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A Breath Of Fresh Air On Hannity & Colmes

Reported by Ellen - June 8, 2006

NSA spying and Haditha seem to be passé on H&C, though there’s still plenty of time to rehash the Duke rape case and Cynthia McKinney’s “scandal,” but last night (6/7/06), at the end of the show, there was a report about an army lieutenant who is refusing to deploy to Iraq.

Lt. Ehren Watada “believes the war is an illegal action,” Alan Colmes said in his introduction to the brief segment. A short clip of Watada’s statement at a press conference followed. “I think the turning point for me was when I saw and felt the pain and suffering of so many families and soldiers and innocent Iraqis. All of it was for what I felt was a betrayal and a deception of the American people. And I saw that nothing was being done to correct that and I felt that I as a person and as a soldier had an obligation to step up and do whatever it takes.”

Colmes added that Watada could be court-martialed because he’s not a conscientious objector “because he says he’s not opposed to war, only to the war in Iraq. His letters of resignation have been rejected by the Army. So it will be interesting to see how this plays out.”

“Do you have the right to say ‘I don’t agree with what my Commander in Chief is asking me to do’” Colmes asked. And that was followed by a short but civil argument from Sean Hannity that a soldier is obligated to follow the Commander-in-Chief. No name calling, no snide insinuations as were reported by Donna when Studio B covered this story.

If only they’d keep it up.

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