Update: Bowe Bergdahl Pleads Guilty To Charges Of Desertion And Misbehavior Before The Enemy
An update in the case of the captured American soldier who was freed by the Obama administration during a prisoner exchange involving five high-ranking Taliban leaders.
Former Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has plead guilty to the charges of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy, and could face life in prison.
If you are unfamiliar with the background of the case, Bergdahl was serving in Afghanistan, and according to fellow soldiers, was growing increasingly more frustrated with America’s war efforts.
There are several differing accounts of June 30, 2009, but investigators of the incident concluded that Bowe Bergdahl voluntarily walked off of the American base in Paktika Province. It has been reported, from those in his platoon, that his belongings were discovered the next day, neatly organized, but with his compass missing.
Bergdahl was then picked up by enemy forces, and a wide ranging search effort was undertaken to retrieve the missing soldier.
It was during these search efforts that enemy activities increased and six American soldiers lost their lives:
They are Staff Sgt. Clayton Bowen Morris Walker, Staff Sgt. Kurt Curtiss, 2nd Lt. Darryn Andrews, Matthew Michael Martinek, and Staff Sgt. Michael Murphrey.
On May 31, 2014, the Obama administration announced the recovery of Bowe Bergdahl, explaining that it had traded five high-ranking Taliban leaders for a single American soldier who, even at the time of his release, was suspected of desertion.
Barack Obama held a press conference in the Rose Garden, flanked by Bergdahl’s parents.
There was one interesting occurrence during this press conference in which Bergdahl’s father, Bob Bergdahl, was speaking to the cameras.
Bob Bergdahl said that he wanted to send a message to his son, but that Bowe had been in captivity for such a long period of time that he may have difficulty understanding English.
Bob Bergdahl then states one of the Pillars of Islam, using the Afghani language of Pashtu,
“Bismillah al-Rahman al-Rahim.”
This expression translates to,
“In the name of God, the merciful, the compassionate.”
Bowe’s father then switches back to English, and continues with his message to his son,
“I’m your father, Bowe.”
When Bowe Bergdahl was back in the United States, and after undergoing a medical examination, he was debriefed and subsequently charged with desertion and misbehavior before the enemy.
The entire matter was highly controversial for a variety of reasons.
First of all, the Obama administration negotiated a deal that involved one American soldier who was suspected of desertion and endangering the lives of fellow soldiers in exchange for five high-ranking Taliban leaders.
Even those who have been educated by Common Core would have to acknowledge that 5 is greater than 1, and that the deal was lopsided.
Second of all, the deal was struck without the Obama administration giving Congress a 30-day notice of the transferring of the “Taliban Five.”
The National Defense Authorization Act of 2014 mandated that Congress be given at least a 30-day notice before any Guantanamo Bay prisoners are transferred.
Within days of the prisoner exchange, Obama administration National Security Adviser, Susan Rice, appeared on ABC News’ This Week to proclaim that Bowe Bergdahl had,
“Served the United States with honor and distinction.”
If the name sounds familiar, it might be because Susan Rice is the same Obama administration National Security Adviser who appeared on several news talk shows, during the week following the 2012 Benghazi terrorist attack, to declare that Benghazi was the result of an offensive YouTube video.
Here’s a clip of one of the five Sunday talk shows where Susan Rice made an appearance:
Source: Fox News