December 6, 2007, - 3:37 pm

Absurd: U.S. Iraq-Era Military Deserters Rarely Punished

By Debbie Schlussel
More evidence that today’s military isn’t what it once was. It’s far more lax. Robin Moroney, in today’s Wall Street Journal “Informed Reader” summarizes an article in the January issue of Details Magazine:

Since the start of the Iraq war, hundreds of U.S. soldiers have fled to Canada, retracing their boomer forebears’ steps in Vietnam. They needn’t have bothered, writes Melba Newsome in men’s lifestyle magazine Details. The military isn’t avidly pursuing many deserters, nor does it seem to be harshly punishing those who turn themselves in.
The government says some 20,000 soldiers have deserted since the start of the Iraq war. About 3,300 deserted in 2006, while this year’s tally is on track to be about double what it was last year, says Ms. Newsome.


Despite appearing on a national criminal databases, some deserters have been able to lead fairly open lives in the U.S. Chris Capps-Schubert, who went AWOL earlier this year, has been able to get his passport, get married, and work with Iraq Veterans Against the War. James Circello, who also went AWOL earlier this year, openly attends major peace demonstrations.
An Army spokesman explains it would be a waste of resources to actively track down deserters. Lawrence Hildes, an attorney who has represented about two dozen deserters since the start of the war, says few of his clients have received punishments much worse than an “other-than-honorable” discharge, which denies them military benefits and government employment.

In other words, it pays to be a deserter. There are few consequences and even less embarrassment. Not that these disloyal cretins care about embarassment.
Well, it’s like I’ve been saying about American citizens who engage in marriage fraud with illegal aliens:
Why stop doing it, if you know you won’t pay any price?
Looks like Wassef Ali Hassoun can stop worrying.

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9 Responses

Doesn’t this really say that the US military has little faith in this war?

Norman Blitzer on December 6, 2007 at 4:30 pm

I’ve heard this is not a Marine, Navy or Air Force problem, just an Army problem. Funny, though, Canada isn’t allowing them to stay this time around. I can just imagine their reason for quitting is Bush lied. I know from personal experience, five years in the draftee Army and ten years in the volunteer Army National Guard, it’s all spelled out before you sign on the dotted line.
Norman, it will be over when islamofacism is killed over there, not over here. Those with a spine are doing this quite well. I know it pains you so the surge is working. See you in Tehran.

John Cunningham on December 6, 2007 at 5:44 pm

[I know it pains you so the surge is working. See you in Tehran.]
Just the opposite, John. Because the surge is working so well, the job can be done within 2 years so the next president (i.e., Hillary Clinton) can bring the troops home! As for Tehran or Iran, how much more egg on your faces do you guys need to accept the truth?

Norman Blitzer on December 6, 2007 at 6:32 pm

It is difficult to not respond to silly twits. Like I said, “see you in Tehran” and we won’t even have entered the country.

John Cunningham on December 6, 2007 at 6:38 pm

John Cunningham posted:
[It is difficult to not respond to silly twits.]
Yes, it is difficult to not respond to your posts.
[Like I said, “see you in Tehran” and we won’t even have entered the country.]
John, all that egg on your face has clearly made its way to the fecal matter in your head. You are a complete idiot.

Norman Blitzer on December 6, 2007 at 10:07 pm

The Air Force and Navy don’t have many deserters as they have not seen much combat since WWII and they live pretty “High off the Hog”.
The Army is not going after deserters, and desertion unlike AWOL is not so easy to prove, because they do not want the associate bad PR.

feralcat9 on December 9, 2007 at 3:30 am

The Army has all the deserters because they treat their soldiers like sh!t. A combat tour with the army is 18+ months of your boots on the ground.
The Navy, AF,& USMC only have to do a long 4 month or so tour. Now they don’t do any because the Army threw them out of country; due to the fact that they wouldn’t leave the safety of the compound.
Apologies to the SEALS, corpsmen, and grunt Marines, this doesn’t apply to you folks.
PS-If you desert the Army, there is a federal arrest warrant issued.

LocalLawman on December 9, 2007 at 9:33 am

The policy pertaining to deserters is not unlike, when they decide to come in from the cold, they’re told, you’re fired. If they don’t want to be there it’s too much of a hassle to waste everybody’s time. Just don’t owe the government money for any bonuses, they’ll dog you all the way to your grave. You’ll wish you had stayed in.

John Cunningham on December 10, 2007 at 2:07 pm

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