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Deserter or not, Bowe Bergdahl deserved to be rescued
Deserter or not, Bowe Bergdahl deserved to be rescued

When President Obama agreed last year to trade five prisoners at Guantanamo Bay for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who had been held captive for five years in Afghanistan by the Taliban and its allies, some critics of the deal said Bergdahl wasn't worth it because he had left his post before being captured. We expect that complaint will be amplified now that the military has announced that the 28-year-old soldier is being charged with desertion and "misbehavior before the enemy by endangering the safety of a command, unit or place." But the argument that Bergdahl didn't deserve to be rescued was wrong then and it's wrong now. Even if Bergdahl were to be convicted of these...

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