Skip to comments.U.S. Army Private Criticizes Commander-in-Chief
Posted on 04/30/2003 10:58:07 AM PDT by Spook86
A U.S. Army Private from Mississippi has publicly criticized President Bush for his handling of military action in Afghanistan and Iraq, a move that could land her in hot water with her superiors.
Private Sarah Freeland, 22, a native of Oxford, said she "loathes" the President's decision to go to war against Saddam Hussein. In an interview pushlished in her hometown newspaper, the Oxford Eagle, Freeland rebuked the President for failing to gain UN approval for the war.
"The United Nations should have handled this," Freeland told the paper. "It's not our business taking it into our how hands." According to free-lance reporter Camille Comer, who wrote the article for the Eagle's entertainment section, Freeland identifies herself as "a liberal Democrat who hates Bush and his politics."
Freeland is an Army communications specialist, currently assigned to Fort Drum, NY. Her duties include operating and maintaining mobile communications systems. Private Freeland was interviewed while on leave from her military post.
Freeland's critical comments are considered highly unusual, given her junior rank and the military's prohibition on criticizing superior officers, including the Commander-in-Chief. During the Clinton Administration, at least two high-ranking officers were fired for making less-than-flattering remarks about the President. In both cases, those comments were made in private gatherings, not a press interview.
It remains unclear whether Freeland will be punished for her criticism of President Bush. A spokesman for the Fort Drum public affairs office said she had not seen the article, which was published last Thursday.
A check of the newspaper's web site revealed that the weekly entertainment section, "Oxford Town," is not available on-line. However, the print version of the article filled an entire page, with a photograph of a soldier identifed as Freeland in the center.
Freeland told the interviewer that she joined the Army in 2001 because "I thought four years of maturity and discipline would be a good thing." She entered the military after dropping out of the University of Mississippi because "I was too into partying. I couldn't hold down a job or make myself go to class."
Private Freeland, who is engaged to another Fort Drum soldier, said she is worried about Mr. Bush angering so many countries and failing to deliver on promises of assistance.
"In Afghanistan, we promised to set up something better, but these people are starving with no medical care. We promised the same thing to Iraq, but we haven't delivered in Afghanistan yet."
Despite her disagreement with Bush Administration policies, Freeland admitted that her political beliefs are irrelevant to her role as a soldier.
"No matter what moronic things Bush does or how much I don't agree, he's my commander-in-chief, and I'll go," she said.
In the words of another Army alum, Sergeant Forrest Gump, "stupid is as stupid does." Something tells me Private Freeland is about to get a quick lesson in proper military conduct....
Nowadays you generally need to commit a crime to get dishonorably discharged - this is a good way to get one without opening yourself to criminal penalties.
Hmmmmmmm this one possibly needs more than 4 years. Oh yeah, excellent qualifications for criticizing not only the President but his entire staff and the military leadership of the Defense Department. What a maroon!
Looks like you might need eight.
That, or your first boss will bust your smart-ass chops.
Any commissioned officer who uses contemptuous words against the President, the Vice President, Congress, the Secretary of Defense, the Secretary of a military department, the Secretary of Transportation, or the Governor or legislature of any State, Territory, Commonwealth, or possession in which he is on duty or present shall be punished as a court-martial may direct.
Note: While only commissioned officers can be charged under this article, DOD Directive 1344.10 - POLITICAL ACTIVITIES BY MEMBERS OF THE ARMED FORCES ON ACTIVE DUTY, extend these same requirements to all individuals on active duty. Enlisted members and warrant officers who violate these provisions can be charged under Article 92 of the UCMJ, Failure to Obey an Order or Regulation. Next Article > Article 89Disrespect toward a
Well there you go. She should go back to partying and skipping class. And she will soon, I'll bet.
Third, this shows you how far the left has to reach to find someone in the military to speak out against Bush. First, arm chair generals, who are even refuted by the commander in the 3d Inf Div where I read yesterday said they did not know what they were talking about and did not have faith in the military if they believed what they said, and now they drop down to what a lowly private has to say. Who gives a rat's tahoot what a private has to say. She can shutup and get back in formation, rather pack her bags for she is gone. Stupid.
aaahh,so this really is not about the war,the UN,but
the politics of personal destruction.
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