Here Comes the Army Investigation Into Bowe Bergdahl’s Capture

Don’t expect any fast answers.

National Journal
Billy House
June 16, 2014, 10:05 a.m.

The Army says it has launched an in­vest­ig­a­tion in­to the cir­cum­stances sur­round­ing how and why Army Sgt. Bowe Ber­g­dahl dis­ap­peared from his base in Afgh­anistan in 2009.

Maj. Gen. Ken­neth Dahl, an Army of­ficer with Afgh­anistan com­bat ex­per­i­ence, will lead the ef­fort — but the Army says that will not in­clude form­al ques­tion­ing of Ber­g­dahl him­self, at least not right away.

“The in­vest­ig­at­ing of­ficer will not in­ter­view Sgt. Ber­g­dahl un­til the re­in­teg­ra­tion team clears such in­ter­ac­tion, so no timeline for com­ple­tion of the in­vest­ig­a­tion has been set,” the Army state­ment of­fers.

Ber­g­dahl, 28, went miss­ing on June 30, 2009, in Afgh­anistan’s Pak­tika province, where his bat­talion was de­ployed. He spent five years in cap­tiv­ity un­til his re­lease on May 31, in a con­tro­ver­sial ex­change by the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion for five Taliban pris­on­ers trans­ferred from the U.S. pris­on at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. The ad­min­is­tra­tion says that con­cerns about Ber­g­dahl’s de­teri­or­at­ing health played a role in its think­ing.

Ber­g­dahl was trans­por­ted from a mil­it­ary hos­pit­al last Fri­day and taken to an Army med­ic­al fa­cil­ity in San Ant­o­nio, Texas. In a state­ment re­leased Monday an­noun­cing the in­vest­ig­a­tion, the Army did not make any men­tion of earli­er pre­lim­in­ary fact-find­ing ef­forts that in­dic­ated Ber­dahl had left his post de­lib­er­ately.

But the state­ment does say that Dahl and his in­vest­ig­at­ive team “will have ac­cess to pre­vi­ously gathered doc­u­ment­ary evid­ence, in­clud­ing the 2009 in­vest­ig­a­tion.”

“The primary func­tion of this in­vest­ig­a­tion, as in any oth­er in­vest­ig­a­tion, is to as­cer­tain facts and re­port them to the ap­point­ing au­thor­ity,” the state­ment adds. But it says, “The Army’s top pri­or­ity re­mains Sgt. Ber­g­dahl’s health and re­in­teg­ra­tion. We ask that every­one re­spect the time and pri­vacy ne­ces­sary to ac­com­plish the ob­ject­ives of the last phase of re­in­teg­ra­tion.”

What We're Following See More »
STAYING RELEVANT TIL 2020?
Rubio May Run for Reelection After All
11 hours ago
WHY WE CARE
AKNOWLEDGING THE INEVITABLE
UAW: Time to Unite Behind Hillary
14 hours ago
THE DETAILS

"It's about time for unity," said UAW President Dennis Williams. "We're endorsing Hillary Clinton. She's gotten 3 million more votes than Bernie, a million more votes than Donald Trump. She's our nominee." He called Sanders "a great friend of the UAW" while saying Trump "does not support the economic security of UAW families." Some 28 percent of UAW members indicated their support for Trump in an internal survey.

Source:
AP KEEPING COUNT
Trump Clinches Enough Delegates for the Nomination
15 hours ago
THE LATEST

"Donald Trump on Thursday reached the number of delegates needed to clinch the Republican nomination for president, completing an unlikely rise that has upended the political landscape and sets the stage for a bitter fall campaign. Trump was put over the top in the Associated Press delegate count by a small number of the party's unbound delegates who told the AP they would support him at the convention."

Source:
TRUMP FLOATED IDEA ON JIMMY KIMMEL’S SHOW
Trump/Sanders Debate Before California Primary?
16 hours ago
THE LATEST
CAMPAIGNS INJECTED NEW AD MONEY
California: It’s Not Over Yet
17 hours ago
THE LATEST

"Clinton and Bernie Sanders "are now devoting additional money to television advertising. A day after Sanders announced a new ad buy of less than $2 million in the state, Clinton announced her own television campaign. Ads featuring actor Morgan Freeman as well as labor leader and civil rights activist Dolores Huerta will air beginning on Fridayin Fresno, Sacramento, and Los Angeles media markets. Some ads will also target Latino voters and Asian American voters. The total value of the buy is about six figures according to the Clinton campaign." Meanwhile, a new poll shows Sanders within the margin of error, trailing Clinton 44%-46%.

Source:
×