Last year, in a hurried exchange, President Barak Obama made a highly contested trade between the U.S. government and known enemies.
The deal allowed for 5 suspected terrorists, men with close ties to the Taliban, to be freed in exchange for Bowe Bergdahl. It was suspected at the time Bergdahl had knowingly deserted his post after coming to an existential crisis about the U.S. involvement in Iraq. His capture was followed by a search and rescue mention where several soldiers lost their lives as well as a period of imprisonment last longer than 5 years.
Though the United States had an explicit policy prohibiting negotiating for hostages in open defiance Obama did it anyway.
And now the truth comes out about who we exchanged dangerous men for.
More than a year since the exchange the case has moved into its final stages and Bergdahl is up for a court martial based on two separate charges.
…Bowe Bergdahl, has officially been referred for trial by court-martial.
Monday’s decision by Gen. Robert B. Abrams, head of Army Forces Command at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, is a setback for Sgt. Bergdahl’s legal team. Attorneys wanted the desertion case moved to a special misdemeanor-level military court.
The charges being levied against Bergdahl are hefty. The dishonored solider is being charged with “one count of desertion with intent to shirk important or hazardous duty, and one count of misbehavior before the enemy by endangering the safety of a command, unit or place.”
Not only could the charges have him court-martialed, they also carry other significant penalties including life in prison, demotion, and forfeiture of all pay and allowances.
His legal team believes the charges are beyond the pale and yet the prosecution paints a rather different picture.
“For 45 days, thousands of soldiers toiled in the heat, dirt, misery and sweat with almost no rest, little water and little food to find the accused,” Army prosecutor Major Kurz said in March of the search for Sgt. Bergdahl, the New York Times reported Monday. “Fatigued and growing disheartened, they searched for the accused knowing he left deliberately.”
And all of this comes on the heels of a discovery made by a non-partisan committee who investigated the exchange.
After concluding an investigation that took well over a year to complete the House Armed Services Committee confirmed beyond the shadow of a doubt Obama was in violation of the law when he exchanged Bergdahl. They wrote, “Our report finds that the Administration clearly broke the law in not notifying Congress of the transfer.”
They also lied about it as the investigators noted, “Leading up to the transfer, DOD officials misled Congress as to the status of negotiations. Pentagon officials best positioned to assess the national security risks were left out of the process, which increases the chances of dangerous consequences from the transfer.”
Looks like Obama is guilty on all counts of being a traitor, don’t you agree?