Bowe Bergdahl

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Not all soldiers are heroes. Not all deserters are cowards.

Bergdahl’s act was not one of cowardice. It was of conscience.
That, however, matters not. He signed a contract. That contract bound him to his duty. He shirked that duty.
The more honorable path would have been to serve out and depart. Hundreds of thousands have done so. I did this.
He took a path of dishonor. His actions placed other lives in danger. He deserves punishment. The punishment for desertion can be death. If he is murdered by the State for his crimes, it will be his own doing.
Civilized society is nothing more than controlled barbarism. Anyone who thinks otherwise is either insane or ignorant.

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I spent a decade in the military. I never deserted. I’ll throw a stone at him.

Bergdahl is exactly what irks me about many of our young people today. They want all of the benefits without any of the responsibilities. Bergdahl signed a contract.

I don’t believe he should be put to death for desertion.

However, his desertion caused others to be placed in harms way and to die. He may well have caused harm to come to other Americans by divulging information to the taliban.

If his actions caused the deaths of American citizens, should he not be given the same fate? If he caused the taliban to be able to kill Americans by his actions, should he pay no price for that crime.

I don’t care how troubled he was with the war in Afghanistan or some of his fellow Americans. If his desertion and subsequent actions caused Americans to die, should he not be punished?

If I caused your son or daughter to be killed through my willful, negligent actions would you simply forgive me?

I’m not going to call this guy a coward. I believe it took courage to walk off of the FOB and into the unknown that is the Afghan countryside. I know. I’ve been out there.

That said, his actions were selfish. His actions were negligent. He had moral reservations. He should have taken them up the chain of command. I’ve called folks out in Afghanistan for their treatment of the Afghans. I’ve called folks out for their attitudes towards the Afghans.

Bottom line is that Bowe Bergdahl signed a contract. He was fine with benefiting from said contract. When it came time to fulfill his side of the bargain, he balked. The military is not like other jobs. The consequences can and often times are more serious than working at McDonald’s, Google, GE or Best Buy. An individuals decisions can affect the lives of many.

Bergdahl’s actions likely caused the deaths of several Americans. Bergdahl’s actions caused Obama to make decisions on an international level in releasing 5 taliban ranking personnel who may murder more Americans, Afghans and others.

Is Bergdahl somehow above consequences?

Agree or disagree with the Afghan War, it matters not. Bergdahl’s actions have consequences. That weight is heavy. There is a price to pay for such actions and for the consequences of said actions.

Bergdahl is not exempt.

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