[Ed. – Michelle Malkin points out that we don’t know what became of Hassoun after his final desertion in early 2005, when he failed to report back to his unit after holiday leave. He’s thought to be living in Lebanon. Although Condoleezza Rice tried unsuccessfully in 2006 to get him extradited from Lebanon, there have been no other publicly known actions by the U.S. government to recover him. Does this, and the handling of Bergdahl, mean we have a double standard for GWOT deserters? I’m not so sure. The U.S. government has never had a single, consistently zealous approach to recovering deserters. But the points to ponder are interesting.]
Hassoun denied desertion charges [in Iraq], came back to the U.S. for trial and then deserted a second time after failing to return to Camp Lejeune after visiting family in Utah. In 2011, Hassoun’s family sought a $1 million book and movie deal in Hollywood. One of his brothers said the fugitive Marine was with family in Lebanon.
Ten summers after he abandoned his post, double-deserting Hassoun is still on the run and has yet to be held accountable.
It’s worth reminding Americans about Hassoun’s story in light of President Obama’s exploding Bowe Bergdahl scandal. By all appearances, this administration has no intention of taking action on longstanding allegations that Bergdahl, like Hassoun before him, deliberately abandoned his post in 2009. Defiant Obama said he makes “no apologies” for the treacherous deal, even as reports of Bergdahl’s renunciation of U.S. citizenship and conversion to Islam have surfaced in the past 48 hours. …
Islamist sympathizers inside our military walk away, and the Obama White House turns a blind eye. The Fort Hood jihad attack by Nidal Hasan, who invoked Hassoun in PowerPoint presentations to his military supervisors, is “workplace violence.” Gitmo recidivist Abu Sufian bin Qumu, lead suspect in the Benghazi attack, roams free despite the president’s promise to make “justice” his “biggest priority.”
Our commander in chief empties Gitmo of the worst of the worst jihadists and shrugs at the recidivists targeting American soldiers and civilians. And in a desperate attempt to deflect from the rising death toll of the Veterans Affairs book-cooking scandal, Obama gave Bob Bergdahl a Rose Garden stage to invoke Allah in Arabic.