Nico's right on the point of the soldiers dying, absolutely. The guys at Black Hawk Down's site didn't get blamed when the helicopter crashed. This guy isn't the cause of them dying--they would have had to do the same thing if he was truly kidnapped. It's the way it goes. It's an emotional outlash, and for sure it's warranted--I'd be upset too if my son was killed trying to save someone that didn't want to be saved even though he knew military policies and standards. But that's what soldiers sign up for. Dangerous things, that lead to death somtimes.
So far as the man himself.. Everything I see on him says traitor/deserter. I don't know why one person would be kidnapped without another in pain/agony/kidnapped as well.. since the battle buddy system is rule number 1 in the military. But I know that his higher ups probably didn't take proper steps and measures--they should have taken his comments and shit way more seriously than they did, and pulled him into some desk job where he could be constantly monitored long before anything like that happened. He was claiming CO, and somehow that didn't send off all kinds of red flags in and of itself? I doubt it.
Anyone who thinks anyone higher up on the totem pole doesn't have far more information to make the situation less crazy looking is out of their league. There are so many things in the military machine going on... civilians only see the clock and hear it chime. Most don't understand the way the mechanisms work, and still others don't understand the precise science behind it all. There's a lot going on there, regardless of how efficient you think our military/government is or is not.
What I don't understand about the whole matter is--why didn't we kidnap him back? He was literally located in an area we knew quite well--well enough for a black ops mission to nab his ass back and put him on the stands without giving up any terrorists. But, then again, I'm not up high enough for those points.
I hope they do a trial, and I'll resist calling him anything traitor-like until I see a decision made.