Bowe Bergdahl, the despicable piece of garbage who deserted his post in Afghanistan because he disagreed with the war, received his sentence yesterday. You’re not going to like it.
Was five years in Taliban captivity enough punishment? The military judge in Bowe Bergdahl’s court-martial for desertion and misbehavior before the enemy has apparently reached that conclusion. Bergdahl will get a dishonorable discharge at a lower rank and forfeit his back pay, but will leave the military a free man otherwise:
Nance repeatedly ruled that he could give Bergdahl a fair hearing and sentence despite repeated comments from his commander in chief Donald Trump on the case. Nance may have felt the need to bend over backwards to demonstrate the independence of military justice, or he may simply have concluded that Bergdahl had served as a political football for long enough. It doesn’t make a lot of sense as a punishment, especially in the context of the need to maintain military discipline. Bergdahl’s Taliban captivity was entirely Bergdahl’s doing. All this does is make a dishonorable discharge the only consequence of desertion, which basically makes the action its own punishment.
Colonel Jeffery R. Nance, the judge presiding over the court-martial admitted President Trump’s harsh, but honest comments about the case almost guaranteed leniency. Apparently Nance meant it. In short, Nance went soft on Bergdahl to stick it to Trump.
Personally, I think this entire ordeal is a big black stain on the armed forces, and in my opinion, the U.S. Army takes a huge credibility hit.