Jimmy Hatch, the Anti-Bergahl

Jimmy Hatch is the mirror image of Bowe Bergdahl — that is, his opposite:

Hatch, a Navy SEAL senior chief who led a platoon into a fierce battle to try to rescue Bergdahl, was shot and badly wounded on that mission. Beside him, service dog Remco lay mortally wounded, after running through a hail of bullets at two Taliban fighters hiding in a ditch, exposing their whereabouts.

Bergdahl is charged with not only desertion but also misbehavior before the enemy – an archaic, rarely used charge that includes “endangering safety of a command, unit, place, ship, or military property” and has a maximum penalty of life in prison. It could help answer the question of whether Bergdahl betrayed his country intentionally or should be viewed as acting as a result of mental health problems.

Typically of cases where insanity is offered as a defense, the question is a stupid one. Of course you would have to have a screw loose to defect to the Taliban out of sheer hatred of America, as it appears Bergdahl did. That is no reason not to uphold both justice and morale by trying him for treason and executing him if he is found guilty — although a lifetime of living with himself might be worse punishment.

Hatch, his femur shattered, went through 18 surgeries in two years. He lost his military career and suffered from debilitating Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. He nearly took his own life. His fate inextricably tied to Bergdahl’s, Hatch said he would readily testify if he is called upon.

“I would tell them about the sacrifices of the group of individuals that went out with me on the night I was wounded,” Hatch said. “About the risks they took on behalf of Mr. Bergdahl because of his decisions.

“I would like Mr. Bergdahl and his family to hear what his decisions did to me and my family. I’d like to tell him about my injuries and about the difficulties my family and I continue to have.”

The higher you go up the chain of command, the fewer people will be interested, because the Community Organizer in Chief has been replacing the brass with political lackeys. Don’t expect Obama to invite Hatch and his family to any photo ops in the Rose Garden. Bergdahl is the sort of soldier he prefers.

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Hatch paid a heavy price for Bergdahl’s moonbattery.

On a tip from Steve A. Cross-posted at Moonbattery.

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