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War in Afghanistan (2001-present)

Hero or traitor?

In every war there are inevitably soldiers who are captured, kidnapped or otherwise taken prisoner by the enemy. Some become POWs due to circumstances beyond their control while others behave in ways that, for whatever reason, seem to deliberately invite their capture. We don't know which occurred in the case of U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who disappeared from his post in eastern Afghanistan six years ago under mysterious circumstances. Nevertheless, the Army's announcement Wednesday that Mr. Bergdahl may soon be tried on charges of desertion and other misbehavior is troubling. The basic facts of the case are not in dispute. One the night of June 30, 2009, Mr. Bergdahl, then a...