Defense Department Wonders if MLK Would Understand Today’s Wars?

By: Saturday January 15, 2011 5:00 pm

The DOD website features an article about a speech by Jeh Johnson, DOD General Counsel, that seems to say King would approved of the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan, in part because the world is a more complicated place these days.

Sorry, but theologically speaking, that’s crap. As King’s “A Time to Break Silence” speech lays out in detail, there’s no asterisk to King’s commitment to non-violence and his disdain for war.

For the DOD to suggest otherwise is offensive as hell.


Did Pentagon Official Co-Opt MLK to Justify War? Jeh Johnson’s Full Remarks

By: Friday January 14, 2011 1:20 pm

I don’t agree with Johnson basically at all in his way-too-generous interpretation of King’s words to justify war. I think they’re more tied up in Johnson’s current profession and audience for that speech than anything else. But read the full remarks and judge for yourself.

DADT Report: Open Service Will Have Little Lasting Impact

By: Tuesday November 30, 2010 11:42 am

Today’s exciting release of the long-awaited Pentagon report for the Secretary of Defense on the effects of repealing Don’t-Ask-Don’t-Tell will say that allowing gay and lesbian military servicemembers to serve openly would have little lasting impact on the U.S. armed forces.

Military Advised to Accept Gay Recruits

By: Tuesday October 19, 2010 2:05 pm

Basically, the “implementation” strategy for the end of DADT has already been implemented: don’t ask them about their sexual orientation (as on any other job), treat your employees with dignity and maintain good order and discipline.

Press Groups Call Gitmo Banning “Prior Restraint”

By: Saturday July 3, 2010 5:00 pm

A coalition of press outlets have written DOD General Counsel Jeh Johnson, calling that the banning of four Gitmo reporters for publishing the name of Omar Khadr interrogator Joshua Claus an unconstitutional example of prior restraint.

Follow Firedoglake
CSM Ads advertisement