It was disclosed yesterday that U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl would be pleading guilty to desertion and to endangering the American troops sent to search for him.
The New York Times reports that the guilty plea could mean a five-year sentence for the desertion charge, and the charge of endangering troops carries a potential life sentence. He is due to be sentenced October 23.(WaPo)
I’ve written several posts about Bowe Bergdahl here at The Western Word. I wanted to see a full investigation into the matter before jumping to conclusions.
Leading up to the last Presidential election, Donald Trump should have toned down his hatred toward Bergdahl (not to mention others who were captured) and wait for answers. Of course, Trump did not.
In case you forgot about Bergdahl, in 2009 he was doing a tour in Afghanistan when he contends he fell behind on a patrol and was captured by the Taliban. The Taliban say they captured him after finding him drunk off base. Another story out there is that he just walked off base and was captured. The Pentagon believes he just walked away from his post and was captured by the Taliban.
Some reports say that during the five years he was held captive he was kept in a metal cage for weeks and beaten and tortured.
In 2014, Bergdahl was released in exchange for five Guantanamo Bay prisoners. President Barack Obama announced the release in the Rose Garden with Bergdahl’s parents.
Bergdahl really did not have much of a choice but to plead guilty, considering what candidate Donald Trump said about him during the campaign season. Trump is now his Commander-in-Chief. Trump is the Commander-in-Chief of the judge that will hear the case and anyone who would have served on the jury.
It’s pretty tough to get a fair trial when the leader of the most powerful nation in the world and the Commander in Chief of all the military calls you a traitor and says you should be executed.
At a rally in October 2015, Trump said, “We’re tired of Sgt. Bergdahl, who’s a traitor, a no-good traitor, who should have been executed.” “Thirty years ago, he would have been shot,” he added.
I hope when the judge sentences Bergdahl he takes into consideration that for almost five years Bergdahl was beaten, tortured, and held in a metal cage. He should also take into consideration that Bergdahl’s right to a fair trial was compromised by our big mouth President – a President who did not have the guts to serve.
Five years in Taliban confinement is punishment enough.