Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl abandoned his post in Afghanistan and walked off his military base. It’s called desertion and it’s the worst thing you can do as a soldier.
Here’s a brief overview of his story if you haven’t been following it.
From Fox News:
Then 23, Bergdahl went missing from his remote infantry post near the Pakistan border in June 2009. His disappearance launched a massive search operation.
Bergdahl was quickly captured by the Taliban after leaving his post. The U.S. tracked him for several years before successfully negotiating his release in 2014.
That release was a deal which freed 5 high ranking Taliban officials in exchange for Bergdahl’s freedom.
Not only did Bergdahl abandon his fellow soldiers, but six soldiers died looking for him after he went missing not knowing that he had simply quit on them and walked away.
From The Weekly Standard:
Six American soldiers died in their search for Bowe Bergdahl, the Army sergeant freed by the Taliban in exchange for five Taliban detainees at Guantanamo Bay. Time magazine’s Mark Thompson provides the names, photos, and stories of the men who did not return from their mission: staff sergeant Clayton Bowen, private first class Morris Walker, staff sergeant Kurt Curtiss, second lieutenant Darryn Andrews, staff sergeant Michael Murphrey, and private first class Matthew Martinek.
Many people believed Berghdahl would receive a long prison sentence. Some even thought there was a chance he would spend the rest of his life in prison.
Today, a verdict was reached.
BREAKING: Bergdahl to get dishonorable discharge, lose rank, forfeit pay in addition to getting no prison time.
— The Associated Press (@AP) November 3, 2017
You read that correctly. No prison time for this traitor.
From New York Times:
Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was dishonorably discharged from the Army on Friday by military judge, but received no prison time, for desertion and endangering troops, ending a drama that began more than eight years ago in war-torn Afghanistan.
At the sentencing hearing on Friday, the military judge, Col. Jeffery R. Nance of the Army, also reduced his rank to private and required him to forfeit $1,000 a month of his pay for 10 months.
The sentence will be reviewed by Gen. Robert B. Abrams, who convened the court-martial, and has the power to lessen the punishment. If the final sentence still includes a punitive discharge, it will then automatically be reviewed by the United States Army Court of Criminal Appeals.
Hard to wrap your head around this one.
Pete Hegseth thinks Bowe should be in jail the rest of his life.
How do we go from that to no jail time?
Dishonorable discharge is a no-brainer. But wow. This is a head-scratcher.