If I were Sergeant Bergdahl and if I were not a deserter, I would ask for a court-martial. Given the public airing of rumors concerning his case, I don’t see how his request could be turned down. He has been damaged by a very public discussion of his case. He is entitled to his day in court to clear his name. For a member of the military, this means a court-martial, a procedure giving good guarantees concerning the presumption of innocence.
The Army is keeping him incommunicado in a military hospital in Germany.It’s as if he had been lost a second time. Some say he has forgotten English. That’s completely absurd. It could be that the Army is merely trying to avoid the accidental spilling of military secrets. It could be that there is another, darker secret involved.
Could it be that he did not particularly wanted to be rescued? Had he cast his lot with the other side who cynically sacrificed him in return for the huge prize that Mr Obama provided?
Usually, I am quick to blame the Obama administration ineptness rather than criminal intent for its actions that look like sabotage of the USA. This time, the debacle is so huge that my judgment vacillates. Really, one lost soldier for five battle-hardened generals of armies who throw acid in school-girls’ faces? We are returning to the struggle people who were only one degree of separation removed from 9/11 ?
President Obama, he of the Veterans Administration, suddenly speaks like a military patriot: We don’t leave any of our soldiers behind no matter who they are. Period! What if the Taliban barbarians had asked for a nuclear device in return for delivering Sergeant Bergdahl into our hands?
We don’t leave any of our soldiers behind. Period?
Update 6/6/14 It’s been one week and Sergeant Bergdhal has still not been allowed to talk to his mother. Maybe he has forgotten how to say “Hi” in English, or “Mom,” or something.
It’s because of concerns for his health, says the administration. It has not told us what the health concern is.
I don’t much like conspiracy explanations as a rule but I can’t help notice that medical doctors are professionally obligated not to talk about their patients. And military officers usually follow orders including orders to keep their mouths shut irrespective of what they think. If this were not true, why in the world was Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat sent to die in a French military hospital?
Update June 14th and 17th: It’s been two weeks; the lost sergeant has still not said, “Hi, Mom” or even”Hi, Dad” for Fathers’ Day. He is more lost than even I guessed. He is being treated medically but we don’t know for what. What illness could possibly require such discretion? Nothing that I can think of of: Not drug addiction of any kind, not any sexually transmitted disease, no matter how transmitted, certainly not any form of mental illness given his five-year ordeal. He is not in hiding. I think he is kept hidden. Why?