Michael New - Mercenary... or American Soldier
Memorial Day 2015
Fact: America worships its military. It has all the trappings of a religion. Just as the Romans worshipped Mars, he remains one of our favorite gods today.
Fact: There are soldiers and there are warriors. They are not the same thing. Even when they wear the same uniforms, the difference is in their heads.
On October 10, 1995, the 1/15 Battalion of the 3rd infantry Division of the U.S. Army came to attention at 0900 in Schweinfurt, Germany. All but one of the 550 soldiers were wearing a sky-blue baseball-style cap with a United Nations insignia on the front. One was wearing the olive-drab flat cap that is authorized to be worn with the Battle Dress Uniform. With this simple act of disobeying a direct order, Spc. 4 Michael New set the stage for a legal battle that has profound implications for the future of American soldiers into service of the United Nations without the constitutional permission of Congress.
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