Friday, July 17, 2009

Give 'em an Inch

In a recent post, I discussed Maj. Stephen Cook and his ploy to not follow and deployment order and serve in Afghanistan. I was under the (mistaken) impression that the U.S. Army would prosecute this guy for not following orders. Turns out, I was wrong. According to USA Today, the Army has already revoked Maj. Cook's deployment order.

As the law of unintended consequences rears its ugly head, the Army has unwittingly given credence to this argument. USA Today also reports that a retired two-star general and a reservist lieutenant colonel and inserted themselves into the fray.

I am sure that they will crawl out of the woodwork now. Some of the soldiers coming of their second and third deployment may now believe that all they have to do is ask for Obama's gift certificate like some phantom get-out-of-jail-free ticket. The Army doesn't need this headache. It needs discipline and consistency. It seems to have lost both in this case.

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