The court-martial of First Lieutenant Ehren Watada began today.
As I suspected, his defence team is bound, bent and determined to turn his court-martial into a circus focused on the legality of the war in Iraq.
I wish I could say that I'm surprised, but I'm not. This whole sorry episode has stunk of orchestration from the get-go.
Rather than, you know, actually defending their client, Watada's "defence" team seems determined to slap a "martyr" brand on his forehead.
The military judge informed Watada and his team that they could not debate the legality of the war in court.
So ... the defense presents a laundry list of international and constitutional law experts as defence witnesses. Why law experts? So they can testify as to the legality of the war in Iraq.
The military judge flat out tells the defence that the question of the legality of the war in Iraq can not be answered in a military court.
This led to "heated exchanges" between the judge and the defence team.
Folks, I've seen a lot of trials, and when your attorney is arguing with the judge -- your future is not so bright. Looks good on the news and to your fans, but I'm here to tell you that the court room belongs to the judge and he isn't going to lose any arguments in there.
Oh, well. This is what Watada wants. More importantly, it's what the Anti-War movements needs. They get a martyr to hyperventilate over -- and who cares about a Dishonourable Discharge? It's just the military.
See you in four years, Weaselboy.