Allen B. West

Bergdahl could get $350k tax-free? This is one jacked-up situation.

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The mysterious case of Army PFC Bowe Bergdahl continues to get even stranger. The very same person we were told was in such a severe medical condition that he had to be traded immediately for enemy combatants and without lawful consult with Congress, has been deemed fit to return to active duty service — and it seems with no effects of PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) whatsover.

So let me highlight the laughable hypocrisy. Bowe Bergdahl voluntarily walks off his combat outpost in Afghanistan, but those serving with true honor are receiving “pink slips?” You just cannot make this stuff up. Anyone wonder why there’s a lack of faith in our federal government?

PFC Bergdahl has been cleared and is being allowed to actually depart Ft. Sam Houston. As you know, I have a little experience in the Army — 22 years to be precise — and have been a commander. PFC Bergdahl should be immediately questioned as to his disappearance from his assigned duty post back in June 2009. His former platoon members should have already been questioned — not that there aren’t already sworn statements from a 2010 Pentagon report. Bergdahl should be advised of the impending investigation and placed on restriction to the unit area (barracks, chow hall, and assigned duty area).

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However, Bergdahl is now able to leave the base and is escorted by his care team when he does. Fox News reports says “he recently visited a shopping mall to buy items for his computer and the group was seen at a local restaurant, according to people with knowledge of his movements.”

I find this all rather interesting considering, because U.S. Marine Corps Sergeant Andrew Tahmooressi is locked up in a Mexican jail, with no freedom to go out shopping or to a restaurant and the Obama administration is doing nothing. And by the way, Tahmooressi served two tours of combat duty and suffers from PTSD.

Also, it’s important to understand the punishment, according to the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ), for desertion in a combat zone is death. I’ve read reports that Bergdahl may be offered an “other than honorable discharge” in lieu of courts-martial — that would mean someone is already determining the result before the investigation is even complete.

However, reports a very disturbing possibility, that “Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl could have a tax-free $350,000 dropped into his bank account if the current investigation into his disappearance from his base in Afghanistan was not desertion, and if he is deemed to have been a prisoner of war for the five years he was held by Islamic militants.

The 28-year-old soldier, for whom the U.S. traded five senior Taliban operatives held at Guantanamo Bay, was set to return to active duty Monday after spending six weeks in medical rehab at Fort Sam Houston, in San Antonio. “Essentially he’ll be working a desk job,” Pentagon spokesman Col. Steve Warren told reporters at the Pentagon Monday.” The evidence weighs heavily against Bergdahl but the real issue is the possibility of undue command influence to stem off a political embarrassment for the Obama administration.

My sincere love of the U.S. Army has no bounds but I am witnessing a PR nightmare for the Army — which I assert is not of their doing, but instead emanates from across the Potomac river from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue — probably from the pen and phone of one Valerie Jarrett.

Fox News says “Bergdahl was moved to the U.S. Army North command on Saturday. Under Army North, he will return to work and live in standard military barracks. He is being assigned to the protocol office, which assists soldiers in military procedures and etiquette” – ah, the irony of it all. “That’s the worst place to put him. They’re pulling his clearance so I’m not sure what he’s supposed to do,” said one Army official, speaking on the condition of anonymity as they were not authorized to publicly discuss the sergeant’s case.

Bergdahl’s status as a POW can only be determined by the Secretary of the Army — a political appointee — after the completion of the investigation into why he walked off his post in eastern Afghanistan in June 2009.

I find it amazing that we need to know why he walked off his post in June 2009. The fact is, he did, and it was beyond the 30-day period of AWOL (Absent Without Leave) and therefore he should have been classified as a deserter.

But the treatment he is receiving is a slap in the face to so many who have served honorably in Iraq and Afghanistan. Consider those men who were and are still incarcerated in Ft. Leavenworth. I doubt that Army 1LT Clint Lorance got all this special consideration. And Army 1LT Michael Behenna had to endure a prosecution that withheld exculpatory evidence in order to secure his conviction for killing a known al-Qaida terrorist, Ali Mansur. And don’t forget the Obama administration released Ali Musa Daqduq, a Hezbollah terroris,t responsible for the torture and deaths of five U.S. Army Soldiers.

This is one jacked up situation and just add it to the Obama administration’s growing list of scandals.

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