The US army is the biggest joke the world has to laugh at,' wrote Sergeant Bergdahl in an email later published by...
It is a bitter indictment of an army in trouble. It was written by the American soldier Bowe Bergdahl in his last email to his parents sent just before he walked off his base in eastern Afghanistan on 30 June 2009. Within hours, he was picked by the Taliban who held him for five years... Read More
Bowe Bergdahl was "an American prisoner of war captured on the battlefield" who "served the United States with distinction and honor," asserted Susan Rice, the president's national security adviser. Rice was speaking to ABC's George Stephanopoulos the morning after Barack Obama's Rose Garden celebration of Bergdahl's release. When she spoke last Sunday, could Rice have... Read More
It is so easy to gull the: the pack, the herd. It just takes a bit of theater. A brass band on the Fourth of July, flags whipping in the wind, young soldiers marching down Main Street, rhythmic thump-thump-thump of boots. There comes that glorious sense of common purpose, the adrenal thrill of collective power,... Read More
Bergdahl Must Be Treated Fairly
A fighting force is tied together by the bonds of comradeship and loyalty among the individual soldiers. Elite military units have translated this sense of brotherhood into “leave no man behind, living or dead” a concept that is as old as the ancient Greeks and Romans. The Greeks assiduously collected the fallen to give them... Read More
A Long Tradition of Those Who Walk Away From War
The United States military should consider itself lucky that it only has Bowe Bergdahl. During the Vietnam War nearly 420,000 soldiers deserted, which means that they left their posts without any intent to return or failed to show up for deployment. Those who were gone for more than a month were administratively categorized as having... Read More