Rose Garden honoree Bowe Bergdahl to be charged with desertion

Eight months after his father joyfully exclaimed “bism allah alrahman alraheem” next to President Obama on the lawn of the Rose Garden, and six months after National Security Advisor Susan Rice referred to Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl as having served with “honor and distinction,” officials say Bergdahl will be charged with desertion.

According to the officials, and reported by NBC News, “the desertion charges would be based on allegations that Bergdahl abandoned his remote outpost in June 2009 to avoid hazardous duty or important service, which are grounds for charges of desertion under the Uniform Military Code of Justice, or UCMJ. According to one senior official, Bergdahl’s actions in Afghanistan go well beyond the lesser offense of AWOL, absent without leave, because he allegedly abandoned his post “in the middle of a combat zone, potentially putting the lives of his fellows soldiers at risk.”

“The charges will apparently not allege that Bergdahl left with the intent never to return. Bergdahl was reportedly captured by the Haqqani terrorist network in Pakistan. He was released in a prisoner swap for five Taliban commanders held at Guantanamo Bay in May.”

Wow, that was a heckuva trade, wasn’t it? Our nation can’t even do a decent prisoner swap. Sure makes me feel confident about negotiations with Iran.

“While a court martial could lead to imprisonment, defense and military officials tell NBC News it is likely Bergdahl would be given consideration for the 5 years he spent in captivity and be permitted to leave the Army with a “less than honorable discharge.” If accepted, Bergdahl would be denied as much as $300 thousand in back pay and bonuses, and reduced in rank to at least Private First Class, the rank he held when he disappeared from his outpost in Afghanistan.”

Just to refresh your memory about the disgraceful handling of this case, and the deliberate obfuscation from the most transparent administration in history, here are the top eight lies about the Bergdahl case, as we reported last year:

#1: Bergdahl was very sick – no he just had poor hygiene.

#2: The Taliban threatened to kill Bergdahl – even Sen. Dianne Feinstein said there was no credible intel on that.

#3: The administration informed Congress about the swap – well, if you count the discussion about prisoner transfer several years ago.

#4: The U.S. didn’t negotiate with terrorists – Ambassador Susan Rice said by negotiating through the government of Qatar, they weren’t negotiating with terrorists — except Qatar wasn’t holding Bergdahl captive, the Haqqani Network was. The Obama administration officially designated the Haqqani Network a terrorist group in 2012.

#5: Berghdal served with honor and distinction – if you count the distinction of being the only American soldier to desert his post in Afghanistan and walk into the arms of the enemy.

#6: The release of the terrorists poses little to no risk to the U.S. – Just days after being released from GITMO, family members of one of the five detainees released by the United States told NBC news that the former Taliban commander, Mullah Norullah Nori, planned to return to the fight in Afghanistan.

#7: The five terrorists released from Guantanamo Bay will be under U.S. monitoring – Qatari government officials would beg to differ and said the deal that was reached did not allow for U.S. monitoring of the detainees, and that they would be free to move about the country while they remained in Qatar.

#8: This was the “last, best chance” to bring Bergdahl home – Maybe, but to date, the Taliban have failed to engage in any meaningful peace talks with the U.S. or the government of Afghanistan. So why this time?

115 Comments

  1. I thought about commenting but really I am speechless. Everyone I knew thought this was BS from the beginning…

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  2. He deserves nothing less than a firing squad. Seven rifles… seven bullets.

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    • Pretty sure that the UCMJ calls for a hanging.

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      • he faces 5 years in prison…won’t serve a day

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        • Not unless hussein the dog eater steps in and gives his raghead hide special treatment:

          “Any person found guilty of desertion or attempt to desert shall be
          punished, if the offense is committed in time of war, by death or such
          other punishment as a court-martial may direct, but if the desertion or
          attempt to desert occurs at any other time, by such punishment, other
          than death, as a court-martial may direct.” Joint Service Committee on Military Justice (2012). “Article 85—Desertion”. Manual for Courts-Martial United States (2012 Edition). Fort Belvoir, Virginia: United States Army Publishing Directorate. pp. IV–10 – IV–13.

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          • The president will not have to step in…this will be the decision of the army

          • When has that ever stopped him?

          • Anyway!

      • The death penalty under the UCMJ is via lethal injection under Army Regs. http://www.fas.org/irp/doddir/army/r190_55.pdf Supposed to take place at the DB at Ft Leavenworth. But could occur at the Death Chamber at USP Terre Haute.

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    • Seven rifles and 70 bullets or however many they can hold.

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  3. So basically he let go of six radical Islamic’s?

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    • Not just radical Islamists. These are dyed in the wool terrorists.

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  4. I remember the leftist freaks treating Bergdahl like a hero and making excuse after excuse about this traitor….where are their big mouths now?

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    • Yes and trying to discredit the guys he served with who were actually THERE and watches this traitors actions in the days leading up to when he WALKED AWAY. These honorable men are the heroes in this story and not one has ever waivered in their story even when being bullied by this administration.

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      • What’s sick are those who died trying to save this traitor!

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        • VERY sick!! It’s a shame they went after him! He left on his own accord and should have been written off!

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        • I just heard on the news that 6 soldiers died while searching for this low life! 1 soldier is too many but 6 is indefensible by anyone no matter how you try to float it.

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    • I don’t remember anyone treating him like a hero

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      • Of course you dont, loco tio ruckus.

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    • The WORST part was Obama hosting his parents at the White House and looking proud that they were Muslim!

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  5. Poorly written. You make a big deal about some individual blathering something in what, Arabic? While the fraud nods inanely looking on. Is he “speaking in tongues”? Is there a translation? What is he saying? What does it mean?

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    • It means “in the name of Allah the most gracious and most merciful”

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      • Thank you.

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  6. And the SOB, didn’t want to come back…he was crying like a little girl in the truck while being comforted by some other scum..

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    • Maybe they will put him in the same cell as the other crybaby Army girl, Bradley Manning? They can while away the long years commiserating with one another, doing each other’s hair, having their monthly cycles synch up together…

      As a disabled combat veteran of Afghanistan, who spent more time outside the wire than the turd spent in-country before his desertion;and as a former part of the Military Intelligence Community… I would be happiest if these two oxygen thieves were hanged.

      -97E 504th Parachute Infantry 82nd Airborne US ARMY 98-05 WIA Afghanistan

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      • Thank you for your service! You have my respect and I totally support our service people and feel your opinions and feelings on matters like this should be held in much higher regard than our government seems to think. Believe me, Our country is so proud of you guys and hope you get every good and wonderful thing in your life that you so richly deserve! There is a lot of love out here for all of you.

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      • Ever notice that the only “troops” the dumb ass liberals end up supporting are ones like manning, bird dog, Hasan Karim Akbar (born Mark Fidel Kools) and Nidal Malik Hasan

        If member of the US Armed Forces does his or her job and kills the enemy, or preserves the lives of their comrades, they are, accordin to the dumb ass liberals, war cirminals, murderers, cowards, deranged, etc.

        And thank you for your service to our country especially your time in that shithole of a sandbox.

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        • Just a slight correction: The Sandbox is Iraq. We called Afghanistan “the Stan”. Though others may have said and done otherwise. Just saying.

          I’m actually thankful that I stayed in Afghanistan. Iraq was not a good place for a soldier… where we had Taliban attacks in Afghanistan, Iraq had IEDs and other such tomfoolery. At least with Taliban attacks, you can actually fight back (provided we don’t have ridiculous ROEs).

          I’m not going to comment on the treatment of good soldiers and marines. I’m too tired to go down that particular road of thought AGAIN.

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  7. Which one of you voted for this President in the first place?

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    • Don’t blame me…..I didn’t vote for him

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      • I’m still laughing at your reply!

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    • I did not, but would be embarrassed to admit it.

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    • No vote here but I do know folks that did but vehemently deny it now. It’s understandable.

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    • I can account for every Presidential election since 1996 (my first).
      1996 I voted (regretfully) for William Clinton.
      2000 I voted for George W Bush.
      2004 I voted for George W Bush.
      2008 I voted for John McCain.
      2012 I voted for Mitt Romney.

      Sadly, I think that I voted for Babs Boxer in 96. I have learned from my mistake.

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      • Certainly not me! I have voted for Goldwater, Nixon, Ford, Reagan
        Reagan, Bush, Bush, Bush, Bush, McCain and Romney

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      • Good record!

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      • I voted for her in 98 having been a third party candidate that ran against her the first time she ran for Congress in 82. I voted third party, Eugene McCarthy, first time I voted in 76. For Jimmy the Jerk in 80, Mondale in 84 and Dukakis in 88. President Bush in 92–took my 3 year son to the polls with me. Bill in 96 and Al Gore in 00. GOP every time since then, W in 04, McCain in 08 and Mitt in 12. Last voted for Democrat in 08. Ever since then I have voted a straight GOP ticket–did good this last election as i ended with Joni Ernst as my Junior US Senator.

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        • At least you have come back to the light.

          I thankfully grew up in a military family, my father being retired service (24 years), his father being retired service (32 years – both Korea & Vietnam), my other grandfather having served on a destroyer in the Pacific War… my great granddad an Army Cavalryman in WW1 France (back when they still rode horses). They raised me right, with a healthy respect for authority while not being brain dead and reliant on said authority.

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          • My dad is a VN vet who hasnt let me in his house since I refused to vote for hussein the dog eater.

          • Yeah. My old housemate, a Vietnam Marine combat vet, was an ardent Democrat. You couldn’t even discuss your disagreement with his policies in his presence.

            To be honest, I would have told your dad that you voted for the Vietnam veteran (McCain) and not Hussein.

          • He knew that. He knew I had voted for McCain in the Iowa caucuses in 08 as I had voted for him in the 00 California Primary He did not like McCain.

  8. WTH is a “bism allah”?

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  9. Desertion in wartime? Deserves the death penalty.

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  10. Seems a little fishy to me. Why would we make a trade for someone who wanted to denounce his citizenship and spent most of his time overseas with the locals instead of his own men. Why didn’t the Taliban kill him, they had him for 5 years and weren’t getting anywhere with us? Why not make a point by killing him? Seems to me like he turned on his country while he was there and switched sides? I think treason is what he should be charged with!

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    • I absolutely agree. I don’t see why this treason isn’t pursued.

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    • I think he was being trained & shown how help them with their terriost attacks when they are ready to move on u.

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    • We don’t know.
      It also seems reasonable that keeping him alive was a good bargaining chip investment on their part.

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      • Or maybe he was screaming “aloha snackbar”, etc. right along with the Taliban. And, BTW, I know the stuff they really say, I just refuse to type it or say it.

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  11. GOOD!!! Let him get the justice he deserves!!

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  12. What will happen with him? Does anyone know yet???

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    • Under an Obama presidency….he’ll probably be pardoned of any wrong doing.

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      • I would almost bet on it

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  13. Mr West seems to forget that we don’t leave our men behind… even deserters.
    Getting him back was the right thing to do… so is investigating him and, if warranted, which seems likely, prosecuting him.

    There is an old saying…
    “he may be a son-of-a-b!tch, but he’s our son-of-a-b!tch”

    it is unfortunate that he will likely never be held legally accountable for the casualties that were suffered as a result of his desertion.

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    • Wow Brendan, I agree with you….but you are leaving out one important point. Never, ever should we free terrorists for one of ours! That’s where Obama went wrong. When you become a deserter, no action that puts our men in harms way should be made to get you back.

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      • I am also not happy with the five to one prisoner swap.
        i am not supporting that action.

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        • The whole administration is working against the Constitution …

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          • TIN FOIL HAT ALERT! !!

          • Head up punk azz alert!

    • Pardon me, but what about our Marine that was “left behind” by this administration!? He DESERVED to be rescued from that Mexican prison, but your president did NOTHING!

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      • Huge difference.
        Bergdahl, though a deserter, was being held as a prisoner of war by our enemy
        Tahmoressi was a civilian (veteran) who was arrested for committing a crime (and going through the judicial system) in a friendly nation.
        tahmoressi was not left behind.
        like many Americans in friendly nations, he was arrested for breaking the law and he was treated properly and had his day in court.

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        • He SOUGHT after them, they weren’t holding him! You have believed a LIE, but thank God, our government hasn’t!

          INDEED, Tamoressi was left behind! Obama didn’t raise a frikken finger to get him out of that rotten prison! He is an American hero, Bergdahl is a deserter!!

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          • Sought after them?
            Are you talking about the rumor that Bergdahl sought out the Taliban?
            That may be true.
            I’m looking forward to seeing what the investigation determined, which should be revealed when the charges are announced, before jumping to conclusions.

          • He DID seek the Taliban! And 6 soldiers lost their lives trying to bring him back.

          • It is suspected, and has been repeated without evidence, that he sought out the Taliban.
            if that were true, I’m sure the military investigators would have found that out and it will be part of the charges.

            And as I wrote in my initial comment…
            “it is unfortunate that he will likely never be held legally accountable
            for the casualties that were suffered as a result of his desertion.”

          • He TOLD his platoon that’s what he wanted to do and 6 of them testified to the fact.

          • I have heard that some suspected that but I never heard any of them said that Bergdahl flat out told them he was seeking out the Taliban.
            That’s interesting.
            Do you have a link for that?

          • No, I watched it over the course of several evenings on TV.
            It’s probably online, maybe youtube . . .

          • Unless he was on his way to the airport to buy a one way ticket home….I will believe he sought out the enemy.

        • Tahmoressi wasn’t treated properly and the president should have done something about it, instead it took Montel Williams to get him out. That is disgusting on Obama’s fault.

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          • Greta VanSusteren also worked hard to get him out. Both of them succeeded. Obama didn’t lift a finger. He’s an ATROCIOUS human being!

          • Yes she did!

        • We don’t know that he was being held a prisoner at all! He WALKED AWAY in the night from his barracks. He wasn’t captured, he wasn’t out on a mission and fell behind or got lost. He WALKED AWAY after dark from his barracks and they started getting reports a U.S. soldier was asking how to find the Taliban. He was seen interacting freely out in the open with them happy! He didn’t appear to be under duress or anyones control. All the guys he served with tell the same thing. He deserted. They don’t waiver from this and they are angry. Maybe we shouldn’t leave him behind I don’t know but I do know that giving back 5 high level terrorist and losing 6 of our heroes is definitely not worth having him back when he obviously chose that way of life over ours. Period.

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          • Actually, we do know that he was being held prisoner.
            We also know that he walked away from his post.
            Everything else is known by the Army investigators

            he deserted and he will face justice for at least that, maybe more.
            I am also not happy with the exchange.
            i am happy we got him back so he can face our justice… I am not happy with how we got him back.

          • Brenda, if YOU know he was being held prisoner, you’re the ONLY one who knows!

          • No… the US military knew he was being held prisoner and so did the government and so did the Taliban who were holding him.

            that he was being held prisoner is not in dispute.
            What investigators wanted to know was how he came to be a prisoner and how he was treated and if he cooperated with the enemy.

            Are you actually saying he wasn’t in the hands of the enemy?

          • I’m saying he was in their company. He was with them. He didn’t try to leave them and he had opportunity. So yes he was in their hands. He was holding their hands.

          • He wasn’t being “held” he was shacking up.

          • He walked away – by choice
            He sought out the Taliban – by choice
            6 Soldiers died trying to find him.

            He CHOSE to live with the enemy!

        • Tahmoressi wasn’t committing a crime. He told them he had the guns at the same time he told them he was lost. Telling the truth and trying to show he wasn’t a threat got him arrested. Don’t you ever watch any of the news?

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          • Tahmoressi did commit a crime.
            the guns were illegal in Mexico.
            That’s a crime.
            Did he have an excuse?… maybe.
            You can reasonably argue hat he did not intend to commit a crime.. but he still did.

            Did the Mexican court system put him through the system and treat him fairly?
            Yes.
            He wasn’t left to rot.
            he was in jail in Mexico and had his day in court… just like any other American that commits a crime in another country.

            Also, he was caught lying to investigators so he did not tell the truth and even admitted, after changing lawyers, that he lied in his original story about not already crossing into Mexico

          • He didn’t go INTO Mexico purposely! Greta showed how easy it is to take a wrong turn and not be about to turn around, then HAVE to enter Mexico. He didn’t commit a crime. If you believe that, you must watch Communist News Net. (CNN)…

          • Actually Greta got it wrong and Tahmooressi admitted he made that story up.

            his original story that he didn’t mean to go to Mexico and that he crossed the border accidentally and had never been there before were all proven false.

            he went to Mexico earlier that day and checked into a hotel in Tijuana. He then went back to the US to pick up his stuff and come back… that’s when he was stopped.
            When investigators found proof he checked into a hotel earlier that day, he admitted that was true and said his lawyer told him to lie about accidentally crossing the border.
            He fired that lawyer and got another

            http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/Marine-Mexico-Arrest-Gun-Border-Andrew-Tahmooressi-San-Diego-262949291.html

            http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/may/13/tahmooressi-lawyer-customs-tijuana-weapons/?#article-copy

          • WRONG. That’s what you get from going to your liberal, low-information sites.

          • Did you even read the links?
            tahmooressi admitted he lied and that he was in Mexico earlier that day.
            he blamed it on bad advice from his lawyer.
            Are you calling Tahmooressi’s own words or admission false?
            Liberal low information sites?

            Here…
            This is FOX News (are they a liberal site?)
            This is Tahmooressi and your beloved Greta with Tahmooressi saying he was in Mexico earlier that day
            http://nation.foxnews.com/2014/05/31/record-exclusive-jailed-marine-mexico-sgt-andrew-tahmooressi-tells-his-story-greta

          • [[ Tahmoressi did commit a crime.]]

            He did? Whats was the verdict? Oh that’s right. He was released from jail, no verdict.

        • Wrong Brenda. Your POS pal Bowe went to them of his own free will.

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    • Bergdahl wasn’t left behind, he ran away and we gave up five psychopaths to gain custody so that he could be tried for his crimes.

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    • w only get back deserter not Marines in Mexican jails

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    • Oh look everyone!! We found an internet troll!!

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      • Well, an internet troll is someone who offers no opinion on a subject and just pops up on a message board to throw personal insults.
        So that would make you the troll.
        Now did you have something grown-up to add to the discussion or did you just come to hurl insults?

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    • Atta punk Brenda! Sukk that deserter off. The give ISIS a blow job.

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    • Yes we do leave them behind sometimes, they’re called POWs-MIAs and sometimes deserters and defectors

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  14. To trade for him like we did almost makes me think Bergdahl may have been a plant.

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  15. Despite several reports that Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl would face desertion charges – the subject of persistent speculation since the controversial 2014 prisoner swap that set five Taliban members free from detention at Guantánamo Bay – the Army said on Tuesday that “there have been no actions or decisions” emerging from its investigation.

    “The investigation is still with the Commanding General of US Army Forces Command who will determine appropriate action – which ranges from no further action to convening a court martial,” Major General Ronald F Lewis said in a statement.

    Lewis called stories from Fox and NBC about imminent desertion charges for Bergdahl “patently false”.

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    • Well that only means someone is lying … is anyone surprised that a government official would lie to We The People?

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      • Or a Fox employee?

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    • They also said Bergdahls lawyer was given some kind of paper telling him to be expecting charges. Sorry I don’t know the correct legal term for that paper but this was stated after the pentagon briefing denying he had been charged. They were giving his lawyer a “heads up”.

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  16. Well, the usual criminal loving leftards are here I see defending Bowe like they did pig Brown. Ruffy, Majorazz, Unc sukk azz, Brenda,

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      • i could give a _____ about converting any of you
        live with yourselves,, and all that _____ you call facts based
        what your masters drill into your lil’ pumpkin heads…

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        • Sit down punk. No one was talking to you.

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        • If you “could give a ____” please do! Take all the EXLAX you can and give a LOT of it! ELSEWHERE! We know you’re FULL of it and we want no part of it.

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      • Libtards need to be piled up and burned.

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      • What are you talking about?
        I apologize for thinking you could have a grown-up discussion

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        • You’re forgiven for being a liberal … I can see you’re trying to learn, keep trying, but try a bit harder.

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        • With you, who treats everybody , not in 100% agreement, as a child? You are a condescending jerk like hussein the dog eater.

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          • Sorry, but I have been civil and grown-up.
            That you believe reading different opinions is condescending, and that you have to resort to name calling, is very sad.

          • Te fact that you try to put words into my mouth shows that you are a condescending twit But what can be expected from a dumb ass liberal.

          • I put no words in your mouth.
            All your responses have been personal insults.
            All you are doing is showing that you are incapable of having an adult conversation.
            If you find that condescending, that’s your problem.
            It is clear that you just don’t like to hear any opinion that differs from your own.
            That’s just sad.

    • Typical. The coward who never served doesn’t understand that we bring our boys home… even deserters, so that they can face American justice.
      Also typical of your small mind to not understand that wanting him brought home and prosecuted in a military court is NOT defending him.

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      • [[ The coward who never served ]]
        You??
        Now go sukk off anther deserter Brenda.

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  17. I’ll be surprised if the Con-artist in Chief doesn’t block the court martial…

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  18. if you don’t feed the troll, it will go away.

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