In a another defeat for Charles, Bergdahl will face charges of desertion.
WASHINGTON—The U.S. army sergeant who abandoned his post in Afghanistan and was held captive by the Taliban for five years will be court-martialed on charges of desertion and avoiding military service, a U.S. official said Wednesday.
Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl will also be charged with misbehaviour before the enemy, said the official, who was not authorized to discuss the announcement on the record and spoke only on condition of anonymity.
The charges are the latest development in a long and bitter debate over Bergdahl’s case, and underscore the military and political ramifications of his decision on June 30, 2009, to leave his post after expressing misgivings about the U.S. military’s role, as well as his own, in the Afghanistan war.
Charles bought the regime line that Bergdahl was a hero. Once again, the washed up guitarist has egg on his face.