Bending the Third Rail
Because We Should, We Can, We Do
Wednesday, August 16, 2006
Thank You Lt.
On August 17th, U.S. Army First Lieutenant Ehren K. Watada, the first commissioned officer to publicly refuse to deploy to Iraq, will appear before a military court, for the first hearing of a case that raises core Constitutional issues about the legality of the Iraq war, freedom of speech, and the limits of presidential power.

Lt. Watada delivered a speech to the
Veterans for Peace National Convention. It's worth reading. This is one of the true heroes in the military. So are some of our retired officers.

Seeking to counter the White House's depiction of its Middle East policies as crucial to the prevention of terrorist attacks at home, 21 former generals, diplomats and national security officials will release an open letter tomorrow arguing that the administration's "hard line" has actually undermined U.S. security.

Full article at the LA Times, registration required.