I write this not as a political comment or even an opinion on whether he is a deserter or not – it is more of an overarching comment on the idea/scenario of deserting.
The whole scenario is full of controversy:
- Why would the make a swap now it puts our overseas soldiers in danger
- Why was Congress not consulted before the swap
- His fellow soldiers say he walked off the base that night he disappeared so he is a deserter
While the first point is one I have some opinions on, it is the third that actually inspired this post.
Why does any soldier that is serving on foreign soil especially in hostile territory desert? Where are they going to go??? It is not like they can live forever in the desert. They can’t just hitch a ride to the airport and fly back to the US. I do not understand this concept. How is walking away from the military and going AWOL in a foreign hostile country better than staying and telling your commander you quit.
OOOOOHHHHKAAAY – I know it doesn’t really work that way. You can’t quit just like that but can you stay on the run in Afghanistan forever?
I am not trying to make light of any of anything our soldiers go through who are serving a tour in some of the most hostile environments. I can’t imagine the toll it takes on a person mentally, emotionally, and physically to be away from loved ones, in constant danger, and not able being to ever relax. I just genuinely do not understand how running into enemy territory is even considered a solution. Is it that things have gotten so bad that you don’t think clearly? Is it that maybe it isn’t as difficult as I think to get home when you run away in Iraq?
I am just perplexed. When we get updates on the news about the situation and how it seems everyone is mad at Sgt Bergdahl (as well as Obama) my mind just goes to that why would he do it?
I recognize that I will probably never get an answer to my question. I also will concede that perhaps I am looking for a simple answer to an incredibly complex situation. One that I thank God that I have never been in…