It was pretty clear that Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was, at the very least, AWOL. It was far more likely, from the evidence provided by his Army mates who attempted to find him, that Bergdahl was a deserter. In case we’ve forgotten, desertion in time of war is punishable by execution. But let’s leave that for the time being; it’s not been proven in a court-martial that Bergdahl did desert. Due process and all of that.
But it was clear to anyone who has ever served in the military that what Bergdahl did was desertion. A despicable act in peace; an act that can cost lives in war. In this instance, Bergdahl’s actions, no matter what they are called in legal terms, apparently did result in the deaths of some of our servicemen who were sent on patrol to find him.
This was all known at the time of the infamous swap last year. Or should have been. But, in his rush to close our prison at Gitmo, Obama approved the swap. The best spin I can put on the action was that Obama, having made a campaign promise to close Gitmo, was not about to let anything stand in his way. Nevermind that those released are not unlikely to once again get into the business of killing Americans.
From the Daily Beast:
The five Guantanamo detainees released by the Obama administration in exchange for America’s last prisoner of war in Afghanistan, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, are bad guys. They are top Taliban commanders the group has tried to free for more than a decade.
According to a 2008 Pentagon dossier on Guantanamo Bay inmates, all five men released were considered to be a high risk to launch attacks against the United States and its allies if they were liberated.
Now, from the U.S. Constitution, Article III, Section 3, the definition of treason:
Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying war against them, or in adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort.
What might an objective observer call the release of five hard-core terrorists in exchange for a probable Army deserter? Does this not fit the common-sense definition of “aid and comfort?”
I say it does.