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Anti-Obama Marine Sues to Stop Dismissal Hearing

I remember my time with an infantry company in the Marine Corps very fondly, despite the tragedies that came with that experience. Although we Marines all had "opinions" we knew that our exercise of free speech was limited as a member of the U.S. Armed Forces.

Free speech is sacred ground, indeed. But, so is the necessity of teamwork, especially in the battlefield, if military operations are to be carried out successfully. Can you imagine if one of the Navy Seal Team Six members declaring the raid on Osama Bin Laden's compound in Pakistan as an unlawful order and then encouraging others to declare the same?

Rebellious conduct by military personnel is not the way to win battles or protect your fellow troops.

I expect the Marine Corps to act swiftly and decisively against Sgt. Stein to remind all military service members that military service is not for everyone. Coordination with the military chain of command is essential to maintain an organized and efficient fighting force charged with the responsibility to protect the interests of the United States of America
Semper Fidelis,

"Corporal Gil" USMC - Vietnam 1968 - '69
Jim Gilchrist, President, The Minuteman Project

April 3, 2012 at 8:15 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Supporters of Anti-Obama Marine Plan Rally at Camp Pendleton

RE: "Stein later altered his comments to say he would not follow unlawful orders."

Sgt. Stein, like all of us have done at one time or another, apparently posted his original comment in haste, and in error. He later clarified the true meaning of his comment, so why the effort to toss him out of the Marine Corps? We need career members of the Armed Forces if we are to maintain an efficient and dependable military.

Certainly, Sgt. Stein deserves a reprimand by his commanding officers, but NOT a discharge. No Marine should ever follow an order that is knowingly unlawful. To do so would allow any unscrupulous military leader to order his/her troops to commit unconscionable atrocities. Our Marines are in the business of winning battles, not committing atrocities.

I support Sgt Stein's corrected version of his Facebook posting.

Semper Fidelis,

"Corporal" Jim Gilchrist, President, The Minuteman Project
USMC, Vietnam, 1968 - '69

March 29, 2012 at 12:26 p.m. ( | suggest removal )