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The Bergdahl Dilemma for President Obama
Senator Feinstein, a leading democrat has scolded the President for taking unlawful action for the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in exchange for five, hardcore, Taliban in prison at Quantamino. Most of his former platoon members show disdain at the President calling Bergdahl a hero that served with honor after five years of captivity. Why?
What facts are known is that in 2009, Bergdahl showed that he had turned against the American presence in Afghanistan in some ways. His former platoon members cite several things he said prior to his AWOL. We know that Bergdahl willingly left his weapon, night vision goggles before leaving the outpost without permission. How he did this without being notice is the unknown part. But, once his AWOL had been noticed, American soldiers left the outpost to find him and resulting in the death of six soldiers.
Had it not been for the AWOL of Bergdahl, the deaths of these men that night would not have occurred, so, by implication, should Bergdahl actually be charged with their deaths? Did Bergdahl conspire with the enemy in some way? In letters to his parents, he wrote, "the horror that is America is disgusting", this was prior to him vanishing.
In a 2012 Rolling Stone interview with a White House official, the person said, "We don't give a shit why Bergdahl left". Then, he was already suspected he had deserted or at the very least went AWOL according to the military report. Then, more recently, a Pakistani militant commander said, "He loved Afghan tea, taught the Taliban to play badminton and celebrated Christmas and Easter with them".
The President has indicated that Bergdahl's health was in poor shape, which was one of the reasons the deal occurred, however, the special forces who saw him stated, "He was is good condition" for being a captive (if he was). It sounds like Bergdahl may have colluded with the enemy or accepted them as friends.
Bergdahl was not kidnapped and taken like most. He deserted his unit and sought out the Taliban who could speak English. Radio intercepts days after his disappearance indicate this. If Bergdahl was intoxicated like he claimed and he wondered off the post, why would you in a combat zone? No matter how intoxicated one is, they still know it is a war zone. It seems like he wanted to get caught. He knew how to get out without being detected. There is a lot of intent in his actions.
So, should America never leave a US soldier behind, even if they defect or go AWOL? That is what Obama's overriding reason is. If, after another investigation, Bergdahl did go AWOL or deserted, should he get a pardon? Should he be sent to jail for the deaths of the six men who died searching for him? Should he just receive a dishonorable discharge?
This operation may be one that Obama wished he had never approved.Maybe he did it to divert attention away from the VA scandal. Well, that seems to have worked for now.