Bergdahl – Punishment Does Not Fit the Crime

Well, it looks like deserter scum Bowe Bergdahl will probably not face any significant punishment for his actions that resulted in him hanging out with his Taliban pals for a few years before being exchanged for five terrorists and allowed to return home to his family. To those of us who have been following this story closely, this appalling recommendation from Lt. Col. Mark Visger, represents something completely incomprehensible.

…Visger presided over an Article 32 hearing, the military equivalent of a preliminary hearing, in Sgt. Bergdahl’s case last month. During that hearing, the lead military investigator in the case said he didn’t believe Sgt. Bergdahl should be jailed.

Visger recommended a special courts martial for the princess that could result in one year of confinement, six months pay forfeiture, three months hard labor, or a bad-conduct discharge.

It’s often characterized as misdemeanor court.

This is a man who walked away from his duty station, left his weapon, and went looking for the Taliban.

He spent five years with the enemy, during which time reports vary about his activities. If you believe some, he was captured, kept in a cage, and treated like an animal. If you believe those reports, he also tried to escape and was punished for it. If you believe others, he played soccer, chilled with his Taliban buddies, and provided information that led to attacks against our troops.

Many soldiers in Bergdahl’s platoon said attacks seemed to increase against the United States in Paktika province in the days and weeks following his disappearance.

“Following his disappearance, IEDs started going off directly under thetrucks. They were getting perfect hits every time. Their ambushes were very calculated, very methodical,” said Buetow.

It was “very suspicious,” says Buetow, noting that Bergdahl knew sensitive information about the movement of U.S. trucks, the weaponry on those trucks, and how soldiers would react to attacks.

Eyewitness accounts show Bergdahl had at some point decided he was going to be a warrior for Islam, whose captors even allowed him to carry a gun at times. If this is true, and he didn’t bother attempting to escape. Screw that Article III of the Code of Conduct!

If you believe this photo, he doesn’t look altogether unhappy.

Of course, Bergdahl’s scumbag lawyer is demanding even more lenient treatment for his traitorous yambag of a client. That fetid  ass weasel wants an Article 15 for his client. Nonjudicial punishment. A slap on the wrist.

A slap on the wrist for someone who walked off base and, at the very least, gradually became BFFs with his Haqqani captors.

A slap on the wrist for someone who deserted his post, resulting in multiple searches and casualties in efforts to recover him.

This is not a guy I see as being particularly gnawed by his conscience about what he was asked to do in Afghanistan. This is a guy who tried to join the French Foreign Legion – I guess because he thought he’d be some kind of badass – but who got rejected by the Legion and was all butthurt about it. He then joined the Army in hopes of showing off his badassery in the Infantry.

“He wanted to be a mercenary, wanted to be a free gun,” says Fry. “He had a notion he was a survivalist, claimed he knew how to survive with nothing because he grew up in Idaho…. Before we deployed… him and I were talking about what it would be like,” Fry recalls. Bowe looked at his friend and made no bones about his plans. “If this deployment is lame,” Bowe said, “I’m just going to walk off into the mountains of Pakistan.”

That’s right, boys and girls. Bergdahl told his buddy that if the deployment wasn’t badass enough for his standards, he would just walk. And guess what! That’s exactly what he did, resulting in years of rescue efforts, American casualties, and the release of five high-value Taliban prisoners in exchange for his worthless ass.

No matter which reports you believe about his time in captivity – Bergdahl as a heroic POW who tried to escape multiple times, or Bergdahl the traitor who walked off into the enemy’s open arms and helped them target American troops – the fact is that this shitbag walked off in the middle of the night, left his equipment, and went looking for the Taliban. And in my opinion, that deserves a bit more than a slap on the wrist.

16 responses

  1. I say send him back to Afghanistan, and shove his traitorous ass out of a C-130 at cruising altitude, in the middle of the winter, with a day’s worth of food, up in the mountains.

    Or, a bullet into his fucking forehead. That works too…

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    1. LOL! Tell us how you REALLY feel!😉

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  2. Though it should be remembered that this is only a recommendation by the prosecution, Bergdahl is a traitorous little bitch who should be hung from his scrotum until we’re tired of the entertainment factor.

    Remanding this to ‘misdemeanor court’ would be an insult to everyone who has proudly donned the uniform.

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    1. Absolutely. What’s really appalling is that I cannot imagine that the JAG officer – this LTC presiding over the Article 32 hearing – didn’t have access to all the reports and all the intel about this piece of traitorous scrotal tissue, and if he read them, how could he in good conscience just recommend this to a special courts martial? I’m really having a hard time with this. Was there really pressure from above in this?

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    2. I don’t think [though I’m not in a position to know] that there was pressure from the DoD/CJCS [or above level]…..there’s simply no political or bureaucratic upside in doing so.

      That said, there is an unfortunate minority of military officers theses days, who either due to opposition to OIF/OEF or a broader liberal compassion……see some amount of merit in the actions of a Bergdahl or a Manning…so as to endorse leniency.

      I do not count myself a member of that camp.

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      1. I’m definitely not in a position to know whether or not there was pressure. But I do know that this POS willingly walked off the base and into the loving arms of his Taliban buddies. That alone – and the fact that we lost men looking for this shit weasel – should be grounds for much more stringent proceedings. Honestly, I will tell you that I am convinced beyond a shadow of a doubt that he is a traitor. Period.

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  3. I find it difficult to believe there isn’t political pressure to save the President more embarrassment .. seems the judicial failure to properly enforce just punishment; the major cause of societies ills these days IMHO, has made it to the ranks of our services.

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  4. He was useful, he gets a pass.
    oZero was determined to spring those dirt-bags. Bergdahl was convenient.

    HE’s a traitor who deserves a firing squad..

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  5. Its all good. Sooner he is in the street the sooner he can be hanged by the neck until dead. Simply enforcing the letter of the law, UCMJ. He has publicly and freely confessed his guilt in the crimes of desertion and aiding/abetting enemy in time of war. Sentence can be carried out by any citizen at their convenience.

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  6. NJP? Really? Leave out any allegations of collusion, he is still guilty of desertion.

    I have never worn the uniform, but I thought that desertion was not something that drew a njp. At dead minimum it warrants immediate dismissal and forfeiture of all benefits – after a period of time in prison. Leavenworth, isn’t it?

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  7. At the rate this is going, Bergdahl will only find justice on the street.

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    1. At the rate this is going, he’ll be getting a Bronze Star.

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  8. I agree that Bergdahl should not spend one second behind bars.

    Indeed, immediately upon being found guilty, he should be marched at bayonet-point to the gallows and hanged by the neck until he is dead.

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  9. Bergdahl should be tried, convicted and tied to a fence post and shot. The ghost of Eddie Slovic demands it.

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  10. I am almost 100% sure that there is political pressure involved in this. My only other thought, and bear with me on this, is that Jane Fonda is somehow involved with it.

    I’m sorry, I couldn’t resist. I am just an unforgiving 55 year old American man who had good friends shot over there, in Viet Nam, and I think what she did was almost exactly the same as Bergdahl, other than the fact that she was not military. However, aiding and abetting the enemy in time of war is still traitorous behavior and should result in some type of punishment, not in making of the person a rich, idolized, so called legend of film or whatever the old bat goes by now. Sorry, just my opinion, which I am entitled to. You may feel differently. Feel free to be wrong.

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