It was disappointing to read that the long-awaited court martial of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, accused of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy, has been delayed. The new date will move the proceedings to February 2017 and thus outside the purview of the current Commander-in-Chief.
I was saddened that legal prognosticators were already making charges of “undue command influence” against Donald Trump for his negative comments in regards to Bergdahl. Last I looked, “the Donald” was still a private citizen and as such has the right to his own personal opinion.
The pendulum of justice swings both ways. President Obama drew public attention to the Bergdahl’s affair from the onset. He brought Bergdahl’s parents to a White House Rose Garden ceremony where he went on national television to announce Bergdahl’s release.
The cost was widely seen as excessive as five Taliban commanders imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay were exchanged for Bergdahl.
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The president’s national security adviser, Susan Rice, proclaimed that Bergdahl had served “the United States with honor and distinction.”
The legal process had been drawn out and handled with kid gloves; a function of perceived scrutiny for above. Unlike Bergdahl’s military service, it seems that everyone involved has gone above the call of duty to ensure T’s were crossed and I’s dotted.
Could the president take matters into his own hands and outright pardon Bergdahl on his way out the White House door? Stranger things have happened.
Bill Malec, O’Fallon