Lt. Ehren Watada refused to go to Iraq with his unit and spoke out against the war publicly. The Army frowns on both of those, which is how he ended up in a court martial this week. He faces up to 4 years in prison for both missing a movement and conduct unbecoming an officer.
Watada’s attorney claims that his anti-war remarks are protected free speech, an argument I don’t buy. And in an all-volunteer military, I think his arguments are even weaker.
On my show today, I talked about the case with Tod Ensign, director of Citizen Soldier, who represented another solider (Camilo Mejia) in a similar case two years ago (but is not directly involved in the Watada case).