Bowe Bergdahl is the U.S. Army Sergeant who was released six weeks ago after almost five years of captivity, held by various Afghan Islamic Groups, in a swap for five Men who were held in the Guantanamo, Cuba Prison. At the time of his release, there were two primary accusations: that Sergeant Bergdahl was a deserter and that the five-for-one prisoner exchange was not a fair one. Keep in mind that, in twelve years of captivity, the five Moslems were never charged, or tried before a Court or Military Tribunal.
Upon the time of the release, I suggested that such swaps were always made toward the end of Wars. Why not get something–namely the release of the only American POW–who might otherwise be killed when the War ends. Also, there have been numerous incidents of Soldiers leaving their units during mostly every War that America has been involved in. So, the priorities should have been: gain Bergdahl’s release; give him time to heal medically and psychologically; de-brief him, and then and only then, once we learn all of the facts, then he should be Court-Martialed, if the facts bare that out!
Six weeks into Sergeant Bergdahl’s repatriation, with some of that in Germany, the Army announced yesterday that he had been assigned to a regular Army Unit. Frankly, I cannot believe that there is anything “regular” about Bergdahl’s current status. Consider the facts: he was assigned to a Headquarters Unit (which is a place that the Army often places GIs while they are awaiting further orders); the Sergeant has to be available to speak with a General (two stars) who has been given the task of recommending whether Courts Martial is appropriate in his case; and, among many other points, he reportedly has still not made contact with his Parents.
Bowe Bergdahl is the only Soldier, at least so far, who has been a POW since the advent of the 24/7 news cycle and social media, So, the accusations and innuendo have been flying around since his release and, as is always the case, once something is repeated or tweeted enough times, some people start to regard it as truth.
But there is something that was written in Rolling Stone Magazine two years ago, before any of that hysteria hit the air waves. At the time, Sergeant Bergdahl was still regarded as a Hero. Additionally, that is also two years before several former members of his platoon hit the TV talk show circuit, perhaps enjoying their little bit of “Time in the Sun”. Michael Hastings’ article, “America’s Last Prisoner of War” is linked as follows: http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/americas-last-prisoner-of-war-20120607?print=true.
This is a rather long article; however, if any of the information surrounding this issue interests you, I believe that you will find it to be an enlightening one, and most helpful in, perhaps, actually understanding the Person behind the Bowe Bergdahl Story. Unfortunately, in today’s World of Cyber-Knowledge, people no longer actually read entire stories: rather, they skim; look for key-words and hyper-links, and often allow the truth to be tainted by listening to ideological conclusion-jumpers.