Bowe Bergdahl May Never Come Home

Published 2:31 pm Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Bowe Bergdahl never should have been sent overseas.

His soles should not have taken a single step on the soil of Afghanistan.

The Army, knowing Bergdahl had previously been discharged from the U.S. Coast Guard for psychological reasons, should have politely thanked him for his offer of service to this nation and then respectfully shown him the door to a life not leading to the Taliban.

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Anyone who has read the excerpts of Bergdahl’s handwritten journal entries, read about his stories, essays and emails, doesn’t have to be a psychiatrist to know the young man’s mental state was as fragile as a butterfly’s wings.

That he might choose, and believe it the better course, to walk into the Afghan wastes where he would inevitably be captured and surely tortured comes through like an SOS in his dark, disturbing writings, the excerpts published last week by The Washington Post.

If they are livid that Bowe Bergdahl has come home to America, they needn’t be. At this moment, it seems very likely that after serving in Afghanistan, and being held prisoner and tortured by the Taliban, there is a part of Bowe Bergdahl that was shipped overseas—and it was the most important part of the young man—that may never ever come home.