I am glad SGT Bergdahl is free. I am far less than happy at HOW he was freed. That we do not leave anyone behind is an article of faith and devotion for the rank and file, though I do wonder how seriously higher takes it…
Now, comes the hard part and what we must all demand of higher: a fair, complete, and impartial investigation of all the circumstances that placed SGT Bergdahl into enemy hands. Given the number of troops who died trying to find and recover him, the questions must be answered and justice done to the fullest possible extent. Being freed is not a free pass, for a very high price has been paid and a long-standing tenet of diplomacy forfeited in the process. I fear a very bad precedent has been set, and to whitewash to even the slightest degree will only make it worse.
Sadly, I have no faith and confidence that any of this will happen. I would be unsurprised to see SGT Bergdahl hailed as a hero and given a ticker-tape parade. I hope to be proven wrong, but will not bet on that happening.
UPDATE: Another reason this smells. Everyone is focusing on the first sentence, look at the second. Hard. That is the key, and the target on our troops just got larger IMO.