After the U.S. Army announced Bowe Bergdahl would be charged with desertion on Wednesday, actor Gary Sinise said the Obama administration “must explain” the controversial Bergdahl trade that set five Taliban commanders free.
More importantly, he said the administration owes an explanation to the family members of soldiers who lose their lives searching for him. Members of Bergdahl's platoon have claimed that "soldiers from his own unit died trying to track him down."
Bergdahl has been charged with Article 85 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, “desertion with intent to shirk important or hazardous duty,” and with Article 99, “misbehavior before the enemy by endangering the safety of a command, unit or place.”
Administration must explain, especially 2 families of those lost attempting 2 find him, the GITMO trade http://t.co/8SznjntflV— Gary Sinise (@GarySinise) March 25, 2015
Bergdahl disappeared from his base in Afghanistan in 2009. He was held captive by Taliban militants for years until the Obama administration agreed to release five Taliban commanders to secure his release in May 2014.
Sinise's tweet demanding the Obama administration explain its decision to trade terrorists for Bergdahl was met with a lot of support -- and some vitriol.
You can read some of the reactions here.