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Recon: Enemy Advancing

by baldilocks

In the midst of read­ing and research­ing the topic of lat­est media-​Trump frenzy — Don­ald Trump Jr.’s 2016 meet­ing with Russ­ian lawyer Natalia Vesel­nit­skaya and young Trump’s rev­e­la­tion of the entire email chain in regard to the meet­ing — I ran across this from the Army Times.

Seri­ous wounds to a sol­dier and a Navy SEAL who searched for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl can be used at the sen­tenc­ing phase of his upcom­ing trial, a judge ruled Fri­day, giv­ing pros­e­cu­tors sig­nif­i­cant lever­age to pur­sue stiff pun­ish­ment against the soldier.

The judge, Col. Jef­fery Nance, ruled that the ser­vice mem­bers wouldn’t have wound up in the fire­fights that left them wounded if they hadn’t been search­ing for Bergdahl, so their injuries would be rel­e­vant to his sen­tenc­ing if he’s con­victed of mis­be­hav­ior before the enemy at trial in October.

The charge, which car­ries a max­i­mum penalty of life in prison, alleges that Bergdahl endan­gered fel­low ser­vice mem­bers by walk­ing off his remote post and trig­ger­ing search mis­sions across Afghanistan. Bergdahl also is charged with deser­tion, pun­ish­able by up to five years. (…)

Scores of mil­i­tary mem­bers searched for Bergdahl, who was cap­tured within hours and would be held cap­tive by the Tal­iban and its allies for five years.

The for­mer Navy SEAL, retired Senior Chief Petty Offi­cer James Hatch, suf­fered a career-​ending leg wound when he was sprayed with AK-​47 fire while chas­ing enemy fight­ers on a July 2009 search mis­sion. He tes­ti­fied he nearly bled to death and has endured 18 surg­eries since then.

On a sep­a­rate search mis­sion that month, U.S. Army National Guard Sgt. First Class Mark Allen was shot in the head, suf­fer­ing a trau­matic brain injury that left him in a wheel chair and unable to communicate.

This is in addi­tion to those who did not sur­vive the search.

This morn­ing, I read about another Army sol­dier. This one has pledged alle­giance to ISIS.

Of course, dis­loyal mil­i­tary per­son­nel are noth­ing new. What is new is that peo­ple are mak­ing a fetish of disloyalty.

[cap­tion id=“attachment_98941” align=“alignright” width=“150”] Bowe Bergdahl[/caption]

I’ve seen Bergdahl and Chelsea (née Bradley) Man­ning referred to as ‘heroes’ more than once. I’m glad to see that this inver­sion of truth hasn’t com­pletely over­run the UCMJ.

Sev­eral years ago, I wrote a piece on the nature of treach­ery. Lit­tle did I real­ize back then how per­va­sive a spirit treach­ery would become.

The strictest sen­tence that Bergdahl can receive is life in prison. I pre­dict that, after the ver­dict and the sen­tenc­ing — what­ever it is – he’ll be out in five. The spirit will have con­sumed its tar­get by then.

Juli­ette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was pub­lished in 2012. Her sec­ond novel ten­ta­tively titled Arlen’s Harem, will be done one day soon! Fol­low her on Twit­ter and on Gab​.ai.

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by baldilocks

In the midst of reading and researching the topic of latest media-Trump frenzy — Donald Trump Jr.’s 2016 meeting with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya and young Trump’s revelation of the entire email chain in regard to the meeting — I ran across this from the Army Times.

Serious wounds to a soldier and a Navy SEAL who searched for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl can be used at the sentencing phase of his upcoming trial, a judge ruled Friday, giving prosecutors significant leverage to pursue stiff punishment against the soldier.

The judge, Col. Jeffery Nance, ruled that the service members wouldn’t have wound up in the firefights that left them wounded if they hadn’t been searching for Bergdahl, so their injuries would be relevant to his sentencing if he’s convicted of misbehavior before the enemy at trial in October.

The charge, which carries a maximum penalty of life in prison, alleges that Bergdahl endangered fellow service members by walking off his remote post and triggering search missions across Afghanistan. Bergdahl also is charged with desertion, punishable by up to five years. (…)

Scores of military members searched for Bergdahl, who was captured within hours and would be held captive by the Taliban and its allies for five years.

The former Navy SEAL, retired Senior Chief Petty Officer James Hatch, suffered a career-ending leg wound when he was sprayed with AK-47 fire while chasing enemy fighters on a July 2009 search mission. He testified he nearly bled to death and has endured 18 surgeries since then.

On a separate search mission that month, U.S. Army National Guard Sgt. First Class Mark Allen was shot in the head, suffering a traumatic brain injury that left him in a wheel chair and unable to communicate.

This is in addition to those who did not survive the search.

This morning, I read about another Army soldier. This one has pledged allegiance to ISIS.

Of course, disloyal military personnel are nothing new. What is new is that people are making a fetish of disloyalty.

Bowe Bergdahl

I’ve seen Bergdahl and Chelsea (nee Bradley) Manning referred to as ‘heroes’ more than once. I’m glad to see that this inversion of truth hasn’t completely overrun the UCMJ.

Several years ago, I wrote a piece on the nature of treachery. Little did I realize back then how pervasive a spirit treachery would become.

The strictest sentence that Bergdahl can receive is life in prison. I predict that, after the verdict and the sentencing — whatever it is – he’ll be out in five. The spirit will have consumed its target by then.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was published in 2012. Her second novel tentatively titled Arlen’s Harem, will be done one day soon! Follow her on Twitter and on Gab.ai.

Please contribute to Juliette’s JOB:  Her new novel, her blog, her Internet to keep the latter going and COFFEE to keep her going!

Or hit Da Tech Guy’s Tip Jar in the name of Independent Journalism!