Thoughts about Bergdahl

Charged with desertion and misbehavior before the enemy, Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl could end up spending the remainder of his life in a military prison if convicted.

Bergdahl disappeared from his post in Afghanistan in 2009, then held captive by the Taliban for five years.

Last year, President Obama was criticized for securing Bergdahl’s freedom in exchange for the release of five high-profile Taliban commanders held at Guantanamo Bay, then appearing in the Rose Garden with Bergdahl’s parents at a press conference.

It’s taken the Army the good part of a year to formally investigate Bergdahl before announcing the charges this week.

Did the president act correctly last year in swapping five terrorists for Bergdahl? Did the Army act correctly in bringing charges against him? What do you think will happen to Bergdahl? Are there lessons to learn in this case? Email

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