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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Released POW A Deserter--Who Cost Lives?

Tuesday Update:  " Joint chiefs chairman Dempsey: Army still may pursue desertion investigation on Bergdahl."


Provocative piece at Daily Beast by soldier who joined hunt for Bergdahl five years ago--claiming that he was a deserter and that search for him cost much in lives and resources. 
Make no mistake: Bergdahl did not "lag behind on a patrol,” as was cited in news reports at the time. There was no patrol that night. Bergdahl was relieved from guard duty, and instead of going to sleep, he fled the outpost on foot. He deserted. I’ve talked to members of Bergdahl’s platoon—including the last Americans to see him before his capture. I’ve reviewed the relevant documents. That’s what happened...
None of it had to happen. Therefore, while I’m pleased that he’s safe, I believe there is an explanation due. Reprimanding him might yield horrible press for the Army, making our longest war even less popular than it is today. Retrieving him at least reminds soldiers that we will never abandon them to their fates, right or wrong. In light of the propaganda value, I do not expect the Department of Defense to punish Bergdahl.
CNN much more here.  And rightwingers hitting Obama over Bergdahl's dad saying a few words of Arabic at the White House. 

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