The president said he didn't have time to confer with congress about the Taliban trade for the sgt. because of a potentially serious health problem.
I hope after being held captive for five years in Afghanistan, Sgt. Bergdahl can find peace back in Idaho. Above all -- more than anything -- I hope he's not a deserter.
I'm sure by now you've heard that accusation. That he left his outpost, one Afghan night, while on guard duty. According to a fellow soldier, an infantry officer, his rifle, helmet and body armor were found, left behind in a neat stack.
That same comrade claims that in the army's ensuing search for Bergdahl, we lost six soldiers. Even if all of that happened exactly that way -- even if Sgt. Bergdahl, whose first choice was the french foreign lesion, even if he became disillusioned with our role in Afghanistan, even if his family's strict religious principles played a part -- I'm glad he's coming home. I just hope he's not a deserter.
The president hopes so too.
I'm Pat McMahon.