Army Officer Formally Charged

Lt. Ehren Watada was formally charged yesterday for refusing to deploy to Iraq.

SEATTLE (Reuters) – The U.S. Army filed three charges on Wednesday against an officer who refused to fight in Iraq due to objections over the legality of the war.

First Lt. Ehren Watada, who supporters say is the first commissioned U.S. officer to publicly refuse to serve in Iraq and face a military court, remained at Fort Lewis base in Washington state when his unit shipped out to Iraq on June 22.

Watada called the war and U.S. occupation of Iraq “illegal” and said participation would make him a party to war crimes.

In a statement, the Army said it had charged Watada, 28, with missing movement, contempt toward officials and conduct unbecoming an officer.

“Officers are held to a high moral and legal standard. Acts contrary to this standard may be tried by court-martial,” said the Army statement.

If found guilty of all charges, Watada could face several years in confinement, dishonorable discharge and forfeiture of pay, according to the Army. The missing movement charge carries the heaviest punishment of confinement of up to two years.

Today, these anti-American, anti-war leftists hold up Ehren Watada as courageous and a hero. However, after Watada is found guilty of the charges against him and sentenced to hard labor in Leavenworth, the leftists who praise him now will still have their freedom as they abandon him and move on to their next pawn for the cause.

Update: Bryan at Hot Air makes a good point:

And yet, he joined the Army after the invasion. He joined the infantry, the root word of which means “unable to speak,” hence, once you’ve volunteered you don’t get to pick and choose the wars you fight-you go where you’re assigned. And you don’t join an army at war only to declare that army’s main mission illegal and immoral, smearing your CINC along the way. That’s a crime. He should have looked into the law before joining up.

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