REACTION: Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl Charged With Desertion
The Defense Department will bring a desertion charge against Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was released by the Taliban last year in a controversial exchange in which five senior Taliban leaders were freed from Guantanamo Bay.
Fox News has confirmed that Bergdahl will also face a charge of misbehavior before the enemy. Bergdahl disappeared from his Army unit in Paktika province, Afghanistan, on June 30, 2009.
He was then held by the Taliban-linked Haqqani Network for five years, until the prisoner exchange was announced by President Obama last spring.
Ed Henry reported from the White House this afternoon that the announcement of a desertion charge against Bergdahl is a "big problem" for the White House.
Henry pointed out that Bergdahl's release was sold by Obama as a positive development, with Bergdahl's parents standing alongside the president at the White House.
Henry recalled that the White House tried to downplay the fact that Bergdahl had possibly deserted.
Monica Crowley reacted to the news as well on "The Real Story" (video above), telling Gretchen Carlson that the charges are not surprising.
She said the reason this investigation went on for so long is because the subject is politically "toxic." She accused the administration of going slowly with the charges so the prisoner exchange would become "old news."
"The problem will be if one or more of those top Taliban commanders goes back to the fight and actually engages American troops or interests, then it will blow up in their face once again," said Crowley.
Then Gretchen talked to Gen. Jack Keane (Ret.), a Fox News military analyst and chairman of the Institute for the Study of War.
Fox News is also reporting that three of the so-called "Taliban Five" have tried to reengage with their old terror networks. Keane said that is no surprise and that the deal "was lousy right from the beginning."
He said he's convinced that the "Taliban Five" will probably rejoin the fight eventually. Keane highlighted the fact that President Obama cannot close down Guantanamo Bay without Congressional approval, so he's emptying it.
"The fact of the matter is I think this was part of the strategy. ... This is five that never would have been released and here, they got out of there," said Keane.
Keane said the question that remains is what Bergdahl did while in Taliban captivity for five years and whether he acted as a "collaborator."
Watch his full analysis below.