- As a military family with a combined total of 57 years
of active service in the U. S. Army, myself, son, and daughter-in-law have
accumulated over 80 combat medals, one or more of us have served in Vietnam,
Cambodia, Grenada, Panama, El Salvador, Kosovo, Bosnia, and three of us
served together during Desert Storm. My son recently returned from the
Iraq War, his third war, and, being fed up with Bush lies and back-to-back
deployments, applied to be discharged from his "indefinite enlistment"
- Six days later he was under investigation for making
"disloyal comments" about George Bush...which amounted to saying
in general conversation with other soldiers that "Bush should have
never started the war" and "Bush is no military leader."
He was charged under Article-15 and was denied an attorney and could not
cross-examine the case against him. His 14 years of military service up
to this point was flawless, he was an excellent soldier, and in spite of
numerous superiors who testified in his favor, he was demoted and sentenced
to 45 days of extra duty.
- His crime involved nothing more than expressing his personal
political opinion as guareeteed under the Bill of Rights, the very document
that he had risked his life defending. Our government claims to be fighting
for democracy, however those who risk their lives for democracy are being
denied their basic rights of freedom of speech and opinion. My friends,
the Bill of Rights and democracy are dead under the Bush Administration.
This is only a sampling of what will happen if this administration is re-elected.
- For generations we have been a loyal and faithful military
family, however with this recent action taken against a member of our family,
we will no longer encourage military service to our future generations.
In other words, we are going to do the same thing that Bush, Cheney, Wolfovitz,
and most members of congress do, WE AIN,T SERVING NO MORE!!
- The Iraq War was based on lies and exaggerations, poor
intelligence, a mass deception with no rhymne nor reason for invading Iraq.
For those who still have kids and loved ones in this illegal war, our blessings
and best wishes go out to you. We pray for their safe return. It is refreshing
to see an organization like Military Families Speak Out because our active
service members are silenced by the system and need all the voices that
can be mustered.
- Charlie C. Carlson II
- Command Sergeant-Major USA Ret.
- Dot Diehl-Carlson
- [Ex-Major USA Vietnam Vet]
- By Charlie C. Carlson II
- Tuesday 31st August 2004
- Call to Conscience Website