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Pablo Paredes Charged By Navy

Pablo Paredes, who rose to blogosphere infamy when he got -- well shall we say -- Smashed, was brought up on charges by the Navy.

Navy's action could bring prison term

Petty Officer 3rd Class Pablo E. Paredes decided to protest the Iraq war by not sailing with his ship when it left San Diego Harbor on Dec. 6.

Yesterday, the Navy decided to charge Paredes, 23, with being absent without leave and missing movement, charges that could send him to military prison for as long as a year and limit his employment options.

The action by the Navy surprised Paredes, who made headlines and drew supporters and critics with his stance.

"I showed up at the base expecting to hear whether the local Navy command had approved my conscientious objector status. Instead I was read the charges against," said Paredes, who is on temporary duty at Naval Base San Diego.

Pablo must not be the sharpest knife in the drawer. Smash warned him:

...OK then, let's talk - man to man.

In the big scheme of things, your action will have no impact on the war. The Bonhomme Richard sailed out of San Diego on Monday, along with her entire battle group. Your attempted desertion may have caused a media stir, but you did not delay the battle group's departure by so much as a minute. The embarked Marines are on their way to the Sandbox, to perform the mission that they were trained to do.

You did, however, manage to fuck up your own future.

As I'm sure you're aware, the Navy isn't just going to let you go easily. They're going to put you on trial for desertion. You will probably end up spending a year or longer in military prison, doing hard labor. And how do you think your fellow prisoners will respond to you? Do you think they'll respect your decision to shirk your duty? Of course, you will also be reduced in rank to E-1, forfeit all of your pay, be dishonorably discharged, and lose eligibility for the GI bill and any veteran's benefits you might have otherwise claimed.

To your credit, you've stood up before the cameras and said that you are prepared to accept the consequences for your actions. We'll see about that.

I guess we will. So far, he's just whining.


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Comments (8)

I think my Sgt Mjr's "long-... (Below threshold)

I think my Sgt Mjr's "long-term plan" sounded best:

He told us stories about deserters that he plans to harrass for the next twenty years.

"I'm gonna let this guy get a job, hold it until he reaches the upper limit of senority, then call his boss and let him know that his best employee was a coward and a loser... And then I'm gonna do it again, ten years later. I gotta whole list of guys I'm i'm gonna mess with."

He should already be in the... (Below threshold)
Rod Stanton:

He should already be in the brig. If you have not courage stay out of the military.

I am wondering how he would... (Below threshold)
Just Me:

I am wondering how he would be "surprised" that he is being charged with AWOL and missing a movement.

That pretty much seems to be a no brainer.

The left may celebrate these guys, but they are nothing more than self centered whiners.

Do I recall correctly that ... (Below threshold)
Jim:

Do I recall correctly that the Bonhomme Richard ended up diverting from the Gulf to help with tsunami relief? So what Paredes refused to go along with ended up being a huge humanitarian effort. Nice irony. This guy will be lucky to get a job at Subway, once his new "friends" have used him and tossed him aside.

Jim I am pretty certain tha... (Below threshold)
Just Me:

Jim I am pretty certain that the carrier group his ship was assigned to ended up donig Tsunami relief.

And, of course, a court-mar... (Below threshold)
Steve L.:

And, of course, a court-martial is a federal conviction making him ineligible to ever hold a gummint job or work for most gummint contractors since it would be very difficult for him to get a security clearance.

He's clearly a genius.

Fantasy euphemism Hall-of-F... (Below threshold)
Jack Tanner:

Fantasy euphemism Hall-of-Fame

'Petty Officer 3rd Class Pablo E. Paredes decided to protest the Iraq war by not sailing with his ship when it left San Diego Harbor '

Reality

'Your attempted desertion '

Whatta Maroon

Keel-haul the scurvy scum!<... (Below threshold)
mojo:

Keel-haul the scurvy scum!

And The BHR has a BIG hull...




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