C-SPAN just did a morning interview show with COL John Petkosek, commander of the Asymmetric Warfare Training Center at Fort A.P. Hill.
There were a lot of calls filled with angst over Jade Helm, many of them poorly phrased. One caller pooh-poohed the idea that the American army would ever again fight in cities. Riiiight, I thought. I finally got in, first time in my life, almost at the end of the show. My question was this:
MBV: Colonel, I want to congratulate you on your facility there. It's remarkable. It's obviously state of the art. My son just left the active army after three tours of Iraq and one of Afghanistan and I want to say I'm with you and with Plato, who said "Only the dead have seen the end of war." We can't predict exactly what's going to happen but I think what you're hearing in the voices of the people who have called you today is the growing suspicion that the National Command Authority is in the hands of the domestic enemies of the Constitution. My question to you is quite simple and direct: "What do you do when faced with an unconstitutional order?"COL Petkosek: Well, Mike, we've got an obligation to support and defend the Constitution of the United States, and fortunately I've not had to face that moral dilemma and say, "Hey, what choice do I make between some order and, you know, the parameters as they're outlined by the Constitution?" And I raised my hand and said I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States of America and that's what I'm charged. And as you talked about, that's what our soldiers sign up for.
There was more to the answer, but that's the gist. (And by the way, C-SPAN, it's Pinson, Alabama, not "Hinson, Alabama." I gave you my zip code twice, and spelled it for you twice. What's the big deal?)