Not that the Obama Administration would announce such a thing, but apparently Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, for whom five terrorist leaders were swapped, is going to be charged as a deserter, according to retired Lt. Col. Tony Shaffer, who spoke on the O’Reilly show Monday.
You remember Bergdahl, the guy President Obama hailed at the White House as a hero?
Bergdahl had been dwelling among the Taliban between 2009 and May of last year — “held by the Taliban,” according to the White House and mainstream media.
According to his fellow soldiers, however, Bergdahl hadn’t been captured. Rather, they said, he simply walked away from his post one night and found a new place to hang his hat behind enemy lines.
Sources familiar with the case said that Bergdahl was a traitor who was collaborating with the Taliban for years. Those same sources alleged that Bergdahl’s platoon mates and several Pentagon officials were being threatened by the Administration into keeping their mouths shut as Obama freed five terrorists from Guantanamo Bay in exchange.
According to Shaffer, “I have been told and confirmed by two other sources that (Bergdahl’s) attorney was given what we call a charge sheet. … The key violation is desertion. And this is, has been done. The decision has been made.”
With any luck, we’ll get to see Obama’s “hero” spend a long time in a military prison.
Even if that happens, though, it won’t likely answer many of the questions surrounding this very odd case.
Even in the mentally challenged environment of the White House, it was a peculiar decision to attempt to make this particular soldier into some sort of hero.
Supposing for the moment that White House officials really didn’t suspect that Bergdahl was a deserter and a traitor (highly unlikely), there was no reason to label this man a hero. He hadn’t done anything at all except get himself carried off by Islamic jihadists.
While keeping your head around Islamists is some sort of achievement in itself, it hardly merits hero treatment.
Then there’s the matter of the prisoner swap.
Who gets traded for five notorious terrorist leaders?
One, maybe, if you’re an honorable soldier who’s a genuine prisoner of war. There’s an outside possibility of two if you’re a high-ranking officer … or James Bond.
There was plentiful evidence that Bergdahl was not a prisoner but had actually gone over to the side of the enemy. Even if there hadn’t been, suspicions should have been raised when Bergdahl’s father showed up to a White House press conference wearing a Taliban-style beard and quoting the Quran.
The exchange might at least have been believable if Bergdahl were some high-level intelligence resource hemorrhaging vital information, but he was a low-rank, know-nothing grunt who is only now a sergeant because Army rules let POWs continue to accrue rank increases.
Like so many things the Obama Administration does, there are ulterior motives behind the lies distributed daily, and we may never find out exactly why this bizarre scenario played out the way it did.
At the very least, though, this one particular traitor can cool his heels in a jail cell.