A Liberal Perspective On The Bowe Bergdahl Desertion Charges

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So it came out Wednesday that U.S. soldier Bowe Bergdahl is going to be officially charged with desertion. And since the announcement the neo-Cons have been going crazy blasting Obama for his handling of the entire situation.

OK, so let’s talk about this for a minute…

First of all, I really must say that while the righties are furiously insisting that getting Bergdahl back was definitely not worth trading 5 members of the Taliban, I’m just sorta wondering where the outrage and righteous indignation was when we decided that taking out Saddam Hussein was worth trading the lives of 4,500 American soldiers?

Now don’t get me wrong, I do believe that he should stand trial and be held accountable for his actions. However the key point still remains that whether or not Bergdahl was a deserter actually has no bearing on the fact that we leave no one behind. There is no exemption clause allowing us to pick and choose who gets saved and who doesn’t.

Yes, it’s tragic if lives were lost searching for him…no question… but unfortunately this is just another horrific inevitable product of war.

Sometimes we really do have to stop and look at the big picture to gain a little perspective. And so just to give you something to consider, let me point out that while Bowe Bergdahl is standing trial for his life, war criminals Bush and Cheney are still free men.