Charles Gittins, who represented scores of military clients as a defense attorney, said if eyewitness reports are correct, then Sgt. Bergdahl "walked away from his unit in a combat situation, and he faces unauthorized absence and/or desertion charges, at a minimum.
"We know the enemy deployment and strengths by use of drones, infrared, and other sensors, so we rarely enter a fight where we are significantly outnumbered and our position overrun as happened in Vietnam on many occasions," Mr. Gittins said. "When a position is overrun by the enemy, the wounded typically end up POW or dead. Our tactics now in expected engagements are to use overwhelming force, whether it be ground or ground with robust air support. We don't lose many engagements where we have good intelligence."