Monday, September 10, 2007

We support the troops...

...except when they disagree with us. has gone completely over the line by accusing General David Petraeus of treason.

In a full page ad in the New York Times, MoveOn accuses the top general in Iraq of lying to the American people over the course of the last 3 years, and to the US Congress during his testimony today. Since the ad was written and purchased before they actually knew what his testimony would be, they simply assumed that they wouldn't like what he had to say.

Now, I don't begrudge anyone their freedom of speech. They can accuse him of interpreting the facts wrong, or being too close to the situation. They can call him a conservative kool-aid drinker. But to accuse him of intentionally lying to Congress is to accuse him of perjury under civilian law. But as a general in uniform, reporting to Congress, they are accusing him of multiple violations of the Uniform Code of Military Justice:

Conspiracy-Any person subject to this chapter who conspires with any other person to commit an offense under this chapter shall, if one or more of the conspirators does an act to effect the object of the conspiracy, be punished as a court-martial may direct.

Failure to obey order or regulation-Any person subject to this chapter who--
(1) violates or fails to obey any lawful general order or regulation;
(2) having knowledge of any other lawful order issued by any member of the armed forces, which it is his duty to obey, fails to obey the order; or
(3) is derelict in the performance of his duties

False Statements-Any person subject to this chapter who, with intent to deceive, signs any false record, return, regulation, order, or other official document, knowing it to be false, or makes any other false official statement knowing it to be false, shall be punished as a court-martial may direct.

Conduct unbecoming a commissioned officer and a gentleman-Any commissioned officer, cadet, or midshipman who is convicted of conduct unbecoming an officer and a gentleman shall be punished as a court-martial may direct

Gen Petraeus has given 35 years in service to his country, including 3 years in Iraq. He was unanimously confirmed by Congress earlier this year, after the surge plan had been proposed. This attack by represents the most pathetic effort yet by the radical anti war crowd.

Incidentally, I hope none of the MoveOn members who crafted the ad were members of the US military, because they could then be charged with:

Disrespect towards a superior commissioned officer-Any person subject to this chapter who behaves with disrespect toward his superior commissioned officer shall be punished as a court-martial may direct

Subordinate compelling surrender-Any person subject to this chapter who compels or attempts to compel the commander of any place, vessel, aircraft, or military property, or of any body of members of the armed forces, to give it up to an enemy or to abandon it, or who strikes the colors or flag to any enemy without proper authority, shall be punished by death or such other punishment as a court-martial may direct.

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