Would Bergdahl Put the Army on Trial?
We may as well face it: Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl has it made in the shade. He’s been officially blessed by President Obama, National Security Adviser Rice, Secretary of Defense Hagel and Senate Majority Leader Reid. However, we haven’t heard from Oprah, so the elevation to sainthood is not yet complete.
Revelations from former comrades flat out contradict the claim Susan Rice made on TV that Berghdal “served the United States with honor and distinction.” This time she may regret jumping in ahead of the facts. Remember Obama’s “not a smidgen of corruption” before the IRS investigation was completed?
In deciding whether to prosecute Bergdahl, the Army cannot afford to ignore on-the-record views of powerful political leaders all the way up to the White House. We can also expect a barrage of invective from the left in an effort to sway public opinion. Charges of “swift boating” against critics are already being thrown around. There will be more.
And then there is this comment from an email Bergdahl reportedly sent his parents on June 27 2009:
In the US army [sic] you are cut down for being honest... but if you are a conceited brown nosing shit bag you will be allowed to do what ever you want, and you will be handed your higher rank... The system is wrong. I am ashamed to be an american. [sic] And the title of US soldier is just the lie of fools … The US army is the biggest joke the world has to laugh at. It is the army of liars, backstabbers, fools, and bullies. The few good SGTs are getting out as soon as they can, and they are telling us privates to do the same.
What a defense attorney could do with this rubbish is not hard to guess. Putting the prosecution on trial is a standard courtroom ploy and not just in the movies.
So, it might well be simpler for the Army to wait until the noise has completely died down and then kick Bergdahl out unceremoniously with a dishonorable discharge letter in the Saturday mail. Write this guy off as a bad investment and be done with it.
One more thing. The Army should revise its recruitment questionnaire to include this: “Do you aspire to become a ballet dancer?” Anyone who answers yes should not, repeat not, be accepted.