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The Court Martials of Ehren Watada and Terry Lakin – Part 2

 

Before anyone ever heard of Terry Lakin, there was Ehren Watada, the young lieutenant who defied President Bush and challenged the United States Army over the invasion of Iraq. Though the campaign began before this former Eagle Scout decided to join the Army as a commissioned officer, he took his chances anyway. Then on 7 June 2006, Lt. Watada became the first commissioned U.S. military officer to risk a general court martial by publicly refusing to deploy as ordered to Iraq based on an argument that the war was “illegal and immoral.”

I have a legal and ethical obligation to speak out against, and refuse to fight, this patently illegal war in Iraq. Ehren Watada

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The Court Martials of Terry Lakin and Ehren Watada – Part 1

Two Army officers, Terry Lakin and Ehren Watada took oaths to preserve and defend the United States Constitution from all enemies, both foreign and domestic. Yet, in their efforts to do just that, both were court martialed. Each made a personal sacrifice based on principles of moral judgment, intellectual depth and ethical integrity, which is critical  to the survival of our nation as a free people.

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If ever a time should come, when vain and aspiring men shall possess the highest seats in Government, our country will stand in need of its experienced patriots to prevent its ruin.  Samuel Adams

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