There is much speculation that General Abrams’ career is all but over now that he has made the decision to proceed with the court martial. I doubt it, since it is unlikely that Obama would have approved Abrams’ appointment to this position without first being certain of his total dedication to the Obama agenda. No, Obama realizes that the American public believes Bergdahl should face charges and that a court martial is in order. He also realizes that even if Bergdahl is convicted, he will probably never serve the sentence handed down.
By now that you must be asking yourself how can Bergdahl not be sent to prison for his actions—he is a deserter! That is true. By all accounts, he did indeed intentionally desert his post and, indications are, he sought out the Taliban forces that held him prisoner. You will remember that President Obama traded five of the worst-of-the-worst terrorists held at Guantanamo for Bergdahl. You will also remember that a lot of pomp and circumstance surrounded Bergdahl’s return, with Obama holding a press conference in the Rose Garden to announce his release with Bergdahl’s parents at his side. It was certainly supposed to be quite the achievement for the Obama Administration, and the media did its part to make it so. However, it was not long before word on the street was of Bergdahl’s desertion and the fact that soldiers in his unit were killed while engaged in the search for him. As more information was uncovered, the event turned less a stellar achievement for Obama and more an embarrassment.
Still the question remains: how will Bergdahl beat the rap despite the evidence? This is where the circumstances surrounding Bergdahl prior to his enlistment into the Army will weigh heavily. You see, prior to joining the Army, Bergdahl had joined the U.S. Coast Guard, where he never completed the 180 days of basic training. The Coast Guard, perhaps recognizing his psychological frailty, issued him an "uncharacterized" discharge, and friends have since indicated Bergdahl’s emotional health seemed unstable. Now, if sane people ruled the world, that would be the end of it.
According to information published in the Washington Post, Bergdahl was very unhappy in the Coast Guard, but this apparently did not deter him from volunteering for service with the U.S. Army two years later. From all indications, the Army was aware of Bergdahl’s discharge from the Coast Guard but overlooked it for reasons unknown at this point.
Without any other consideration, once this issue is presented in the General Court Martial, the pressure will be on the Army to justify why Bergdahl was even in uniform. It will be eminently clear that one branch of the U.S. military had already decided that Bowe Bergdahl was unfit to serve and, once his defense team tosses in Bergdahl’s journals with what the media describes as his “unorthodox” spelling, the tribunal will be ready to throw in the towel. The Army officer who initially reviewed this case must have realized that winning a conviction under a General Court Martial would be a long shot for anything other than mental instability. Still, General Abrams ignored his recommendation for a Special Court Martial and pursued the General Court Martial process—the highest level of military trial.
Bowe Bergdahl has already publicly admitted that he deserted his post, claiming he initially left to return to the main area facility. Once on his way, however, he realized that his commanding officers would be very upset, so he decided to wander about the countryside and look for “intelligence” that he could take back to them. Obviously, in his mind, intelligence gathering justified his departure from duty. While wandering about the country, Bergdahl was captured by elements of the Taliban and held captive by them for over four years. He claims he escaped briefly twice and was severely beaten for it. He also claims he has nerve damage to his feet and legs and reduced mobility in one shoulder. If these claims are true, counsel for the defense may submit that he has suffered enough.
Meanwhile, back at the White House, Obama is leaning back in his executive office chair and watching the Army chase after an elusive butterfly knowing full well the outcome. You see, Obama knows that Bergdahl will probably walk based on mental instability and, should that not turn out to be the case, he will wield his pen and phone and simply pardon Bergdahl prior to the end of his term. It doesn’t really matter. Obama got what he wanted long ago—an excuse to release five terrorists upon the world. A pardon will only reinforce the sting of the slap to America’s and the military’s face.
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