The Pardon Pool: Of Course Obama Will Pardon Bergdahl

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The Pardon Pool: Of Course Obama Will Pardon Bergdahl

By: Pat Austin

SHREVE­PORT – I sup­pose now is as good a time as any to start a pre­dic­tion list of who might be on the receiv­ing end of the com­ing Obama par­dons. As you may have heard, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has already tossed his name in the ring for a pres­i­den­tial pardon:

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the for­mer Amer­i­can pris­oner of war in Afghanistan who was freed in a 2014 swap for five Tal­iban detainees, has asked Pres­i­dent Obama to par­don him before leav­ing the White House to President-​elect Don­ald J. Trump, who has called the sol­dier “a no-​good trai­tor who should have been executed.”

After the pres­i­den­tial elec­tion, Sergeant Bergdahl’s legal team sub­mit­ted copies of a clemency appli­ca­tion to the White House, the Jus­tice Depart­ment and the Pen­ta­gon, accord­ing to White House and Jus­tice Depart­ment officials.

Bergdahl’s deser­tion trial is sched­uled for mid-​April, an event he would cer­tainly rather avoid – just like stay­ing on duty dur­ing his tenure in Afghanistan. Recall that Sgt. Bergdahl left his post in Afghanistan in 2009 leav­ing behind evi­dence that he was dis­sat­is­fied with Amer­i­can pol­icy in Afghanistan. He was cap­tured and held pris­oner for five years until the Obama admin­is­tra­tion traded five high-​level Tal­iban pris­on­ers for him.

Dur­ing Bergdahl’s cap­tiv­ity, at least six Amer­i­can lives were lost in the search for him. Despite the recent claim by the New York Times to report hon­estly, their arti­cle this week­end indi­cates that no lives were lost look­ing for Bergdahl, but the fam­i­lies of these six sol­diers might beg to dif­fer. Inter­views with fam­ily mem­bers and fel­low sol­diers all con­firm that find­ing Bergdahl was always part of their mis­sion. Staff Sgt. Michael Mur­phrey was killed in Sep­tem­ber 2009 . His sis­ter Krisa says: “Some say that he was not on a res­cue mis­sion, that he was on a human­i­tar­ian mis­sion. And then some say that, sure it wasn’t a res­cue mis­sion, per se, but Bergdahl was always the sec­ondary mis­sion,” she told Reuters.

After Bergdahl walked off his post, his reg­i­ment searched dili­gently for him. Rather than rest between mis­sions, they were search­ing for him. And some lost their lives because of it.

Now, Bergdahl’s legal team says he can’t get a fair trial under a Trump admin­is­tra­tion and so if no par­don comes, they will peti­tion for dis­missal of the case.

We can expect Bergdahl to be reha­bil­i­tated by our main stream media and it won’t sur­prise me one iota when the Obama par­don comes. All you have to do is remem­ber this pic­ture to see it coming.

bergdahl

Pat Austin blogs at And So it Goes in Shreveport.

By:  Pat Austin

SHREVEPORT – I suppose now is as good a time as any to start a prediction list of who might be on the receiving end of the coming Obama pardons.  As you may have heard, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has already tossed his name in the ring for a presidential pardon:

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the former American prisoner of war in Afghanistan who was freed in a 2014 swap for five Taliban detainees, has asked President Obama to pardon him before leaving the White House to President-elect Donald J. Trump, who has called the soldier “a no-good traitor who should have been executed.”

After the presidential election, Sergeant Bergdahl’s legal team submitted copies of a clemency application to the White House, the Justice Department and the Pentagon, according to White House and Justice Department officials.

Bergdahl’s desertion trial is scheduled for mid-April, an event he would certainly rather avoid – just like staying on duty during his tenure in Afghanistan.  Recall that Sgt. Bergdahl left his post in Afghanistan in 2009 leaving behind evidence that he was dissatisfied with American policy in Afghanistan. He was captured and held prisoner for five years until the Obama administration traded five high-level Taliban prisoners for him.

During Bergdahl’s captivity, at least six American lives were lost in the search for him. Despite the recent claim by the New York Times to report honestly, their article this weekend indicates that no lives were lost looking for Bergdahl, but the families of these six soldiers might beg to differ. Interviews with family members and fellow soldiers all confirm that finding Bergdahl was always part of their mission. Staff Sgt. Michael Murphrey was killed in September 2009 . His sister Krisa says: “Some say that he was not on a rescue mission, that he was on a humanitarian mission. And then some say that, sure it wasn’t a rescue mission, per se, but Bergdahl was always the secondary mission,” she told Reuters.

After Bergdahl walked off his post, his regiment searched diligently for him. Rather than rest between missions, they were searching for him. And some lost their lives because of it.

Now, Bergdahl’s legal team says he can’t get a fair trial under a Trump administration and so if no pardon comes, they will petition for dismissal of the case.

We can expect Bergdahl to be rehabilitated by our main stream media and it won’t surprise me one iota when the Obama pardon comes. All you have to do is remember this picture to see it coming.

bergdahl

Pat Austin blogs at And So it Goes in Shreveport.