posted on May, 10 2004 @ 07:16 PM
I tried to look for it on the army times web page but I could not find a link to the editorial.
Common sense, how didi your dad get that information? From what I know a soldier can not take orders from anyone who is not in the chain of command.
The chain of command does not include CIA officials. Perhaps soldiers can be directed to assist CIA officers in operations. but it still has to be
done trhough the proper channels. In any case soldiers at all levels have a duty to refuse Illegal orders by superior officers.
That being said I think Rumsfeld should perhaps step down due to this current incident and his handling of the whole war. He made decisions to use a
smaller force in Iraq which ultimately led us not being in control of the country after Saddam fell, he pusehd for calling up reservists and National
Guard troops that did not have enough training to essenstialy police an entire country, and run its prisons. Ad to this the use of contractors with
little or no acountability in operations that the military should be running.
These are mistakes in judgement, and I don't think Rumsfeld did it intentionaly, but he made those decisions and in the military we are taught that
you are supposed to take responsibility for those under you, not just by apologizing but also by accepting the consequenses for your actions. I think
alot of people in the military are questioning why a small group of low level soldiers are being punished, and the top brass and civilian leadership
is washing its hand. Confidence in the command structure is essential to a proper functioning military, and after this past bloody month and this
whole scandal I think its wearing thin.