5 years of captivity
He has been struggling with English after his immersion in Afghanistan.
I hope he manages to re-assimilate into American life.
It would have been better if the President had not defied the law to
I will be interested in learning the circumstances in which Bergdahl was captured. He was not with his unit at the time.
Guantanamo is a disgrace to the civilized world and it's continued existence makes a mockery of any decent American's idea of "Justice"
If we had anything useful on the prisoners in Guantanamo, they would have been tried and sentenced by now anyway.
Innocent until proven guilty. Captive until proven "useful". It's a moral grey area anyway.
Arguably Guantanamo should not be still in use, but the issue, of course, is not so much as natural justice, because those being held there are being held as prisoners of war. If they are prisoners of war, there is no need for trial as they have broken no laws, per. se. and, once the war is over, they are released. The problem they have, though, is that America is not "At War" with another sovereign nation and, as such, the "enemy" cannot cede to them and have their soldiers returned. It is a grey area, should those who are plotting violence against a regime be detained or should we (royal 'we', here) wait until they attack and then detain those we catch? If they were plotting, and it is not on American (or British) soil, there is no way we can legally detain them except in a theatre of war, and only as prisoners of said war.
Five of his compatriots have stood up and condemned him as a traitor, He deserted his post took off his uniform and left his weapon, if true then the president needs a head check, it sounds like desertion to me. Also to home arm chair pundits if you have never been in a guerrilla style war its best not pass your opinion, the Taliban are 6th century thinking people with no compunction to any Geneva convention. Look how the Vietcong treat their Allied prisoners also the Japanese, the Asian mind set is not the same as ours in the West
This story grows by the day. His home town has just cancelled his homecoming celebration.
It is alleged that he had deserted before and was a known risk. One wonders if perhaps he has been brainwashed by the taliban and his subsequent
release has a hidden agenda. Still, only those who were there will know the truth.
Here is an article about the way military culture views deserters like Bergdahl, as contrasted with the way President Obama
thought his illegal actions would be applauded.
The article says that, for most of our history, the return of deserters was sought mainly so they could be shot or hanged.
The pickering post comments are interesting.
I think that nothing the American government does at that level is haphazard. There will be some value in the exchange for America, perhaps not in the return of their own but in the release of one or more that they are returning. Unless of course All Americans in government are as stupid as Republicans would have us believe. When you factor in the military intelligence, there must be some reason why America wanted the exchange.
George W. Bush never started any war--Saddam violated the truce which suspended the war which Saddam began with the invasion of Kuwait, and
hostilities resumed. As the facts came out later, Saddam had a secret arrangement with the French to use their UN Security Council veto to block any
new resolution, so he thought he could get away with breaking the truce. But, no new resolution was needed--he had violated resolutions which had
already been made.
The mission of removing Saddam and his thugs from control and governance WAS accomplished before the banner was placed. You don't get to choose a different mission and then complain about the banner because it doesn't match the mission which you would have set. Oh, I guess you could, if you want to make believe you have the authority to set the mission.
But, back to the original topic--Redwolf, how do you feel about trading the 5 highest al Quaeda terrorists in Gitmo for a U.S. Army deserter?
Moved to "the other side" for reasons becoming apparent....
He seems to be being tried by media - will he ever dare go home?
Apparently his parents have been subjected to abuse as well - which should not be allowed to happen. Whatever this soldier may/may not have done it is wrong to pillory his parents.
I won't be drug into an argument with someone who won't see the facts that Bush LIED to get his authorization from Congress.
All I have to say is Where are his Weapons of Mass Destruction?
And the US NEVER leaves a soldier behind, EVER.
But you've never served in the military so you wouldn't appreciate that.
Now go peddle your Faux News Bullcrap to someone who doesn't have the brain cells to know it IS Bullcrap.