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Bowe Bergdahl pleads guilty to desertion

October 16, 2017

  Back in 2014 Barack Obama released 5 Taliban fighters in exchange for Bowe Bergdahl despite claims the Army Sargent was a deserter. It also came to light that the release of these Taliban fighters without notifying the Congress 30 days in advance was a violation of the law and the President was called out on this by, and apologized to, Diane Feinstein.

  Today Bowe Bergdahl pleaded guilty to desertion and misbehavior before the enemy. Here is more:

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl told a military judge on Monday that he’s pleading guilty to desertion and misbehavior before the enemy.

“I understand that leaving was against the law,” said Bergdahl, whose decision to walk off his remote post in Afghanistan in 2009 prompted intense search and recovery missions, during which some of his comrades were seriously wounded.

“At the time, I had no intention of causing search and recovery operations,” Bergdahl said, but he added that now he does understand that his decision prompted efforts to find him.

Bergdahl, 31, is accused of endangering his comrades by abandoning his post without authorization. He told a general after his release from five years in enemy hands that he did it with the intention of reaching other commanders and drawing attention to what he saw as problems with his unit.

  He claims he did not understand at the time that his decision would cause people to go looking for him while he was missing but I find that incredibly hard to believe–he had to have known he would be searched for and he had to know it would be dangerous.

  It is possible he is telling the truth when he said he wanted to find other commanders so he could shed light on “problems with his unit” but even if true it does not excuse what he did.

  Part of his defense was apparently he could not get a fair trial because Donald Trump was mean to him during the 2016 campaign but that was rebuked by the judge:

The defense also was rebuffed in an effort to prove that Trump had unfairly swayed the case with his scathing criticism from the campaign trail. The judge ruled in February that the new president’s comments were “disturbing and disappointing” but did not constitute unlawful command influence by the soon-to-be commander in chief.

  With his claim of ignorance of the law off the table, and with his claim that Donald Trump “unfairly swayed the case” off the table, Bowe Bergdahl realized what the outcome was going to be so he basically threw himself of the mercy of the court hoping for the most lenient sentence possible.

  It should be noted here that back in 2015 CNN reported that at least one of the Taliban prisoners exchanged by Barack Obama in this deal has returned to the battlefield and is fighting  against the United States.

malo periculosam libertatem quam quietum servitium

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12 Comments leave one →
  1. October 16, 2017 8:37 pm

    It will be interesting to see his sentence. Has P.C. justice infiltrated into the military justice system. My guess yes. 5 to 10 years is my guess.

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    • petermac3 permalink
      October 16, 2017 9:13 pm

      Crediting the five years served in captivity with his Muslim buds, he’ll get less.

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      • October 17, 2017 5:21 am

        If they count time served in captivity it will be an outrage!

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    • October 17, 2017 5:20 am

      I have a feeling it will be less than the sentence he deserves.

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  2. petermac3 permalink
    October 16, 2017 8:54 pm

    Off topic??? Just saw a US Army Reseve commercial featuring our boys slapping hands with those peaceful friendly loving Muslims. Bergdahl may have an acting career making public relations ads for the DOE.

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    • October 17, 2017 5:21 am

      He does have a desk job right now, perhaps he was the one who came up with the idea for the commercial.

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  3. October 17, 2017 3:44 am

    Reblogged this on Brittius.

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    • October 17, 2017 5:22 am

      Thank you.

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      • October 17, 2017 5:55 am

        You’re welcome.

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  4. October 17, 2017 7:38 am

    You mean one of the CIA trained IS fighters is now back with his CIA handlers.

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    • October 17, 2017 7:12 pm

      Pretty much…

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  5. October 29, 2017 12:26 pm

    Obama exchanging five Taliban commanders for a deserter was one of the worst “player trades” in history. He argued he was following the practice of “leaving no man behind.” Bergdahl made his choice. They should have left him where he was, or traded one man for one man, not five!

    btw; I wrote a short essay (800 words) titled, “Why Captured Terrorists Can Be Detained Indefinitely.” If you would like to read it, I am open to any feedback: https://christopherjohnlindsay.wordpress.com/2017/10/29/indefinite-detention/

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