“It is my duty as a commissioned officer of the United States Army to speak out against grave injustices. My moral and legal obligation is to the Constitution and not to those who would issue unlawful orders. I stand before you today because it is my job to serve and protect those soldiers, the American people, and innocent Iraqis with no voice.
“It is my conclusion as an officer of the Armed Forces that the war in Iraq is not only morally wrong but a horrible breach of American law. Although I have tried to resign out of protest, I am forced to participate in a war that is manifestly illegal. As the order to take part in an illegal act is ultimately unlawful as well, I must as an officer of honor and integrity refuse that order.
“The war in Iraq violates our democratic system of checks and balances. It usurps international treaties and conventions that by virtue of the Constitution become American law. The wholesale slaughter and mistreatment of the Iraqi people with only limited accountability is not only a terrible moral injustice, but a contradiction of the Army’s own Law of Land Warfare. My participation would make me party to war crimes.
“Normally, those in the military have allowed others to speak for them and act on their behalf. That time has come to an end. I have appealed to my commanders to see the larger issues of our actions. But justice has not been forthcoming. My oath of office is to protect and defend America’s laws and its people. By refusing unlawful orders for an illegal war, I fulfill that oath today.” (source)
Maybe I'm just really jaded, but this sounds like a giant, steaming heap of b.s. to me. I can't fathom how anyone that thinks/talks like this --like a complete far-left pacifist-- would ever sign on the dotted line and join the Army to begin with. Joining the Army means fighting wars...and yes, killing people. That's the whole job. This sounds to me like he doesn't want to go (joined for the college money) and he was fed this statement by the anti-war movement who can use him as a convenient mouthpiece. It’s too perfect that he can become a Lieutenant during peace time, but as soon as he gets called to serve he’s a conscientious objector? Please.
Bottom line, he's hurting his fellow troops. Why should he get to stay as they go? I say dishonorably discharge him and cut the losses (and the cowards)... Why give the pacifists a hero?