Bits and Pieces

Saturday, October 16, 2004

Strange Things are Afoot at the Circle K

I was gonna write about this last night, but I got myself lost while reading the Uniform Military Code and forgot all about it. Come on, how often can you say that you were so engrossed in the rule book that you forgot to play the game?

A 17-member Army Reserve platoon with troops from Jackson and around the Southeast deployed to Iraq is under arrest for refusing a "suicide mission" to deliver fuel, the troops' relatives said Thursday.

The soldiers refused an order on Wednesday to go to Taji, Iraq — north of Baghdad — because their vehicles were considered "deadlined" or extremely unsafe, said Patricia McCook of Jackson, wife of Sgt. Larry O. McCook.

Sgt. McCook, a deputy at the Hinds County Detention Center, and the 16 other members of the 343rd Quartermaster Company from Rock Hill, S.C., were read their rights and moved from the military barracks into tents, Patricia McCook said her husband told her during a panicked phone call about 5 a.m. Thursday.

This is the main reason I stopped my Navy application. I have a huge problem with authority, and always think I know better. The problem with the military is that, on the occasions that you're right, they'd throw you in jail for pointing it out.

Apparently some of the vehicles these guys were expected to use couldn't top 40mph, and they were to be without their usual escort of helicopters and Humvees. Sounds dangerous to me.

What tickles me about the story is the reaction it's getting at Democratic Underground (those guys are a laugh a minute). Michele at A Small Victory has a round-up of the funniest.

Ohmigod! Now even our military hates America! posted by 'gratuitous'.

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