September 19, 2015


Bowe Bergdahl Doesn't Deserve Jail, Army Investigator Testifies (DAN FROSCH, Sept. 18, 2015, WSJ)

Gen. Dahl described Sgt. Bergdahl as deeply idealistic, influenced by the author Ayn Rand and Samurai culture, and a loner of sorts who was also an exemplary soldier.

Questioned during a preliminary hearing to determine if Sgt. Bergdahl will be court-martialed, on Friday, at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. PHOTO: BRIGITTE WOOSLEY/ASSOCIATED PRESS
But Sgt. Bergdahl craved combat and was frustrated that his platoon wasn't being more aggressive, and he wanted it to spend more time capturing and killing Taliban, Gen. Dahl said.

He said Sgt. Bergdahl eventually grew so upset that he hatched a bizarre plan to leave his unit in a remote outpost in Afghanistan and run some 19 miles through the night to a base in the hopes that the ensuing rescue mission would draw the attention of a general.

"He would present himself and say 'I'm the guy you're looking for, and I'm not saying anything until I talk to the general,' " Gen. Dahl said.

Sometime between June 29 and June 30, he walked away from his unit and into the darkness, leaving his guns behind and taking with him only water, Afghan currency and traditional Afghan clothing. Eight to ten hours later, however, Sgt. Bergdahl was captured by the Taliban.

"I got the impression they didn't know what the heck to do with him," Gen. Dahl said.

Throughout the two-day hearing, prosecutors sought to portray Sgt. Bergdahl as motivated by selfishness. 

For a Randian, that's a compliment.

Posted by at September 19, 2015 7:37 AM

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