Oh my. Well, we’ll be debating this for quite a while now, I presume. The talk and the arguments by pundits right and left will go on and on. Another stellar moment in the Obama administration. Of course, I’m talking about the Bo Bergdahl situation. Here’s a few things that bother me about it.
Of course, the judgments are yet to be made. At some point he should be given his due process. Yet, one of the most important things to me is what the fellow soldiers that served with him are saying. When they come out and throw you under the bus, it’s a problem. If you walk off your job as a civilian, you simply lose your job. You can’t do that in the military. People can die if you do that. That’s why military members are held to a different standard, called “The Uniform Code of Military Justice.” Below is an excerpt from the UCMJ, “Article 85. Desertion.”
Article 85. Desertion
10. Punitive Articles
(a) Any member of the armed forces who–
(1) without authority goes or remains absent from his unit, organization, or place of duty with intent to remain away therefrom permanently;
(2) quits his unit, organization, or place of duty with intent to avoid hazardous duty or to shirk important service; or
(3) without being regularly separated from one of the armed forces enlists or accepts an appointment in the same or another on of the armed forces without fully disclosing the fact that he has not been regularly separated, or enters any foreign armed service except when authorized by the United States; is guilty of desertion.
(b) Any commissioned officer of the armed forces who, after tender of his resignation and before notice of its acceptance, quits his post or proper duties without leave and with intent to remain away therefrom permanently is guilty of desertion.
(c) Any person found guilty of desertion or attempt to desert shall be punished, if the offense is committed in time of war, by death or such other punishment as a court-martial may direct, but if the desertion or attempt to desert occurs at any other time, by such punishment, other than death, as a court-martial may direct.
Pretty serious shit right there.
Apparently, the Obama administration had no idea of the firestorm they were about to create. That’s puzzling in itself.
The administration is already trotting out B.S to try to make things better. Unbelievably, the media is already advancing what I believe to be an Obama administration attempt to make it better by saying ‘he tried to escape.’ It may not matter. If he’s found guilty of Article 85 it doesn’t matter if he was captured by the Taliban, found out they live a shitty existence, and tried to escape. The crime under the UCMJ was already committed. And again, the thing that strikes me most is what his fellow soldiers are saying. If you’re in the military, you stick up for each other. It’s the biggest, most exclusive club in the world, and if you’re in it, you’ll stick up for your guys to a fault. If your guys are not sticking up for you….
The administration is engaged in damage control as if they didn’t have an idea of what the situation was before they made the deal. Unbelievable. Now, I just saw they have Susan Rice out making statements. So, they’re having the same women that lied to us about Benghazi make statements about Bergdahl? Seriously, are these people that dumb? And to make it worse, here’s the quote they put under her face while she was saying it on CNN, “Bo Bergdahl served honorably.” Oh my. From a practical standpoint, you just can’t say that at this point. From a political standpoint, I’m stunned she would say such a thing. If he’s brought back and convicted for violation of Article 85, this headline will surpass all the lies she told about Benghazi. Please, get Susan Rice out of my face.
The other thing that sticks out to me is this: Even if he’s guilty, I support bringing him back, but I don’t support how it was done. The administration comes off looking like a clown-car fire drill yet again.
Here’s the thing, we dealt with a group. Not a country. Not a nation. We dealt with people who have an “office” in Qatar. We, the United States of America, dealt with not a country or a nation, but for all practical purposes, a group of thugs. These people destroyed religious symbols in Afghanistan, subjugate woman, engaged in decapitations and public shootings. Remember the video of the woman they shot in the soccer stadium for “adultery?” This is who we dealt with. Or even worse, didn’t deal with them. We apparently went so far as to allow them to determine the terms. What? We could have at least made them take Jane Fonda and Sean Penn, at least I would have felt like we got something out of the deal. I’d even throw in Alec Baldwin and Michael Moore. Hey, that’s one blockbuster right there! (Ok, I feel bad including Alec with this group. He’s just an a-hole).
The failure of the Obama administration is evident in many places, not the least of which is effective foreign policy. I suspect that the philosophy of one like Obama and those like him just prevent them from understanding the Unites States’ place in the world, and how to use that effectively and humanely. As a result, we wind up being weak, ineffectual, and that lands us in messes that should have never happened.
At the end of Jimmy Carter’s presidency, Americans were taken hostage by Iran. Sixty-six American diplomats and citizens were held hostage for 444 days (November 4, 1979, to January 20, 1981).
The hostages were formally released into United States custody just minutes after the new president, Ronald Reagan, was sworn into office at his inaugaration. I’m sure some scholars could give long, erudite arguments for why this happened other than the reason I believe. These would be the same people that refuse to give Reagan credit for ending the cold war. What I believe is this: that the Iranians had done their homework, and knew that Ronald Reagan was going to kick them in the balls if they didn’t release the hostages.
I was wrong about Barrack Obama. When he was elected, I said “Well, he can’t be worse than Jimmy Carter.”