A "traitor" is defined as anybody who has EVER disagreed with George Bush at any point during his infallible life.
If he thought that they were illegal then he should have gone to legal counsel. Implicit in EVERY order is a requirement to believe that the order is legal. Watada failed in that requirement, and thus is automatically guilty of treason.
cowardly perhaps, but certianly not a traitor. They are over there now to keep the peace, the war times should or could be at an end. Even those in that country want the U.S. gone. I say when the attacks came from Alquida and those terrorists we should of just dropped a few nukes on them and ended it all completely. I honestly don't give a damn for any country that doesn't care for it's own race. They certianly do not there.
None the less if your an active member of the armed forces do your duty !!!!! or face the consequences !!!!
Lt. Watada is not a traitor. But the military has their own mindset. We need to get out of Iraq and out for good.
Too many of our soldiers, sailors etc are wounded and our country is doing nothing about it. Except laughing in their face and telling them its all in their head, you can work, just go and get a job.
A vet of 24 yrs military.
I understand that even Military personnel have a right to question an order they feel is illegal. Lt. Watada has made a decision that the war in Iraq was undeclaired and illegal. He stands proud and strong behind his decision. I applaud him for his courage. It takes as much courage to stand up to Military justice and possibly years in prison as it does to follow orders, pack up and go overseas.
Isn't this one of the things we are fighting about ? The freedom and the right to speak out against our own Government if we feel the powers that be are wrong? Isn't this one of the rights we are promoting as a the tenet for a new type of Government in Iraq?
This war is political. It is for the control of oil. If we can go to the moon and back then don't tell me we can't have a clean and efficient substitute for oil and gasoline. We could have had it YEARS ago. How can people really believe the baloney that is spread to us from the Government? Follow the money trail to find the truth.
I have lots of questions concerning the motivation and legality of the "war" we are fighting and the way that I fear it will expand. Of course, I also question the way we have conducted the actions we have taken and their "resolution" since WWII.
I know a lot of patriotic young men and women joined the military after 911. Sadly, it was done without long thought about what it could mean..........what that choice might require of them. I am not retired military, just a widow of a career soldier who died on active duty in 83. I saw a lot of young folks, male and female enlist and then decide they made a poor choice for themselves when they were asked to function in a manner that would be distasteful as a civilian.
I support this man's position but I believe it is one that should be maintained and acted upon as a civilain. If he is willing to take this position, refuse to go and take the consequences, that is his business. For me, the bottom line is that one should think long and hard about what may be expected/demanded of one before joining. This is the case with any prospective career. The military is incorrect for many.
Just some thoughts and best wishes to all.