From an editorial published in the NYT. That is not their reporting. The author is a retired foreign service officer who has called for an end to the US embargo of Cuba and a significant expansion of our financial support to UN efforts in Africa. I take it you also agree her on those issues.
Originally Posted by MMC
Let me ask you this: Suppose the Taliban held several American soldiers who were not reported to have left their bases voluntarily. Would you have opposed a prisoner exchange for them?
Are you aware that civilians being held hostage by the Taliban could also have been exchanged? Only Bergdahl, a POW whether you like it or not, was traded.
Since yer so enamoured of the NYT reporting of this story, why didn't you comment on the article cited by Unitedwestand13? Here are the opening paragraphs:
A classified military report detailing the Army’s investigation into the disappearance of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in June 2009 says that he had wandered away from assigned areas before — both at a training range in California and at his remote outpost in Afghanistan — and then returned, according to people briefed on it.
The roughly 35-page report, completed two months after Sergeant Bergdahl left his unit, concludes that he most likely walked away of his own free will from his outpost in the dark of night, and it criticized lax security practices and poor discipline in his unit. But it stops short of concluding that there is solid evidence that Sergeant Bergdahl, then a private, intended to permanently desert.
Whether Sergeant Bergdahl was a deserter who never intended to come back, or simply slipped away for a short adventure amid an environment of lax security and discipline and was then captured, is one of many unanswered questions about his disappearance.
The issue is murky, the report said, in light of Sergeant Bergdahl’s previous episodes of walking off. The report cites accounts from his unit mates that in their predeployment exercise at the Army’s National Training Center at Fort Irwin, Calif., he sneaked or crawled off a designated course or range either to see how far he could go or to see a sunrise or sunset. — "Bergdahl Is Said to Have History of Leaving Post
, June 5, 2014
That AP report based on information from an anonymous source. It states explicitly that Bergdahl was not even accused of desertion. Others here have pointed that out, but you don't seem to take notice.
The Pentagon's official position is clear: no conclusions regarding Bergdahl's actions should be made before a thorough investigation can be completed. "Army will conduct 'comprehensive' review of Bergdahl disappearance, captivity," Stars and Stripes, June 3, 2014.
>>After you get thru all I have in these let me know
I'm not going to read yer input to any other threads on this topic. Yer posts here have convinced it would be a waste of my time. If you have something worth listening to, you should be able to state it briefly.
>>then discover how much I Know about this issue
Like I say, I don't think you have the first clue.