Monday, July 04, 2005

So when does his career blow up? 

I was going to try to write something about Ward Churchill, but it'd be easier to just send you to Pirate Ballerina. I'm surprised there has not been more outcry over these statements Churchill made in Portland about killing officers.
...for those of you who do, as a matter of principle, oppose war in any form, the idea of supporting a conscientious objector who's already been inducted [and] in his combat service in Iraq might have a certain appeal. But let me ask you this: Would you render the same support to someone who hadn't conscientiously objected, but rather instead rolled a grenade under their line officer in order to neutralize the combat capacity of their unit? That kind of resistance....

You cannot maintain a military projection or force in the field when your own troops are taking out the line officers who are directing them in combat. It is as simple as that. Conscientious objection removes a given piece of the cannon fodder from the fray; fragging an officer has a much more impactful effect.

Jim has the mp3 of the talk up at PB -- follow his links.