A bombshell report from the Naval Criminal Investigative Service indicates that former Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl had a “deliberate” plan to defect to the ‘other side’ when he abandoned his post in 2009, Lt. Col. Shaffer (Ret.) claimed on Monday.
Shaffer told Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly he has beenin contact with two individuals’ who have seen the report and were ‘part of the investigation and various aspects of it…’
In light of Michael Hastings, 2012 Rolling Stone article entitled, “America’s Last Prisoner of War” which pretty much says it all[i], why is any of this news? Bergdahl had already put it out there that he was deserting although he never used the word itself. Excerpt below:
‘Returning to Alaska after Christmas, Bowe said something that would stick with Fry months later, long after they arrived in Afghanistan. ‘Before we deployed, when we were on Rear D, him and I were talking about what it would be like,’ Fry recalls. Bowe looked at his friend and made no bones about his plans. ‘If this deployment is lame,’ Bowe said, ‘I’m just going to walk off into the mountains of Pakistan….’
Once Bergdahl’s platoon made it to Afghanistan, Bergdahl further isolated himself favoring the Afghanis over his platoon and in one of his final emails to his father, Bergdahl wrote:
‘The future is too good to waste on lies…And life is way too short to care for the damnation of others, as well as to spend it helping fools with their ideas that are wrong. I have seen their ideas and I am ashamed to even be American. The horror of the self-righteous arrogance that they thrive in. It is all revolting….’
Shortly before Bergdahl deserted his platoon, he allegedly asked his team leader: “If I were to leave the base, would it cause problems if I took my sensitive equipment?”
It is all on record. The signs were there long before Bergdahl walked away from his platoon and so I ask again, why is this news.
To hear Susan Rice tell it, “Bowe Bergdahl served with honor and distinction.”
That statement along with statements that “it was the video” is the lies of the century.
Truth is, they ALL knew. The Pentagon knew, Barack Obama knew and so did Susan Rice.
If convicted Bergdahl who is charged with desertion and misbehaving in front to the enemy under the Uniform Code of Military Justice faces life in prison.
No doubt, a softball sentence for one who intentionally deserted and sought out the Taliban to fight Americans alongside our enemies.
Most definitely, a softball sentence for one who committed treason and may very well be responsible for the deaths of those service members killed while searching for Bergdahl; and those service members who died because of information that Bergdahl may have provided to the Taliban. Source: WikiLeaks document backs up U.S. soldier’s claim Bowe Bergdahl tried to contact Taliban (Washington Post, 06/03/2014) H/t Conservative Tribune.
[i] Hopefully, Rolling Stone has not whitewashed Hastings 2012 article. However, since Hastings is no longer with us, we may never know. See: Why Was the FBI Investigating Michael Hastings’ Reporting on Bowe Bergdahl?