The FIX is in: Bergdahl “served his country with honor in captivity.”

Is the Army whitewashing Bowe Bergdahl’s desertion?

From: nypost.com,  by Betsy McCaughey,  on Oct 13, 2015,  see the article HERE.

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After a preliminary hearing, US Army officials are recommending Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl get off without jail time or a punitive discharge for walking off his Afghanistan military base in 2009. He could even get back pay and lifetime disability payments.

The recommendation leaked out Sunday, infuriating some of Bergdahl’s former platoon mates. Instead of examining Bergdahl’s crimes, the hearing whitewashed them.

Why would Army officials sweep Bergdahl’s alleged desertion under the rug? To make President Obama look good. Last year, Obama was criticized for swapping a “dream team” of five top Taliban warriors from Guantanamo for a deserter who had fallen into enemy hands. Reinventing Bergdahl as a hero makes that trade sound acceptable. Disgracefully, that’s what the Army is doing.

Defending the swap last year, National Security Adviser Susan Rice claimed Bergdahl had served with “honor and distinction.” The hearing was scripted to make that fairytale claim look true.

Bergdahl didn’t tell his story at the hearing. Instead, the defense called Maj.-Gen. Kenneth Dahl, who had been assigned to investigate Bergdahl’s disappearance and had interviewed him for a day and a half. Dahl spun an implausible tale that Bergdahl never intended to desert — just that he planned to leave the base for one night, run to a neighboring military base and tell an unnamed general there about mismanagement in his platoon.

Huh? The nearest base was nearly 20 miles away over rugged terrain. Running there in the dark night — physically impossible. It was a crazy alibi, but no one questioned it.

Dahl painted Bergdahl as an idealistic, patriotic, naïve man — saying he resembled John Galt in Ayn Rand’s novel “Atlas Shrugged.” Shockingly, no one presented evidence to dispute this phony portrait, though there is plenty: the e-mail Bergdahl sent his parents saying “the horror that is America is disgusting” or his comments to his platoon mates disparaging the US war effort.

The biggest ruse: the flat denial that any of Bergdahl’s fellow soldiers lost their lives looking for him. The issue came up twice.

Dahl was asked whether he investigated that question. Dahl responded that he hadn’t, because he was told not to. Yet moments later, he stated “there were no soldiers killed who were deliberately looking and searching for . . . Sgt. Bergdahl. I did not find any evidence of that.” Of course he didn’t. He was ordered not to look.

Bergdahl’s three commanders all testified that as soon as he went missing, a massive search was launched.

Thousands of infantry were pushed to their limits, spending 45 days in sweltering 100-degree-plus days and cold nights, combing remote areas and driving though villages, down roads and into terrain they had not entered previously. Maj. S. Silvino testified that IED blasts doubled, and his soldiers faced a higher risk because they were searching unfamiliar territory and were weakened by fatigue and lack of water.

It was compelling testimony, but the fix was already in. The hearing officer announced right afterward that military officials had already agreed to exclude it: “To the extent that Maj. Silvino and any other government witnesses testified that there were injuries suffered by US forces during the alleged search and recovery operations, I will not consider this as evidence.”

Some of his platoon mates have been all over television calling Bergdahl a deserter. They weren’t on the witness list. Gregory Leatherman, who served with Bergdahl and is no longer in the military, was brought in to testify that Bergdahl was mentally troubled.

But one of the Army’s top forensic psychologists, Christopher Lange (who was not called to testify) examined Bergdahl and reported that in 2009, Bergdahl “was able to appreciate the nature and quality and wrongfulness of his conduct.”

“Wrongfulness.” Not at this charade of a hearing. The defense called captivity expert Terrence Russell and set him up by asking about “public efforts to smear the reputations of soldiers who are captured.” He answered that Bergdahl is a hero for serving “his country with honor in captivity.”

Bergdahl’s lawyer closed by saying that Bergdahl “is deeply grateful to President Obama for saving his life.”

What about the lives of the men and women in uniform who serve bravely? This hearing dishonored them. Now it will be up to US Army Forces Commanding Gen. Robert Abrams to clean up this dishonorable mess.

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This whitewash makes me sick to my stomach. And as usual, it leads back to our coward-in-chief, Obama. In order to make his prisoner swap appear more reasonable (if that’s even possible), he has decreed that Bergdahl not only be freed without any significant punishment, but even elevated to “hero” status, having served “his country with honor in captivity.” It constantly amazes me to see the extent that Barack Obama will corrupt our laws, our institutions, even our military, in order to make himself appear more righteous. The problem is, he is so far from being a real leader, one who can be honored and looked up to, that his actions become ludicrous in the extreme. He appears to be deathly afraid of being responsible for anything that goes wrong and so he “adjusts” the facts until things favor his stance – at least in his mind, he can continue to believe that he did the right thing.

He is a petty little man and will sell out the U.S. to make himself appear more substantive. I’ve no doubt that had Obama been there with Bergdahl, that the two of them would have deserted together. They’re both made from the same stuff.

Garnet92.

 

 

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14 Responses to The FIX is in: Bergdahl “served his country with honor in captivity.”

  1. Crawfish says:

    Obama orders the cover-up of the deaths of 6 Americans involved with the search for the TRAITOR. He orders the dismissal from the record of Bergdahl sending his personal effects home. All to support a muslim convert family and to destroy military morale and discipline.
    Then he runs a Green Beret out of the Army for preventing a muslim from raping a young boy.
    Is there ANY doubt that he is an America-hating muslim?

  2. BrianR says:

    I’ve gotta tell you, this reminds me of the bad old days of the Vietnam war, when all the kiss-ass top brass screwed the pooch so badly. It’s exactly why so many enlisted men and junior officers despise the perfumed princes.

    The political generals spent all their credibility trying to polish LBJ’s turds. Now it’s happening again.

    Who wants to serve in a military like that? It took many years for the military to recover after Nam. Evidently, what’s past is prologue.

    • Garnet92 says:

      I know that we all hoped that those days were aberrations and that would never happen again, yet here we are AGAIN. It only goes to point out that some people are natural-born “turd polishers” and it’s their goal in life to give their allegiance to a turd. In Obama, we have the ultimate TURD and they have fulfilled their calling. Great comment, Brian.

  3. Kathy says:

    It doesn’t speak well for the sell-outs that comprise the top brass in the Army either.

    • Garnet92 says:

      So true, Kathy. I guess that Obama has exerted his influence on our military – dumping the patriots and promoting the ‘turd polishers” (as Brian called them). That thought scares me that those political lackeys are in charge of our military. God help us, if we need leadership.

  4. Grouchy says:

    Sickening. Yet, look at who the Chief Turd released and forced to retire from our military leadership???
    Remember Terry Lakin~!~!

    • Garnet92 says:

      Yup, he has released (forced out) a bunch of patriots – apparently, they weren’t turd-polishers or fart-sniffers. The ones he kept will do his bidding I guess.

  5. CW says:

    You summed it up perfectly in your title and your comments, Garnet. I can’t add a thing. The only consolation is knowing that for the rest of his life Bergdahl will be known as the coward who got away with desertion, and for whom good men needlessly lost their lives.

    • Crawfish says:

      CW,
      not if the Obama-loving media can help it! They will make him out to be a hero.

      • CW says:

        Yes, Crawfish, they are certainly going to try and the lefties will all play along as usual, but they can’t change the fact that the rest of us – including all those in the military – know the truth.

    • Garnet92 says:

      Right CW, if I were him, I’d change my name. Maybe to Ali Bin Fleeing or something like that. Anything but Bergdahl.

  6. tannngl says:

    I have wondered what made Obama get involved in Bergdahl in the first place. Just seemed a lousy way to justify his ends. There were so many others he could have used…
    Is he just stupid? Or purposely pushing this jibberish on US citizens to test their willinglness to follow his lies? What?

    Great article and report, Garnet.

    This whole thing is such fertilizer.