Bowe Bergdahl is a traitor who should be punished for his actions, suggests Herb London of Fox News. The U.S. Army Sergeant had talked about leaving his post in Afghanistan and joining the enemy. It was due to his deserting and getting captured by the Taliban that three U.S. soldiers got heavily injured while trying to save him. Obama hid this information from the public when he traded Bergdahl for five Taliban leaders, trying to portray him as a hero, which the former president needs to answer for as well. Honoring an army deserter in such a way does little to prevent this from happening in the future. Bergdahl deserves a severe punishment.
The anger directed at U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl by conservative Americans is strongly misplaced, believes Matthew Hoh of MintPress News. It was only when Bergdahl’s parents stood next to Obama on television that America’s right decided to demonize their son. Vicious rumors about him being an ally to the enemy or causing the deaths of other soldiers were cooked up. Even though he was captured and tortured by the Taliban for five years, truly punishment enough, many on the right still want more. Many military advisers close to the case advise that Bergdahl not be further punished. It is time to forgive this mentally-ill veteran.