Pentagon denies decision made to charge Bergdahl with desertion

January 27, 2015

Pentagon and Army officials on Tuesday strongly denied claims that the U.S. military has decided to file desertion charges against Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was released by Taliban-aligned militants last year in exchange for five Guantanamo prisoners.

The claim was first made by retired Lt. Col. Tony Shaffer, a former military intelligence officer who now works at the London Center for Policy Research. He told Fox News’ “The O’Reilly Factor” Monday night that he’s learned of the military’s decision from two sources.

“The Army has come to its conclusion, and Bowe Bergdahl … will be charged with desertion,” he said.

But Maj. Gen. Ronald F. Lewis, the Army’s chief of public affairs, put out a statement Tuesday afternoon calling the reports, including a similar one by NBC News, “patently false.”

3 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • duck12 says:

    Any man or woman who enlists to go fight in combat who has never fought in combat does not know how they will react. This man broke down under the stress of combat that does not make him a deserter or a coward it makes him just a man. A man who was willing to try and go to defend and fight for his country is a hero for making the attempt better than the rest of the country who stayed home warm under there cozy blankets

    1. USMCret says:

      Anyone and I mean any one who joins the military service and ecpect to be molly coddled is in for a great surprised and any one who deserts his post in time of war is considered a deserter, So to thosewho believe that is is ones right to desert his post and his fellow servicemen is a coward, deserter or worse a colaberator.

      1. duck12 says:

        I understand what you are saying but no one knows what the pressure of war is going to do to ones mind. Have you ever run into any man or women who was in combat that wasn’t terrified to shit if they weren’t they were lying. Every man I known who ever fought in combat was terrified some admitted all they did was cry and could not move. Some admitted they even shit and pissed there pants I know i did i wanted to hide at the bottom of that hole as low as I could go. Every person mind handles stuff different this man broke he taught he could walk of and talk to the enemy and stop the war he has suffered enough

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