BREAKING: Army Lt. Colonel Announces How the US Military Just DEFIED Barack H. Obama
Thinking they would receive fanfare, but instead stirring up controversy, the White House negotiated a prisoner swap with the Taliban last year which saw the return of a captured U.S. soldier in exchange for the release of five senior Taliban terrorists from the Guantanamo Bay detention site.
Now, nearly a year later, and despite immense pressure from the White House to do otherwise, the Army officially charged Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl with desertion and misbehaving in the face of the enemy, charges which could land him in prison for life.
“I’m very proud of the U.S. Army, because this is clearly a case of the Army standing up to all the pressure the Obama administration could bring to bear,” said retired Lt. Col. Ralph Peters, who has been an outspoken critic of the prisoner swap.
“The Obama administration, I can tell you, has been fighting tooth and nail to get the Army to cook the books and reduce the charge to AWOL or less,” Peters continued. “But, my God … at least some of the generals showed some backbone, stood up, and said, ‘No, this really matters.'”
Bergdahl was brought back to the U.S. in May of last year, and the Obama administration held him up as an honorable soldier who had served with distinction, a vastly different story from that told by the platoon mates he had served with.
Peters said that the Army had to stand up and resist efforts by the Obama administration to sweep this under the rug and let Bergdahl off with a slap on the wrist, as that would have set a dangerous precedent that desertion is no big deal.
“So, the bottom line, it’s not about Bergdahl, it’s about a greater principle that you cannot just abandon your post in the face of the enemy,” said Peters.
If Bergdahl had been allowed to get off with a relative slap on the wrist, the military would almost assuredly see an increase in cases of desertion and soldiers going AWOL, as they would be under the assumption that they wouldn’t get in much trouble for abandoning their unit and fellow troops.
Hopefully, Bergdahl’s court martial commences soon. We wish no ill will towards Bowe Bergdahl but simply want to see him held accountable for whatever actions he willfully and knowingly committed.
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