In the good old days a story like this would warrant no attention. You just put him in front of a firing squad and shoot the bastard. Of course you do. But in modern times when testosterone is a negative and manly men are frowned upon, Lieutenant Ehren Watada gets a lot of attention from the media.

Why? because he is refusing to honor an oath he took just a short time ago to serve his country. Watada says he is “against the war.” We are all against war generally, but that isn’t your job to assess any specific war. my dear countryman Watada. Your job, once you voluntarily enlisted to serve your nations dire needs, is to follow the orders of your commander.

Lieutenant Ehren Watada is simply a chicken. Let’s call a spade a spade. And although I am deballed enough not to argue that he should be immediately mowed down in front of a firing squad, at least this sensitive conservative believes that this “story” is not a story at all. He belongs in jail, and obviously so. And why this is top of the news at this hour is just another sign of the incredible anti-American defeatist bias in the mainstream news today.

First Lt. Ehren Watada, a 28-year-old Hawaii native, is the first commissioned officer in the U.S. to publicly refuse deployment to
Iraq. He announced last June his decision not to deploy on the grounds the war is illegal.

Lt. Watada was based at Fort Lewis, Washington, with the Army’s 3rd (Stryker) Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division. He has remained on base, thus avoiding charges of desertion.

He does, however, face one count of “missing troop movement” and four counts of “conduct unbecoming an officer and a gentleman.” If convicted, he faces up to six years in prison.

Watada’s court martial is on February 5. A pre-trial hearing is set for January 4, with an added scope of controversy: the Army has ordered two freelance journalists, Sarah Olson and Dahr Jamail, to testify against Lt. Watada at the hearing. Both journalists are fighting the subpoenas.

Kevin Sites recently spoke with Lt. Watada about the reasoning behind his decision, the controversy the decision has caused and how he is dealing with the repercussions.

Lt. Watada spoke on the phone from his family’s home in Hawaii. Click here to listen to the full audio version of the conversation. A transcript of the interview follows.

The full story is here.

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