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Bowe Bergdahl’s former platoon mate: ‘Absolute disgrace’ if he receives honorable discharge

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This is from The Washington Times.

If Bergdahl walks away with an honorable discharge it would be a slap in the face to every man and woman that has honorably and never deserter.

The only thing Bergdahl deserves is being shot for desertion and buried in an umarked grave.

 

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Three former platoon mates of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl appeared on “The Kelly File” Thursday night and cringed at the thought that he would strike a plea deal and possibly receive an honorable discharge.

Fox’s Megyn Kelly interviewed former team leader Evan Buetow, Josh Cornelison and Cody Full, who feared that a plea deal by Sgt. Bergdahl would deny them a chance to hear what was going through his head at the time of his disappearance.

“I want it to go to a trial because I believe if he pleas we won’t ever get to hear what happened. It’s selfish of me, but I want to hear from him why he did what he did. […] It’s something we’ve lived with for so long,” Mr. Buetow said.

Mr. Cornelison told the Fox host that if Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was given an honorable discharge, then it would be like spitting in the face of those who serve, Mediaite reported Thursday.

“I think that he should be prosecuted to the full extent that the [Uniform Code of Military Justice] will allow. […] I think that if Bowe Bergdahl gets out with an honorable discharge, it’s an absolute disgrace,” Mr. Cornelison said.

Fellow platoon mate Cody Full added that it was upsetting to see how the White House first handled the sergeant’s rescue.

“They paraded his parents out in a Rose Garden ceremony […] and basically called him a hero when they knew that wasn’t true,” Mr. Full said.

Sgt. Bergdahl disappeared from his post in Afghanistan in 2009 and was captured by the Taliban. He was held for five years before the Obama administration secured his release. Five top Taliban commanders were freed from Guantanamo Bay detention center in Cuba to complete the deal.

“In the beginning of my captivity, after my first two escape attempts, for about three months I was chained to a bed spread-eagle and blindfolded,” the 28-year-old soldier wrote Thursday, The Associated Press reported.

If convicted of desertion, Sgt. Bergdahl faces up to five years in prison. His “misbehavior before the enemy” charge could result in a life sentence, AP reported.

“This is a hellish environment he was kept in for nearly five years, particularly after he did his duty in trying to escape. There is no question in my mind that a convening authority would not be doing his or her duty without taking into account the circumstances under which Sgt. Berhdahl was held,” said the soldier’s lawyer, Eugene Fidell, AP reported.

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Bowe Bergdahl, once-missing U.S. soldier, charged with desertion

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This is from The Washington Post.

It is a shame the Army brass does not have the gonads to pursue the death penalty.

Bowie the deserter Bergdahl needs to be executed.

Bergdahl is as guilty of desertion in the face of the enemy as Eddie Slovick was in 1945. 

 

 

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the U.S. soldier who was recovered in Afghanistan last spring after five years in captivity, has been charged with desertion and misbehaving before the enemy, Army officials said Wednesday, setting the stage for emotionally charged court proceedings in coming months.

Eugene Fidell, Bergdahl’s attorney, told The Washington Post that his client was handed a charge sheet Wednesday. Army officials said in a statement that Bergdahl has been charged with desertion with intent to shirk important or hazardous duty and misbehavior before the enemy by endangering the safety of a command, unit or place. His case has been referred to an Article 32 preliminary hearing, which is frequently compared to a grand jury proceeding in civilian court.

The court hearing for Bergdahl, 28, will be held at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston in Texas, where Bergdahl has served since shortly after his recovery on May 31, 2014.

Under the misbehavior-before-the-enemy charge, Bergdahl faces a maximum punishment of confinement for life, a dishonorable discharge, a reduction to private and total forfeiture of pay and allowances since the time of his disappearance, Army officials said. The desertion charge carries a maximum punishment of five years in prison, a dishonorable discharge, a reduction to private and a total forfeiture of pay and allowances.

Desertion has historically been punishable by death, but the Army will not pursue that in Bergdahl’s case. That’s hardly a surprise: No soldier has been executed for desertion since Pvt. Eddie Slovik, who was killed by firing squad in January 1945 for abandoning his unit in France the previous year.

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who has been critical of the Obama administration’s handling of the case, said Wednesday that the Army’s decision is an important step in determining the accountability of Bergdahl.

“I am confident that the Department of the Army will continue to ensure this process is conducted with the utmost integrity under the Uniform Code of Military Justice,” McCain said.

Bergdahl, believed to have grown disillusioned with the U.S. military’s mission in Afghanistan, went missing from his base in Paktika province on June 30, 2009. He was held captive in Pakistan by the Haqqani network, an insurgent group allied with the Taliban, until the White House agreed to swap him for five Taliban officials, held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in a deal brokered through the government of Qatar.

The charges come after a lengthy investigation launched last June and a review by Gen. Mark A. Milley, the commanding general of U.S. Army Forces Command at Fort Bragg in North Carolina. Bergdahl has faced a slew of accusations from his fellow soldiers that he abandoned them on the battlefield, triggering a manhunt that diverted resources from the war effort and put lives in danger.

Thousands of U.S. service members are believed to have deserted their units during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, but Bergdahl’s case is uncommon because he allegedly did so while on the battlefield. Most have escaped while in the United States and remain beyond the reach of the military in Canada, parts of Europe and other locations.

Bergdahl’s case has prompted questions over whether the Obama administration handled the prisoner swap legally. Susan Rice, President Obama’s national security adviser, also provoked criticism when she said after Bergdahl’s recovery that he had served “with honor and distinction.” She later acknowledged the remark was controversial and said she was referring to the soldier’s decision to enlist in the first place.

“That, in and of itself, is a very honorable thing,” she said.

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