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Dec. 23, 2014

Bergdahl’s Fate Soon to Be Determined

Now that Army deserter Bowe Bergdahl is back on U.S. soil, his fate rests with a four-star Army general at Fort Bragg. The New York Times reports, “A Pentagon statement on Monday said the military’s investigation of the sergeant’s disappearance had been forwarded to Gen. Mark Milley, the commander of Army Forces Command, who will ‘determine appropriate action – which ranges from no further action to convening a court-martial.’” Bergdahl disappeared from his post on June 30, 2009, and was subsequently captured by the Taliban. The Times notes, “The Army recently finished its investigation, by Maj. Gen. Kenneth R. Dahl, and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, were briefed last week on the findings and on how the Army plans to proceed. A military official briefed on the report said that General Dahl had made ‘findings of fact’ but had not make any specific recommendations on whether or how the Army should discipline the sergeant.” The politics will be tricky, because the commander in chief secured Bergdahl’s freedom from the Taliban by releasing five jihadis from Gitmo. The military can’t very well make Barack Obama look bad worse by giving Bergdahl much more than a slap on the wrist. More…

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