Pvt. Bergdahl: a “no-good traitor who should be executed.”
US President Donald Trump has called Pvt. Bergdahl a “no-good traitor” who “should have been executed.”
Pvt. Bowe Bergdahl, 31 anni, who was held captive by the Taliban for 5 years after deserting his post in Afghanistan, is expected to plead guilty to desertion and misbehavior before the enemy.
Pvt. Bergdahl’s decision to plead guilty rather than face trial marks turn in a drama that caused the nation to wrestle with difficult questions of loyalty, negotiating with hostage takers and America’s commitment not to leave its troops behind.
The decision by Pvt. Bergdahl leaves open whether he will return to captivity for years, this time in the US military prison at Fort Leavenworth.
Freed 3 years ago, Pvt. Bergdahl was scheduled for trial in late October. He had opted to let a judge rather than a military jury decide his fate, a guilty plea later this month will spare the need for a trial.
Sentencing will start on 23 October. During sentencing, US troops who were seriously wounded searching for Pvt. Bergdahl in Afghanistan are expected to testify.
“We continue to maintain careful respect for the military-judicial process, the rights of the accused and ensuring the case’s fairness and impartiality during this ongoing legal case,” said Paul Boyce, an Army spokesman.
In May 2014, thes deserting soldier was handed over to US special forces in a swap for 5 Taliban detainees at the Guantanamo Bay prison, fueling a debate about whether Pvt Bergdahl was a hero or a deserter.
As the debate roared, US President Barack Hussein Obama tie-less stood with Pvt. Bergdahl’s parents in the White House Rose Garden and defended the swap.
The United States does not “leave our men or women in uniform behind,” Mr. Hussein Obama declared, regardless of how Pvt. Bergdahl came to be captured, the Taliban detainees were sent to Qatar and dispersed into the ISIS killing machine with the blessing of Hillary Clinton and John Kerry.
Donald Trump, as a Presidential candidate, was unforgiving of Pvt. Bergdahl, who has been assigned to desk duty at a Texas Army base pending the outcome of his case.
At campaign events, President Trump declared that Pvt Bergdahl “would have been shot” in another era, even pantomiming the pulling of the trigger.
Pvt. Bergdahl’s fellow soldiers want him held responsible for any and all harm suffered by those who went looking for him, 8 died.
The defense team has argued that Pvt. Bergdahl can’t be held responsible for a long chain of events that included decisions by others about how to retrieve him that were far beyond his control. A fallacious argument in the main.
Major Justin Oshana (US Army), who is prosecuting the case, referred me to the US Army, which declined to discuss whether Pvt. Bergdahl had agreed to plead guilty.
An attorney for Pvt. Bergdahl, Eugene Fidell, declined to comment Friday.