It frightens me to no end that President Barack Obama doesn't possess the common sense to differentiate between dereliction of duty and heroism in the Bowe Bergdahl case ("Bergdahl charges revive questions over 'Taliban 5' prisoner swap," March 26).

Sgt. Bergdahl knowingly left his post, which led to American soldiers perishing in a futile search to locate him. He breached the unspoken but assumed code of "all for one, one for all," walking away from his comrades and post in wartime. What Mr. Bergdahl did was simply unethical, un-American, the zenith of cowardice.

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Perhaps President Obama and his so-called advisers should do a little more homework when it comes to hand-picking those soldiers whom we attempt to rescue from twitchy enemy hands in the future. This is a huge black eye, an embarrassment for our nation. I believe Mr. Obama should address the nation and admit this was a horrendous mistake.

The acquisition of political power seems to go hand-in-hand with the Teflon factor. The more power gained, the less culpable or leaders seem to be. But is Mr. Obama willing to admit culpability in this case? In keeping with the status of the current regime, I believe that's a definitive "no."

Patrick R. Lynch, Nottingham

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