I am no fan of McCain for a lot of reasons (his political and private history speaks for itself), but the military is owned and controlled by the private sector so what he has done is not a surprise--And is done over and over, as it has been done for decades. As for Abrams, he is all about protecting his career so he's a coward and bootlicker. Bergdahl has a lot of emotional issues brought to light be several since his desert walk, trade, and incarceration: None of it good. He never should have been allowed to enlist and there was ample opportunity to boot him out prior to going to the ME. All that being said, he deserted, needs to do the time, or be shot by a firing squad. It's that simple for me. Being released after a short time some place does not make what he did right as he gets his way for another bad choice: Freedom, and freedom to fu** up some other sh**. Sorry. His experiment in living needs to come to an end. Oh, and for all of those who intend to attack me for not understanding, being an assho**, etc., save it. I served, am proud of it, and became anti-war and an activist, so I do understand: Perfectly. He had options to be a CO, to go AWOL where he could be successful and did none of those things. For me the issue is not that others did not die searching for him but that he broke the code, the rules, and was a coward. He needs to pay the price.