First Lieutenant Ehren Watada, who was forced by the Army into a three-year legal battle for refusing deployment to Iraq, this week won his fight.
Recognizing that the Iraq War was an illegal war no matter what the rah-rah traditional media said, Watada followed his conscience. He’s now been vindicated by the court, if not by the military, who I doubt will be issuing an apology any time soon.
First Lt. Ehren Watada, the first commissioned military officer to refuse deployment to Iraq because he believed it was an illegal war, has won his three-year legal battle with the Army.
With little fanfare the Army at Fort Lewis, Wash., accepted the resignation of the 1996 Kalani High School graduate, and he will be discharged the first week in October.
Rather than seek a second court-martial against the artillery officer, the Army will grant Watada a discharge under “other than honorable conditions.”
Joseph J. Piek, Fort Lewis spokesman, said, “This is an administrative discharge, and the characterization of Lt. Watada’s discharge is not releasable under the privacy act.”