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Sheehan Gets New “Hero” Army Deserter

From Cindy Sheehan's love slave, Angela Brown at the DNC's Associated Press:

 

Colorado soldier to surrender to Army

By ANGELA K. BROWN, Associated Press Writer

… On Thursday, a year and a half after going absent without leave before his second deployment to Iraq, Army Spc. Mark Wilkerson plans to return to Fort Hood to face his fellow soldiers and superiors.

"I just could not in good conscience go back to a war I felt was wrong," Wilkerson, 22, of Colorado Springs, Colo., said Thursday at Cindy Sheehan's protest camp site.

About 50 protesters joined Wilkerson at Sheehan's site near President Bush's ranch. Roughly a dozen in the group planned to travel with him about 40 miles south to the central Texas Army post near Killeen

Simple desertion has been decreasing in the military in recent years — about 2,500 troops last year simply didn't show up for work, down from almost 5,000 in 2001, according to the Pentagon public affairs office.

Wilkerson was just 17 when he enlisted in the Army. He wanted to follow in the footsteps of his father and grandparents, who also served in the military. Then after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, he felt even more sure of his decision, he said.

Wilkerson went to Iraq at the start of the March 2003 invasion and returned to the U.S. a year later, having lost one friend in his unit. He began seeing more news of Iraqi civilians killed and reports on whether American companies were profiting from the war, he said.

Wilkerson said his views of the war changed and he realized he could no longer stay in the military, so he applied for conscientious objector status. But his request was denied a month before his unit was to return to Iraq…

When Wilkerson decided to stop his life on the run, he heard that Sheehan's new site near Bush's Crawford ranch was a "war resister refuge."

After talking to protesters, Wilkerson finalized his plans recently and came to Crawford. He has met with group members camping there, including Iraq Veterans Against the War, which Wilkerson has since joined.

Wilkerson, now separated from his wife, said he knows some people disapprove of his decision

Deserter Mark Wilkerson is "interviewed" by pretend war hero Geoffrey Millard.

Notice this minor detail:

Wilkerson was just 17 when he enlisted in the Army.

Which means Wilkerson enlisted at the time when everyone knew the US was planning to invade Iraq.

His change of heart seems to be based upon believing the seditious agit-prop from people like Cindy Sheehan and the despicable Veterans For Peace.

And of course as we have oft mentioned, Mother Sheehan is breaking the law by encouraging desertion within the military.

But as we have also regularly noted, laws don't apply if you hate America.

Also, note how the article claims there are fifty supporters down there. But all of the photos from Camp Casey are cropped so as to avoid showing any of the "crowd."

That’s our media at work.

(Thanks to NavyCopJoe for the heads up.)

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, August 31st, 2006. Comments are currently closed.

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