Diana West continually writes about what so few report on, much less even think about: Our Troops who do their job too well in the politically correct fog of war and get in trouble because of it. If you haven’t been reading her posts, I strongly advise it.
Her latest post link is below:
Here I am again in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces in Washington, D.C., the highest appeals court for the U.S. military. Last month, I was here to cover Army 1st Lt. Michael Behenna’s final appeal. Now I am waiting for Army Sgt. Evan Vela’s final appeal to begin. I glance over at Evan’s father, Curtis Carnahan, and Evan’s wife, Alyssa, sitting together in the otherwise empty first row, and I can’t believe it’s been more than four years since Curtis first emailed me:
“I am Sgt. Evan Vela’s father. I do not know if you have followed my son’s case, but some people have drawn similarities between the Luttrell situation and Evan’s.”
Meanwhile, literally thousands of incarcerated terrorists in Iraq and Afghanistan have been granted clemency or otherwise found their freedom. Recently, Ali Musa Daqduq, a Hezbollah mastermind who confessed to kidnapping, torturing and killing five American soldiers in 2007, walked free in Iraq. In December 2011, President Obama turned over Daqduq to an Iraqi court, which released him this month. According to the most basic moral calculus, this is neither fair nor right. As Republican Rep. Allen West of Florida recently wrote to President Obama, it’s an “utter betrayal.”
Listening to the procedural review of Evan’s case, I am struck again by the ghastly surrealism of their plight — the penalties the U.S. government has forced on its most dutiful sons for not committing, in effect, suicide as the Navy SEALs did in choosing to escape prison rather than death.
As those who have read my blog over the years know, I have posted and continue to follow the news about the Pendleton 8, the Leavenworth 10, the Haditha Marines and other cases that come up.
If the media reports on these Soldiers and Marines at all, it’s most always as guilty until proven innocent ~ unfortunately the truth has little play in the reporting. And the reporting has little or no follow up.
This sacrificing of our Troops on the altar of the PC-driven “winning hearts and minds” boondoggle must stop.
Thank you, Ms. West, for keeping this out front.