Bergdahl could get $350k tax-free? This is one jacked-up situation.

The mysterious case of Army PFC Bowe Bergdahl continues to get even stranger. The very same person we were told was in such a severe medical condition that he had to be traded immediately for enemy combatants and without lawful consult with Congress, has been deemed fit to return to active duty service — and it seems with no effects of PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) whatsover.

So let me highlight the laughable hypocrisy. Bowe Bergdahl voluntarily walks off his combat outpost in Afghanistan, but those serving with true honor are receiving “pink slips?” You just cannot make this stuff up. Anyone wonder why there’s a lack of faith in our federal government?

PFC Bergdahl has been cleared and is being allowed to actually depart Ft. Sam Houston. As you know, I have a little experience in the Army — 22 years to be precise — and have been a commander. PFC Bergdahl should be immediately questioned as to his disappearance from his assigned duty post back in June 2009. His former platoon members should have already been questioned — not that there aren’t already sworn statements from a 2010 Pentagon report. Bergdahl should be advised of the impending investigation and placed on restriction to the unit area (barracks, chow hall, and assigned duty area).

However, Bergdahl is now able to leave the base and is escorted by his care team when he does. Fox News reports says “he recently visited a shopping mall to buy items for his computer and the group was seen at a local restaurant, according to people with knowledge of his movements.”

I find this all rather interesting considering, because U.S. Marine Corps Sergeant Andrew Tahmooressi is locked up in a Mexican jail, with no freedom to go out shopping or to a restaurant and the Obama administration is doing nothing. And by the way, Tahmooressi served two tours of combat duty and suffers from PTSD.

Also, it’s important to understand the punishment, according to the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ), for desertion in a combat zone is death. I’ve read reports that Bergdahl may be offered an “other than honorable discharge” in lieu of courts-martial — that would mean someone is already determining the result before the investigation is even complete.

However, Foxnews.com reports a very disturbing possibility, that “Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl could have a tax-free $350,000 dropped into his bank account if the current investigation into his disappearance from his base in Afghanistan was not desertion, and if he is deemed to have been a prisoner of war for the five years he was held by Islamic militants.

The 28-year-old soldier, for whom the U.S. traded five senior Taliban operatives held at Guantanamo Bay, was set to return to active duty Monday after spending six weeks in medical rehab at Fort Sam Houston, in San Antonio. “Essentially he’ll be working a desk job,” Pentagon spokesman Col. Steve Warren told reporters at the Pentagon Monday.” The evidence weighs heavily against Bergdahl but the real issue is the possibility of undue command influence to stem off a political embarrassment for the Obama administration.

My sincere love of the U.S. Army has no bounds but I am witnessing a PR nightmare for the Army — which I assert is not of their doing, but instead emanates from across the Potomac river from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue — probably from the pen and phone of one Valerie Jarrett.

Fox News says “Bergdahl was moved to the U.S. Army North command on Saturday. Under Army North, he will return to work and live in standard military barracks. He is being assigned to the protocol office, which assists soldiers in military procedures and etiquette” – ah, the irony of it all. “That’s the worst place to put him. They’re pulling his clearance so I’m not sure what he’s supposed to do,” said one Army official, speaking on the condition of anonymity as they were not authorized to publicly discuss the sergeant’s case.

Bergdahl’s status as a POW can only be determined by the Secretary of the Army — a political appointee — after the completion of the investigation into why he walked off his post in eastern Afghanistan in June 2009.

I find it amazing that we need to know why he walked off his post in June 2009. The fact is, he did, and it was beyond the 30-day period of AWOL (Absent Without Leave) and therefore he should have been classified as a deserter.

But the treatment he is receiving is a slap in the face to so many who have served honorably in Iraq and Afghanistan. Consider those men who were and are still incarcerated in Ft. Leavenworth. I doubt that Army 1LT Clint Lorance got all this special consideration. And Army 1LT Michael Behenna had to endure a prosecution that withheld exculpatory evidence in order to secure his conviction for killing a known al-Qaida terrorist, Ali Mansur. And don’t forget the Obama administration released Ali Musa Daqduq, a Hezbollah terroris,t responsible for the torture and deaths of five U.S. Army Soldiers.

This is one jacked up situation and just add it to the Obama administration’s growing list of scandals.

31 COMMENTS

  1. Col. West, surely you have the contacts to find out if there is, in fact, an Article 32 investigation either underway or in the offing. And if the answer to that is “no”, then your speculation about that commie hag in the WH almost certainly correct and a cover-up is under way..

      • Uh Huh Mr. Lee. And your qualifications to render such a judgment on the Colonel’s 22 yeas of service to this nation are what exactly? Where did you serve? For how long? MOS? Responsibility for othe troops? Really, please enlighten us.

  2. This just leaves me speechless! Which is a feat in and/of itself! We truly have a corrupt government being run by satan himself….and I’m not calling ovomit satan, just one of his demons! WOW!

      • You hit the nail on the head !! Anything Obama and his Flying Monkeys can do to harm the US is what they’re gonna do. They hate the US.

  3. Don’t we know this was not on the up and up at the very beginning? There is a lot more to this story than we will know for awhile and when we do it probably will be bad. He appears to be friendly with the radical Muslims and so does his father and maybe in cahoots with our prez. Like Mr West says “this is one jacked up situation” but I don’t think it should be treated as a scandal, it should be treated as a crime against America.

  4. Probably wouldn’t take much for him to feel pressured into taking a walk, and not coming back again.. do hope he winds up under the right Senior NCO

    • He either abandoned his post or he did not. Desertion. Every military person I have asked, says that is the determinate behavior for desertion. WHAT does that have to do with REPUBLICANS?

      • Clarence, it has nothing to do with Republicans. He’s a Leftist hack to the core. Piss on anything that comes from his type.

    • Because Democrats never judge people prematurely…… Good minion! I’m going to cook up some spam for you, naive lil left winger…..

  5. As a Navy Vet, I feel this is nothing but a POLITICAL Ploy, to make the Administration look Good! Why is he not in the Brig, waiting for a Court Martial? He is a Deserter. In Combat, you go No Where, without your Weapon!

  6. obama is a sick guy using the likes of one PFC Bergdahl to inflame the nation. This is also no doubt a slap in the face to military members who suffered severe injuries and enduring a long recuperation and to their families staying at the Fisher House just up the road from Bergdahl over at Brooks Army Medical Center.

  7. wOW!!! This can not be real, can it??? I never thought I could or would say this but here goes, to you lapdog Generals surrounding Obama shame on you….Your deceased West Point brothers are turning over in their graves….Disgraceful.

  8. Earl Lee, FYI, Bergdahl’s commanders & the other men who served with PFC Bergdahl at the FOB have all made the same statements as public record. PFC Bergdahl left his gun, body armour and walked off base, deserting his assigned post on a FOB in a combat zone. He put the lives of the entire base in harms way by leaving his post. Five men were killed in attempting to locate and rescue him.

    By trading PFC Bergdahl for these 5 Taliban commanders the Obama Administration put targets on the back of every American military personnel world wide.

    It’s not a Republican or Democrat problem what President Obama did was illegal and stupid.

      • Yeah, great idea. Lets afford this “possible deserter”, “possible traitor” and “possible collaborator” to walk freely among the civilian population.

  9. Hey Mr West… why don’t you wait for the military to conclude its investigation before passing judgment?
    i have faith that he will be held accountable.
    Just because you escaped justice by retiring to avoid prosecution doesn’t mean everyone escapes justice.

  10. Yeah, and it’s not like he could have not missed that thirty-day deadline now could he? How was he supposed to do that? Get the talibani permission to go and check in with his unit? And how about some due process here? And when did you get your masters in psychology to diagnose no PTSD? And one more thing, Lots of commanders weren’t that sharp, what makes you think you are any better?

  11. actually, West. If the army can determine when he was captured by the Talban, he automatically becomes a POW. If all those soldiers who died, died after that date, then they valiantly died looking for a POW, not MIA.

  12. “This is one jacked up situation and just add it to the Obama administration’s growing list of scandals.” I believe the proper terminology FUBAR would accurately describe the Obama administrations policies and how they are handling this matter……

  13. Obama has apparently ordered that the Army not try Bergdahl for desertion and to place him back in active status. And the Army has now decided to promote him and give him back pay. Is this the new doctrine for the DOD, to reward service members for desertion and treason ? Sees to be. If Congress sleeps thru this I am now convinced that the Obama regime is a determined enemy of the Constitution and to the United States of America, and that Congress is his co-conspirator. I am also convinced that future elections will be rigged thru vote fraud, manipulation of service members overseas ballots, and other means. The courts are under Obama’s control, and so legal challenges to Obama’s illegal acts will be deliberately denied or become bogged down in endless delays, virtually insuring the Obama regime’s complete subversion of the US government and the Constitution. Its becoming apparent to many that the only way to Constitutional law and therefore our country will be an overthrow of the regime by the peoples Constitutional Militia. Is such an event possible or winnable ? Yes, but it will take every able bodied American man and woman with the assistance of honorable LEO and military who understand their allegiance is to the Constitution and not to Obama, or other Tyrant.

  14. This “man” should be tried and sentenced for his actions. I am sickened that he was treated with kid gloves after his transition to the Army base. I am pissed off to find out that $5BILLION USD was paid for this P.O.S. by the Criminal in chief

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