AP via Yahoo!News
The nation's largest combat veterans group on Friday urged the military to "exercise a little common sense" and call off its investigation of a group of Iraq war veterans who wore their uniforms during anti-war protests.
"Trying to hush up and punish fellow Americans for exercising the same democratic right we're trying to instill in Iraq is not what we're all about," said Gary Kurpius, national commander of the 2.4 million-member Veterans of Foreign Wars.
"Someone in the Marine Corps needs to exercise a little common sense and put an end to this matter before it turns into a circus," Kurpius said.
"We all know that people give up some individual rights when they join the military," Kurpius said. "But these Marines went to war, did their duty, and were honorably discharged from the active roles. I may disagree with their message, but I will always defend their right to say it."
Kokesh received his honorable discharge after one combat tour in Iraq, but he remains part of the Individual Ready Reserve, a pool of former active duty service members in unpaid, non-drill status.
Kokesh's attorney, Michael Lebowitz, has called the investigation an effort to stifle critics of the Bush administration's Iraq policy.
I wish someone would inform the media as to the difference between separation, or Expiration of Active Service, and discharge. If the Gyrene was Honorably Discharged like everyone is saying, then he's completed his military obligation and is home free. It doesn't sound like he was if he's still in the inactive reserve. I think the Crotch is just trying to scare him. Marines don't scare real easy, even when the attempt comes from 8th & Eye. What do a buncha fuckin' officers know, anyway?
Eat the apple, fuck the Corps. Semper Fi.