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Is Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl a deserter?

In the absence of facts and due process, it is premature to judge or assess the behavior of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl who is an E-5 sergeant. If he had a propensity for desertion, his platoon leader should have known something about the man as well as an alleged company commander who joined the criticism.

Was Bowe Bergdahl AWOL?
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If Bergdahl was AWOL in Afghanistan that may point to questioning his mental state as doing that would surely be as dangerous as it appears that it was. If he went AWOL to join the Taliban, the Taliban would likely have made more of that than simply making him a hostage prisoner. That is unless they determined that he was wacky.

One thing is certain from the report posted here from the Navy Times, the military community has no tolerance for deserters or anyone they believe might be. In the end, if America traded harmful captives for a deserter, the Obama administration will be hung by yet another mistake. Stay tuned.

“Military community reaction mixed to Bergdahl release
May. 31, 2014 - 06:26PM |

By Joe Gould, Staff writer

Though Americans may be celebrating the release of the only American soldier held prisoner in Afghanistan by the Taliban, the reaction of the military community has been mixed at best.

Within an hour of the announcement that Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was handed over to U.S. special forces by the Taliban Saturday evening, Army Times’ Facebook page lit up with hundreds of comments reacting to the news.

Most centered on the circumstances surrounding Bergdahl's capture, which remain something of a mystery. There has been some speculation that he willingly walked away from his unit, raising the question of whether he could be charged with being absent without leave (AWOL) or desertion.

Many angrily called Bergdahl a traitor or a deserter. Stephen Kirouac, calling Bergdahl a “dirtbag” and “sympathizer,” was among many who seized on that speculation to criticize the rescued soldier.

“He is a dirtbag that now should spend the next 20yrs+ in Leavenworth ... his fellow soldiers were affected by his actions, he is a sympathizer and deserves to be tried for desertion," said Kirouac, whose Facebook profile identifies him as a company commander at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

Many others felt no matter the circumstances, the military has a duty not to leave any of its members behind."

http://www.navytimes.com/article/20140531/NEWS/305310046/Military-community-reaction-mixed-Bergdahl-release