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Bowe Bergdahl, Deserter, Asks for Obama Pardon

(AP Photo/U.S. Army, file)

How do you say chutzpah in Pashto? The despicable Bowe Bergdahl — traded for five Taliban bad bellies and a bag of potato chips — has asked President Putt for a pardon. No, really:

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who deserted his Army outpost and was taken prisoner by the Taliban, has asked President Obama to pardon him before leaving the White House next month, according to a report Friday evening.

Bergdahl was freed following five years in captivity in 2014 when the U.S. gave up five Taliban detainees in return for the disgraced service member. The letter was addressed to Obama and thanked him for making the swap that brought him back to the U.S. He is now petitioning the Justice Department for clemency before President-elect Trump takes office due to the Republican’s opposition to him, according to the New York Times.

Bergdahl’s lead defense lawyer, Eugene Fidell, requested a pre-emptive pardon that would preclude his client’s trial on desertion and misbehavior charges. His trial is scheduled to start April 18, 2017. Fidell said if the case has not been approved by Inauguration Day, he will submit a motion to have it dismissed.

This guy should make every Real American ashamed for his country. Not only did he get ransomed for his act of cowardice, he now hopes to skate for it, before Donald Trump takes office; after Jan. 20, he’ll be lucky to ever see the sun again.

Trump railed against Bergdahl while on the campaign trail, calling him a “dirty, rotten traitor” and joked about shooting him for abandoning his troops.

Bergdahl’s just lucky that Franklin Roosevelt or Dwight Eisenhower isn’t president; otherwise he might have gotten the Eddie Slovik treatment:

The 28th Division had seen many cases of soldiers wounding themselves or deserting in the hopes of a prison sentence that would at least protect them from the perils of combat. So a legal officer of the 28th offered Slovik a deal: Dive into combat immediately and avoid the court-martial. Slovik refused. He was tried on November 11 for desertion and was convicted in less than two hours. The nine-officer court-martial panel passed a unanimous sentence: execution-“to be shot to death with musketry.”

Slovik’s appeal failed. It was held that he “directly challenged the authority” of the United States and that “future discipline depends upon a resolute reply to this challenge.” Slovik was to pay for his recalcitrant attitude-and he was to be made an example. One last appeal was made-to General Dwight D. Eisenhower, the Supreme Allied Commander. The timing was bad for mercy. The Battle of the Bulge in the Ardennes forest was issuing in literally thousands of American casualties, not to mention the second largest surrender of an American Army unit during the war. Eisenhower upheld the sentence.

Slovik would be shot to death by a 12-man firing squad in eastern France in January of 1945. None of the rifleman so much as flinched, believing Slovik had gotten what he deserved.

The Bergdahl case was an affront to American sensibilities, and another reason Trump was elected. Let the Left defend him if they can.