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.
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.
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