The Army announced Monday that Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was the subject of a controversial exchange for five Taliban leaders and Guantanamo Bay detainees, will face a general court martial on charges of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy.
All of which has conservative radio host Dana Loesch wondering if the president has any regrets about his bizarre Rose Garden appearance when he announced the exchange.
The Associated Press reported:
If convicted, Bergdahl could get life in prison on the misbehavior charge and up to five years for desertion. He also could be dishonorably discharged, reduced in rank and made to forfeit all pay.
Bergdahl, 29, of Hailey, Idaho, walked off his post in eastern Afghanistan’s Paktika province on June 30, 2009. He was released in the prisoner swap in late May 2014 that touched off a firestorm of criticism, with some in Congress accusing President Barack Obama of jeopardizing the safety of a nation for a deserter.
The Army’s announcement comes in sharp contrast to recommendation by Lt. Col. Mark Visger that Bergdahl face no greater than misdemeanor-level charges.
Loesch had a question, and others responded:
@DLoesch good and fair question. Too bad it never gets asked
— roy fletcher (@indiegop) December 14, 2015
@DLoesch I assume this is a rhetorical question. You know the answer is "YES", because Obama has no shame.
— Steven Rosenblum (@StevenRosenblum) December 14, 2015
@DLoesch Have they EVER shown any remorse for stupidity?
— The Patriot (@BenWilhelm1230) December 14, 2015
— Hillary's Xray Tech (@yewkalaylee) December 14, 2015
— American (@Patriotic1s) December 14, 2015
— R.O.C.K. in the USSA (@ROCKInTheUSSA) December 14, 2015
The Bergdahl prison swap was controversial from the start. Making it even more so, last week, following a one-year investigation, the House Armed Services Committee concluded that the Obama administration made the exchange in violation of the law.
“Our report finds that the Administration clearly broke the law in not notifying Congress of the transfer,” the committee’s chairman, Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, said, according to The Hill.
The committee also concluded that the administration bent over backwards to hide the negotiations from Congress and the public.
“At the time, there were rumors that on-again, off-again talks about a prisoner exchange, which had broken down several years earlier, might be underway again, but the administration repeatedly suggested to reporters and to Congress that nothing significant was going on,” the report said.
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