World Net Daily today publishes a piece about Army Reserve Major Stefan Frederick Cook. (Caution, in fairness, like most WND articles, it’s very one-sided and devolves into a non-sequitur attack on Obama…fun to read, but not very enlightening. But anyway.)
Long story short is that this embarrassment of an Army officer has chosen to fight his deployment under the argument that The One is not the legitimate President (and therefore Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces), and so Cook doesn’t have to do what He says. Boilerplate nutjobbery, sure. This man should be brought before a court martial, stripped of his rank, and dismissed from the service. Plain and simple.
That’s how it would have happened a mere seven months ago.
But more striking than this idiot’s claim is the current result. Check out this quote from Cook’s attorney, reacting to the news that Cook’s deployment order had been revoked:
“We won! We won before we even arrived,” she said with excitement. “It means that the military has nothing to show for Obama. It means that the military has directly responded by saying Obama is illegitimate – and they cannot fight it. Therefore, they are revoking the order!”
If we are to connect the dots that seem to be present in this story (again, getting my info from WND may be a mistake, and when I Google him, all I get are conspiracy theorists yammering about Obama’s citizenship and Olbermann calling Cook awful things, of course no actual old-school media outlet is going to carry a fair story about dissent in Obama’s military, are they?), this sets a very dangerous precedent.
As Commander in Chief, it is incumbent upon Barack Obama to hold this man responsible for his dereliction of duty. If this is some mistake (or perhaps just a coincidence, as orders get cancelled all the time), the Defense Department should issue a statement saying so immediately. Otherwise, this degrades Obama’s ability to effectively command the US military and leaves us all less safe.
I have applauded many things the president has done defense-wise, including his authorization for force against pirates and his retention of many Bush policies regarding the War on Terror. To allow some petty officer (pun intended) to defy an order like this, would bring Cook’s attorney’s words to life: “military has nothing to show for Obama”, and God save us.
-Nick (ColoradoPatriot, from HQ)
UPDATE from Bruce (GayPatriot): The folks at Mudville Gazette are cautioning that this story may be a hoax or something less-than-spectacular.