U.S. Army launches formal investigation into Bowe Bergdahl’s desertion and captivity after the Taliban claimed he was a collaborator
- Secretary of the Army John McHugh has announced a formal investigation into the circumstances of Bowe Bergdahl’s 2009 disappearance
- Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Martin Dempsey said that ‘like any American, he is innocent until proven guilty’
- A major classified file exists on Bergdahl’s conduct in the army before his captivity and during it, a Pentagon official told Fox News
- Report claims that many in the defense department have concerns he may have been an ‘active collaborator with the enemy’
- It comes after Taliban claims in 2010 that the soldier converted to Islam and changed his name to Abdullah while being held
- Was scheduled to be promoted for a second time in absentia this summer and legal experts say he could receive five years’-worth back pay
The Sunday Times spoke with Taliban deputy district commander in Paktika, who called himself Haji Nadeem, who told the newspaper that Bergdahl taught him how to dismantle a mobile phone and turn it into a remote control for a roadside bomb
I love this, the money quote.
The entire episode is becoming a headache for President Obama who hoped that he would be seen as a triumphant commander in chief for bringing Bergdahl home.
You have to ask yourself. How does the world’s smartest man willingly make an unforced mistake like this?