Source: Bergdahl to Face Prosecution for Desertion
By Havoc 13
In a bombshell revelation made just last night, it appears that the Pentagon plans to prosecute Army sergeant Bowe Bergdahl for desertion after all.
First revealed on The O’Reilly Factor and then repeated by numerous other major news outlets, Bergdahl will reportedly stand trial for desertion in connection with his disappearance from his Afghanistan outpost, which led to a five-year imprisonment at the hands of the Taliban and their Pakistan-sponsored terrorist allies, the Haqqani Network.
Like pretty much everyone who was in Afghanistan while Bergdahl was held prisoner, I spent a considerable amount of my time looking for him. In fact, the entire US-led coalition in Afghanistan spent a considerable amount of time looking for him. That was time, money, effort, and blood that could have been conserved, or at least better spent if he had not walked off of his base and into the open arms of the enemy. Nonetheless, getting Bergdahl back was important; in fact, I even wrote a story about that very issue which appeared right here in the Den.
But now Bergdahl finally *is* back; back in the US, back in a US Army uniform, back to getting paid by the US government. The results of the official Army investigation into his situation have yet to be publicly released, but whatever the report contains is damning enough for the Pentagon to risk the wrath of the White House, which doubtless does not want to see a prosecution of someone they expended significant political capital (and taxpayer money) to get released.
The veteran community’s reaction to the news has generally been… jubilant. Most vets, including me, believed Bergdahl was both a deserter and a traitor. Most vets, including me, did not believe that the Army was going to take any meaningful action against Bergdahl, for whom we exchanged millions of dollars and five high-level Taliban detainees. The news that Bergdahl might actually face the consequences of his action was refreshing news.
Now we just have to wait and see if it actually happens.