Some very brave senior Army officers have made the courageous decision to charge now-Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl with: 1) desertion and 2) misbehavior before the enemy. They did this at the peril of their careers. Since he took office 6-plus years ago, President Obama has quietly engaged in a purge of flag-grade officers (generals and admirals) who disagreed with his personal military philosophy that is far more extensive than any of his predecessors. While not on the scale or consequence (our flag-grade officers were not executed) of Stalin’s purges of the 1930s, many scores have been demoted, put into dead-end jobs, or forced to retire. Since his Rose Garden ceremony with Bergdahl’s parents and National Security Adviser Susan Rice’s declaration that Bergdahl “served with honor and distinction,” the president has put considerable pressure on the Army to minimize, if not eliminate, the charges against now-Sgt. Bergdahl. At the risk of their careers, the flag-grade officers who recommended the charges are heroes.
Lee A. James