The Army has charged Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl with desertion and misbehavior before the enemy, officials announced Wednesday. Bergdahl, who spent five years as a captive under the Taliban before he was freed in a May 31 prisoner swap, will face an Article 32 preliminary hearing, said Col. Daniel King, a spokesman for Army Forces Command. [from Army Times]
Veterans For Peace calls for an end to the persecution of Bowe Bergdahl, who has become a scapegoat for the failed policy of massive U.S. intervention in Afghanistan. We are concerned that President Obama is again delaying the long-promised withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan, a U.S. war now in its 14th year.
As long as U.S. troops remain in Afghanistan, they will be involved in killing innocent men, women and children. Neither Bowe Bergdahl nor any U.S. soldier should have their health and moral well-being put at risk in an illegal and unwinnable war. Those soldiers who resist illegal wars and refuse to participate in war crimes will continue to have our full support.