The USS SSgt Bowe Bergdahl
Okay, let’s postulate a scenario in which the Administration tells Congress they want to swap the five Talibani’s for Bergdahl, and the Senate rejects it. The trade doesn’t happen and Bergdahl, who we are told is in poor health and indeed may die (and I never believed that) or even be killed eventually by the Taliban. So now, years later, Bergdahl is dead, and we never know why he left.
Even though the Army suspected that Bergdahl had deserted, and certainly had not been authorized to leave his post, he was promoted twice while in captivity and is in fact, SCHEDULED FOR AN ADDITIONAL PROMOTION even as we speak. Presuming that we never see or hear from him again, his disappearance and death go down as POW/MIA and his promotions stand.
In a few years, the Navy launches a new Ammunition Ship named the USS SSgt Bowe Bergdahl. He is remembered as a hero and one of those lost in combat in a war that ends with less than “peace with honor.” Somewhere the SSgt Bowe Bergdahl Elementary School opens in Hailey, ID, along with a plaque with his name on it in the town square.
Eventually a War Memorial to the Afghan War is built on the Mall in Washington, D.C. and his name is listed upon it as one of the honored dead from that conflict.
Now… none of that will happen.
Now THE REAL HEROES who sacrificed themselves will be recalled and honored instead of a man who at the very least, went UA and at worst, collaborated with the enemy.
Lastly, if you honestly believe that the NSA and CIA and Military Industrial Complex can and does track your every move, why do you reject the idea that five Talibani’s won’t be tracked every minute of the rest of their lives?
You don’t have to like it or even agree with me, but I believe that five useless and marked for life Talibani’s were worth it to get Bergdahl. We have prevented to worst offense of all – Stolen Valor. We have prevented Bergdahl from forever bearing honor and memorial that he did not earn and would have stolen from men who did earn it.