This past May, the Obama administration kicked off a firestorm of GOP criticism after securing the release of captured Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, who had been a captive of the Taliban for five years. Lins Andrade stated in exchange for Sgt. Bergdahl’s release, the president released five top Taliban fighters from the Guantanamo Bay detention center. Besides the one-sided nature of the prisoner exchange, the administration failed to abide by federal law mandating that no exchange can be finalized until after congress has been given 30-days to review the prisoner swap. The waiting period allows congress to raise objections over the potential threat posed by the prisoners being released. President Obama notified congress after the prisoner exchange occurred. It claimed the failure to notify congress was an “oversight”. Regardless, the administration was adamant that securing the release of Sgt. Bergdahl was a worthy effort.
Now, rumors are circulating that the Army sergeant will face a court martial for desertion. It was suspected that he was captured by Taliban fighters only after abandoning his post. Retired Army intel officer Tony Shaffer explains that he believes the Obama administration is stonewalling announcement of the looming court martial. Obviously, news of a court martial would prove highly embarrassing for the administration. The United States Army denies that any decision has been reached in the current Bergdahl investigation. Possible outcomes could range from taking no action all the way to requesting a court martial. Shaffer claims that politics is delaying the announcement of the court martial.