Larry Provost

You would think any American soldier coming home would be a cause for celebration, until Bowe Bergdahl was released.

The soldier deserted his unit, after showing a high amount of sympathy for the enemies of America. His fellow soldiers, including officers, confirm this. Still, his fellow soldiers searched for the deserter and some died on the missions looking for him. Recently, five Taliban prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba were released in exchange for the deserter.

This was a bad trade on many levels.

1-The deserter abandoned his unit.

2-The deserter had no business dealing with the locals. He had an unusual interest in Afghanistan and sympathy for the enemy. The deserter was not a civil affairs soldier whose job, not always inaccurately, is referred to as “Peace Corps with Guns” or “Diplomats of the Army.” (The usage of the former is discouraged) . His job was not to be close to the Afghan people more than any normal United States soldier would be.

3-Presidential authority has trumped Congress again, perhaps illegally, as seen in the President’s views on enforcing marriage laws, immigration laws, and even a unanimously passed terrorist visa law. There are very few cases where the President, on the basis of a moral right, should defy Congress. Those cases would be situations of the most extreme nature such as the Louisiana Purchase which immediately doubled the size of America or FDR’s Destroyer for Bases Agreement that happened while Hitler stood close to invading England. This was not one of those cases; not for a deserter.

4-This abuse of power could be used against those who currently overlook its use. Leftists should take note; the very presidential power they want for this President could be used against them one day but those, of another political persuasion, who have just as much sinful potential as they do.

5-Views of the deserter. Bergdahl apparently penned an anti American note before leaving his post.

6-The deserter will become a piece of enemy propaganda. The first reason is for his views (see above point). The deserter’s father also is somewhat troubling. On the steps of the White House, Bergdahl’s father said, in Pashto, “In the name of Allah, most gracious, most compassionate…” Further, the deserter’s father apparently posted, on twitter, a message that said ““I am still working to free all Guantanamo prisoners. God will repay for the death of every Afghan child, amen!”


Larry Provost

Larry Provost currently works at The American Legion in the National Security and Foreign Relations Division.