Here is a roundup of blog reaction to this story:
An Army officer who was born and raised in Honolulu is refusing to go with his unit to Iraq because he says the basis of the war is illegal and immoral.
First Lt. Ehren Watada, 27, is with the Stryker unit out of Fort Lewis, Wash. Watada is the son of former state Campaign Spending Commission Executive Director Bob Watada.
“I feel that we have been lied to and betrayed by this administration,” Watada said Tuesday in a telephone interview with the Seattle Times from Fort Lewis. “It is the duty, the obligation of every soldier, and specifically the officers, to evaluate the legality, the truth behind every order — including the order to go to war.”
Confederate Yankee (Bob Owens) Other Than Honorable
Soldiers do not get to pick and choose their wars, yet hundreds of thousands of American soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines, Guardsmen, and Reserves have cycled into an out of Iraqi in the past three years of war, and while many perhaps felt that this war was not one they would chose, they followed their lawful orders to deploy.
They do not do this because they love combat, nor death, nor deprivation. They give up families, stability and even their lives, because of honor, duty and loyalty. They do this because of bonds between soldiers that civilians such as you or I will never truly understand.
Wizbang (Kim Priestap) Fort Lewis Officer Says He Will Refuse to Go to Iraq
This is more than just one man refusing to deploy. It’s a coordinated effort by the anti-war left to undermine our troops, our war effort, and President Bush, and Lt. Watada is its pawn.
The Sandbox Officer Refuses Deployment
I recall the questions I answered and the oath I took when I enlisted, and I know I will renew that oath upon earning my commission. If I refuse lawful orders, I open myself up to UCMJ punishment. More importantly, I’d feel a shame I can’t begin to describe. I signed up to serve the United States. To my knowledge, that doesn’t come with a rider which allows for exceptions to policy I don’t agree with.
The Stupid Shall Be Punished How Not To Refuse Unlawful Orders
Expect the evening news tomorrow night to be filled with stories of a “brave” Army Lieutenant. The actions he’ll be lauded for don’t fit the traditional definition of bravery, but you’ll see pundits far and wide hailing his actions.
Cathouse Chat (Romeocat) “Hero”? Only for the lefty anti-war nutcases
No. He is NOT “doing the right thing.” Our military is entirely a volunteer force, and your son, sir, has had ample time to reconsider his choice of a career in the Army. He did not have to enter Officer Candidate School, he did not have to raise his hand and swear to protect the United States of America and the Constitution “against all enemies, foreign and domestic.”
Michelle Malkin A DESERTER, NOT A “DISSENTER”