The timing for it at the start of Veterans Week was terrible. Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, a coward, a deserter, escaped death or a prison term. At least he was given a dishonorable discharge from the Army.
Sgt. Bergdahl got off easy!
His escaping a prison term is twisting the guts of military veterans. The reasoning behind a military judge’s decision is faulty. The judge apparently reasoned the five years he spent as a captive of the Taliban was enough punishment, although he didn’t exactly express himself that way.
We don’t agree. He should have been given a life sentence in prison, along with his dishonorable discharge.
Bergdahl was stripped of his stripes and demoted to private. He will never receive any benefits from his time in the military. He must forfeit $1,000 a month of his pay for the next 10 months.
Bergdahl, the coward, left his post and walked to an enemy encampment in Afghanistan. He became a deserter. They used to shoot deserters!
Fellow troops suffered wounds, one soldier especially, in searching for him.
Many soldiers feel like “getting the hell out of there” when faced with combat. But they don’t run. They perform their assigned duties. To leave a post and surrender to the enemy is the lowest thing a soldier can do to his fellow comrades.
The coward entered a guilty plea to desertion and misbehavior. Comments made by the Commander in Chief, President Donald Trump, were used in the defense of Bergdahl. President Trump was highly critical of Bergdahl. The president should have kept his mouth shut during the trial.
The sentence doesn’t help troop morale, especially those military personnel serving in a combat role.