The case of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl provides yet another example of why we should be careful about passing judgment before knowing all of the facts. Bergdahl is on trial for walking away from his post during combat operations in Afghanistan — which on the surface would seem to be indefensible.

It turns out that Bergdahl had previously tried to join the Coast Guard and washed out of basic training for "mental issues." Subsequently, the Army accepted him and sent him to combat. How was that an acceptable idea? The Army should be on trial, not Bergdahl.

Richard Westmoreland

USMC, retired

New Orleans