Bowe Bergdahl is a deserter. The former Army Sergeant that simply walked-away from his post in Afghanistan created a situation where his comrades were forced to go looking for him and in the process, six American soldiers were killed.
He was captured by the Taliban, a force that many allege Bergdahl was looking to join when he went AWOL.
Bergdahl now claims, however, that he left the base as a form of “self-sacrifice.” His reasoning is spotty to say the least.
After five years in alleged captivity, President Obama secured his release by agreeing to release five top-tier terrorists in exchange for Bergdahl.
The terrorist swap, however, will also likely cause more American deaths as five terrorist leaders are now free to resume their violent efforts. Further, Obama set the precedent that America will negotiate with terrorists and worse yet, they will receive an exchange rate of five terrorists for every one American they capture.
Bergdahl wandered from his base after reportedly growing disillusioned with American efforts in Afghanistan and now faces life in prison for the charges against him.
Unbelievably, though deserters were once lined-up against a wall and shot for their betrayal, if found guilty, Bergdahl will only receive a maximum sentence of five years.
Attorneys for Bergdahl have released documents indicating that Bergdahl has been diagnosed with a psychiatric disorder and the documents further allege that Bergdahl left the base because he disagreed with how things were being run and attempted to another Army base to conference with a higher-ranking officer to discuss the issues.
“So, the idea was to — it was— literally, it was a sacrificial — it was a self-sacrifice thing,” Bergdahl said when interviewed by Maj. Gen. Kenneth Dahl in 2014.
Bergdahl had hoped to cause an alarm by leaving and walk to another base so that he may obtain an audience with a high-ranking officer to discuss the outstanding issues that he, evidently, felt needed addressing.
“The only thing that I could see was, I needed to get somebody’s attention,” he claimed.
Referring to himself in the third person, Bergdahl recited the reaction he hoped to create:
“That guy disappears. No one knows what happened to him. That call goes out. It hits every command. Everybody goes, what has happened?”
Within days, he would show up at an Army base.
“The Soldier shows up … People recognize him. They ID him. They go, ‘What did you just do?’ And that Soldier says, ‘I am not saying anything about what I did until I am talking to a general.'”
It appears that Bergdahl may be aiming for an insanity defense.
Bergdahl’s reasoning is deeply flawed and whatever justification he felt in leaving cannot counter the fact that six people died looking for him- even if we accept that this was a stunt to get attention to discuss issues.