The Court Martials of Ehren Watada and Terry Lakin, Why We Should Care! (Part 2)
Before anyone ever heard of Terry Lakin, there was Ehren Watada, The young lieutenant who defied President Bush and challenged the United States Army over the invasion of Iraq. Though the campaign began before this former Eagle Scout decided to join the Army as a commissioned officer, he took his chances anyway. Then on 7 June 2006, Lt. Watada became the first commissioned U.S. military officer to risk a general court martial by publicly refusing to deploy as ordered to Iraq based on an argument that the war was “illegal and immoral”.