Couldn’t Happen to a Nicer Guy

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It’s beginning to look like Bowe Bergdahl’s only hope of seeing the free world again may be a Barack Obama pardon.

Bergdahl is the soldier who deserted his post in Afghanistan, putting his fellow squad members at risk and costing the lives of half-dozen US soldiers in the search for him after his desertion. He’s also the guy that Obama administration mouthpiece Susan Rice said this about.

“He served the United States with honor and distinction…” If you ever had any question about Barack Obama’s utter disgust for all things military just listen to that again.

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He’s also the guy Barack Obama traded five top alQaeda terrorists for. Hell of a deal Mr. President.

Military prosecutors have reached into a section of military law seldom used since World War II in the politically fraught case against Army Sgt Bowe Bergdahl, the soldier held prisoner for years by the Taliban after leaving his post in Afghanistan.

Earlier this year Bergdahl was charged with desertion after the deal brokered by the United States to bring him home. And now he has also been charged with misbehavior before the enemy, a much rarer offense that carries a stiffer potential penalty in this case.

The “misbehavior” charge carries the possibility of a life sentence. I’d prefer hanging, but life in Leavenworth is good.

Needless to say, Bergdahl’s attorney is whining.

Bergdahl’s attorney, Eugene Fidell, has argued his client is being charged twice for the same action, saying in a previous television interview that ‘it’s unfortunate that someone got creative in drafting the charge sheet and figured out two ways to charge the same thing’.

The scholars say that’s a valid issue for Fidell to bring up in court, but it may not sway military authorities.

‘The question is: Is it a piling on?‘ said Jeffrey K. Walker, a St. John’s University law professor, retired Air Force officer and former military lawyer.

Perhaps we should ask the families of …

  • Staff Sergeant Clayton Bowen, 29, of San Antonio, Texas;
  • Private 1st Class Morris Walker, 23, of Chapel Hill, N.C.;
  • Staff Sergeant Kurt Curtiss, 27, of Murray, Utah;
  • 2nd Lieutenant Darryn Andrews, 34, of Dallas, Texas;
  • Staff Sergeant Michael Murphrey, 25, of Snyder, Texas;
  • Private 1st Class Matthew Martinek, 20, of DeKalb, Ill..

These six honorable men were killed looking for Bowe Bergdahl. And no, this Marine Corps dad doesn’t thing the charge sheet is “piling on.”

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Michael Becker is a long time activist and a businessman. He's been involved in the pro-life movement since 1976 and has been counseling addicts and ministering to prison inmates since 1980. Becker is a Curmudgeon. He has decades of experience as an operations executive in turnaround situations and in mortgage banking. He blogs regularly at The Right Curmudgeon, The Minority Report, Wizbang, Unified Patriots and Joe for America. He lives in Phoenix and is almost always armed.

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