In Afghanistan in 2009, Bowe Bergdahl deserted his post and was subsequently captured by the Taliban, where he was held until former President Barack Obama arranged for his release in 2014 by trading him for five Taliban terrorists. Both Bergdahl’s desertion, and his release, has stirred a hive of controversy across the United States.
Adding to the controversy against Bergdahl is the number of casualties that his comrades suffered while searching for him after he deserted. Newsweek reported in May 2014 that allegedly six US soldiers died while searching for him. Several more suffered exhaustion and adverse conditions during missions to locate him.
The families of the slain US soldiers were told that their sons were killed on security or humanitarian missions, while Bergdahl was held captive in a remote Pakistani location. Five years would go by before Obama arranged for his release. Of the five Taliban terrorists released from Guantanamo Bay in exchange for Bergdahl, at least one of them returned to terrorist activity, CNN confirmed in a January 2015 report.
On Monday Bergdahl pleaded guilty to deserting his post and is awaiting his sentencing. He said that his Taliban captors were more “honest” with him than the Army has been after his release three years ago, according to Fox News.
“At least the Taliban were honest enough to say, ‘I’m the guy who’s gonna cut your throat,’” Bergdahl told a British TV journalist in the Sunday Times Magazine of London. According to the Sunday Times, Bergdahl never knew where he stood with the Army while he performed “administrative duties” as he awaited his desertion trial.
“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,” he told the Sunday Times.
Bergdahl is expected to appear for sentencing Monday in a military courtroom in Fort Bragg, North Carolina after he pled guilty for desertion and misbehavior before the enemy. Army Colonel Jeffrey R. Nance is the judge who will decide his fate. Nance will take into consideration such things as Bergdahl’s five years spent as a hostage, and the suffering of his comrades that they incurred during their search for him. He could face life in prison.
In recent days Twitter has been inundated with comments regarding Bergdahl’s guilty plea and pending sentencing.
What do you think? Share your thoughts on our Facebook page. Follow the conversation regarding what a hip-hop artist said in relation to Colin Kaepernick and President Trump.