Monday, December 13, 2004

CBS News: 5,500 Servicemen Refuse to Ship Out, Desert

CBS News: 5,500 Servicemen Refuse to Ship Out, Desert.
The Pentagon says more than 5,500 servicemen have deserted since the war started in Iraq.

60 Minutes Wednesday found several of these deserters who left the Army or Marine Corps rather than go to Iraq. Like a generation of deserters before them, they fled to Canada.

What do these men, who have violated orders and oaths, have to say for themselves? They told Correspondent Scott Pelley that conscience, not cowardice, made them American deserters.

"I was a warrior. You know? I always have been. I've always felt that way -- that if there are people who can't defend themselves, it's my responsibility to do that," says Pfc. Dan Felushko, 24.
Also, in the news, thanks to Garrett: The Star Tribune reports that John Edwards' name was found on an elector's ballot in Minnesota. Perhaps he was not thinking straight or he was confusing the two John's on the ticket? Did anyone hear about the West Virginia elector as to if he did vote against Bush 43?

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