Green Party military vets/candidates voice support for Army platoon's ‘disobedience' in Iraq; Blame Congress, President
GREEN PARTY OF CALIFORNIA NEWS RELEASE
For immediate release: Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2004
Cres Vellucci, State Press Office, 916-996-1970,
Beth Moore Haines, GPCA Spokesperson, 530-277-0610,
Sara Amir, GPCA Spokesperson, 310-270-7106,
SACRAMENTO – Green Party candidates for Congress and Legislature – all
military veterans – said Monday they support the military reservists who
disobeyed a direct order in Iraq last week because the reservists believed
the order was illegal.
The Green candidates – who are all opposed to the war, but support U.S.
troops – said the real blame should go to Congress and President Bush for
starting the ill-fated war, and not the 18-member platoon who refused to
deliver a shipment of fuel because their equipment was unsafe.
"I support the decision of those soldiers to refuse to carry out illegal
orders in an illegal conflict which is killing and maiming innocent
civilians, and Americans," said Tom Lash, a Navy veteran, and Green
congressional candidate in the 46th CD (Orange).
"It is only just to refuse an illegal order. The only moral thing to do is
bring the troops home as soon as possible and allow the people of Iraq self
determination to forge their own future without the interference from the
American military," he added.
A decorated, two-tour veteran of Vietnam, now running for State Assembly,
also put the fault on commanders and the war.
"I abhor this mindless type of military leadership that carries a disregard
for humanity. It demonstrates a calloused and cavalier view that our youth,
who enter the military for education or vocational opportunities, and are
merely seen as ‘cannon fodder' and expendable," said Tom Hutchings, Green
candidate in the 33rd AD (San Luis Obispo).
Gary Waayers, a former Navy Senior Chief Petty Officer and Green
congressional candidate in the 50th CD (San Diego), said: "Let's hold the
chain of command responsible, starting with President Bush, for sending
American soldiers in harm's way with less then adequate protection. The
only leadership that seemed to work in the case of a supply unit saying no
to death was the non-commissioned officer of that platoon."
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