Last evening on the O'Reilly Factor, retired Lieutenant Colonel Tony Shaffer, former Army intelligence officer and now with the London Center for Policy Research, said that according to three different sources Bergdahl is being charged with desertion.
"The Army has come to its conclusion and Bowe Bergdahl,” Shaffer said, “Sgt. Bergdahl will be charged with desertion. I have been told and confirmed by two other sources that his attorney was given what we call a charge sheet. A charge sheet is results of the investigation listing out the articles of the Uniform Code of Military Justice that have been violated. The key violation is desertion. And this is has been done. The decision has been made. Let me be very clear. As a corporate entity, the Army has decided that they want to pursue Bergdahl for this violation.”
At this point the American people - Republican, Democrat, conservative, liberal, independent - should be outraged by President Obama's actions of trading five top Taliban commanders from Guantanamo Bay for the return of one U.S. Army deserter whom Obama and his administration made out to be a hero. Obama welcomed Bergdahl's parents to the White House to make the announcement that he was coming home and
felt up had his hands all over Mrs. Bergdahl in the Rose Garden. After the public display with the Danish Prime Minister at Nelson Mandela's funeral (that earned him a seat change ordered by his wife) you can bet Michelle wasn't too happy with her husband's antics with Bergdahl's mom. But that's another story.
Obama's National Security Advisor and Sunday morning talk show queen, Susan " Benghazi Was Caused By A Video" Rice, told the American public on yet another Sunday talk show that Bergdahl served his country "with honor and distinction." When questioned about the desertion allegations later she modified her comments she modified her comments without retracting them. "I realize there has been lots of discussion and controversy around this," Rice said. "But what I was referring to was the fact that this was a young man who volunteered to serve his country in uniform at a time of war. That, in and of itself, is a very honorable thing."
Volunteering to serve your country is an honorable thing - right up to the point where you abandon your post and your fellow soldiers and walk away to join the enemy.
Of the five Taliban commanders
Obama returned to their respective units sent to Qatar to be monitored by the Qatari government, three are now fighting with ISIS and a fourth has returned to help lead the Taliban. In return we got a deserter who, if prosecution is successful, will be headed to Fort Leavenworth to serve time. Brilliant trade that was. Absolutely brilliant.
On Valentine's Day, February 14, 2013, President Obama said "This is the most transparent administration in history." He cites examples. “Every visitor that comes into the White House is now part of the public record. Every law we pass and every rule we implement we put online for everyone to see.” Except that every visitor to the White House is not public record and the promise he made was to put all bills online for public review before he signs them into law, not after. And he conveniently leaves out any references to the cover-ups and stonewalling of Fast and Furious, the IRS e-mails, the Benghazi attack, NSA spying on American citizens, and now the Bergdahl investigation. Obama's administration is about as transparent as a piece of lead in an X-ray.
It will be interesting to see what happens with the Bergdahl court martial. Will the Obama administration intercede in an attempt to make themselves look less traitorous? Will Bergdahl be convicted only to be pardoned by Obama? Or will the Obama administration simply move on, deny any wrongdoing and forget about it? My guess is the latter. But that's just my opinion. I could be wrong.