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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Bowe Bergdahl to be court-martialed

It took a long time, but the truth is about to come out.  After a lengthy investigation, Army Sargeant Bowe Bergdahl - who was held captive by the Taliban for five years - will be court-martialed for desertion.

It seems he had an epiphany and decided that his country had no right to be in Afghanistan and he wanted no further part in it, so he simply walked off into the unknown and was captured by the Taliban.

Last year Bergdahl was exchanged for five Taliban commanders held at Guatanamo Bay.  Everyone said it was a bad deal, and it was, but all service members are told that if they should get lost, captured or wounded on the battlefield, their comrades will never leave them behind.

It is the unwritten law of the military.  "We will never leave a fallen comrade behind" the Army's Chief of Staff said yesterday.  "Now that Sgt Bergdahl is back and under our control, first and foremost, we must ensure his health is taken care of  and he is properly integrated."

President Obama was accused of "violating the law" in failing to tell Congress before the swap went ahead.

Some members of Bergdahl's Platoon will be celebrating the decision to see him court-martialed.  "I was pissed off then, and I am even more so now with everything going on" Sgt Matt Vierkant said. "Bowe Bergdahl deserted during a time of war and his fellow Americans lost their lives searching for him."

His home town of Hailey, Idaho had to cancel a planned celebration for his homecoming when unanswered questions began to be asked.

Since returning to the US, although he has communicated with his parents, he still hasn't met with them face to face.

The men exchanged to secure his release were mid to high-level officials of the Taliban who were imprisoned early on in the war, and the outrage at their release looks likely to continue for some time.