Monday, October 20, 2014
Results Of Investigation Of Bowe Bergdahl Desertion Held Until After the Election
Remember Bowe Bergdahl, U.S. soldier who allegedly wandered away from his post, was captured by the Taliban and was swapped for five top level Taliban commanders? The one who was greeted as a hero by President Obama even after he went public with his profoundly anti-American views and left a letter stating that he was deserting and that he was renouncing his citizenship?
After every member of his platoon went on record saying that Bergdahl deserted, the Army announced that they were going to fully investigate the matter. AMong other things, there's the question of Bergdahl's promotion to Sergeant while in captivity , his restoral to active dity with full backpay and of course, President Obama's judgement in swapping him for five very dangerous Taliban commanders if in fact Berhdahl actually deserted.
The Army has now completed their investigation. But surprise, surprise...its findings are going to be withheld until after the November elections,if they're released at all.
The Army said on Friday that it had received Dahl's report and its 'reviewing it,' but it has no timeline for the completion of its audit.
'As we stressed at on the onset, this will be a lengthy process conducted in accordance with applicable laws, regulation and policy,' Army officials said in a statement.
'We recognize the importance of the media and the public understanding of our investigative process, and look forward to future discussions on this issue.
The statement went on to say that 'the Army's priority is ensuring that our process is thorough, factually accurate, impartial, and legally correct.'
'Consequently, at this time, it would be inappropriate to speculate on the potential results or the amount of time the review process will take to complete.'
Reuters says that Colonel Warren, the Pentagon's spokesperson, denied on Tuesday that the military was postponing the release of the report until after Election Day in order to give the president and his his political party cover from the potentially damning details of the probe.
But members of Bergdahl's unit say they don't understand why the Army's assessment is taking so long.
Bergdahl's former platoon leader, Sgt. Evan Buetow, has said on numerous occasions that after Bergdahl, then a private in the army, went missing, soldiers in his unit learned from locals they were observing over the radio that an American was wandering around town, looking for someone who spoke English so that he could communicate with the Taliban.
'We've come out when he first got released, and we explained exactly what happened. He deserted his post, all on his own, and we're now still sitting here waiting for answers,' Buetow told Fox News host Sean Hannity on Tuesday evening.
Buetow said he was interviewed Gen. Dahl and had a 'lengthy' conversation with him about the details of Bergdahl's disappearance, including the chatter the platoon heard over the radio.
'I have a list of the people that the general spoke to during this investigation,' Buetow told Hannity. 'It's everyone from the platoon, and I know exactly what they said.
'There's no way that they can conclude this investigation without the truth.'
The truth, Buetow said, is that Bergdahl deserted.
'There's not one person [from his platoon] who disagrees,' Buetow said.
Another former platoon mate of Bergdahl's, Sgt. Jordan Vaughn, said Wednesday on Fox and Friends that he's also suspicious of delay, given that the military had 'five years to investigate this, talk to everyone who was there, who was involved, talk to the family, check the emails, look at the facts.'
Six men died hunting for Bowe Bergdahl in Afghanistan.
It's obvious why the administration wants this held over until after November 4th. If it comes out that the Obama White House five major Taliban commanders with American blood on their hands for one U.S. deserter and, as has been reported, steamrollered over the objections the military had on the deal just to get a few more detainees out of Gitmo, the outcry would be enormous.Especially since the president broke the law to do so.
Additionally, if the Army actually did investigate Bergdahl's conduct and what his former platoon mates charged him with doing, said On the other hand, he said, 'if it turns out that the Army got some backbone and really looked at what Bergdahl did and decides he should be charged with desertion, the farcical Rose Garden ceremony the president held with Bergdah's parents looks like even worse.
It's amazing how many things are being hidden until after the midterms...President Obama's plan for amnesty for illegal aliens by executive order, the real cost of ObamaCare premiums, and the results of the Army's investigation into Bowe Bergdahl's alleged desertion.
2015 is going to be an interesting year.