The Sergeant who some years ago left his post in that unnecessary and unwinnable war in
Afghanistan is either a hero, a traitor, or just a terribly young man in the wrong war at the wrong time. He spent terrible years of torture and probably said things he didn’t really mean.
Some years ago in Vietnam, Senator McCain was shot down over Vietnam, another unconstitutional war, and equally unwinnable war, confessed repeatedly to things he later recanted, once safely in the United States, and is, quite rightly regarded, despite his confessions to American war crimes, a hero. The two cases are not quite completely on all fours, as we say in the law. But the similarity is sufficient to compare with each other and with the undergirding of law.The president, of course, whatever Congress may think, may pardon the sergeant. (These vital paragraphs were somehow deleted from my essay a week or two ago, making the older essay mostly meaningful, but rendering its title incoherent. Dear editors of OneUtah, please place this essay in as the first paragraph in the previous piece). ed firmage xoxo
[Copied and pasted to your earlier post -Rich Warnick.]