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The Army has charged Bowe Bergdahl with desertion and has referred to an Article 32 military preliminary hearing which is the military version of a grand jury. Should Bergdahl be convicted by a General court martial,he faces the possibility of life in prison. This represents yet another embarrasing episode for the Obama Administration, coming on the heels of great fanfare after Bergdahl's release and coupled with Rose Garden photo ops with Bergdahl's parents.
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Robert Spencer-Director of Jihad Watch reports on an Army officer urging no jail for Bergdahl and Islamic State figures killed in airstrike; the caliph Baghdadi not believed among them.
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What are we to make of this negotiated exchange with the terrorists? How are Americans going to respond once Bergdahl is on American soil? What happened the night he disappeared into the night without his weapon? Why didn't President Obama go to Congress with this 30 days ago? How much more can we take?
The fury over the exchange is rising as more information comes out. Most of which is coming from the ranks of our military and veterans. Are we surrendering our values and principles for the life of 1 man and placing the World at risk with these 5 released terrorists? Here is a breakdown of the 5 most dangerous at Gitmo:
Abdul Haq Wasiq - Taliban deputy minister of intelligence
Mullah Norullah Nori - Senior Taliban commander in the northern city of Mazar-e-Sharif who commanded insurgents fighting U.S. forces in late 2001
Khairullah Khairkhwa - Senior Taliban official believed to have ties to Osama bin Laden and Mullah Omar, the Taliban's founder
Mohammed Nabi - A regional Chief of Security for the Taliban and eventual radio operator
Mohammed Fazl - Believed to have overseen the mass extermination of Shiite Muslims during the 2000 - 2001 war that saw the Taliban rise to power in Afghanistan.
And of the Soldier:
Bowe Robert Bergdahl - Sgt in the United States Army assigned to the 1st Battalion, 501st Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, based at Fort Richardson, Alaska. Age 28 from Sun Valley Idaho, held captive in Pakistan for 5 years by the Taliban. Accussed of abandoning his post and weapon in Afghanistan, making him a desertor.
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Bowe Robert Bergdahl is a United States Army soldier who was held captive by the Taliban-aligned Haqqani network in Afghanistan.
Bowe Robert Bergdahl was born in Sun Valley, Idaho, on March 28th, 1986 – the same day as Lady Gaga, as his parents like to point out
At 20, Bowe in search of the kind of boy's adventure decided to join the French Foreign Legion, but his application was rejected.
Spring 2008 joined army
May 23rd, 2009. What started as an eight-hour mission, ended up taking five days.
In early June, 2009 after photographs taken by Sean Smith appeared in The Guardian, Bowe's unit got reamed out by its commander for its lack of discipline. Bowe's squad leader, Sgt. Greg Leatherman, was demoted, and two other sergeants in the squad were reassigned.
June 25th, 2009 - Bowe's battalion suffered its first casualty of the deployment. A popular officer, 1st Lt. Brian Bradshaw, was killed in a blast from a roadside bomb near the village of Yaya Kheyl, not far from the outpost. Though Bradshaw was in a different company, the 24-year-old's death rocked the unit, shattering the sense of invulnerability that accompanies those who have just arrived in country. Bowe's father believes that Bradshaw and Bowe had grown close at the National Training Center, and his death darkened his son's mood.
June 27th,2009 he sent what would be his final e-mail to his parents. It was a lengthy message documenting his complete disillusionment with the war effort.
early-morning hours of June 30th, 2009 He gathered up water, a knife, his digital camera and his diary. Then he slipped off the outpost.
On 10:30 a.m. (EDT) May 31, 2014, Bergdahl was handed over by 18 Taliban members to a special operations team in eastern Afghanistan, near Khost on the Pakistani border, in what was described as a "peaceful handover".
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Let’s discuss the Bowe Bergdahl story. He is the young soldier released by the Taliban in exchange for 5 prisoners at Gitmo.
There is some evidence that Bergdahl deserted after being upset with US military operations. That has led to a lot of controversy. And it has split the country.
Here’s my take.
First, read two good articles. The first is a New York Times piece out today examining if Bergdahl’s walking away or his abduction led to the 6 deaths of fellow soldiers. In short, the Times says as in war details are murky. So blaming Bergdahl for those deaths is a bit of stretch.
The second piece was written in May of 2012 by Michael Hastings in Rolling Stone. Hastings is the journalist who died in a car crash last year after his expose in Rolling Stone brought down General Stanley McCrystal. Hastings profile of Bergdahl is very revealing. It is worth the read to understand the psyche of this 20-something we sent off to the horrors of war.
The other half of us don’t want those years of fighting terrorists over there to go to waste. There is still the fear of the Taliban controlling Afghanistan again and maybe the nuclear weapons of Pakistan.
And again, I am siding with the President here. We need to keep some troops and advisers in that region – just for that reason. Granted, Obama may be playing both sides here – getting us out of combat but keeping our presence there.
The Bergdahl story is going to get bigger. It is also going to cause a lot of anger and emotion. Work to defuse that while understanding the feelings on both sides. However, let’s all wait for the facts.
Susan Katz Keating is an investigative journalist specializing in national security. She is a correspondent for Soldier of Fortune and PEOPLE magazines, covering stories such as Bowe Bergdahl, the assault on Osama bin Laden, the devastating helicopter crash that took the lives of SEALs in Afghanistan, and more. A former Washington Times reporter, she is the author of Prisoners of Hope: Exploiting the POW/MIA Myth in America. Her work has appeared in Time, Readers Digest, The New York Times, Air&Space, American Legion, VFW, and other publications. She has been cited in the New Yorker, the Wall Street Journal, Salon, and other journals. She is a founding trustee for the National Museum of Americans in Wartime, and serves on the board for Cooking With the Troops. She was a director of the Travis AFB Museum, and served as restoration crew chief on a B-52.
Michael will not only speak out on this Bergdahl mess that sent 5 dangerous terrorists out of Guantanamo Bay, but he will also dive into the problems he have with Americans.....both from the left AND the right! This is definitely a passionate & powerful episode!
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