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Command Post What is this?
Posted on Nov 3, 2017
MAJ Montgomery Granger
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I cannot help but believe that a political message was placed higher in priority than justice in this farce. With a single decision, I believe the presiding officer has abdicated the Army's right and duty to impose punishment and enforce discipline among the ranks. Furthermore, this decision is a slap in the face to every family whose loved one stood their ground and made the ultimate sacrifice keeping faith with their comrades. Desertion has always been among the most odious and detestable of offenses, even more so when it occurs on the battlefield. It is a base betrayal of every moral trait and core value of every warrior since the beginning of time. It is inconceivable to me that any officer of the United States military could countenance such leniency for such a spurious reason as the effect of a personal opinion expressed in a public forum by the POTUS. Our commander in chief has taken rather obvious pains to step back from the intense micromanaging of previous administrations in military matters. Additionally, he has never been known to punish or persecute people over differences of opinion as long as they perform in a competent manner. Much has been made by the defense about how this.......person.... suffered at the hands of his `captors'. They maintain that he has suffered enough. I would hasten to observe that he was (allegedly) mistreated because of his own choices and actions and therefore should have no relevance to sentence imposed. I'm not privy to all the evidence or facts considered in rendering this decision, but I cannot conceive of any possible combination of factors which would justify this person walking away with several hundred thousand dollars of back pay and an arguable "slap on the wrist" as punishment. As an enlisted man, I would take extreme pains to avoid being assigned to any command under this presiding judges authority. In our volunteer military, one must have confidence in the integrity and judgement of those who command in order to serve, and that confidence has been severely shaken......
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A1C Samuel Leggett
A1C Samuel Leggett
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At a minimum. I was expecting the 14 years at Leavenworth. Although, personally, I would have preferred seeing him against the wall in front of a firing squad.
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PFC Simon Foster
PFC Simon Foster
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If he hadn't deserted, he wouldn't have been "treated badly".
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PO3 Bob McCord
PO3 Bob McCord
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PFC Simon Foster - Possibly even offended. Can't have that.
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SGT Bleve Collett
SGT Bleve Collett
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Cause the end to a one that fights with you 14 years throw the book at him. But he got off with a slap where is the balls that we use to have , Come on Sir Dang it 14 years would have been fine . Leavenworth or firing squad also would be right.
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MAJ Montgomery Granger I was shocked and angered by the sentence. He should be doing serious prison time.
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CPO Nate Szejniuk
CPO Nate Szejniuk
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PO2 David Allender - I, could not remember but looked it up https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A1lVBfqQyjs . Seems like I had now that I reviewed this link, but it was many many years ago. So I have watched it. Why do you ask?
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CPO Nate Szejniuk
CPO Nate Szejniuk
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PO2 David Allender - I was wondering are you saying that Bergdahl is a "Billy Budd" character/ I and others will need you to connect those dots in a factual or at least in a logical manner. Because, I am sure that the connection CANNOT be made for him being a "Billy Budd" type character, such that his cowardice before the enemy got others killed when trying to search and attempt to rescue him.

Yet, the ONLY reason I can even "remotely consider" for the previous POTUS and perhaps the JAG judge in taking the actions they did regarding Berghal, was to protect him as an intelligence asset. Meaning, Sgt Bergdahl, could have very well been an intelligence operative, under very, very deep cover, with this scenario played out well in advance, knowing full well he was taking one for the team (aka the USA) and was willing to gather much deeper intel as a result of his deliberate capture and apparent desertion. Some would call this idea, fantasy, and it very well could be imagination thinking to extremes, but it is the ONLY reason I can postulate that would make sense by any stretch of anyone's imagination.

A ruse is a ruse. However, for this ruse is to be complete our intelligence arm would have had to also turned one or more of five returned terrorist in order to continue the deep intel groundwork he may have been tasked to lay. Again, this is a scenario that could have been thought about as a Hollywood screen play. I would not doubt that! Yet, it is the only "real world" thing that makes sense, otherwise, in my mind and others, he remains a coward and a traitor to the men he served with, those that tried to save him and the nation at large until facts are revealed that can change minds. The chances of our government revealing such an operation is hazardous on so many fronts that implications are - mind blowing!!! So, even if this possible scenario is in fact true, it can neither be confirmed nor denied to the satisfaction of pun dents on the left or the right precisely because of its - implications! We are playing an international chess game on the world stage and sometimes - pawns are sacrificed for a greater good! No fair, but a reality nonetheless!

Here are two commentaries that you and others may find interesting, to a point, regarding the movie:

- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GbmjBH-V64g
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PI05awdayvU

Finally, injustice has been with humankind since time began (I have experienced may own injustices, yet still it is important to take the high road). What are you actually telling this group? Also, have you read Melville's book for yourself, not withstanding your viewing of this movie? I like Melville, and think I'll reread the book again for myself.

In the meantime, I encourage you to read this summary of the book entitled "Its Your Ship" http://www.gary-tomlinson.com/media/Book_Report_-_Its_Your_Ship.pdf. Plus, get the book for yourself and read it. My version is highlighted and annotated including having the aforementioned summary folded inside the pages that is about 2-feet from my home office desk. I kept it close to remind me of my obligations on many levels.

Finally, Bergdhal I don't believe understands this: "If the catapult to launch planes is broken, then tell the CO it is broken, they have the right and the responsibility to know; but, have plan(s) to get it fixed correctly so the CO can get planes launched to accomplish the mission the CO has been assigned! The task by the technical specialist to fix the catapult (quickly, but correctly). The CO's job is to accomplish the larger mission, that includes every element at their command!"

What we have to ask today, is simple: Was Bergdhal, playing a role, that our government is not obligated to reveal; or, was the Sgt. simply unable to understand his role, not withstanding any fantastic scenario, that he was trained to accomplish? If he was engaged in a "fantastic scenario" we as the American people are not likely to know, and that is a cross he has chosen to bear! However, if he made a decision that he could not reconcile, and was not so trained or tasked to be engaged in such as "fantastic scenario", then he remains a coward. Yet, his chain of command may have also failed him if they lacked the courage to also act, as the Captain portrayed in the book that spawned the movie could have down by stayed a Courts Marshal, for other choices that were in his role of "Master of His Ship" to do. That then speaks to a MUCH, MUCH larger issue!!!
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CPO Nate Szejniuk
CPO Nate Szejniuk
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PO2 David Allender - My final commentary - He should have, as others have clearly stated, contacted the IG or even his Congressional Rep (not withstanding the far reaching possible "fantastic scenario" mentioned earlier). If there were command issues, he would have had to withstand the storm that was sure come, but putting others in danger because he had issues with the chain of command was - never an option. There are bad Senior enlisted and bad Officers. The trick is in navigating the bad circumstances. A Master Chief, whom I respected, early in my naval career suggested saying "PO Szejniuk (he actually called me by my first name)...when this job quits being fun you need to get out or retire."

The new CO and new CMC at my last command asked me to reconsider NOT to retire, which I found interesting. They both knew what was taking place when they assumed command. So this brings me to the back story: I had a Command Master Chief near the end of my naval career who was like the Master at Arms in the book and movie. But, much more insidious in his manner. He was a recovering drug & alcohol addict, who was zealot in his recovery processes. I had been spoiled early in my naval career with Master Chief's that had the same issues (e.g. recovering from the grip of drugs and alcohol) as this man, but they were not been Zealots nor tyrants as he was!!! Instead they were the forces that shaped my naval career to be positive and a success. Frankly, had this very negative experience of a "Bad MCPO" been at the beginning of my naval career I would not have stayed as long as I did in order to retire. But, thanks to the high quality leadership of Master Chief's (especially Command Master Chief's) early in my career I did stay to make a career and retire. I had a ton of fun! If anything, I should have waited out the last "bad" Master Chief and remained on active duty instead of choosing to retire in order to keep my honor intact and not to be compromised by his "madness". What I learned from this "bad" MCPO was that telling the truth had now become less important than bending to political correctness. Something, high quality Chief's (before I became a Chief myself) and some of the best Officers I was privileged to have served under had taught me was important to do - tell the truth!!!

Under this tyrant of a MCPO, the job had now "not remained fun", because the Chief's mess was becoming more political than honest! It was the right time for me to go! I had worked for tough MCPOs before, and they were nothing like this unfettered tyrant was. With this experience working for tough MCPO that pushed me be better and succeeding, I was completely surprised when working under this tyrant MCPO. So I made a decision to maintain my honor and retain my soul! My wife had just retired from the USN a year earlier, and our kids were still small (grade school), so it made sense to opt for my family and retire. I will be honest, I feel I did opt out too early, because of "bad leader". I have weighed that choice and often think about and listen to the implications of three songs dear to me:

- Sound of Silence (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u9Dg-g7t2l4)
- God Bless the USA (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ps7xmW-9LXQ)
- I've got a Name (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WTsDT99hC_g)

I have told my wife and grown children and now my grand-children that if the POTUS (any POTUS) ever dug deep and needed me (or other like me) back on active duty, I'd be happy to fill whatever role was asked. I am very confident, Bergdahl, by his actions neither understands nor appreciates this!!!
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PO2 David Allender
PO2 David Allender
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CPO Nate Szejniuk - Sometimes, Command has to make difficult decisions that are not always the best for everybody. There was a time when desertion in time of war meant the death sentence when and if caught in the U.S. Armed Forces. The last time it was carried out was toward the end of World War Two. Could be that maybe it should be brought back to stop desertion. IF a person can not hack war, then they should talk to their commander and seek discharge. GOD alone knows how many deserted during Nam. All rabcges wentr through a change due to Nam. Many got oout, including me. The services are better now than they were during Nam. Those that serve now can have pride in their outfit and serve with distinction.
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PVT Birdshit's next stop: The nearest sympathetic media outlet to cry about how HE is the "real" victim in all this!
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SFC Robin Patty
SFC Robin Patty
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He can join Manning one the tour of the traitors.
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SSG Earl Corp
SSG Earl Corp
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SFC Robin Patty - Manning Obama Bergdahl, the traitors tour
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Cpl Gabriel F.
Cpl Gabriel F.
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SFC Robin Patty - They can be a real couple now. May they burn in hell. the darlings of the liberal politically correct new world order set.
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Cpl Gabriel F.
Cpl Gabriel F.
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SSG Earl Corp - That would be the Barack Hussein Obama and friends tour ?
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