Rashad Richey Asks: Bowe Bergdahl – Deserter Or Hero?
Last week the Obama administration announced the negotiated release of American P.O.W., Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl – and it has come with harsh criticisms.
The US “swapped” five Taliban P.O.W.s from Guantanamo Bay to make this deal work.
(WOW! FIVE for one… ).
Many fellow soldiers of returned captive Bergdahl have gone on record saying he was a deserter, voluntarily left his command and deserves to be charged accordingly. They’ve even started a Facebook page calling for Bergdahl’s prosecution.
But he has received a hero’s welcome.
Others believe five years as a prisoner is punishment enough. Now rumors are floating in Washington he may receive a promotion!
(FOR WHAT? STAYING ALIVE?!)
It’s important to note, Bergdahl has not been classified as a deserter by the military.
At least six American soldiers have lost their lives attempting to “rescue” or “retrieve” Sergeant Bergdahl. The parents of these fallen soldiers will never have an opportunity to see their children again.
And as you can imagine the Taliban and Taliban supporters are touting victory amongst the ranks.
Additionally, the question of President Obama not informing Congress of this high-level P.O.W. exchange – which he is mandated to do under federal law – has brought out the usual Republican talking heads against the president’s decision.
Honestly, America has a policy to never leave a man or woman in uniform behind, even if they have a questionable service record. The Obama administration said it informed Congress two years ago about this situation and the president is on solid legal footing.
But this does shift our foreign policy protocol. We are now negotiating with terrorist organizations.
Jay Carney, White House Press Secretary, was asked directly whether the U.S. still regards the Taliban “as a terrorist group.”
Carney replied: “We regard the Taliban as an enemy combatant in a conflict that has been going on, in which the U.S. has been involved in for more than a decade.” Typical government shuffling.
The bigger question: Where was Bergdahl going? He’s in a foreign country with enemy forces all around him. He can’t exactly catch MARTA!
Maybe he had a ride pre-scheduled? Some are saying he was a guest of the Taliban, instead of a prisoner. Even though this is all speculation thus far, it’s not unnoticed that no one has directly said he’s NOT a deserter.
President Obama DID acknowledge today his decision to approve the prisoner swap was separate from Bergdahl’s service record.
One thing is for sure – we will definitely see more political “spin” out of this before the entire truth is revealed.
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