Any military veteran or supporter of our armed forces knows just how serious the crime of desertion is. Coupled with improper behavior behind enemy lines, it truly borders on treason.
Bowe Bergdahl, the U.S. Army sergeant who admitted to deserting his post in Afghanistan in 2009, pleaded guilty yesterday, but demanded that his radical Islamic captors were more “honest” than his own U.S. military.
“At least the Taliban were honest enough to say, ‘I’m the guy who’s gonna cut your throat'” Bergdahl told UK TV journalist Sean Langan in an interview for the Sunday Times Magazine of London.
Bergdahl claims he never knew “where he stood” with the Army as he worked on “administrative duties” awaiting his trial for desertion.
“Here, it could be the guy I pass in the corridor who’s going to sign the paper that sends me away for life. We may as well go back to kangaroo courts and lynch mobs.”
Bergdahl is expected to appear before a sentencing committee after admitting to not just desertion, but misbehavior among the enemy. Any Veteran who has taken the oath to defend this country knows just how bad this is.
The courtroom in Fort Bragg, N.C. is expected to deliver the sentence, which could be life in prison.
Bergdahl was released in 2014 in a heavily-criticized decision when the Obama Administration agreed to bargain with terrorists, giving them 5 Islamic leaders for Bergdahl. Many on both sides of the political aisle considered it a poor trade at best.
President Trump made his feelings on Bergdahl known during the 2016 election cycle, criticizing his actions harshly.
Col. Jeffrey R. Nance is the judge presiding over the courtroom who will be the one to deliver Bergdahl’s final fate. One of the factors expected to play into the final decision are the serious combat wounds several U.S. service members sustained while attempting to search for the deserted soldier.