This one will be short.
The UK Daily Mail has a piece out today alleging that Bergdahl had already deserted once before he walked off his post into the hands of the Taliban…
A U.S. Army investigation found that Bowe Bergdahl had walked away from his post at least once before his capture – and that other soldiers in his unit knew he was a flight risk.
The 2010 report, called an AR15-6, is still classified, but it appears to confirm allegations that the former prisoner of war violated military regulations – and that the Pentagon knew it all along.
The revelation, attributed to anonymous sources by the Military Times, comes as the nation’s top general, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey, acknowledged the growing cloud of suspicion hanging over Bergdahl.
The Military Times report says that investigators who looked into the June 2009 capture of Bergdahl found that several soldiers from his unit said he had talked openly about wanting to leave the forward operating base where he was stationed.
They found he may have left the base at least once before, as well.
‘We have no indication that he intended to leave permanently,’ an official told the Military Times.
One might take from this a lesson: there is a reason why standard practice used to be shooting deserters. Namely, that they’re too much trouble.
Had Bergdahl been taken out, either by firing squad or a host of escorts to bring him to a stockade somewhere, he wouldn’t have walked off his post at that fire base, ultimately causing six good soldiers to be killed in efforts to recover him and the five Taliban All-Stars we surrendered to get him back. In the old days the military didn’t put up with problem children like Bergdahl, because they were bad for morale and made management of a fighting force too difficult.
Don’t be shocked if it comes out Bergdahl was seeing military shrinks while on duty.
But let’s remember – there is a large core of uncritical support for this president which simply will not disagree with him no matter what he does. Rasmussen…
Most voters oppose hostage negotiations with terrorist groups like the Taliban, but voters are almost evenly divided over the prisoner swap that freed the only known U.S. military POW in Afghanistan.
The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 40% of Likely U.S. Voters agree with the U.S. government’s decision to release five Taliban leaders from the Guantanamo terrorist prison camp in exchange for the one U.S. military prisoner of war behind held by the Taliban in Afghanistan. Slightly more voters (43%) disagree with that decision.