That’s what we in the biz call a “Bad Call”

Some people make mistakes in judgement.

Some people are just plain retarded.

Behold, exhibit A.

Soldier questions eligibility, doubts president’s authority
‘As an officer, my sworn oath to support and defend our Constitution requires this’

A U.S. soldier on active duty in Iraq has called President Obama an “impostor” in a statement in which he affirmed plans to join as plaintiff in a challenge to Obama’s eligibility to be commander in chief.

The statement was publicized by California attorney Orly Taitz who, along with her Foundation, is working on a series of legal cases seeking to uncover Obama’s birth records and other documents that would reveal whether he meets the requirements of the U.S. Constitution.

“As an active-duty officer in the United States Army, I have grave concerns about the constitutional eligibility of Barack Hussein Obama to hold the office of president of the United States,” wrote Scott Easterling in a “to-whom-it-may-concern” letter.

I’m not saying he doesn’t have the right to question issues. But as an officer, deployed in a war zone, this is just a bad move.

Nevermind that we are bound by the UCMJ against making derogatory statements against the chain of command. You’re leading men in a war zone. Men who have to have faith in you as their leader. Men who look to you as an example.

Granted, LT Easterling is not making statements about the legitimacy of the war or anything like that. But the issue is precedence. If he questions the Commander in Chief, what does that say to the PFC who doesn’t think his Field Grade is worth a shit.

It’s not just that you’re violating UCMJ and generally behaving in an unbecoming manner. You’re setting a dangerous example that threatens the very fabric of the chain of command.

That, and if you sign a lawsuit against the President while you’re active duty, well… you’re just a jackass.

Might explain why you’re a 40 year old 2LT.

(H/T Cap’n Lex)

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2 Responses to That’s what we in the biz call a “Bad Call”

  1. Not to mention that he swore an oath to follow the orders of the officers appointed over him. That in itself makes his argument moot. He needs to follow the orders of his chain of command. The president does not give a 2nd LT orders directly.

    He can write his congressman and bitch about it.

  2. stophate says:

    Uniform Code of Military Justice Article 88
    “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.”

    2LT Scott Easterling should be punished by court martial and sent back to civilian life where he belongs.

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