Remember Bowe Bergdahl, the U.S. soldier who deserted his post, was captured by the Taliban and was swapped for five top level Taliban commanders? The one who was greeted as a hero by President Obama even after he went public with his profoundly anti-American views and left a letter stating that he was deserting and that he was renouncing his citizenship?
Almost nine years later, Bergdahl told a military judge on Monday that he’s pleading guilty to desertion and misbehavior before the enemy.Despite his plea, the prosecution and defense have not agreed to a stipulation of facts according to one of his lawyers, Maj. Oren Gleich.
This means that thus far, there’s no deal to limit his punishment, and that Bergdahl may be hoping for leniency from the judge, Army Col. Jeffery R. Nance. The misbehavior charge carries a maximum penalty of life in prison, while the desertion charge is punishable by up to five years.
Just for context on how dysfunctional our military became under Obama, the Pentagon investigated Bergdahl’s action and concluded that he was a deserter in 2010. Among other things, he left a letter stating that he was deserting and that he was renouncing his citizenship. That didn’t stop President Obama from ransoming him in 2014,giving him a hero’s welcome and having his parrot, the execrable Susan Rice hit the Sunday shows and describe Bergdahl as ‘having served with honor and distinction.’
Then there was the lingering fallout from the fact that once again, this president blatantly broke the law, which called for the president to inform Congress 30 days before any pending transfer of jihadis from Gitmo. Even Obama loyalists like the New Yorker’s Jeffrey Toobin and California Democrat Dianne Feinstein were shocked and critical over this. And members of the president’s own team who voiced any opposition to the way this deal was being conducted were simply told to shut up and salute.
As a side point, I might mention that all the videos showing Obama’s slobbering over what a hero Bergdahl was are mysteriously gone from YouTube. Funny how that happened.
And the Army’s conduct in this case was beyond belief.They promoted Bergdahl from private to Sergeant, and based the back pay he accrued on his new rank. Instead of imprisoning him in the stockade pursuant to a trial, they assigned him to desk duty in Texas, during which he continued to collect full pay and benefits. In spite of their investigation in 2010 that proved Bowe Bergdahl was a deserter, the Army even did a brand new investigation of Bergdahl which was completed in October, 2014 . But then, they publicly announced that the findings would be withheld until after the November midterm elections. I’m sure President Obama had something to say about that.
Compare the way Bergdahl was treated to the way the Camp Pendleton 8 and these 3 brave Navy SEALS were treated, All of them, by the way, were acquitted after going through hell not from the enemy, but from the military bureaucracy. In contrast, Bowe Bergdahl, a deserter, was treated like a tender little snowflake. It’s simply sickening.
Berghdahl’s pleas enables him to avoid a trial, but he’ll still face a sentencing hearing scheduled to begin Oct. 23. Among other things, there are the far better men who were wounded and killed searching for him. In fact,when the defense (have they no shame?) tried to play that card.
In response, the judge ruled that a Navy SEAL who suffered a career-ending leg wound and an Army National Guard sergeant whose head wound put him in a wheel chair would not have been hurt in firefights had they not been searching for Bowe Bergdahl. His lawyers also want the five years of Bergdahl’s ‘captivity’ taken into consideration and counted as part of his sentence. Never mind thathe went looking fo rthem by his own admission!
They won’t shoot Bowe Bergdahl, but he deserves a dishonorable discharge, life without parole and forfeiture of all pay and benefits at the least.
Rob Miller writes for Joshuapundit. His articles have appeared in The Jerusalem Post, The Washington Examiner, American Thinker, The Los Angeles Times, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The San Francisco Chronicle, Real Clear Politics, The Times Of Israel, Breitbart.Com and other publications.