Serial. It’s baaaaackkkk. Meet your new Thursday plans. And meet Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.
The soldier who walked away from his base in Afghanistan in 2009. He was captured and held by the Taliban for five years. After he was reported missing, thousands of soldiers searched for him. He was released last year, when the US swapped him for five big-deal Taliban prisoners.
Not exactly. President Obama announced his return home with lots of champagne and high-fives. But not everyone was celebrating. Bergdahl said he was unhappy with leadership at his base, and left to walk to another base to draw attention to those issues. But some fellow soldiers said ‘ummm you don’t just leave your post.’ They’ve accused him of putting their lives in danger when they went to look for him. Then earlier this year, the Army charged Bergdahl with desertion and endangering troops.
A top Army commander looked at Bergdahl’s case and ordered him to face a general court-martial. Read: the highest level of military trial. Meaning Bergdahl could be looking at life in prison. Big deal, especially since an earlier recommendation from an Army officer said Bergdahl shouldn’t face jail time at all. Some people agree, and think five years with the Taliban is enough punishment. Others think he should be brought to justice for deserting his post and putting US troops in danger.
When the US first heard about Bowe Bergdahl, everyone said ‘sounds a lot like Homeland.’ Now, everyone’s saying ‘sounds a lot like Serial.’ Actually though. While the military’s been looking over the fine print of Bergdahl’s case for months, now the rest of the world’s asking ‘hero or deserter?’ too.