07 June 2014

Did PFC Bowe Bergdahl Do The Best He Could?

Some folks are saying so and downplaying his admitted desertion. As bad as it is to assume guilt, even in a case like this, it's just as bad to assume that Bergdahl did "the best he could." If he had any moral objections to the war or the United States Army, then he had options other than endangering his fellow soldiers by deserting.That's an extremely selfish act and inexcusable.
CNN has reported in scrolling headlines that six soldiers died looking for Sergeant Bergdahl after senior American military officials say he wandered off his base. 
If that's doing your best, I live in a different universe. And I'm quite thankful that I do.

Bergdahl should receive an impartial and fair hearing. If he's guilty of desertion and if his desertion contributed to the death of any other American soldier, he should pay the ultimate penalty. And that would be the best thing we could do.


Anita Henderson said...


Chaps said...

To convict a soldier of desertion, the prosecutor must prove two things: that he was voluntarily not where he was ordered to be and that he had no intention to return. Bergdahl obviously left his post voluntarily, even though he MAY have been captured later. His lack of intent to return was shown by his mailing personal effects home prior to his leaving.
Desertion in a combat zone can merit the death penalty. That said, I doubt the administration will allow a trial; too much might be revealed.

ropelight said...

The number of deaths is in dispute and likely to remain contentious. It's going to be well neigh impossible to establish a direct causal link between Bergdahl's desertion and the subsequent death and injury of soldiers searching for him, especially in the face of the Obama Administration's increasingly desperate attempts to evade responsibility for swapping the equivalent(*) of 5 four-star Taliban generals for one worthless deserter.

The best we can do is rely on the judgment of members of Bergdahl's combat unit, they're the ones who knew him, relied on him, and were sent out to risk their necks confronting enemy ambushes trying to find him. Others may speculate, but they know.

(*)In June of 1862 when Union General John Dix met with Confederate General D H Hill at Hexall's Landing on the James River to negotiate official prisoner exchange procedures they adopted a formula used by the British and Americans during the War of 1812: men of the same rank could be exchanged one for one, sergeants were exchanged for 2 privates, colonels for 15 privates, and generals for 60 privates.

Which means the Taliban skinned Obama three hundred to one and we don't yet know what compensation the Haqqani Network got under the table, Bergdahl was their captive, and not in the Taliban's custody.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Thanks for the clarification Chaps.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Thanks Anita. Be talking with you soon!

E.J. DAgrosa said...

That's what I said as well. If PFC Bergdahl did not want to be there and if he had those feelings that it is alleged he had, there are other ways he could've gotten out. The Army will not keep someone who doesn't want to be there. They would've separated him.

That being said, if there is a trial, and he is found guilty, I think the most he will get is a dishonorable discharge. I don't see death being handed down in this one.

ropelight said...

The tragedy is getting worse by the day. Now, the Huffpo's Bill Robinson is reporting that Bergdahl was more than a deserter, he was an active collaborator.

In June of 2009, the month before Bergdahl joined the enemy, 24 American soldiers died in the 1st of the 501's zone of operations. Following his desertion on July 2, the death toll for that same month jumped to 44, an 83% increase. In August it jumped again to 51 dead American soldiers as ambush attackers seemed to have suddenly acquired advance knowledge of American defensive tactics and procedures.

Many to these deaths can be reasonably attributed to an immediate and dramatic increase in the number of vulnerable patrols sent out to look for Bergdahl.

Additionally, Robinson is reporting that the White House, State Department, and the Pentagon launched a campaign of threats and intimidation to keep the ugly truth of the extent of Berghdal's treacherous collaboration from reaching the public's attention.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

"he was an active collaborator."

Yes, that charge was in initial reports I saw. The apologists in the blogosphere seemed to have missed (or chose to ignore) that. The same apologists that are so quick to jump on the bandwagon for any allegations against pro-American individuals. And they think they've covered their agenda. How self-deceived can one be?

I'm all for his impartial hearing, but much of what he's said himself is close to an admission of guilt.