When all is said and done in the Bowe Bergdahl case the GUARDIAN predicts there will be either some sort of secret agreement to dismiss charges or a simple reduction in rank and a “general discharge” from the Army.
Neither Bergdahl or the Army stands to benefit from a “show trial” at court martial. Bergdahl was once hailed as a hero and then vilified as details of his disappearance emerged. A “no fault divorce” is the solution.
Absent the draft in these days of an “all volunteer” force, the country is dependent upon people like Bergdahl to serve in far off places under the guise of “defending America, making the world free for democracy, and keeping us all safe.”
Like Vietnam, Afghanistan has become a quagmire with little true military purpose or goal. A public trial would open a Pandora’s box for those opposed and for the war. The issue would create support for Bergdahl’s apparent anti-war position (based on previous published reports and letters) on one hand and his alleged violation of military law on the other.
If he is “excused” by the military commanders, it will be difficult to force other soldiers to obey the rules. If he is prosecuted and convicted, President Obama will not look good for exchanging Bergdahl for terrorists. Also many folks will condemn the government for being ungrateful for his service and creating the situation.
A quiet exit from the service with reduction in rank and little or no back pay will be deemed “appropriate punishment.” Like Vietnam, public opinion will dictate decisions.
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