Fox News host Pete Hegseth has privately encouraged Trump to pardon servicemen accused of war crimes
One of the soldiers under consideration for a pardon is; Army Major Matt Golsteyn, a Special Forces soldier and Afghanistan veteran, has been charged in a 2010 killing of a suspected bomb maker in Afghanistan as part of a battle in Helmand Province. His lawyer has maintained the death occurred during a mission ordered by his superiors.
I think it is stinking, rotten shame that the men and women of our country are placed into combat situations where they do not know if they will see the sun set that night. Yet they do not have the support of the government when they are following orders.
They are given orders to take out the enemy and after the fact they are prosecuted.
Remember Lt. Calley in the Vietnam war? The exact thing happened to him. He was following orders from his commanding officer to takeout the village. The village was infested with the NV.
The Mỹ Lai Massacre was the Vietnam War mass murder of unarmed South Vietnamese … Twenty-six soldiers were charged with criminal offenses, but only Lieutenant William Calley Jr., a platoon leader in C Company, was prosecuted.
On 17 November 1970, a court-martial in the United States charged 14 officers, including Major General Samuel Koster, the Americal Division’s commanding officer, with suppressing information related to the incident. Most of the charges were later dropped. Brigade commander Colonel Henderson was the only high ranking commanding officer who stood trial on charges relating to the cover-up of the Mỹ Lai massacre; he was acquitted on 17 December 1971.
During the four-month-long trial, Lieutenant Calley consistently claimed that he was following orders from his commanding officer, Captain Medina. Despite that, he was convicted and sentenced to life in prison on 29 March 1971, after being found guilty of premeditated murder of not fewer than twenty people. Two days later, President Richard Nixon made the controversial decision to have Calley released from armed custody at Fort Benning, Georgia, and put under house arrest pending appeal of his sentence. Calley’s conviction was upheld by the Army Court of Military Review in 1973 and by the U.S. Court of Military Appeals in 1974.
If I were either one of these falsely accused men, I would be the biggest propagandist against the USA that ever lived. It is never the Chief on the Great White horse that goes to the gallows; it is always the little Indian sitting on the Pinto that swings.
Where is the loyalty that should be shown to the people that are protecting us by serving?
Let us support our troops not try to hang them for following orders.