Is there any actual proof at this point that he was a deserter?
Not surprising that the usual people who hate Obama are spewing the usual rhetoric, but throwing this guy under the bus to do so is pitiful.
Apparently they're looking into it and they should.
My thoughts on it after watching some news coverage of this at lunch...
#1) His status as a deserter (or not) shouldn't have had any impact on the Army trying to find and recover him, and it appears that it didn't.
#2) His status as a deserter (or not) shouldn't have any bearing on this deal that was made to get him free.
#3) It absolutely should be investigated as to whether he was captured or deserted and was then captured. By all accounts I've seen, all of his platoon mates consider him a deserter, and they read some excerpts from emails to his parents that suggest he was disallusioned with the war and with the Army. He said thins such as "ashamed to be american" etc.
#4) As to the 'deal' the administration made... obviously more needs to come out about this and they are insisting that they did not "negotiate with terrorists" but regardless of their stance, it sure looks to me like they did in fact "negotiate with terrorists" and whether that's the case in truth or not, they need to clear it up fast because if that's what the terrorist think, then look for more kidnap attempts.