I’m sure everyone saw Doc Bailey’s post yesterday about the troops who posted their political opinions while wearing a uniform and hiding their faces behind those printed opinions. Of course, some morons are using these pictures to drive traffic to their Imgur and Reddit accounts, like this screen shot that ROS sent us;
Notice where the idiot says that we’ll support the troops firing on Americans because they were issued an order. No, dumbass, you missed the whole point. In 2007, this blog opposed Adam Kokesh wearing his uniform to make a political statement. In 2009, this blog opposed the birthers in uniform who refused to deploy to the war on terror because of some goofy shit about a birth certificate.
Being ordered to Syria is a lot different than being ordered to fire on American citizens. There’s a mechanism in place for the troops to avoid being forced to obey unlawful orders. First of all, you’d have to believe that every officer in the military would be willing to issue that order. you’d also have to believe that the fellow down the street with whom you grew up would be willing to pull the trigger on you and your family.
The first week in basic training, I learned that I didn’t have to obey illegal orders, and I’m sure they still teach that principle.
The reason that most of us oppose those pictures is that the uniform that we all wore at some point in our lives isn’t a political prop, regardless of whether we agree with your point or not. The uniform doesn’t give us any leg up in this debate, it’s just a way to get attention and drive up the “Likes” on your Facebook page (for whatever good that does you).
Another fact to consider is that some of those clowns in those pictures aren’t in the military. I suspect many are phonies and that’s why they hide their faces so we can’t bust them. If they truly believed that they could decide which wars they participate in or not, they’d march into their first sergeant’s office and tell him, not hide behind a piece of paper on someone else’s Facebook page just to be a part of some stupid internet meme.
See what I did there?