Petition to charge POW with desertion follows petition to free Marine in Mexico

As questions continue to rise about the weekend release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in exchange for five prisoners from the military prison in Guantanamo Bay, an embryonic movement has begun accusing Bergdahl of desertion.

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Marine Sgt. Anthony Tahmooressi
Army Sgt. Bowe Bagdahl

Meanwhile, another petition demanding the White House secure the release of Marine veteran Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi held in a Mexican jail after inadvertently crossing the border with personal weapons that are illegal in Mexico has garnered well over the 100,000 signatures needed to obtain an official reply from the Obama administration.

Since neither suits the political needs of the Democrat in the White House, neither’s going  succeed.

The Bowe petition has attracted more than 2,000 signatures in the two days since it was created on Saturday, the day the prisoner exchange was announced. The petition accuses Bowe of “walking off base with intent to not support the War on Terror.”  It can be reached here.

“Bring punishment to Bowe Bergdahl and let the public know that the military holds all members to the same standard,” the petition states. It had gathered about 2,000 signatures by Monday morning.

The chances of that happening are just about zero.

Getting Bowe out – at whatever the cost in the lives of future terror victims — gave Obama acolytes something to talk about besides the VA scandal that was rocking the administration until this weekend.

Fellow soldiers say freed POW deserter
not hero; lives were lost looking for him

And when the president of the United States hosts a Rose Garden news conference at the White House to announce that he has traded five high-ranking enemy Taliban officers for one Army sergeant, he’s not likely.to stand for a high-profile trial of that same sergeant for deserting in the face of the same enemy.

As the political pros say, “bad optics.” As normal people say, the president would look like a fool – or worse.

The Tahmooressi petition was created May 1. It hasn’t received a White House response yet, though State Department officials told Fox News last week that consular officials have visited Tahmooressi numerous times in prison.

And while Jani and Robert Bergdahl celebrate their son’s dearly purchased freedom by holding national covered news conferences, Tahmooressi’s mother, Jill, is stuck waiting at her South Florida home for a Mexican judge to decide the fate of an American combat veteran who apparently wandered across a poorly marked border crossing.

Sparking another round of headlines by getting involved in the case of a Marine accused of violating gun laws in a neighboring country – however accidental that violation might have been – wouldn’t suit the Obama administration’s anti-gun base or liberals as a whole.

Bergdahl, on the other hand, will probably be sitting in the Michael Moore box at the next Democratic National Convention.

Joe Saunders

Joe Saunders, a 25-year newspaper veteran, is a staff writer and editor for BizPac Review who lives in Tallahassee and covers capital and Florida politics. Email Joe at [email protected].

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