Ft. Bragg – Bowe Bergdahl has plead guilty to desertion before a Judge at Fort Bragg in Fayetteville. The 31 year old Army Sergeant could face life in prison for his offense.
Bergdahl left his post in Afghanistan in June of 2009 and reportedly walked right into the hands of the Afghan Taliban. He was held in captivity for five years, until former President Barack Obama negotiated – with a terrorist organization that kills U.S. soldiers – his release. His release came with a heavy price, however.
Obama essentially traded Prisoners of War for Bergdahl. The trade consisted of five of senior Taliban operatives, for one deserter that, according to soldiers in his platoon, merely walked off base to seek out the enemy.
Soldiers died in the ensuing search for Bergdahl. Specifically, six soldiers’ deaths have been tied, either directly or indirectly, to the search for Bergdahl during his disappearance in Afghanistan.
Not to mention the damage to U.S. interests and the loss of innocent lives stemming from the release of the five Taliban members back into Middle East conflict zones where they had a short delay before they were free to return to the battlefield.
That’s why then-candidate Donald Trump called for Bergdahl’s execution as punishment for his crime. Bergdahl reportedly said he plead guilty because he did not believe he would receive a fair trial.