Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump added his voice to the Bowe Bergdahl debate during a speech in Las Vegas last Thursday. And what Donald Trump, the Republican presidential front-runner, had to say was definitely not in agreement with Lt. Col. Mark Visger’s conclusion that Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl should not face jail time.
What did Trump have to say about the Bergdahl? Donald Trump said Thursday that Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl should have been executed for leaving his post in Afghanistan.
“We’re tired of Sgt. Bergdahl, who’s a traitor, a no-good traitor, who should have been executed,” Trump said to cheers at a rowdy rally inside a packed Las Vegas theater at the casino-hotel Treasure Island.
“Thirty years ago,” Trump added, “he would have been shot.”
Video of Donald Trump Discussing Bowe Bergdahl
No Jail Time for Bowe Bergdahl?
For those of you unfamiliar with the story, Bowe Bergdahl was captured by the Taliban after leaving his post on June 30, 2009, and held until last year, when he was exchanged for five Taliban commanders. His commanding officers in Afghanistan say a 45-day search for Bergdahl put soldiers in danger.
Military prosecutors charged Bergdahl in March with desertion and misbehavior before the enemy, a charge that could carry a maximum penalty of life imprisonment.
While the U.S. military has not made an official announcement yet, there are reports surfacing that an Army officer involved in the case is recommending that Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl face a lower-level court martial and be spared the possibility of jail time for leaving his post in Afghanistan.
Bergdahl’s defense attorney Eugene Fidell said Lt. Col. Mark Visger has recommended that Sgt. Bergdahl’s case be referred to a special court martial, which is a misdemeanor-level forum. This would limit the maximum punishment to reduction in rank, a bad-conduct discharge and a term of up to a year in prison.
What do yo think about this recommendation of no jail time for Bergdahl? From what Donald Trump said in Las Vegas, we certainly know where he stands.