Bowe Bergdahl returning to active duty this week

posted at 11:21 am on July 14, 2014 by Allahpundit

That’s pretty speedy. It’ll probably be a year before the Taliban Five return to duty.

Says Greg Pollowitz, “I guess this means he re-learned English.”

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.

He is also expected to meet with Maj. Gen. Kenneth R. Dahl, the officer who is investigating the circumstances of Sergeant Bergdahl’s disappearance from his outpost in Afghanistan in 2009.

Sergeant Bergdahl’s transfer from the therapy phase to a regular soldier’s job is part of his reintegration into Army life, officials said. He will live in barracks and have two other soldiers help him readjust.

Seems strange, no matter what you think of Bergdahl. If he deserted, why would the Army want him back? If he didn’t desert, why not take pity on the guy and send him home after such a horrible ordeal? “First Team Tommy,” a veteran on Twitter, argues though that this is mainly a jurisdictional move by the Army to make sure Bergdahl’s still within their reach as they continue to investigate how he went missing. Military lawyers are invited to correct me, but I believe that if Bergdahl’s discharged, he can’t be court-martialed. He has to be on active duty for that. (See, e.g., section 802(c)(4) of the UCMJ.) Leaving him in the care of military doctors would also complicate the legal process, says Tommy. Moving him to a desk job at Fort Sam Houston solves those problems. And, maybe, it’ll force Bergdahl to be more forthcoming than he’d otherwise be. It’s one thing to fight military justice when you’re at home with your parents with a media phalanx around you, another when you’re a sergeant on duty being interrogated by a general on why it is, precisely, you wandered away from base looking for the enemy. Because of the politics here, if Bergdahl’s going to face consequences, the Army wants to make it happen as quickly and smoothly as possible. And then, once the court-martial happens and the sentence is handed down, Obama will pardon him and that’ll be that. (We all know it’s coming.)

All of which is to say, it’s the Army, I think, that’s driving Bergdahl’s return to active duty, not Bergdahl himself. Or do I have this all wrong? Vets are welcome to chime in below. It could also be that returning Bergdahl to duty is part of his rehab, undoing some of the trauma of the last five years by re-acclimating him to the sort of life he led before he went missing.


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He probably has to be in the Army for them to go through the legal stuff. I doubt that he’ll be doing anything and those 2 guys helping him are probably more like guards. They don’t want him talking. At the very least he should get a dishonorable discharge.

crankyoldlady on July 14, 2014 at 12:46 PM

TaliBowe in uniform will remind everyone about what happens if they DON”T work for tollybon. He’s there to deliver Hussein’s message to the military– check your patriotism.

burrata on July 14, 2014 at 1:00 PM

I believe
Bergdahl would choose to stay in the army if he could, as long as he can avoid being deployed to a muslim country. There is no job or future for him in civilain life unless his dad has a farm he can give him. But he is much better off to remain the army if he can at some kind of peripheral job.

clandestine on July 14, 2014 at 1:07 PM

The investigation is going to be a sham. No way Obama allows this scumbag to get anything less than an honorable discharge after making him out to be a hero in the Rose Garden.

ConstantineXI on July 14, 2014 at 12:52 PM

No way are facts going to get in the way of the narrative. Obama joined the Tali-dad in praising Allah for Tali-Bowe’s release. The whole investigation will be as much of a whitewash as the way the Army refused to call the Fort Hood shooting a domestic terrorist attack.

The only positive I see is that the public can see the truth no matter the outcome. Tali-Bowe’s life will never be serene.

Happy Nomad on July 14, 2014 at 1:07 PM

I believe
Bergdahl would choose to stay in the army if he could, as long as he can avoid being deployed to a muslim country. There is no job or future for him in civilain life unless his dad has a farm he can give him. But he is much better off to remain the army if he can at some kind of peripheral job.

clandestine on July 14, 2014 at 1:07 PM

I believe the Army shouldn’t be considered an employer of last resort. People got killed looking for this deserter scumbag. The troops don’t deserve to have this guy in their ranks. Not the least of which because he apparently sucked at being a soldier.

Happy Nomad on July 14, 2014 at 1:09 PM

This is actually a good sign. A “Bowe Bergdahl is being disharged” headline would be signs of a cover-up…they could have went with the angle of, “He’s suffered enough, blah, blah”.

Even without desertion charges, all POWs meet a military review board to determine if their actions while detained were honorable or dishonorable. This board also reviews the circumstances that led to the detention. The findings from this board can lead to a Courts Martial.

Megyn Kellys Lipstick on July 14, 2014 at 12:59 PM

Any review board Bergdahl appears before is going to have it’s conclusions made before it’s assembled. Jugears proclaimed him a hero. So that is what he is.

I seriously doubt the Army would dare defy Obama this directly.

ConstantineXI on July 14, 2014 at 1:09 PM

I believe the Army shouldn’t be considered an employer of last resort. People got killed looking for this deserter scumbag. The troops don’t deserve to have this guy in their ranks. Not the least of which because he apparently sucked at being a soldier.

Happy Nomad on July 14, 2014 at 1:09 PM

He certainly shouldn’t hold the rank of sergeant and have any honorable soldiers subordinate to him.

ConstantineXI on July 14, 2014 at 1:10 PM

Any review board Bergdahl appears before is going to have it’s conclusions made before it’s assembled. Jugears proclaimed him a hero. So that is what he is.

I seriously doubt the Army would dare defy Obama this directly.

ConstantineXI on July 14, 2014 at 1:09 PM

Just like when Hussein declared that there is not a smidgen of corruption in the IRS and lo and behold, we find out there is absolutely not a smidgen of corruption in the IRS on year later !

burrata on July 14, 2014 at 1:15 PM

Prediction (based on my many years working in the military justice system):

- Bergdahl goes before an Article 32 Investigation. The investigation recommends a trial by general court-martial.
- The GCM convening authority (of general rank) declines to convene the court-martial and instead decides to process Bergdahl for an administration discharge, for personality disorder or unsuitability.
- Bergdahl is cut loose with an administration discharge under honorable conditions.

TarheelBen on July 14, 2014 at 1:18 PM

TarheelBen on July 14, 2014 at 1:18 PM

I should have said “administrative” instead of “administration.”

TarheelBen on July 14, 2014 at 1:25 PM

…where’s his towel?

JugEarsButtHurt on July 14, 2014 at 1:26 PM

I wouldn’t read too much into this either way. I’ve known of a couple of people who just decided to go AWOL. They were always brought back and put on active duty before any decision was made about how to punish them.

But in such cases, they were usually confined in one way or another. It’s possible the Army doesn’t have the freedom to handle this particular deserter the way they would like to. So it could end up meaning nothing at all.

Prediction (based on my many years working in the military justice system):

- Bergdahl goes before an Article 32 Investigation. The investigation recommends a trial by general court-martial.
- The GCM convening authority (of general rank) declines to convene the court-martial and instead decides to process Bergdahl for an administration discharge, for personality disorder or unsuitability.
- Bergdahl is cut loose with an administration discharge under honorable conditions.

TarheelBen on July 14, 2014 at 1:18 PM

I don’t know if you’re right, but that’s mainly because I don’t know what kind of pressure the Obama administration will put on how this high-profile case is handled.

Other than that unknowable, this sounds about right.

There Goes the Neighborhood on July 14, 2014 at 1:28 PM

UPDATE:

Bergdahl could get $350k TAX FREE! What ever happened to hanging traitors…now we pay them big money tax free! Sadly this is just further proof our nation is now just a shell of its former self…

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2014/07/14/bergdahl-could-get-350g-tax-free-if-cleared-by-army/

Liberty or Death on July 14, 2014 at 1:42 PM

I actually like this idea. Make the worm squirm.

Nomennovum on July 14, 2014 at 1:53 PM

What orders has obama given Bergdahl? When will he attack? How many will die?

Pork-Chop on July 14, 2014 at 1:54 PM

Liberty or Death on July 14, 2014 at 1:42 PM

That article also says that Bergdahl has lawyered up, the Army can’t question him anymore, and Bergdahl appears “unconcerned” about the Army’s investigation. It also says Bergdahl is free to leave the base and is escorted by a “care team” when he does. I have no idea what a “care team” is.

TarheelBen on July 14, 2014 at 1:59 PM

Great, give him a job handling classified documents.

BigWyo on July 14, 2014 at 2:03 PM

TarheelBen on July 14, 2014 at 1:18 PM

The only problem is that Bergdahl’s post commander is the GCM convening authority. Unless he’s an Obamanite (possible), it will go to court. The military is not without its leftists – especially in the senior ranks, but it’s still not as easy to manage as civilian-run government agencies.

Megyn Kellys Lipstick on July 14, 2014 at 2:06 PM

That article also says that Bergdahl has lawyered up, the Army can’t question him anymore, and Bergdahl appears “unconcerned” about the Army’s investigation. It also says Bergdahl is free to leave the base and is escorted by a “care team” when he does. I have no idea what a “care team” is.

TarheelBen on July 14, 2014 at 1:59 PM

They “care” about Obama, and will take “care” that Bergdahl makes no unauthorized “Death To America!” rants in public or talks to anyone that might make Obama look bad.

ConstantineXI on July 14, 2014 at 2:20 PM

Megyn Kellys Lipstick on July 14, 2014 at 2:06 PM

I agree. That GCM authority has complete control of the case and he (or she) doesn’t have to answer to anybody about how they handle it. I’m thinking it’s very possible that the GCM authority could get a phone call from someone like the Secretary of the Army, or General Dempsey, “advising” him how to handle the case.

TarheelBen on July 14, 2014 at 2:22 PM

Six weeks and he’s ready to go on active duty? Whatever happened to the reason the exchange had to be done so quickly? Recall that our genius SecDef, Chuck “Dumber than Biden” Hagel splained that Bergdahls life was threatened by a life-threatening medical condition!!

So what was it? Impetigo? Ingrown toenail?

str8tface on July 14, 2014 at 2:23 PM

The only problem is that Bergdahl’s post commander is the GCM convening authority. Unless he’s an Obamanite (possible), it will go to court. The military is not without its leftists – especially in the senior ranks, but it’s still not as easy to manage as civilian-run government agencies.

Megyn Kellys Lipstick on July 14, 2014 at 2:06 PM

Any officer in the military that does something Obama does not want done is ending his career. You and I know that. And there is no way Obama wants the embarrassment of Bergdahl being court martialed, especially after trading 5 Taliban commanders for him.

ConstantineXI on July 14, 2014 at 2:24 PM

Six weeks and he’s ready to go on active duty? Whatever happened to the reason the exchange had to be done so quickly? Recall that our genius SecDef, Chuck “Dumber than Biden” Hagel splained that Bergdahls life was threatened by a life-threatening medical condition!!

So what was it? Impetigo? Ingrown toenail?

str8tface on July 14, 2014 at 2:23 PM

The emergency was that Obama wanted to let 5 terrorist leaders go from Gitmo.

Recall that the ISIS leader, Al Baghdadi was released from Gitmo by Obama in 2009.

ConstantineXI on July 14, 2014 at 2:26 PM

“Nothing”

Schadenfreude on July 14, 2014 at 2:26 PM

Para los ilegales que podrían ser de visita del aire caliente en sus nuevos portátiles.
Podríamos ponerlo en la frontera sur? Él no iba a hacer nada allí excepto ayudar a los ilegales pobres (refugiados) a través de una vida mejor (una tierra de sueños).

Este podría ser el camino hacia el futuro por todos los militares EE.UU.. Sólo están por debajo de sus mensajes y ayudar a Buffet y Gates y Zuckerberg con su nueva clase de los esclavos de América Central. Haga que los soldados estadounidenses repartir caramelos y mantas y tarjetas EBT de Beneficios.

Viva Meximerica.

For illegals that might be visiting Hot Air on their new laptops.
Could we put him on the Southern Border? He wouldn’t be doing anything there except helping the poor illegals (refugees) across to a better life (a land of dreams).

This could be the way of the future for ALL the U.S. Military. Just stand down from your posts and help Buffet and Gates and Zuckerberg with their new slave class from Central America. Have the U.S. troops hand out candy and blankets and EBT cards for Benefits.

Viva Meximerica.

PappyD61 on July 14, 2014 at 2:27 PM

I agree. That GCM authority has complete control of the case and he (or she) doesn’t have to answer to anybody about how they handle it. I’m thinking it’s very possible that the GCM authority could get a phone call from someone like the Secretary of the Army, or General Dempsey, “advising” him how to handle the case.

TarheelBen on July 14, 2014 at 2:22 PM

It would take courage to defy a sitting President. But I’d rather it be done by arresting the criminal, treasonous sitting President rather than an act of pointless defiance like this.

If the GCM defies Obama and decides to prosecute Bergdahl for desertion and treason they will be fired.

ConstantineXI on July 14, 2014 at 2:28 PM

If the GCM defies Obama and decides to prosecute Bergdahl for desertion and treason they will be fired.

ConstantineXI on July 14, 2014 at 2:28 PM

I agree. I don’t think Bergdahl will ever go to trial. I think he will get an administrative discharge, which means he will get all that back pay he is owed.

TarheelBen on July 14, 2014 at 2:31 PM

I agree. I don’t think Bergdahl will ever go to trial. I think he will get an administrative discharge, which means he will get all that back pay he is owed.

TarheelBen on July 14, 2014 at 2:31 PM

Best case outcome here is that Obama dithers on this and nothing is done until he’s out of office, then this piece of filth can be tried and executed.

ConstantineXI on July 14, 2014 at 2:34 PM

All of which is to say, it’s the Army, I think, that’s driving Bergdahl’s return to active duty, not Bergdahl himself. Or do I have this all wrong?

Probably both. Bergdahl still has an enlistment contract to fulfill, unless or until the Army and him decided to change that contract in letting him out.

While I agree with the Army is driving this, I can think of a few additional reasons.

This is a political hot-potato for the Army and it might be in their best interest to bury Bergdahl behind a desk and let the media-circus surrounding all this just die.

There is also a lot of intel to gather from him they cannot drive at directly if imprisoned under the guidance of an attorney, or at home under the guidance of an attorney.

Bergdahl’s best option is fess up the info the Army wants and negotiate a discharge, and/or negotiate a quiet finish to his enlistment and fade away. Otherwise this sees him with a very public legal problem and probably an extended stay at Leavenworth.

Lawrence on July 14, 2014 at 2:38 PM

Recall that the ISIS leader, Al Baghdadi was released from Gitmo by Obama in 2009.

ConstantineXI on July 14, 2014 at 2:26 PM

That is NOT correct.

According to US Department of Defense records, al-Baghdadi was held at Camp Bucca as a ‘civilian internee’ by US Forces-Iraq from early February 2004 until early December 2004.

Gebeaux on July 14, 2014 at 2:44 PM

Now lets be fair, if he wants to bow to mecca 6 times a day we should provide the time, place and rug for him too.

Or put him on a recon team with me as a team leader out in the bush lands of the other peoples woods and see how that works out on a night walk.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on July 14, 2014 at 2:51 PM

Or he would seem to fit in telling vets no to health care, put him in the VA reception dept. at the VA Hospital in Az..

Dirty deeds done the Obama way.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on July 14, 2014 at 2:58 PM

Frank Lib on July 14, 2014 at 12:16 PM

Hi, Frank! Missed ya!

katy the mean old lady on July 14, 2014 at 3:27 PM

Higher Higher told him if wants to avoid Leavenworth this is the game plan.

bluesdoc70 on July 14, 2014 at 3:31 PM

TarheelBen on July 14, 2014 at 1:18 PM

Would that be to save Obama’s mug??…Bergdahl is worth 5 Tali + our dead men + 350K and whatever else….how’s about a dishonorable discharge at least?…I can’t imagine his surviving nothing but rewards for his behavior.

gracie on July 14, 2014 at 3:32 PM

Pink Slips? Oh yea, just a few …
King Putt is Laying-Off 1,500 Capitan’s AND 500 Majors from active duty.
Good idea … cripple the middle management then watch the vigor leave the organism.
NCO’s are next.

Missilengr on July 14, 2014 at 12:31 PM

King BO saw how easy it was to cripple middle pay USA workers crippling the middle military command is a natural progression for ears.

Wade on July 14, 2014 at 4:11 PM

This happens while active duty get Obama pink slips. WTFFFFFFFFFF?

SansJeux on July 14, 2014 at 4:14 PM

If he deserted, why would the Army want him back?

If he deserted, the army would want him back long enough to try him, and then apply appropriate punishments, which would obviously include a dishonorable discharge

If he had not deserted, a court martial is still required, because of the expense, loss of life, and existence of evidence on the issue

The fact that none of this has happens, means that he is on the fast track to become another Ft Hood Shooter. He will get promotions and awards while the officers take their instructions from the politician in chief. He probably cut a deal, and will be well taken care of by the Obama machine as long as he lays low. After 2 years, regardless of who is Prez, it will be hard to get rid of him, unless he calls someone a tranny

entagor on July 14, 2014 at 4:26 PM

He hasn’t been found guilty of desertion. We’re currently under the thumb of a criminal group that wants to put the likes of me and you away for a very long time based upon mere accusation, so I don’t get this constant presumption of guilt that so many have concerning this guy, no matter how bad it looks for him.

When they “find” all that disgusting stuff on your PC, all of those phone logs to Ahmed about buying tons of nitrate fertilizer, or that you haven’t filed your income tax returns over the last twenty years, you’re not going to get any sympathy from the rest of us as they haul your butt away.

We need to stand by the rule of law and strengthen the notion of innocent until proven guilty, the Constitution, and the burden of proof on the part of the accuser.

Dr. ZhivBlago on July 14, 2014 at 4:46 PM

The fact that none of this has happens, means that he is on the fast track to become another Ft Hood Shooter. He will get promotions and awards while the officers take their instructions from the politician in chief. He probably cut a deal, and will be well taken care of by the Obama machine as long as he lays low. After 2 years, regardless of who is Prez, it will be hard to get rid of him, unless he calls someone a tranny

entagor on July 14, 2014 at 4:26 PM

Bergdahl has been anointed a military hero by Pharaoh Obama, in the Rose Garden, with TaliDad at his side saying his derka-derka mohalmmed jihad praise to allah.

He is untouchable.

ConstantineXI on July 14, 2014 at 4:56 PM

Well, I hope he doesn’t go all Hasan on their asses.

Tard on July 14, 2014 at 5:07 PM

I hope someone beats the living crap out of him. Blanket party, lock in a sock style. They can shout Alahu Obama while they’re doing it too.

UpTheCreek on July 14, 2014 at 6:56 PM

Put him against a wall and blow his brains out, men died searching for this POS.

mixplix on July 14, 2014 at 7:31 PM

A DESK JOB!? Doing what, exactly?

It has been a while since I was in the Army, but if memory serves, there is an administrative company on each post that processes incoming personnel. Once you clear, you move on to your final posting. During each morning formation, names would be called along with your new unit. Those that were not called, were assigned to work details.

These work details in the US usually involved a day of policing the post. That meant you picked up trash and cigarette butts, or painted rocks white. In ‘Nam it meant the previous activities plus poring diesel into “Honey Buckets” and stirring the contents with a broom handle until only ash remained. If you don’t know what a “Honey Bucket” is, ask a vet.

The point is, why does this toad get a do nothing desk-job when there are plenty more valuable services he could be performing for the post?

WestTexasBirdDog on July 14, 2014 at 8:18 PM

I say we trade Bowe Bergdahl for Andrew Tahmooressi who has been stuck in a Mexican jail for more than a 100 days.

Nat George on July 14, 2014 at 8:24 PM

I suppose it would not be considered proper to court marital someone in the hospital. I hope this is a return to the status necessary for the investigation to move forward and charges brought.

bartbeast on July 14, 2014 at 8:47 PM

Put him in the bomb disposal unit.

44Magnum on July 14, 2014 at 10:56 PM

The country has lost his mind. Meanwhile valuable troops are getting pink slips.

V7_Sport on July 15, 2014 at 12:11 AM

This dolt is Obama’s poster boy and the Army will not be allowed to do anything to him. Furthermore, if they do, Obama will reverse their decision and actions.

rplat on July 15, 2014 at 10:56 AM

Seems strange, no matter what you think of Bergdahl. If he deserted, why would the Army want him back?

This is SOP.

Bergdahl needs to remain on active duty if the Army wishes to take any legal action against him for desertion or some other violation of the UCMJ.

Once he is discharged, the Army no longer has any jurisdiction over him.

Bart DePalma on July 15, 2014 at 12:55 PM

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