Bowe Bergdahl deserted his unit in 2009. His desertion was celebrated by the obama administration. Standing next to Bergdahl’s parents, Bergdahl’s dad proudly sporting his Taliban beard obama said this:
THE PRESIDENT: Good afternoon, everybody. This morning, I called Bob and Jani Bergdahl and told them that after nearly five years in captivity, their son, Bowe, is coming home.
Sergeant Bergdahl has missed birthdays and holidays and the simple moments with family and friends, which all of us take for granted. But while Bowe was gone he was never forgotten. His parents thought about him and prayed for him every single day, as did his sister, Sky, who prayed for his safe return.
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.
Susan Rice said the deserter had served with “honor and distinction.”
Our resident idiot Sen. Chris Murphy called Bergdahl a “American hero.”
obama traded five high value terrorists for the deserter.
Six good men died trying to find the deserter.
Jen Psaki said “it was absolutely worth it.”
Bergdahl’s fellow soldiers called him a deserter back then but Marie Barf, er, I mean Harf, said they “weren’t qualified” to make that judgment.
Bergdahl pleaded guilty to desertion and misbehavior before the enemy.
Then, in a stupefying move, a judge let Bergdahl escape prison time.
FORT BRAGG, N.C. — Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who walked off his Army base in Afghanistan in 2009 and was held captive by the Taliban for five years, received no prison time for desertion or endangering troops, but was ordered by a military judge on Friday to be dishonorably discharged from the Army.
The sentencing took only minutes in a case where prosecutors had sought 14 years in a military prison.
The military judge, Col. Jeffery R. Nance of the Army, also reduced Sergeant Bergdahl’s rank to private and required him to forfeit $1,000 a month of his pay for 10 months.
Trump rightly called it a “disgrace.”
Now, to top off the atrocity, the Army is debating whether to reward this deserter to the tune of $300,000.
When Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl came home in 2014, he was potentially entitled to hundreds of thousands of dollars in pay that accumulated over five years while he was in Taliban captivity in Afghanistan.
Bergdahl was captured after walking off base on June 30, 2009, while deployed to Paktika province with 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division. He pleaded guilty in October to desertion and misbehavior before the enemy. On Nov. 3, a military judge ruled Bergdahl would not serve any jail time but be dishonorably discharged from the Army and reduced in rank to private.
From the moment he was captured, Bergdahl became eligible for extra pays available to captive troops.
In total, along with his basic and deployment pay, he could be entitled to more than $300,000.
He was not “captured.” He deserted. He gave himself up. He surrendered.
I cannot get my head around this even as a possibility. Why would anyone want to join the Army if deserters are rewarded over those whose lives were lost in finding him? Shouldn’t that money go to the families of those killed and wounded searching for this “hero” of the liberal left?
Obama would have hung a Congressional Medal of Honor around the neck of Benidict Arnold
I sort of think that desertion is just another way of saying, “I quit.” As such, though the Army didn’t know it at the time and it took six KIA’s and 3 more wounded to find out, he should be stricken from the payroll as of the moment he crossed the wire.
The reactions of those in the Obama administration should not be surprising. Socialists trying to gain power have a history of encouraging soldiers to desert and turn on their officers. So, what Bergdahl did WAS “honorable and with distinction” to a liberal because he did the only honorable thing, in their view, that a soldier can do… turn traitor.
Bergdahl should not receive one penny. He terminated his employment with the US Army when he decided, as he later stated, that being with the Taliban was better than being with fellow soldiers. That money should not be given to the survivors, either, as if Bergdahl made a contribution to them. Those families deserve compensation, of course, but Bergdahl deserves nothing so there is nothing to give the families taken from him.
He should be in prison for life. This is nothing less than the left celebrating treacherous disrespect of the military.
It has never been established that any the 6 men who died in the months following Bergdahl’s desertion died while looking for him, or because of him. Here’s what we’ve actually got:
* “Last week” being early June, 2014.
That’s really not the sort of conclusion that has been played up so much by conservative media, is it? There’s reality, and then there’s the propaganda media’s alternate reality, which some mistakenly take for truth.
@Greg: Both sides twist and spin thats why you read both sides and more than 1/2 the time shake your head stop GAS. All we can both hope is this freak is entered into a certain FBI data base and never can buy a gun. I do think the sentence was too light and he is not due backpay.
@Greg: No, Greg, those guys could have died in a helicopter accident or possibly food poisoning. But, they didn’t. The died on patrol, looking for Bergdahl, walking into ambushes set up because the enemy KNEW they would come looking for Bergdahl. I wonder, did you actually READ that statement yourself? You probably should.
If it’s anti-American, Greg defends it.
I wish I could recall what happened prior to B.B. being brought home. At the time time I remember thinking this hair brained stunt by Obama was to take the spotlight off of some very successful recovery or military accomplishment (that he was not included). Does anyone else recall?
sooner or later someone will pop this POS
@Songbird: #6 It was an excuse to further empty out Gitmo, he failed at that, he negotiated with the enemy and paid ransom. He was just being himself.
Proving to the fact Bill Clinton was a Draft Dodger and Flag Burner back in his days as a benging useful idiot now he is a Useful Idiot Traitor and Rapists and Baby Killer you dirty draftcard burning scumsuckers and bottom dwellers