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Bergdahl Has Yet To Be Asked Why He Walked Off Base

From an unquestioning Reuters:

Bergdahl has not yet been asked why he left Afghan base: U.S. Army

By Phil Stewart | June 25, 2014

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl has made no admission of wrongdoing since being released by the Taliban last month, officials said on Wednesday, adding that he has yet to be asked the tough question of why he left base before his 2009 capture.

Would it be too harsh and unfeeling to ask why? Is he really such a delicate flower?

Army officials said the two-star general investigating Bergdahl’s disappearance in Afghanistan will seek to bring up that subject with the soldier sometime after his outpatient treatment in Texas is finished in about two weeks and before the expected completion of the Army’s probe in mid-August.

Maybe they trying to find a video to blame. Or maybe they want to give him time to lawyer up and get his story straight.

In the meantime, Bergdahl seems to be in a state of limbo, with much of his back pay frozen in a military account.

What does he have to spend money on? Isn’t he being given everything for free?

He hasn’t been read his rights yet, although conversations that could be used against him have focused on what happened during his time in captivity, as opposed to anything prior, officials said.

Do soldiers have to be read their rights before anyone can question them?

Asked about reports that Bergdahl may have colluded with the Taliban, an Army official told reporters on condition of anonymity: "I have no knowledge of that particular speculation or of anything that has come out of the briefings to support that."

Whatever Bergdahl might say about his disappearance would have vast implications for him, including potential military punishment but also practical matters such as back pay. Officials caution on Wednesday that his duty status as a "missing/captured" soldier, which entitles him to back pay and special benefits, could be lost if any misconduct is determined…

After all, being found to be a deserter or even worse can’t compare with losing your back pay.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Thursday, June 26th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Bergdahl Has Yet To Be Asked Why He Walked Off Base”

  1. spiffy

    You’d think he was Lois Learner’s Love child No Comment

  2. Why he left his post? They haven’t even addressed the question, “DID he leave his post?”, other than to disparage every member of his platoon, to cover for Susan Rice’s comments. The question is “Did he?”. The answer is, “Yes he did.”. Since when did motivation become a mitigating factor for desertion? What if he says, “I just wanted to go grab a smoke away from the rigors of guard duty, and I was only looking for the taliban because I thought they might have a good recipe for couscous.” HE LEFT HIS POST! As for collaboration, that is a matter best left to a military tribunal.

    The question that really needs answering is why Obama “thought“, after 5 years, that suddenly his “health” was an issue so serious that it demanded that we release 5 barbarian terrorists (Probably better described as terrorist community organizers) to save him from impending doom.


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