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Supporting the Troops -- Kos Style

Rick Moran has an interview with Sergeant David D. Aguina, the soldier who was told to stand down at YearlyKos.

When Sergeant David D. Aguina stepped up to the microphone at the YearlyKos forum on the panel on "The Military and Progressives: Are they that Different?" and began to quietly rebut many of the points that had been made about the failure of "The Surge," he knew he wouldn't have an easy time of it. That is why he prepared a four-inch thick loose leaf binder full of charts, graphs, releases from the Department of Defense, the State Department, and Central Command, as well as articles from the mainstream media.

But for all his preparation, he was still taken by surprise when one of the panelists, John Soltz, founder of the anti-war group Votevets.Org, took him to task and silenced him on the grounds that Aguina was wearing his uniform while expressing his political opinions.

"Technically, he was right," Aguina concedes. "He is a commissioned officer in the army and I follow the rules. I will respect his authority which is why today, I came in civilian uniform."

Aguina spoke to Pajamas Media on Saturday, returning to YearlyKos the day after he was led away from the panel by Soltz, now blending into the crowd in a charcoal gray suit with a white shirt and a black tie.

Despite his change of wardrobe, he remains boiling mad at Solz for angrily chastising him in public for violating military regulations. If he wants to get technical about it, Aguina counters, two can play at that game.

"If I'm in violation of AR670-1 which is the regulation he brought up, then he's in violation of the Uniform Code of Military Justice Article 88 which says no commissioned officer can criticize a government official."

Read the entire interview at Pajamas Media.


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Comments (7)

Yessiree, Baby.=====... (Below threshold)
kim:

Yessiree, Baby.
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Gee, wasn't that "Great Ame... (Below threshold)

Gee, wasn't that "Great American Hero" j. f'n kerry, in fatigues, who spewed all of those second hand lies and condemnations of our finest DURING the Vietnam war ? Oh, nevermind, he wasn't in the military anymore so it was alright to make political speech and encourage our enemy to torture our P.O.W.s by then.

p.s. Why aren't the afforementioned coward Senator and jack mytha etc, full of well aimed firing squad lead ? Well, that's America. Where you're free to encourage your own destruction...now anyways.

Once again, Lorie has scamp... (Below threshold)
FreedomFries:

Once again, Lorie has scampered to the right blogosphere's bell-ringing and like a good Pavlov apprentice, regurgitates this ridiculous story of the Kos alleged hypocrisy regarding the support of our troops.

If she had bothered to do a little background, apart from Little Green Boogers, Malkin or Matt (to paraphrase Coulter, "I'd have to go to rehab if I said faggot) Drudge, she might have avoided salivating over the wingnut tempest in a teapot.

A matter of supporting the troops? Many on the Kos panel have already served, some w/ medals from their service.

"Supporters?" like the author above , Malkin, Ms Drudge etc have only given lip service, allegedly for the troops but primarily in service to Bush policy, and most of that in just flapping and ranting like know-nothings.

Once again Freedom flies, y... (Below threshold)
Zelsdorf Ragshaft III:

Once again Freedom flies, you are S.F.O.S.Y.S. (so full of sh*t you stink). Anyone with a brain knows kossacks are anti American Stalinists who only exist to enrich Markos Zunigas a Soros surigate. We know who you are and where you live.

Troop Support:Send... (Below threshold)
Robert Author Profile Page:

Troop Support:

Send 'em into an unwinnable war without the proper armor. If they're lucky enough to survive their stint, send 'em back.
And don't forget to deny them proper medical and mental care when they return.

The magnet on my car shows I support the political pawns, I mean troops.

freedomFRIED:"... (Below threshold)
marc:

freedomFRIED:

"Supporters?" like the author above , Malkin, Ms Drudge etc have only given lip service, allegedly for the troops but primarily in service to Bush policy, and most of that in just flapping and ranting like know-nothings.

While on the subject of supporters, "in the latest USA TODAY/Gallup Poll, taken Friday through Sunday, the proportion of those who said the additional troops are "making the situation better" rose to 31% from 22% a month ago. Those who said it was "not making much difference" dropped to 41% from 51%."

"About the same number said it was making things worse: 24% now, 25% a month ago."

That's not a trend that will make the dems very happy.

"The magnet on my car shows... (Below threshold)

"The magnet on my car shows I support the political pawns, I mean troops."

Let's hear it for "Robert" everyone, he knows better than all - including the ones carrying out the mission. Very impressive.




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