NYT: Bergdahl back to Active Duty
Somewhat of a slower news day, but this article in the New York Times caught my eye:
Six weeks after being released from five years in Taliban captivity, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is expected to return to life as a regular Army soldier as early as Monday, Defense Department officials said late Sunday.
Sergeant Bergdahl has finished undergoing therapy and counseling at an Army hospital in San Antonio, and will assume a job at the Army North headquarters at the same base, Fort Sam Houston, the officials said.
NYT also notes that Bergahl is set to meet with the General tasked with looking into his initial...."disappearance". The picture above put a kink in that plan. It was a tweet sent out last week by the Haqqani Network guys which shows Bergdahl with "Martyr" (killed by Good Guys) Badar'udin Haqqani.
There was something in the New York Times article that did set me to searching today though, the final paragraph reads:
Last Thursday, Senator Carl Levin, a Michigan Democrat who heads the Armed Services Committee, released letters from each of the Joint Chiefs of Staff supporting the repatriation of Sergeant Bergdahl, a rebuttal to critics who said the swap should not have been made.
So I went to Senator Levin's page, and you can read those letters yourself. It seems a bit of a stretch to say that the unanimously rebut the critics who say the swap shouldn't be made. In particular, read General Amos' letter which states:
That's not exactly a glowing support for the swap. He says he doesn't really have the context and thus is "not in a position to provide an informed response."
Nonetheless, people occasionally ask what our position is on Bergdahl. As far as I know, the only statement we made still stands in effect:
“First, to Sgt. Bergdahl, I say, ‘welcome home,’” American Legion National Commander Daniel M. Dellinger said today. “Your family has waited far too long to see you and we are happy that your five year nightmare has ended. To the administration, I say The American Legion has some very serious concerns.”
Dellinger, who is visiting troops in Europe this week, asked, “Has the United States changed its longheld policy of not negotiating with terrorists? Will this provide incentives for terrorists to kidnap other Americans? What assurances do we have that the five dangerous detainees being released from Guantanamo will not return to the battlefield?
“While Qatar will institute a travel ban on the released detainees for 12 months, our troops won’t be leaving Afghanistan until 2016,” Dellinger added. “There are many troubling aspects about this deal and the American people deserve some answers. Moreover, we hope the Department of Defense does a complete investigation of the circumstances surrounding Sgt. Bergdahl’s initial disappearance and take whatever steps are warranted by the findings of that investigation.”