From the Honolulu Star-Bulletin (Hawaii):
Army officer from Honolulu refuses to report for Iraq duty
A Honolulu man, who has tried twice to resign his Army commission as an officer because he believes he “cannot justify or support legally and morally” the war in Iraq, will refuse to deploy with his unit later this month.
1st Lt. Ehren Watada, a 2003 Hawaii Pacific University graduate, is one of 3,900 soldiers with the Army’s first Stryker Brigade Combat Team at Fort Lewis in Washington state.
He is assigned to the 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, which will deploy to Mosul in northern Iraq later this month.
A Fort Lewis spokesman declined to comment.
Eric Seitz, a Honolulu attorney who specializes in military cases, said that Watada, 27, first tried to resign his commission in January.
In a letter to the Army, Watada wrote: “I am wholeheartedly opposed to the continued war in Iraq, the deception used to wage this war and the lawlessness that has pervaded every aspect of our civilian leadership.”
Some parallels here with British officer Malcolm Kendall-Smith.
More on Watada case here.
US woman soldier objects to Iraq war, and other news: here.