The original investigation remains classified, according to Spears. Yet, the soldiers know the truth. Spears concludes that while the Military judge has the final say, the Dept. of Defense owes it to the families of the soldiers who lost their lives trying to rescue Deserter Bergdahl and to the public to release the full report.
Though it was common knowledge inside the unit that Sergeant Bergdahl had deserted, the Army allowed the myth to perpetuate that he might have fallen behind on a patrol. Soldiers who knew the truth were afraid to speak up, out of fear that they would be punished.
In late 2014, the Obama administration was reeling from growing national outrage over proof that veterans were dying because of mismanagement at the Department of Veterans Affairs. Word of the Bergdahl rescue conveniently changed the news cycle’s focus. Sergeant Bergdahl was rescued under the pretense that his health was deteriorating to a critical level. He made the trip back to the U.S. on his own feet, and no serious health issues have since been reported.
Soldiers lost their lives trying to retrieve Bergdahl after his desertion, but the Obama administration paraded Bowe Bergdahl as their own personal PR campaign amidst damaging news of the mismanagement of the VA by Obama.
[T]hen presidential candidate Donald Trump denounced the decision to trade five high-level Taliban leaders for one low-ranking deserter. Some critics of Mr. Trump have since expressed concern over his campaign statements that called for Sergeant Bergdahl to be held accountable for those who lost their lives trying to find him. Those critics’ concerns ring political to many who remain affected personally or professionally by Sergeant Bergdahl’s actions.