Well, after an ungodly amount of time has passed, deserter Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is finally going to face justice for his crimes.
Bergdahl, who walked off his post in Afghanistan back in 2009 and was a prisoner of the Taliban for five years, pleaded guilty to desertion and misbehavior before the enemy.
What really sparked controversy over Bergdahl was how President Obama broke U.S. protocol and negotiated his release by freeing other dangerous terrorists in exchange for the young man.
This, of course, gives terrorists the idea that they can kidnap Americans and get whatever they want from our government, which is why we previously, under no circumstances, never negotiated with these kind of scumbags. It sets a very dangerous precedent.
It’s likely most of the prisoners we exchanged for Bergdahl have since rejoined the battlefield, making them a direct threat to the safety of American citizens.
From The New York Post:
Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who walked off his post in Afghanistan in 2009 and was held in captivity for five years by the Taliban, pleaded guilty to desertion and misbehavior before the enemy on Monday, saying “I understand leaving was against the law.”
“I left my observation post on my own,” Bergdahl told Judge Col. Jeffrey Nance at his hearing at Fort Bragg in North Carolina. “I understand leaving was against the law.”
“At the time, I had no intention of causing search and recovery operations,” Bergdahl said, adding that he now acknowledges that his disappearance prompted a manhunt by his fellow service members.
The misbehavior charge, which says he endangered his comrades by leaving his post, carries a maximum penalty of life in prison, while the desertion charge is punishable by up to five years.
Bergdahl, who is assigned to desk duty at a Texas base, is scheduled to be sentenced on Oct. 23.
During pretrial hearings in June, a judge allowed prosecutors to present evidence of the serious wounds troops suffered searching for Bergdahl after left his remote post in June 2009.
Now-retired Navy SEAL James Hatch told a judge in June how he was shot in the leg, shattering his femur, by an AK-47 round while looking for Bergdahl with other special operation troops.
Now obviously, we love all of our men and women in uniform who serve and protect this great country of ours, but what this man did strips him of that honor and dignity.
How many throughout the years have shed blood, facing the enemy in combat with bravery and boldness, pushing through the fear that knotted up their guts to take out an enemy that threatened freedom, their fellow countrymen, and their brothers-in-arms?
Yet this man, a coward, ran from his post, and by doing so, pulled his fellow soldiers into harm’s way. This is unacceptable and makes the possibility of a life sentence a fitting punishment.
It’s about time justice was served in this matter, and it’s shameful that it took so long for the case to reach this point.