Reuters reports that U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl has been “spared prison time for endangering fellow troops when he deserted his post in Afghanistan in 2009.”
However, “a military judge ordered he should be dishonorably discharged from the service — which means “a loss of all veteran and military benefits” — and further recommended that he be demoted back to private (Bergdahl was a private at the time he was taken captive by the Taliban and subsequently promoted to sergeant).
During his campaign for president last year, “Donald Trump called Bergdahl “a no-good traitor who should have been executed,” a statement which became a defense motion in Bergdahl’s trial. Army Colonel Jeffery Nance, delivering the sentence, ruled that “Trump’s comments had not influenced him nor affected Bergdahl’s chances of a fair sentence,” but added that “he would consider them a mitigating factor.”
So that’s it, then. All done and dusted. Bergdahl is off the prison hook — the prospect of which was almost certainly a constant nagging fear keeping him awake at night.
Oh well, tonight he can sleep like a log.