Seems we've just passed the (not so) hallowed mark of 2000 American military lives lost in the military action in Iraq (it's long since gone past being a "war"). Every week I read the Air Force Times. Every week (in the print edition only - can't find it online) they have a section of the American military members who lost their lives in OIF or OEF. It saddens me deeply to see the young faces in the pictures that they include.
I count myself among those who was on the fence as to whether we needed to take military action against Iraq at first. SecState Powell pretty much convinced me it was the right thing to do. I suspect that will be his sad legacy in many ways.
But I also count myself among those who think that whatever gains we have gained from that military action (including the capture of Saddam) have not been worth the loss of American life. The military action in Iraq has put our military members in peril, but has not made us safer at home.
I've noticed the latest trend among commentators (and others) on the right, is to dismiss ahead of time any of the forthcoming indictments that involve perjury or obstruction of justice. I'd just like to point out a few things for the potential indictees and the folx trying to use these "talking points."
Let's examine this situation as if these potential indictees were facing the equivalent process on active duty in the military...
While I am much more liberal than most members of the military, I think the JAG Corps, on the whole, tends to be more moderate. I know part of the reason that I have gone so liberal is antipathy toward the Christian Right's takeover of the GOP and our government. Perhaps lawyers and paralegals tend to be less religiously motivated than other folx. In the offices I've been in, that's been the case. Many people go to church - even regularly - but they do not tend to be such fire-breathing evangelicals (like those at the Academy, for instance).
The moderate tone in JAG...
My first diary entry. I am a liberal attorney on active duty in the USAF. I was enlisted in the Navy, but am now a commissioned officer in the AF. Once upon a time, I was fairly conservative and voted for Reagan and the current president's father - twice. Then I voted for Clinton (2nd term), Gore and Kerry. I find myself a bit of an oddball - liberal in a conservative bastion - the military.
Still I am a big supporter of the military. To use a phrase from my defense counsel days, I may be workin' for the man, but in doing so, I'm trying to effect change from the inside.
And, of course, in my diaries I will always be cognizant of the prohibition of Article 88, Uniform Code of Military Justice..."Any commissioned officer who uses contemptuous words against the President, the Vice President, Congress, the Secretary of Defense, the Secretary of a military department, the Secretary of Transportation, or the Governor or legislature of any State, Territory, Commonwealth, or possession in which he is on duty or present shall be punished as a court-martial may direct."