Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who allegedly deserted his post in Afghanistan and then became a prisoner of the Taliban, probably never should have been in the military in the first place, says former Marine Sgt. Jessie Jane Duff.
Duff told Ed Berliner on "Midpoint" on Newsmax TV on Monday that the military has a pretty rigorous screening process, but that Bergdahl "probably did not have the psyche, but how do you find that out until it gets too far?"
"You're going to have a small percentage that will get into your service that is a bad apple," Duff explained. "Based upon his past, he did know how to live off the land, he thought he was going to walk off that base and live off the land and become some type of guy that was going to be able to walk away from his post without any type of grievance in the future."
"Well, he's disillusioned," she added. "He's a delusional man, and he just doesn't have a grounding."
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The former gunnery sergeant said her "biggest concern" about Bergdahl's release is wondering why the United States released five Taliban prisoners for him.
"Why was he not declared a deserter and then given the opportunity to prove otherwise instead of the administration doing a victory lap and declaring his service honorable, meanwhile we know that there are classified documents out there that are declaring him otherwise," Duff said.
The former Marine said that according to some of the "insiders" she knows "within the Pentagon," the story of his desertion was kept under wraps because the military "didn't want to embarrass the family."
"So you now don't want to embarrass the family, but it's turned into a massive fiasco five years later that you cannot manage now, you can't reel back, you can't get the horse back in the barn," Duff said.
"Now you've got an administration that has gone out on a limb to say this was honorable service, has released [the names of] spies, jihadists that have got extensive history with trying to kill Americans," she added. "Extensive history, and now we are all sitting here thinking, what in the heck?"
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