released by Taliban-aligned militants last year in exchange for five Guantanamo prisoners, with desertion, according to a former military intelligence officer.
Retired Lt. Col. Tony Shaffer, who now works at the London Center for Policy Research, told Fox News’ “The O’Reilly Factor” Monday night that he’s learned of the military’s decision from two sources.
“The Army has come to its conclusion, and Bowe Bergdahl … will be charged with desertion,” he said.
Asked for comment on the claim, Army officials denied that any decision had been made. Spokesman Paul Boyce told Fox News on Tuesday that there is “no change” and that it is an “ongoing review at this time.”
Eugene Fidell, Bergdahl’s lawyer, did not comment when reached by Fox News.
But Shaffer said Bergdahl’s attorney has been given a “charge sheet” outlining the section of the military justice code Bergdahl allegedly violated.
“As a corporate entity, the Army has decided that they want to pursue Bergdahl for this violation,” Shaffer said.
This is now an embarrassing albatross around Obama’s neck and he wants nothing to do with it. So it’s being delayed:
Shaffer said there’s a “huge battle” going on inside the Obama administration, as some try to “suppress” this development. “This is shaping up to be a titanic struggle behind the scenes,” he said.
Shaffer said the Army “wants to do the right thing,” but the White House “wants this to go away.”
He said: “The White House, because of the political narrative, President Obama cozying up to the parents and because of he, President Obama, releasing the five Taliban … The narrative is what the White House does not want to have come out.”
Bergdahl being a deserter is nothing new to readers of Flopping Aces.
“The horror that is America is disgusting.”
– Bowe Bergdahl
That was just for starters:
“The future is too good to waste on lies. And life is way too short to care for the damnation of others, as well as to spend it helping fools with their ideas that are wrong,” Bergdahl reportedly wrote his father. “I have seen their ideas and I am ashamed to even be american (sic). The horror of the self-righteous arrogance that they thrive in. It is all revolting.”
He also attacked the army saying it cut down people “for being honest,” and rewarded sycophants. “The title of US soldier is just the lie of fools,” he wrote. “I am sorry for everything here.
Let’s recall Obama proudly standing with the parents of Bowe Bergdahl, Bergdahl’s father sporting his best jihadi beard.
He wasn’t forgotten by his community in Idaho, or the military, which rallied to support the Bergdahls through thick and thin. And he wasn’t forgotten by his country, because the United States of America does not ever leave our men and women in uniform behind.
Except that Bergdahl left his uniform behind when he deserted.
It was a great day for America, said the famously vapid Susan Rice:
“It was an extraordinary day for America,” Rice told CNN’s “State of the Union.”
Many American troops lost their lives searching for Bergdahl:
One of my close friends was the company executive officer for the unit at Zerok. He is a mild-mannered and generous guy, not the kind of person prone to fits of pique or rage. But, in his opinion, the attack would not have happened had his company received its normal complement of intelligence aircraft: drones, planes, and the like. Instead, every intelligence aircraft available in theater had received new instructions: find Bergdahl. My friend blames Bergdahl for his soldiers’ deaths. I know that he is not alone, and that this was not the only instance of it. His soldiers’ names were Private First Class Aaron Fairbairn and Private First Class Justin Casillas.
Though the 2009 Afghan presidential election slowed the search for Bergdahl, it did not stop it. Our battalion suffered six fatalities in a three-week period. On August 18, an IED killed Private First Class Morris Walker and Staff Sergeant Clayton Bowen during a reconnaissance mission. On August 26, while conducting a search for a Taliban shadow sub-governor supposedly affiliated with Bergdahl’s captors, Staff Sergeant Kurt Curtiss was shot in the face and killed. On September 4, during a patrol to a village near the area in which Bergdahl vanished, an insurgent ambush killed Second Lieutenant Darryn Andrews and gravely wounded Private First Class Matthew Martinek, who died of his wounds a week later. On September 5, while conducting a foot movement toward a village also thought affiliated with Bergdahl’s captors, Staff Sergeant Michael Murphrey stepped on an improvised land mine. He died the next day.
Those with knowledge of Bergdahl’s actions were forced to sign non-disclosure agreements.
Bergdahl’s father declared his son’s release a “Muslim victory.”
Reports say that Obama traded five Taliban prisoners for a deserter. The five Obama freed were really bad guys. Truth be known, Obama traded sixteen for Bergdahl:
The five released weren’t any common purse snatchers. They were described as the “Dream Team” of terrorists. They were considered so dangerous that no country really wanted them. And they weren’t the first released. Last year Obama released five detainees as an “olive branch” to the Taliban. So Obama didn’t trade five detainees for a deserter. It wasn’t ten either. He traded sixteen for one deserter. Ten Taliban and six American soldiers who died trying to rescue the deserter.
Gitmo has been a thorn in Obama’s side since the day he promised to close it. Obama traded for Bergdahl because Bergdahl was a useful took for Obama in his quest to close Gitmo. Obama screwed up Iraq in his quixotic pursuit of ending the war, and screwed up big here as well. Yet let’s not forget that Obama’s actions aren’t about what’s best for the country. They continue to be about what’s best for him.
I am very interested in seeing how the press handles this.