By Daniel Hanson
Former Army Private Bowe Bergdahl has had some spineless moments in his life.
He deserted his post in Afghanistan in 2009, and was promptly captured by the Taliban.
He caused American soldiers to suffer serious injuries trying to find him.
Former President Barack Obama even traded five terrorist thugs to get Bergdahl back – and then Bergdahl had the nerve to claim the U.S. Army was treating him worse than the Taliban.
But yesterday, at his sentencing hearing at Fort Bragg, NC, Bergdahl sunk to a new low – even for him.
After eight long years, he FINALLY apologized to the American soldiers he put in harm’s way.
And he did it in the most gutless way possible.
Bergdahl took the stand and issued his apology using a maneuver called an “unsworn statement.”
In other words, Bergdahl refused to take an oath that his testimony (where he also discussed his captivity under the Taliban) was true. And the prosecution was not allowed to ask him any questions.
It was a public relations stunt… and nothing more. And one that was carefully designed to keep Bergdahl from facing any questions or accountability.
Bergdahl said he thought about what he did, “every day for the last eight years.”
But Bergdahl has been apparently been too busy during those eight years… with important tasks like bad-mouthing the military… to think about or apologize to the soldiers who risked their lives trying to save him.
Soldiers like Master Sgt. Mark Allen who was shot in the head, is confined to a wheelchair, cannot speak, and can no longer hold his wife’s hand.
"He’s lost me as a wife, essentially, because instead of being his wife, I’m his caregiver," said Allen’s wife, Shannon Allen.
Bergdahl now faces like in prison for desertion and misbehavior before the enemy. And his crocodile tears are unlikely to sway a military judge from handing down a tough sentence.
And they’re unlikely to make the Allen family forget all they sacrificed in the effort to rescue Bergdahl.
The Allens and the other American soldiers who risked their safety to search for Bergdahl deserved better than they got – an unsworn apology, eight years too late.