Thursday, January 4, 2007

All Apologies

I must apologize to Tom Sheepandgoats, Southern Writer, and everyone else who reads this. I went to visit my brother for Christmas in the woods of southeastern Michigan. With his useless dial-up internet connection, I didn’t even bother checking my email let alone attempting to Blog.
And before you ask, No, I did not make any New Year’s resolutions.

No stupidity for today, but I found this article on Yahoo about an Army officer who is refusing to go to Iraq on the basis that it is illegal. I emailed it to my brother, and I can’t wait to hear what he has to say about it (Although, it may be faster for me to read it to him over the phone, than to wait for his stone-age internet connection to download the page).

You know where I’ll be.


tom sheepandgoats said...


But don't ever visit him again!

Or if you do (he is you bro, after all) give him a broadband gift package ahead of time.

Southern Writer said...

I've got no problems with you taking off. I missed your rapier wit, but hell, you've got a life. I'm going to be blogging a lot less in the future, too.

Interesting article on Watada. I have to say I'm grateful to all the men and women who have fought to preserve our freedom, but this guy is right. The war in Iraq was always a personal agenda of Dubya's, and his father's before him. Americans are bullies. We're always sticking our noses in where they don't belong, and failing to stick them in where we should do something. Wars are being fought by children - children! - all around the world. Draft by kidnapping. The young girls are taken along as sex slaves. What are we doing about that? Not a f**king thing. The war in Iraq is about oil and a personal vendetta, and nothing more. It's crap like this that sometimes makes me ashamed to be an American.

About this:"Veterans of Foreign Wars communications director Jerry Newbury said '[Lt. Watada] has an obligation to fulfill, and it's not up to the individual officer to decide when he's going to deploy or not deploy. Some other officer will have to go in his place. He needs to think about that.'" is emotional blackmail, and does not change the fact that the war is wrong. Newbury needs to stop placing the blame and Watada and put it back where it belongs: Bush.

I think Watada is very brave to take a stand. He's put himself in a difficult situation. I'm sad to say I think he'll go to jail for it. Maybe he'll be pardoned by the next administration.

Victor Allen Winters said...

Tom - I would, but it isn't available in his area.

SW - I agree, which is why I posted it. Thank you for your insight and for pointing out the emotional blackmail, I had simply discounted his statement as politicizing.