Michael New - Mercenary... or American Soldier
MICHAEL NEW ACTION REPORT August 2014
Perpetual War for Perpetual Peace
George Orwell used that phrase in his famous prophetic book, 1984, and how true it has become. America seems bent on keeping us involved in wars around the world, as if never-ending war was the goal. And considering Eisenhower’s solemn warning upon departing office, “Beware the Military-Industrial Complex,” it may well be the goal of many in Washington, D.C.
Even as we pull out of Iraq, having absolutely screwed up the entire nation and left them in a quagmire of terror worse than when we invaded them when Saddam Hussein was in power, we seem to be headed for some kind of conflict with Russia. Senator John McCain is pushing hard for military intervention in the Ukraine — this being the same McCain who supported the rebels when they broke away from Russia. The only good thing about Obama being president is that McCain isn’t! McCain has never seen a war he didn’t like.
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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