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.