Alan Webber: Feel like the fix was in on Bergdahl?
Did you ever get the feeling the “fix was in?” You know it; you feel it; you can’t prove it, but you just can’t shake the murky sense you have been duped.
No, I’m not talking about Donna Brazile’s recent announcement that Hillary Clinton stole the Democratic primary, as nothing surprises me about Crooked Hillary.
Last Friday, Army Judge Col. Jeffery Nance ruled that admitted Army deserter Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is to be sentenced to, get this, a dishonorable discharge, a fine of $10,000 to be paid at $1,000 per month and a reduction in rank to private. Bergdahl had pleaded guilty by the way. If you are looking for the words “prison time” you won’t find it – there was none.
If you recall, Bergdahl was the delusional young man who deserted his post in 2009, wandered into enemy territory and spent the next five years in Taliban captivity. Then, on May 31, 2014, President Barack Obama appeared in the Rose Garden, avariciously arm in arm with Jani Bergdahl, Bowe’s mother, with his father, Bob, in tow. It was there Obama announced the trade of five major Taliban leaders who had been detained at Guantanamo for a soldier we never heard of before.
If you are keeping score, that means the U.S. got back one deserter for five enemies. At the time, I wondered when the U.S. changed a centuries-old policy of not negotiating with the enemy. Then, I remembered we were under our “Eight Year Socialist Experiment.” Just move along, nothing to see here.
Although the Pentagon denies it, soldiers in the same battalion as Bergdahl, who were involved in the search party, claim at least six soldiers were killed in combat while searching for Bergdahl. The Pentagon, as you know, is located in Washington, D.C., while the soldiers actually doing the searching were located in Afghanistan. Who do you believe?
Then, on June 1, 2014, National Security Adviser Susan Rice told ABC News that Bergdahl “served the United States with honor and distinction.” We would find out later that this was not the first time Rice would lie to us. Think about that – she had the title of national security adviser, which is charged with the security of the United States, and she is a proven habitual liar to the people she is protecting.
Then, in March 2015, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki stated the swap was “absolutely worth it.” She evidently was covering for her boss, Obama, after the House resoundingly passed a nonbinding resolution in September 2014 condemning Obama for failing to give Congress the required 30 days notice before exchanging Bergdahl. A nonbinding resolution, by the way, is similar to the first time your mother bellows, “Stop it,” knowing full well you will continue to do it until she threatens to tell your dad when he gets home. Just move along folks, nothing to see here either.
So, here we are three years later, and Nance issues a slap on the wrist to now-Private Bergdahl. Something just doesn’t feel right about this. A search of the internet does not reveal how Nance got his post as judge nor any background information of his credentials to make such a decision. Was he appointed by a particular general or president? I know I didn’t vote for him.
What is learned though is that the court had reservations about remarks President Donald Trump made before Trump was elected president, which might have denied Bergdahl due process. If you read the February 2017 article by Cory Dickstein in Stars & Stripes, you will learn much of the court arguments centered around remarks that then-citizen Trump made between 2014 and 2016. Now, at the time sentence was handed down, nothing was explained about how Nance arrived at his idea of a fair sentence, so we have no clue what was going on in the colonel’s head. The military usually doesn’t explain itself to the citizenry.
What we do “feel” though is that once again, someone in the government is pulling strings against the wishes of the people by, perhaps, holding Trump liable as an excuse to release private Bergdahl. Was Nance’s political views about Trump a factor in the sentence he handed down?
What about the due process of the parents, spouses or children of one of the six who died looking for a deserter?