By Brett Gillin
The long, strange saga of Bowe Bergdahl continues, with the latest news that he is scheduled to meet with military investigators next week. Bergdahl, who was captured and held captive after leaving his post in Afghanistan back in 2009, has been the subject of much scrutiny and debate. Many veterans and civilians alike count Bergdahl as a traitor, or at least a deserter, after hearing reports that Bergdahl left his post voluntarily. The cries of wrongdoing only got louder after Bergdahl was released in exchange for five Taliban prisoners who were being detained at Guantanamo Bay.
According to this story on ABC News, Bergdahl is expected to meet with and be interviewed by two star general Major General Kenneth Dahl. Bergdahl’s attorney, Eugene Fidell, tells reporters that he assumes Bergdahl will be interviewed sometime next week, near San Antonio Texas. Fidell added that he would be present during the interview.
An earlier investigation by the United States Military, concluded that Bergdahl was not captured from his post in Afghanistan. Instead, the investigation claims that Bergdahl left his post of his own accord, something that is all but certain to come up during next week’s interview. A major point of that interview, according to ABC News, is to determine the reason that Bergdahl left his post.
ABC reports that the investigation is aimed at finding out as much as they can from Bergdahl about the reasons that he left his post, and how he was the captured by Taliban forces. According to reports, Major General Dahl’s report could be ready as early as August 16, but there is a possibility that he will extend the investigation, presumably depending on the information gathered during next week’s interview.
The report that Dahl writes will not be a disciplinary report, but rather an investigation and fact finding mission that will be presented to the director of the Army staff. The director can then review the findings and determine whether or not Bergdahl should face additional punishment or discipline for the actions surrounding his disappearance.
Bergdahl has returned to active duty while the investigation continues, and is currently serving at U.S. Army North, according to ABC News.