There has been a lively discussion on my post yesterday about Army Reserve Major Stefan Cook. And in fact, at a libertarian gathering I attended last night, the topic came up when a lunatic conspiracy theorist, kind of out of nowhere, raised Cook as some sort of hero.
(As an aside, I think the whole question of Obama’s birth status is as moot as it is ridiculous. Conservatives spinning their wheels about it look as pathetic and devoid of substance as the Bush-haters did after Florida in 2000. Believe me, we’ve got tons of policy differences, and dwelling on something so difficult to nail down as this will only waste our resources that would be better spent fighting cap-and-trade, activist judge nominations, confiscatory tax increases, Stalinization of our healthcare industry, take-overs of our other industries…need I go on?)
More information has come to light since I posted, and I’m kind of glad I caveated my original reaction as heavily as I did. I knew Cook was a kook, simply based on his expressed reasons for not wanting to deploy. Moreover, based on some of the links I received in the comments of my original post, and what has happened today in Federal court, I find his derangement goes even further.
Here’s what looks like is going on with this jackass:
He’s an ObamaBirth conspiracy theorist, we already know. Based on a Free Republic post that was attributed to him, he’d earlier taken part in a class-action suit against the president questioning his citizenship from which nothing came.
Cook then volunteered to deploy and then waited, apparently, until he was about to leave to once again raise Obama’s citizenship, this time as a reason for not wanting to go. Here, it seems, Cook seemed to be too clever by half, because as an Army Reservist, he’s allowed, once he’s volunteered to deploy, to back out.
Now, I’ve received many questions about this, and many are hoping that, as a military member myself, I can shed some light on this volunteering/un-volunteering buffoonery. I must say, I’m left a little confused myself. When I volunteered for deployment, it was made pretty clear that I was on the hook for the trip, hell or high water. On the other hand, the way it technically works is that, when someone volunteers for a deployment, the Reserve HQ requisitions that money and allots it to the unit to which the Reservist is assigned. The UNIT is then responsible for filling the billet with whomever they want to send. Usually, it’s that guy, and obviously it should be. Sometimes, though, if something comes up (his wife gets pregnant, he gets sick, or somehow is inelligible after all), he can back out, but it’s the unit who must find someone else to send. So he basically screws one of his pals who has to go in his stead.
What seems to have happened here (my speculation only) is that Cook knowingly volunteered for a deployment to Afghanistan with the intention to make a stink about Obama’s citizenship in order to therefore bring the issue to the forefront. But unintentionally, he let the air out of his own balloon because the DoD simply revoked his orders, which was the basis for a federal judge today to dismiss his claim against the president for ordering him in the first place. Basically, the judge said, “well, you’re not going to be deployed now anyway, so beat it.”
So now not only is Cook a nutjob conspiracy theorist, he’s also an idiot for not knowing that when he unvolunteered, he’d be losing his basis for going to court in the first place. What’s worse, he’s also a dick. He had no way of knowing that they’d simply revoke the orders. As far as he should have known, one of the guys in his unit would have had to go instead of him.
Let’s boil it down:
Cook is a conspiracy theorist who wanted to prove his point so badly that he chose to risk the life (people die there, you know) of a fellow unit member by hooking his organization with a deployment to Afghanistan he knew full well he wasn’t going to take himself and would instead have to be filled by a colleague. Then his attorney mischaracterizes the revocation of the orders in order to paint the president as having caved (a theory for which, to a degree, I fell yesterday in my post). Their frivolous lawsuit is thrown out because he was too stupid to foresee the military not wanting to deal with his BS (by revoking the ordes), leaving him with no legal standing in the first place.
If you ask me, maybe this guy should still be court martialed, this time under Article 133.
-Nick (ColoradoPatriot, from HQ)