Op-ed: Bowe Bergdahl…An American Traitor
Bowe Bergdahl…An American Traitor
By: Diane Sori / The Patriot Factor / Right Side Patriots on American Political Radio
“If this deployment is lame I’m just going to walk off into the mountains of Pakistan.”
– Bowe Bergdahl’s words to Specialist Jason Fry, a fellow member of the 25th Infantry Division stationed in Alaska, on his then upcoming deployment to Afghanistan
He arrived at his court martial hearing before Military Judge Col. Jeffery R Nance, regaled in ‘dress blues’…a disgrace to the uniform…a disgrace to his country…and by now we all know his story well…a story that began on the night of June 30, 2009, when then Private First Class Bowe Bergdahl simply disappeared from his patrol base in northern Afghanistan. Captured by the Taliban, Bergdahl was held captive for five years before Barack HUSSEIN Obama traded five Taliban commanders for this one man. Was Bergdahl tortured as he claims and did he try to escape 12 times…some say yes while others say no…but that is not the crux of the issue nor should it mitigate the seriousness of the charges now before him…charges that could see Bergdahl facing up to life in prison.
And with public discourse, banter, and outrage rightfully raising questions as to this man’s allegiances and loyalties; a past president’s illegal negotiations with the enemy; about our country’s commitment never to leave any American troop behind; and about what is just punishment for this, I believe, American traitor…the one thing we must insist on is answers to both why a charge of treason was not levied against him and why the death penalty is not on the table.
Focusing on the fact that Bergdahl walked off his post without authorization thus shirking his assigned duties…a coward by the accounts of most who served with him and a man who they say “liked to spend a bit too much time with the nearby Afghan villagers“…Bergdahl’s actions led directly to the deaths of six of his fellow soldiers*…some husbands, some fathers, some sons, some brothers…six soldiers killed by the enemy while searching for this traitor during a time of war…a “wrongfully caused” search and recovery mission doomed from the start because the man they were searching for did not want to be found. More on that in a bit.
“I don’t understand why we’re trading prisoners at Gitmo for somebody who deserted during a time of war, which is an act of treason,” said former Sgt. Matt Vierkant, a member of Bergdahl’s platoon on hearing that Bergdahl had been trading for the five Taliban commanders, especially since Obama was pursuing a “negotiated peace” with the Taliban not the needed military victory in Afghanistan.
And so Bowe Bergdahl became the recipient of what Obama called a “confidence-building measure”…never mind that it was an illegal action taken without his consulting Congress…never mind that Obama turned his back on America by negotiated with the enemy…never mind that it was a lopsided prisoner exchange consisting of this one American traitor for five Gitmo-held Taliban commanders…never mind that it was commanders who have since returned to the Afghan theater of war…something Obama knew well they would…just never mind all that for this was a mid-term election year and if this prisoner swap was “handled properly,” as those in his administration said, it could bring a huge mid-term win for Democratic candidates.
A hoped for election gift to the Democrats and a signed, sealed, and delivered gift to the enemy of one Taliban commander for each year Bergdahl was held.
“I understand that leaving was against the law…I had no intention of causing search and recovery operations,” said Bowe Bergdahl’s at last Monday’s court martial hearing…no intentions of being found by those on our side that is.
So with military prosecutors stating that Bowe Bergdahl committed both the crime of desertion…as per one count of the Uniform Code of Military Justice’s Article 85: leaving one’s post to shirk important or hazardous duties…and one count of Article 99: ‘misbehavior before the enemy’…endangering the safety of a command unit or place…I say why wasn’t it added to the charges that he knowingly and willingly put six fellow soldier’s lives at unnecessary risk because he knew they would come searching for him in known hostile territory.
Unnecessary risk all while Bergdahl claimed that he did what he did with the sole intention of reaching other commanders, drawing attention to what he perceived as leadership and safety issues within his unit…issues he said he could not address with his unit’s higher command…and then returning back to his patrol base. And what were the issues Bergdahl was alluding to…issues that are typical in times of war such as the removing and replacing of officers…duties given…actions taken or not taken…nothing that could not be addressed with his immediate higher ups.
But if by some chance what Bergdahl claims his intention was is indeed true…twisted as it might be…why then did he plead guilty to the charges presented. Now leaving us with important questions that might never be answered, it is possible that Bergdahl’s pleading guilty is what he and his lawyers always had planned to do for maybe this American traitor is hoping for leniency what with the key charge of ‘misbehavior before the enemy’ carrying a maximum penalty of life in prison… what with desertion punishable by up to five years in prison. And with both the prosecution and defense not agreeing to a “stipulation of facts” in the case…an indication they did not reach a deal to limit punishment…leniency…throwing himself on the mercy of the court… might be Bergdahl’s only way out.
One year in prison for desertion for each Taliban commander released with the so serious misbehavior charge matched and then being negated by his five years in captivity…even a traitor and his lawyers can dream can’t they.
American traitors…Bowe Bergdahl is far from the first. Starting with the infamous Benedict Arnold all the way up to Pvt. Eddie Slovak…a World War II U.S. Army soldier and the only American soldier court-martialed and then executed for desertion since the Civil War…now brings up the questions of what does and does not make desertion a charge for execution, and what does the Constitution say about treason itself for without a charge being based upon treason how can desertion be a death penalty charge.
Article 3, Section 3 of the Constitution states that, “Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying war against them, or in adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort. No person shall be convicted of treason unless on the testimony of two witnesses to the same overt act, or on confession in open court.” Fair enough in its definition alone.
Continuing with the words, “The Congress shall have power to declare the punishment of treason, but no attainder of treason shall work corruption of blood, or forfeiture except during the life of the person attainted,” means that upon death the guilty party’s crime is laid to rest with him…as in not being transferred to surviving family members…but Article 3, Section 3 also clearly states that Congress can adjudicate whatever punishment it deems meets a justly tried and convicted traitor’s level of treason.
Now as for the charge of desertion itself…do Bowe Bergdahl’s actions meet the criteria for treason and in return a possible sentence of death…I believe they do. And why…because while some defending him say he is a “fragile young man”…a young man who had previously been discharged from the Coast Guard for psychological reasons…as in “adjustment disorder with depression”…the fact is that others have deserted their units during the Iraq and Afghan wars, but what makes Bergdahl’s case different is that he did so while on the battlefield thus deliberately putting his fellow soldiers in harm’s way…sort of like him setting them up to be ‘sitting ducks’…bang bang another American troop dead.
And the blood of those six American troops who comprised the aforementioned search and recovery mission is directly on Bergdahl’s hands for if this coward had not run away to hide in the woods…to take up with the enemy…those six Americans would most probably be alive today.
So Bergdahl’s act of desertion, I believe, does meet the criteria for additional charges of treason to be levied against him for Bergdahl showed deliberate and total disregard for the consequences of his actions as he knowingly brought ‘aid and comfort’ to the enemy…an enemy who relished in the fact that they could now add six more American dead to their mounting body count. And that’s not even counting what many soldiers in Bergdahl’s platoon stated when being interviewed…that enemy attacks…some with casualties… greatly increased against U.S. forces in Paktika province in the days and weeks following Bergdahl’s disappearance…with logic now dictating what if anything did Bergdahl tell his captors that afforded this increase in attacks…where none had been expected…an increase that could only be courtesy of a squealer.
And without the now proven possible charge of treason being added to the desertion charge Bergdahl could face as little as five years in prison…less than even one year for each of the six soldier killed because of his willful actions. So that leaves the charge of ‘misbehavior before the enemy’ to hopefully see justice served, but even that serious charge…a charge one step short of treason and a charge rarely used since World War II…carries with it a maximum punishment of confinement in prison for life. And sadly in Bergdahl’s case that means decades of life lived on our taxpayer dime…monies wasted on a traitor… while six of his fellow soldier’s blood remain forever stained on his hands.
Now I leave you with this and it relates to my earlier ‘more on this in a bit’ in regards to the fact that Bowe Bergdahl never wanted to be found…at least not found by those on our side.
In his last email to his parents, an email sent on June 27, 2009, Bowe Bbergdahl wrote these words, and I quote, “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 an American. The horror of the self-righteous arrogance that they thrive in. It is all revolting. I am sorry for everything here.” Adding that, “These people need help, yet what they get is the most conceited country in the world telling them that they are nothing and that they are stupid, that they have no idea how to live…I am disgusted with the Army.”
And if for no other reason than those shameful words said, Bowe Bergdahl can, in my opinion, either hang by the neck until dead or be riddled with bullets by a firing squad, for not one bloody dime of our taxpayer dollars should ever be wasted keeping this America-apologizing, traitorous stain on our country alive.
Now let true justice be served.
* The six U.S. soldiers killed while looking for Bowe Bergdahl were:
Staff Sergeant Clayton Bowen, 29, of San Antonio, Texas; Private 1st Class Morris Walker, 23, of Chapel Hill, N.C; Staff Sergeant Kurt Curtiss, 27, of Murray, Utah; 2nd Lieutenant Darryn Andrews, 34, of Dallas, Texas; Staff Sergeant Michael Murphrey, 25, of Snyder, Texas; and Private 1st Class Matthew Martinek, 20, of DeKalb, Ill.
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