Saheli*: Musings and Observations
Friday, October 15, 2004
 
Mutiny or Something Else?

From Henderson at The Bellman: A platoon of 17 Army Reserve soldiers seems to have been arrested for disobeying orders after refusing a mission, and an investigation into their misconduct is under way.(Reuters says it's 19 and Bloomberg quotes a military spokeswoman as saying that while all 19 initially didn't show up, "some, not all" refused.)

I wonder why the entire platoon is under arrest. That would suggest they acted as a group, which seems to indicate this is not an impulsivel piece of disobedience.

An investigation into the soldiers' conduct is being made. Is there any comparably efficient mechanism to investigate the possibility that their decision to disobey orders was actually justified, and the possibility that it might really be officers--or high command--at fault? Do we have to wait for their JAG lawyers to mount a defense before we look into that distinct possibility? I'm hoping Phillip Carter at Intel-Dump will comment.

There's something terribly poignant about a bunch of warriors, younger than me, calling their mothers in a panic, stranded in a terribly hostile land and suddenly in the bad graces of the very people who are their pipeline to life and safety and home.
 


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