Overwhelming Majority Says Bergdahl Should Face Criminal Charges ‘If’ He Deserted

Posted by on Jun 11, 2014 at 7:26 am

Let’s face it, we all know he deserted, but we guess we have to go through the formality of presuming he was just minding his own business one night and some Taliban magically slipped in and kidnapped him. Anyway, despite the pitiful White House spin that he served with “honor and distinction,” Americans can clearly see we have a traitorous deserter on our hands.

A majority of Americans disapprove of the deal that freed Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl from his Taliban captors, and nearly three-quarters think he should face criminal charges if he deserted his unit, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.

The poll shows 73 percent say that, if it is shown that Bergdahl did indeed desert, he should be charged with a military crime. Twenty percent oppose charging Bergdahl. Support for such charges is nearly universal, with 70 percent of Democrats and 82 percent of Republicans agreeing.

The poll also shows Americans continue to oppose the deal that was made to exchange five Taliban leaders held at Guantanamo Bay for Bergdahl. Fifty-one percent disapprove of the deal, while 39 percent approve.

This is the first time a poll has shown a majority opposing the deal. Other recent polls from CBS News and the Pew Research Center have also shown opposition to the deal is higher than support.

In addition, when respondents were informed of allegations that Bergdahl deserted, opposition to the deal increases significantly, to 63 percent. In that case, just 28 percent continue to approve of the deal.

We urge Team Obama to keep spitting in the faces of Americans by telling us how brilliant they are with this move. Though we suspect they’ll want to talk about anything else moving forward.

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2 Responses to “Overwhelming Majority Says Bergdahl Should Face Criminal Charges ‘If’ He Deserted”

  1. Elmer Stoup on 11/11/14 at 6:45 pm

    Given the facts I’ve read in the press, it’s clear PVT Bergdahl was AWOL, in a situation where his disappearance could result in the death of his fellow soldiers. However desertion means a soldier does not intend to come back. He had disappeared in two other situations and came back to his unit. Perhaps a letter some say he wrote may show an indication not to return.

    IMHO, the Army should punish him as severely as the law allows. However we shouldn’t be calling him a deserter until we have more facts.