I’m usually pretty sympathetic to conscientious objectors, but this is just obscenely stupid. An Army flight surgeon, Lt. Col. Terrence Lakin, won’t deploy to Afghanistan until President Obama proves he’s “a natural born citizen.” From Military.com:
Lakin’s failure to report essentially dares the Army to bring charges against him for being an unauthorized absence…Lakin, who has been the chief of primary care at the Pentagon’s Tricare health clinic, could not be reached this morning at his Maryland home. Margaret Hemenway, a spokeswoman for a group called the Patriotic American Foundation, which is supporting the 18-year officer, said the Army should not expect Lakin to report unless he sees an original birth certificate showing that Obama was born in Hawaii.
Apparently it’s part of some half-assed birther legal strategy to secure the President’s birth certificate in the discovery process during a court-martial. Shockingly, that strategy isn’t likely to work, according to the legal expert quoted in the story.
More shocking: the gentleman isn’t the first patriot to refuse orders on behalf of the birther movement.
Lakin is not the first servicemember to use the so-called “birther” argument to fight deployment orders. Last July, the Army yanked Afghanistan deployment orders for Maj. Stefan Cook when he challenged President Obama’s legitimacy in court. Army Capt. Connie Rhodes, another doctor, went to federal court to stop her Iraq deployment for the same reason. Her case was tossed out in September.
I’ll let the above stand without additional comment.