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Military Officers Getting Suckered Into Obama Birth Trutherism

by @ 12:34 pm on February 25, 2009. Filed under Barack Obama, Obama Derangement Syndrome, Politics

The nonsense being spewed by those who continue to assert that Barack Obama is not a natural born citizen, and hence Constitutionally ineligible to serve as President, is starting to get ridiculous.

Earlier this week, it was reported that an active duty military officer in Iraq had signed on as a Plaintiff in one of the many frivolous lawsuits putting forth this argument:

A U.S. soldier on active duty in Iraq has called President Obama an “impostor” in a statement in which he affirmed plans to join as plaintiff in a challenge to Obama’s eligibility to be commander in chief.

The statement was publicized by California attorney Orly Taitz who, along with her Foundation, is working on a series of legal cases seeking to uncover Obama’s birth records and other documents that would reveal whether he meets the requirements of the U.S. Constitution.

“As an active-duty officer in the United States Army, I have grave concerns about the constitutional eligibility of Barack Hussein Obama to hold the office of president of the United States,” wrote Scott Easterling in a “to-whom-it-may-concern” letter.

Now, apparently, he’s been joined by another officer serving in Iraq and a retired Brigadier General.

Neptunus Lex, commenting at the time only on the first report above, makes this excellent point:

I’m no particular fan of the president’s agenda, but this smells too like the actions of those refuseniks who insisted that the 2000 presidential election was invalid because the result failed to conform to their preferences. Only this is worse, because the individual in question is an active duty officer serving in a combat zone. It’s going to create a huge headache for both his soldiers and their chain of command, all of whom have much better things to do with their lives – like preserve them – than to coddle the whimsies of a rogue 2LT.

As does Bruce McQuain:

[I]t is utter stupidity. I don’t support this LT any more than I supported the LT who refused to deploy because he had decided that the Iraq war was “illegal”. They need to get this guy out of Iraq where his divided attention might end up getting someone killed. Then they should help him quickly learn to reassimilate into civilian life again (where he will surely become the darling of a few far-right fringe groups).

And James Joyner notes that these officers are operating way outside their pay grade:

Even if I had doubts about Obama’s citizenship — and I don’t — I’m quite clear that military officers are not called upon to interpret the Constitution; they merely pledge to protect it against all enemies, foreign and domestic, at the risk of lives if necessary. Interpreting it is a job the Supreme Court claimed for itself in 1803 and has subsequently become theirs by tradition.

On the other hand, I’m sure Alan Keyes is happy to have three more residents in his crazy universe.

4 Responses to “Military Officers Getting Suckered Into Obama Birth Trutherism”

  1. Wulf says:

    That lawyer is named “Orly”. Srsly? She must be awesome on cross examinations though.

  2. She’s a lawyer and a dentist, as I understand it.

    Man, that’s a career combination that just asks for jokes.

  3. Cargosquid says:

    … having been appointed a (insert rank) in the U.S. Army under the conditions indicated in this document, do accept such appointment and do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic, that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter, so help me God.

    Lt. Easterling’s actions are principled. They are risky. And I believe that he will stand a better chance if he control’s his opinions and conducts this challenge with utmost professionalism. He should also understand that while his challenge may be necessary and legal, he will have to continue to not only follow his oath,to the Constitution, but also to follow orders of the President and or accept the consequences of disobeying those orders, ie, court martial, until those orders have been proven to be illegal. He should either resign his commission or accept punishment until then. He can’t BOTH follow orders and challenge their authority.

  4. Based on the comments I’ve read from people who were actually in the military, no, he can’t

    And it doesn’t help that he’s being represented by an absolute shyster who has no real understanding of the law.

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