Chairman of the Joint Chiefs: Sgt. Bergdahl to Be Investigated

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs: Sgt. Bergdahl to Be Investigated

The most powerful officer in the U.S. military, General Martin E. Dempsey, Chair of the Joint Chiefs, has not ruled out the possibility of a court-martial of Sgt. Bergdahl for desertion.

Using the platform of his Facebook page, General Dempsey made the following statement: “As for the circumstances of his capture, when he is able to provide them, we’ll learn the facts,” he wrote. “Our Army’s leaders will not look away from misconduct if it occurred.”

This statement contradicts the standing White House narrative from both the president, Dempsey’s boss, and Susan Rice that Sgt. Bergdahl’s release is to be celebrated and understood of being proof that we never leave our troops behind.

The release comes just as the Select Committee on the deaths of Ambassador Stevens and three other Americans in Benghazi begins its work, the Congressional investigation into an incidence that clearly disproves the administration’s assertion that America does not leave its people behind.

Any investigation of Sgt. Bergdahl’s disappearance will have many questions to answer beyond the circumstances of how the then-private ended up with the Haqqani network.

These include whether or not Congress was informed of the prisoner exchange as per statutory requirements, and how the exchange of one infantryman for five very senior members of the Taleban — including Dempsey’s equivalent, the Taleban Chief of Staff — was justified.

Sebastian Gorka PhD has been appointed the Horner Chair of Military Theory at the Marine Corps University and is the National Security editor of


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