On Friday morning, a decision had been reached in the Annals of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who pleaded guilty to a desertion of the United States Army while he had been operating in Afghanistan.
Bergdahl was subsequently captured by the Taliban, who held him in captivity for five years. After a few unsuccessful search and rescue attempts, which led to several more lifeless, then-President Barack Obama accepted a prisoner exchange that released five Taliban leaders in Guantanamo Bay.
Many were shocked when, despite his guilty plea as well as the charges against him, Bergdahl received no prison time. IJR reported:
Bergdahl’s offences carried the possibility of receiving a life sentence in prison, but the judge left him with a dishonourable discharge, according to CNN. The lead investigator in Bergdahl’s case, Lt. Gen. Kenneth Dahl, reportedly said after interviewing Bergdahl that a prison sentence would be “inappropriate.”
Following the sentencing, President Trump — who’s called Bergdahl that a “traitor” on numerous occasions, had this to say:
The decision on Sergeant Bergdahl is a complete and total disgrace to our Country and to our Military.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 3, 2017