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A pardon for Bowe Bergdahl?
Powerline ^ | June 8, 2014 | Paul Mirengoff

Posted on 06/08/2014 11:31:56 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

When Bowe Bergdahl was first released, the administration’s line seemed to be that he had suffered enough as a Taliban prisoner, and thus that the U.S. would not likely punish him as a deserter even if that’s what he turned out to be. But as the deal came in for strong criticism and evidence mounted as to Bergdahl’s betrayal, the line changed.

We were assured by the military that Bergdahl’s conduct would be investigated and, if misconduct were found, he would be subject to the military justice system. In the meantime, we should withhold judgment.

But Bill Otis predicts that, regardless of the facts (which so far point unambiguously to the conclusion that Bergdahl deserted), Bergdahl will never face a military trial because President Obama will pardon him. Bill, who worked on presidential pardons in the last days of the Bush 41 administration, has even drafted a statement to accompany the pardon (see below). It’s written in perfect Obamaese, which should worry those of us who are close to Bill.

I tend to agree with Bill’s prediction, though. The advantages to Obama of pardoning Bergdahl seem overwhelming. With no court martial, there will be no investigation into Bergdahl’s conduct which, in addition to desertion, may include collaboration with the Taliban whom he sought out so earnestly after abandoning his unit. And there will be no investigation into the causal link between Bergdahl’s walkabout and the deaths of American soldiers who went looking for him.

Finally, and crucially, by short-circuiting an investigation, Obama will likely prevent us from learning how much he knew (or should have known) about Bergdahl’s conduct and its impact on American lives before he decided to release five Taliban commanders in exchange for the deserter.

Here is Bill’s pitch perfect rendition of the anticipated pardon announcement:

America is winding down its longest war. It has exacted a terrible price on our nation, our ally Afghanistan, and the people of that country and ours. While America’s motives were good and our cause urgent after the attacks of 9-11, there have also been deeply troubling episodes. Surveillance procedures in our country and abroad have not always honored civil liberties, and the incarceration and interrogation of some enemy fighters have not lived up to what we, as a people, stand for.

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was one of the thousands of brave Americans who volunteered to defend us. He was young at the time, barely into his twenties. He came from wholesome values, and was thrust from a small town in Idaho into an a dangerous, frightening and alien world.

Like so many at home, over time he came to question America’s role in the war. It is one of the great hallmarks of our country that, while our military men and women respect and adhere to a discipline not expected of those in civilian life, they do not leave behind their freedom of conscience.

Even after all this time, we do not know exactly what led Sgt. Bergdahl into his five years of cruel captivity. It’s clear that he left his post, plainly a wrong decision. He’s a young man, perhaps a troubled one, and young, troubled people make mistakes, sometimes very serious ones.

But that is no longer the point. Our country should embrace two far more important points: That the future awaits, hoping to live free of the encumbrances of the past; and that the kind of people we are beckons us more urgently than any mistakes Sgt. Bergdahl may have made. It’s time for a compassionate country to allow Bowe Bergdahl to move on with what we all hope will be a productive life.

Even more important, however, it’s time for America to move on with its life. It is not merely compassion but prudence that counsels us to try to come together. And we have the past as our guide. After the terribly divisive and painful war in Vietnam, our country pardoned those who had not fulfilled their military obligations. This helped us pave the way for national reconciliation, and for an era of great progress and prosperity in the generation that followed, as the Soviet Union fell, freedom flourished around the world, and opportunity grew here at home as never before.

The key to moving into a better future is letting go of the bitterness and divisions of the past. To help our country do that, I am announcing today that I am pardoning Sgt. Bergdahl for any conduct related to or following his departure from his military post in Afghanistan in 2009.

As Bill says, it’s all there: opportunism burlesquing compassion; politics impersonating statesmanship; evasion supplanting accountability; contempt aping patriotism; and platitudinous, old fashioned blather.

Who would bet that Obama doesn’t end up uttering something close to these words?


TOPICS: Government; Military/Veterans; Politics
KEYWORDS: afghanistan; bergdahl; bergdahldeserter; fraud; obama; pardon; scandals
I could easily see him doing just that while simultaneously charging George Zimmerman with violating the late Trayvon Martin's civil rights and releasing every black prisoner in America because they were "obviously profiled" by the man.
1 posted on 06/08/2014 11:31:56 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The CIC will make it a pardon without issuing one.


2 posted on 06/08/2014 11:39:01 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I could easily see him doing just that while simultaneously charging George Zimmerman with violating the late Trayvon Martin's civil rights and releasing every black prisoner in America because they were "obviously profiled" by the man.

You know, you're probably right.

3 posted on 06/09/2014 12:53:49 AM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Conservatism is the political disposition of grown-ups.)
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To: GeronL

If obama pardons him—he should be impeached.


4 posted on 06/09/2014 1:19:15 AM PDT by Forward the Light Brigade (Into the Jaws of H*ll)
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To: Forward the Light Brigade

he doesn’t have to actually pardon him.

He can stop any investigation, stop any court martial, give him a medal and a promotion to Brigadier General if he wants to. He is the Commander in Chief.


5 posted on 06/09/2014 1:24:05 AM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Why would he need a pardon? He served with “honor and distinction”. /s


6 posted on 06/09/2014 1:27:06 AM PDT by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
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To: Forward the Light Brigade
If obama pardons him—he should be impeached.

Bowing to the King of Saudi Arabia should have got Obama impeached and removed.

But removal takes two thirds of the Senate, and impeachment is a loser's game unless it results in removal.

7 posted on 06/09/2014 1:29:31 AM PDT by cynwoody
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To: GeronL
he doesn’t have to actually pardon him.

He can stop any investigation, stop any court martial, give him a medal and a promotion to Brigadier General if he wants to. He is the Commander in Chief.

Exactly. There won't be a pardon because there won't be a court martial. This guy will go back to Idaho and emerge, down the road, as a leftist icon.

8 posted on 06/09/2014 2:03:22 AM PDT by Entrepreneur (We're past the tipping point - the only variable is the rate of decline)
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To: Entrepreneur

bump


9 posted on 06/09/2014 2:03:42 AM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Hell, why not the Nobel Peace Prize?


10 posted on 06/09/2014 2:08:40 AM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: Forward the Light Brigade

Yeah add that to the list of which no one will do anything about.


11 posted on 06/09/2014 2:10:18 AM PDT by maddog55 (A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I never even considered a Presidential pardon for Bergdahl.
I was guessing he’d suicide and become a martyr to be used against us.
“See? See what your criticism drove this fine, young soldier to do, you evil military commentators and right-wingers?!?”


12 posted on 06/09/2014 2:17:29 AM PDT by RandallFlagg (Uninstall Fascist Firefox. Get Pale Moon.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Good morning 2ndDivisionVet, I hope you are well.

I’m having trouble understanding how a pardon would prevent an investigation. Yes, bergdahl (I refuse to capitalize his name out of disrespect) could be in the clear, but I’m sure the Army would want to know what caused him to walk away from his post. He would be treated by the public similar to O J Simpson after his criminal acquittal. I think he would maintain his “earned” status as a pariah.

What am I missing?

Gwjack


13 posted on 06/09/2014 2:57:22 AM PDT by gwjack (May God give America His richest blessings.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Of course he will be pardoned. That is yet another “In yo face!”


14 posted on 06/09/2014 3:05:14 AM PDT by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: Entrepreneur

I suspect there are too many family of guys who didn’t come back due to this guy for him to return here. Without plastic surgery I doubt even witness protection will work. If he values his life he will go back to the Haqqani.


15 posted on 06/09/2014 3:25:34 AM PDT by wastoute (Government cannot redistribute wealth. Government can only redistribute poverty.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Because Bergdahl was RESPONSIBLE for the deaths of Americans
then he will be pardoned by Obama (who covets both).


16 posted on 06/09/2014 4:18:59 AM PDT by Diogenesis
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I don’t doubt Obama would pardon Bergdahl, but so long as Obama occupies the WH, Bergdahl will never come to trial. It’ll be Hillary’s headache.


17 posted on 06/09/2014 4:23:31 AM PDT by ScottinVA (Obama is so far in over his head, even his ears are beneath the water level.)
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To: Forward the Light Brigade

“If obama pardons him—he should be impeached.”

Impeachment of Obama will never happen.


18 posted on 06/09/2014 4:27:21 AM PDT by ScottinVA (Obama is so far in over his head, even his ears are beneath the water level.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Sending this guy to jail would go against the administration’s fabricated story about him. He will never be prosecuted. The big guy will see to it.


19 posted on 06/09/2014 4:37:52 AM PDT by I want the USA back (Media: completely irresponsible. Complicit in the destruction of this country.)
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To: gwjack
but I’m sure the Army would want to know what caused him to walk away from his post.

Not after the Commander In Chief declares the issue settled. The Generals will be more interested in their careers and pensions than the truth,

20 posted on 06/09/2014 5:10:18 AM PDT by NonValueAdded (Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi or Atty General Holder, who brought more guns to Mexico?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Bowe Bergdahl = Rachel Corrie in camo


21 posted on 06/09/2014 5:15:24 AM PDT by N. Theknow (Kennedys-Can't drive, can't ski, can't fly, can't skipper a boat-But they know what's best for you.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

They were mean to poor Bowe.

If he can be believed it was only AFTER they had treated him so nicely and AFTER he betrayed their kindnesses by trying to escape, that they then put him in a cage where he should have been in the first place.


22 posted on 06/09/2014 5:40:01 AM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

A Pardon would imply assumed guilt, especially in this case.


23 posted on 06/09/2014 7:27:02 AM PDT by sickoflibs (King Obama : 'The debate is over. The time for talk is over. Just follow my commands you serfs""')
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To: GeronL

What you say is true. Notwithstanding that, there is a term for that and it is called “undue and improper command influence.” Commanders at all levels are not to be seen as improperly influeincing the normal disciplinary processes untill the matter comes to their attention through normal command channels.

I know that this wont stop an evil malevolent POS like Obama, but we can at least highlight any such impropriety, and add it on the mountain of Obama depradations and grotesqueries.


24 posted on 06/09/2014 8:58:04 AM PDT by DMZFrank
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To: NonValueAdded

Hi NAV, you may be right. We’ll see.

I’ve discussed this with my Captain Nephew, going back to Afghanistan on June 21, and he thought that Generals would be much more influenced by retired Generals like Keane and Mattes. BTW, he participated in the search for bergdahl when he was there in 2010 and 2011.

Gwjack


25 posted on 06/09/2014 11:34:32 AM PDT by gwjack (May God give America His richest blessings.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

He will be ruled incompetent to face courts martial, given a general discharge and sent on his way (keeping his pay).


26 posted on 06/09/2014 2:01:55 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (Do The Math)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Look for a plea of PTS, caused by his military service.


27 posted on 06/09/2014 3:03:20 PM PDT by jch10 (The Democrat mascot shouldn't’t be the donkey; it should be the tick.)
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To: gwjack

We’ll keep your nephew in our prayers. This tour will be much more dangerous.


28 posted on 06/09/2014 5:19:55 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi or Atty General Holder, who brought more guns to Mexico?)
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To: Forward the Light Brigade

There is a reason why every natural born American citizen knows the name; Benedict Arnold.

Thus it will be with Bergdahl...


29 posted on 06/09/2014 5:24:56 PM PDT by Delta Dawn (Fluent in two languages: English and cursive.)
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To: NonValueAdded

Thank you NVA (I’m old enough to feel awkward about that acronym).

My nephew was back home for the funeral of his G’ma (and my mother). We didnt have a lot of time to talk, but i make the best of what is available. I’ll go to Fort Hood next week to talk further.

My speculation is that he will be there until the total withdrawal. When he was in country before, he shared events with me that he didn’t share with his parents. He was afraid of frightening them. He, and his soldiers encountered IEDs daily. One flipped his APC and he lost his hearing for 6 days. He has a slight hearing loss now.

Our brave servicemen/women are much to be admired. If we can rid ourselves of the politicians/bureaucrats, our country is in good hands.

Gwjack


30 posted on 06/09/2014 6:41:59 PM PDT by gwjack (May God give America His richest blessings.)
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