In the United States of America, military service is held in an extremely high regard, and with good reason. The men and women of our armed forces are some of the most exemplary Americans to ever grace the nation.
Not only are these men and women courageous, but that are honorable and dedicated to a degree that few of us will ever experience in our civilian lives. That means that when one bad apple takes a tumble, it becomes a national affair with much of the country looking to weigh in on what those actions mean to them as Americans. Such is the case of Bowe Bergdahl, who abandoned his post in Afghanistan in 2009 and spent the next 5 years in Taliban custody.
Bergdahl’s abandonment of his comrades left many American soldiers in direct danger, and for that Bergdahl was being tried by a military court. In today’s shock ruling, a judge declined to sentence the former soldier to any jail time – an action that drew the ire of many, including that of President Trump.
“President Donald Trump says Bowe Bergdahl’s sentence for leaving his post in Afghanistan is ‘a complete and total disgrace to our Country and to our Military.’
“The president’s comment on Twitter came Friday, less than an hour after the White House declined to comment on the military sentence given to Bergdahl.
“A military judge in North Carolina ruled Friday that Bergdahl should serve no prison time for endangering his comrades by walking off his Afghanistan post. The judge also gave Bergdahl a dishonorable discharge, reduced his rank to private and said he must forfeit pay equal to $1,000 per month for 10 months.
“While campaigning for president, Trump repeatedly called Bergdahl a traitor who deserved serious punishment.
“A military judge in North Carolina ruled Friday that Bergdahl should serve no prison time for endangering his comrades by walking off his Afghanistan post. The judge also gave Bergdahl a dishonorable discharge, reduced his rank to private and said he must forfeit pay equal to $1,000 per month for 10 months.”
Many Americans tend to agree as well, seeing Bergdahl’s ridiculous maneuver as treasonous and ultimately dangerous.
Bergdahl’s dishonorable discharge, while a hefty punishment on its own, simply does not satisfy the great majority of Americans who were seeking justice in the case, and the President’s provocative tweet will likely give way to many more opinions on the subject to be shared over the weekend on social media.