Should Bowe Bergdahl Be Court-Martialed?

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When U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl returned home after five years as a Taliban prisoner of war, America joined in his family’s celebration. In the months since, however, several disturbing revelations have called his character – and allegiance – into question:

  • Just three days prior to being reported missing in Afghanistan, he reportedly sent an email to his parents in which he lamented his own involvement in the American military and expressed sympathy for those fighting against U.S. troops. “I am ashamed to be an American,” he wrote. “And the title of US soldier is just the lie of fools.”
  • Prior to ending up in the Taliban’s custody, his fellow soldiers say he deserted his platoon; and in the subsequent recovery mission, six brave men died trying to find him. “Bowe Bergdahl deserted during a time of war,” former Sgt. Matt Vierkant said; “ and his fellow Americans lost their lives searching for him.”

Since then, Bergdahl has reintegrated into the Army and has been stationed at a military base in Texas where he has been working  in a comfortable environment on a daily basis.

As of now, Major Gen. Kenneth Dahl is wrapping up an investigation and should be filing a report in the coming weeks. The details of the report could contain the details on disciplinary action to be taken against Bergdahl. But a report released by the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office (GAO) found the Department of Defense (DoD) in violation of the federal law in releasing prisoners. Under the current law, Congress needs 30 days’ notice before the DoD can release prisoners from Guantanamo Bay. The Department of Defense did not give Congress the necessary time to make a decision on the Bergdahl swap, making the Bergdahl swap illegal from the start.

This poll is being conducted to discover what the American people think about this subject now that the investigation has taken a sharp turn. Should Bowe Bergdahl be court-martialed? The results of this poll have been published once but will be published again. The results will also be shared with major news networks and policy makers, including members of Congress. By answering this poll and having your friends take part, you can influence the decisions of those in Washington.