Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s high-profile desertion case was referred for trial by court-martial on Monday, in a blow to his defense team which had urged a lower-level referral.
Bergdahl was released from captivity last year in exchange for five Taliban detainees from Guantanamo Bay. He was later charged with desertion and misbehavior before the enemy, accused of abandoning his post before he was captured.
U.S. Army Forces Command announced Monday that both charges are being referred to a general court-martial.
Really? I don’t recall Obama saying anything of the sort when he brayed about securing Bowe’s release (evidently they were on a first-name basis).
Don’t bother watching. Your acid reflux will act up, even if you don’t have any.
He wasn’t forgotten by his community in Idaho, or the military, which rallied to support the Bergdahls through thick and thin. And he wasn’t forgotten by his country, because the United States of America does not ever leave our men and women in uniform behind.
As Commander-in-Chief, I am proud of the servicemembers who recovered Sergeant Bergdahl and brought him safely out of harm’s way. As usual, they performed with extraordinary courage and professionalism, and they have made their nation proud.
Right now, our top priority is making sure that Bowe gets the care and support that he needs and that he can be reunited with his family as soon as possible.
I’m sorry, who was he talking about, Audie Murphy? The as*hole is facing a fu*king firing squad (Bergdahl, not Obama), and this dipsh*t (Obama, not Bergdahl) makes the di*k out to be John McCain in the Presidential Suite at the Hanoi Hilton! (Apologies for the language, not really.)
The five Taliban commanders who were exchanged for Bowe Bergdahl – a U.S. soldier who deserted his post in Afghanistan and was captured by the Taliban shortly after doing so – have resumed “threatening activities,” after being released to Qatar from Guantánamo Bay last year, according to a new House Armed Services Committee report.
“Some of the Taliban Five have engaged in threatening activities since being transferred to Qatar,” the report said.
The committee report maintained that President Obama took the action unilaterally without the consent of Congress. The Taliban commanders were informed that they were being sent to Qatar before Congress even knew about the impending deal, according to the report.
President Obama dispatched several senior White House officials to Qatar to negotiate the release of Bergdahl, the report documents, with Doha acting as an intermediary between the Taliban – which set up a “political” office there – and the United States. The Obama White House’s unilateral secret negotiations with the Taliban, a jihadi terrorist organization, disturbed a bipartisan sector of Congress, the House Committee report said.
When the Taliban commanders arrived in Qatar, they were greeted by both the public and officials as heroes, according to video that surfaced following their arrival in Doha.
“At least three of the five Taliban leaders… have tried to plug back into their old terror networks,” the Committee adds, quoting a report.
And “there are indications that Qatar is eager to have the Taliban Five depart,” the Committee report adds. If the Taliban Five leave (or have already left) Qatar, there is virtually no measure in place to track the former Guantanamo detainees, or prevent them from re-emerging on the battlefield.
No, wait: Obama’s got this:
The Qatari government has given us assurances that it will put in place measures to protect our national security.
We have to entrust our national security to the Qatari government now? Is that it? Obama actually said that? We actually bought it?
And what’s with Daddy Bergdahl speaking in tongues?
PS: You already know this, but:
The lives of six soldiers were sacrificed in attempts to find an accused deserter, and five Taliban commanders were later released from Guantanamo Bay and given to the Taliban in exchange for Bergdahl.
Those soldiers were Private First Class Morris Walker, Staff Sergeant Clayton Bowen, Staff Sergeant Kurt Curtiss, Second Lieutenant Darryn Andrews, Private First Class Matthew Martinek, and Staff Sergeant Michael Murphrey.
The Daily Beast described the circumstances of their various deaths. Walker and Bowen were killed with an IED “during a reconnaissance mission,” Curtiss was “shot in the face and killed,” Andrews and Martinek were killed in an ambush, and Murphrey was killed with an “improvised land mine.”
I’ve made it a point to remember the names of the four Americans who died in Benghazi. (I don’t need to prove it here; I’ve done it often enough.) I should try to do the same for those who gave their lives for this deserter.
PPS: Susan Rice: Bowe Bergdahl served with “honor and distinction”. Always leave them laughing.