‘A slap in the face’

To the editor:

A reporter … on CBS stated in the broadcast that the worst Sgt. Bergdahl, recently freed in Afghanistan after the release of five Afghan detainees from Guantanamo, might be charged, is as a deserter. That may yet be the result of his actions. Reports are that Bergdahl emailed his father that he was disenchanted with what the Army was doing in Afghanistan and that he was unhappy as an American. And somehow those feelings rose to the level of walking away voluntarily, without his rifle, from his post? If he is not charged as a deserter he is at the very least AWOL and should be court-martialed and dishonorably discharged. Period.

There are some that suggest that Bergdahl has already suffered enough in the five years he was held captive. In the eyes of the vast majority of Americans, certainly those that know and respect the military, I suspect Bergdahl has just begun to suffer. The cost of his release was not only the five detainees released, but the six American military personnel that are reported to have lost their lives in an effort to find him after he went missing.

I do not believe for one minute that the five released from Gitmo will abide by the “rule” that they can’t leave Qatar, the country they were released to, for at least one year. I would guess, like with Syria, another “line has been drawn in the sand.” And the White House insists the five pose no security risk. Are you kidding me? I am sure, after years at Gitmo, they just love us, have seen the error of their ways, will become model citizens and will send thank you notes to Obama and Defense Secretary Hagel.

The Obama administration, because of all the backlash and questions, will have an “investigation” and will “review” the case (sound familiar?) for a few months until the public gets treated to a different issue of incompetence and then Bergdahl will probably be quietly released from active duty with a slap on the wrist. But a slap in the face to all who ever wore the uniform.

Chuck Peterson

Fort Dodge