Soldier cleared of murder ordered bac...

Soldier cleared of murder ordered back to Iraq duty

There are 75 comments on the Akron Beacon Journal story from Jun 9, 2008, titled Soldier cleared of murder ordered back to Iraq duty. In it, Akron Beacon Journal reports that:

Twinsburg native Erick Anderson has been ordered to report for another tour of duty in Iraq after spending two years and $11,000 fighting accusations that he murdered Iraqi citizens, U.S. Rep.

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Moved

Naples, FL

#4 Jun 10, 2008
This is a typical story describing how inconsiderate the government is towards our troops. As they keep up this behavior, there will be less and less recruits, but that is how our country works. We don't fix things...we make things worse.
John Lewis

Mansfield, OH

#5 Jun 10, 2008
They ruined a good fighter with this charge. He will be hesitant to do his duty for God and country.

A soilder needs to know his country is behind him. In Combat a soilder has no time to be annilitical.

This is the same thing Summerville does with the akron police Department.

Soilders should stop our enemy. Police should catch crooks. Both should be able to protect themselves and kill those who try to kill them
Local

Lorain, OH

#6 Jun 10, 2008
OldManGrump wrote:
Why would the Army want to send someone who suffers from chronic post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of his experiences in the Army back to Iraq? It makes no sense.
It's a shame that we now have 300,000 such soldiers in this country as a result of the Bush_A$$ Iraq War, and them not getting much help from the VA? This is the same as what happened to the Viet Nam Vets back in the 60's & 70's. No wonder why our troops have murdered so many Iraqi citizens like this example during their time over there just like the Viet Nam troops did there.
BHO will end the Iraq War in 16 months once he gets into office in January 2009. I can't wait.
You don't know what you are talking about. First, VA has programs in place to fast track all Veterans of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. The biggest hurdle is getting the information to the Vets. They have fast track hiring programs in place as well for certain jobs.
"No wonder our troops have murdered so many Iraqi citizens". Are you kidding. There have only been a few incidents of anything like this taking place where anyone was actually convicted. If one of our troops violates the rules of engagement and someone is killed, they can be prosecuted. This doesn't mean they maliciously killed a civilian. These men and women have done a tremendous job and continue to do so.
This is no longer a war with Iraq, it, like the battles fought in Lebanon by Israel, is a proxy war with Iran. That is undisputable. But now we are on the verge of electing a guy who wants to sit down without any preconditions with the likes of Ahmadinejad and you "can't wait". Hussein may end the war, but at what cost. He doesn't care about the troops, he cares about his political career. Getting in the White House is the goal and if promising to attack France or England or Germany would get him elected, he would say it. Cut and run, plead with Ahmadinejad and his ilk to please leave us alone and send well wishes to bin Laden asking for his blessings.
Cut and run, piss away the sacrifices made by so many of our troops and leave in disgrace. Sounds like the lingering but still continuing platform of the democrat party. Anything that makes America look like a loser. All you have to do is listen to Hamas Special Envoy Jimmy Carter to find out the real deal. OMG, you better check out the true ties BHO has with Hamas, Hezbollah and others before throwing in behind him 100%. Even Castro, Chavez and Ahmadinejad all want him elected. If you support him, I guess that makes you a Communist Islamo-fascist Terrorist Dictator supporter as well. Think about it.
Arline Beck

Richfield, OH

#8 Jun 10, 2008
What is the Army trying to do get Anderson killed because they didn't win the charges against him? I guess they have the power to do what they want even if it causes someone that has been proved innocent to die.

I wonder if any of the "team" that decided to send him back to Iraq has ever suffered from depression?

My Dad fought in World War II and he carried the scars from that war to his death bed. But at least the men stayed and fought to the end, not this, oh by the way, you have to go back you didn't kill you the first time.

Anderson will not only have to worry about the obvious enemy he has to worry about his own unit. The ones that also have been stressed to the max and suffer severe depession.

As the songs says "What were you thinking". Oh, I get they are not thinking, they just are trying to punish. Good luck on that guys.
cloverfield

Massillon, OH

#9 Jun 10, 2008
John Lewis wrote:
They ruined a good fighter with this charge. He will be hesitant to do his duty for God and country.
A soilder needs to know his country is behind him. In Combat a soilder has no time to be annilitical.
This is the same thing Summerville does with the akron police Department.
Soilders should stop our enemy. Police should catch crooks. Both should be able to protect themselves and kill those who try to kill them
Agreed. I don't think we would have seen this during WWII.
for you

AOL

#10 Jun 10, 2008
People its war n not murder. murder is what the sadam did to his people. if you never have been to war you will not understand. this man did his country a service and does not need to go back. we need to get out of that country now!!!! 7 year war go figure

“Ignorance=a curable condition.”

Since: Jan 08

United States

#11 Jun 10, 2008
cloverfield wrote:
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Agreed. I don't think we would have seen this during WWII.
WWII was a war fought to save the world from tyranny.

This war is some sick, twisted neo-con born nightmare more usually associated with the drinking of sterno and the abuse of over-the-counter cold medications. Of course the ancillary effects are bizarre.

Since: Mar 07

Canton, OH

#12 Jun 10, 2008
OldManGrump wrote:
Why would the Army want to send someone who suffers from chronic post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of his experiences in the Army back to Iraq? It makes no sense.
It's a shame that we now have 300,000 such soldiers in this country as a result of the Bush_A$$ Iraq War, and them not getting much help from the VA? This is the same as what happened to the Viet Nam Vets back in the 60's & 70's. No wonder why our troops have murdered so many Iraqi citizens like this example during their time over there just like the Viet Nam troops did there.
BHO will end the Iraq War in 16 months once he gets into office in January 2009. I can't wait.
Come come Grump. How many months has it been since the demoncritters promised to end the war, iff'n only enough of them were elected to have the majority in congress. They got the majority, and we're still there.
cloverfield

Massillon, OH

#13 Jun 10, 2008
one_of_u_liberals wrote:
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WWII was a war fought to save the world from tyranny.
This war is some sick, twisted neo-con born nightmare more usually associated with the drinking of sterno and the abuse of over-the-counter cold medications. Of course the ancillary effects are bizarre.
Read posts before responding to them, you idiot. I didn't say this war was like WWII, but you're responding that way.

It's funny...your responses pose less of a correlation to the posts you respond to than you claim our justification for war posed to reality, yet it's not stopping you from looking like a moron, while you sit on a forum calling everyone else just that.
cloverfield

Massillon, OH

#14 Jun 10, 2008
Betamax wrote:
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Come come Grump. How many months has it been since the demoncritters promised to end the war, iff'n only enough of them were elected to have the majority in congress. They got the majority, and we're still there.
Good point...I've also noticed a drastic increase in oil and food prices since the Dems got their majority seat in Congress. I thought they were going to give us all the answers?! Somehow, all they've managed to do is screw things up far worse, then say it's all Bush's fault...not unlike many of the people on these forums...
Contradictions

Strongsville, OH

#15 Jun 10, 2008
How Iran-ic.
draftdodger

Ashtabula, OH

#16 Jun 10, 2008
If I was Anderson, I would tell the U.S. to kiss this and I would go to Canada. Hell, me and my family are ready to go to Canada ourselves. The U.S. used to be a government of the people, by the people and for the people. Now it is a business run by corporations. A government of the corporations, by the corporations, for the corporations.

A Capitalistic society is doomed to fail when greed and love of power and wealth become more important than the people that form the population. Jobs going overseas, factories shutting down to re-locate. Sounds like the people are no longer important. Just money.
ramon

Canton, OH

#17 Jun 10, 2008
cloverfield wrote:
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Good point...I've also noticed a drastic increase in oil and food prices since the Dems got their majority seat in Congress. I thought they were going to give us all the answers?! Somehow, all they've managed to do is screw things up far worse, then say it's all Bush's fault...not unlike many of the people on these forums...
look up 2/3 majority numbnuts! How convenient for you to forget it was Republican media who promised $20 a barrel oil by invading Iraq!! You are one pathetic clueless SOB.

Since: Mar 07

Canton, OH

#18 Jun 10, 2008
cloverfield wrote:
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Good point...I've also noticed a drastic increase in oil and food prices since the Dems got their majority seat in Congress. I thought they were going to give us all the answers?! Somehow, all they've managed to do is screw things up far worse, then say it's all Bush's fault...not unlike many of the people on these forums...
In truth, I have very little respect for the republicans. Their only virtue is that they seem to do what they say they will do, no matter how much folks don't like it.

The demoncritters never seem to do anythin' they say they'll do.
concerned citizen

Oshkosh, WI

#19 Jun 10, 2008
for you wrote:
People its war n not murder. murder is what the sadam did to his people. if you never have been to war you will not understand. this man did his country a service and does not need to go back. we need to get out of that country now!!!! 7 year war go figure
we are occupying a country and a major city of over 2 million civilians. It isnt war as you normally see war. its a police action where we dont know the good guys from the bad guys - the very worst possible situation to put the military in. it isnt what the military is designed to do
Chris

Streetsboro, OH

#20 Jun 10, 2008
What many people fail to understand is that when you VOLUNTARILY join today's military you have an active duty enlistment requirement and an inactive reserve requirement up to a total of 8 years. Meaning, Active Duty years + Inactive Reserves = 8 Total years. Upon separation each military member is briefed about this requirement and also told they could be called back to serve (involuntarily) at anytime until the 8 year mark is passed. Could be more now but not sure. Like it or not people that's the rule and you must abide by it as a military member, no one was drafted. It must be stressed to anyone wishing to volunteer that you belong to the military until they say you can no longer be in the "club". The Lt signed the papers, took the oath, and accepted his commission and as such should honor his oath whether he feels he was wronged or not. His is in fact an Officer and should remember that. Looks to me like PTSS doesn't seem to be affecting his civilian job and family at all, only his military obligation.
Sandy

Cleveland, OH

#22 Jun 10, 2008
Anderson joined the Army in 2002, motivated to enlist by the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
He now works as a project engineer for a company in Iowa.

Perhaps the government feels that if he is able to work after what they have put him thru,
he can return to serving his country. I feel sorry for this soldier. But he did sign up to serve.
Chris

Streetsboro, OH

#23 Jun 10, 2008
OldManGrump wrote:
<quoted text>Unfortunately, they need 60 senators to pass legislation to end the war. That will happen in January 2009 when the Dem's take back the WH and it looks like 61 Dem Senators as well.
Wars can only be ended in one of two ways, you win or you lose. When those models of intellect known as the democratic party "vote" to "end" the war, how pray tell do you think we will be perceived by our enemies when and if it happens? Did we not learn anything from Vietnam? Wake up we LOST because we didn't have the ba..s to win the dang thing. And here we are doing it all over again. Idiots! We're in it, we win it, whatever it takes period! I find it interesting how our enemies hate Bush but want Demo"cowards" to control our foreign policy, wonder why? Thank you demo"cowards" for subverting our war effort at every turn and "snatching defeat from the jaws of victory".
Chris

Streetsboro, OH

#24 Jun 10, 2008
Sandy wrote:
Anderson joined the Army in 2002, motivated to enlist by the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
He now works as a project engineer for a company in Iowa.
Perhaps the government feels that if he is able to work after what they have put him thru,
he can return to serving his country. I feel sorry for this soldier. But he did sign up to serve.
My point exactly. He is a Commissioned Officer in the Army, he volunteered, he knows the rules, the UCMJ etc and he seems to be doing quite well as a civilian. He might have been treated unfairly by the Army but all charges were dropped. Time to get back in the saddle L.T. and earn your paycheck. Didn't the Army tell the L.T. that life in the service isn't always easy or fair? Honor your Oath, act like an Army Officer, do your job, full fill your service requirement, and separate Honorably like the thousands before you.
cloverfield

Massillon, OH

#25 Jun 10, 2008
ramon wrote:
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look up 2/3 majority numbnuts! How convenient for you to forget it was Republican media who promised $20 a barrel oil by invading Iraq!! You are one pathetic clueless SOB.
Who promised $20/barrel for oil? Please provide attributions for that. And by the way, if it was a media talking head, what does their "promise" mean? I don't think anyone in the media made the decision to invade Iraq any more than anyone who made the decision to invade Iraq promised $20/barrel oil. So what in the world is your point?

Do Dems know how to do anything but call names behind a computer screen? Seriously "ramon," I would LOVE to meet you in person.

Do you know anything about oil prices? Anything at all??? The people you are trying to vote into power are the ones who have not let us mine for oil in our borders for decades. We can't drill in ANWR, offshore, or the Rockies, all of which would increase oil production, thereby decreasing costs (they don't teach supply and demand for your GED test).

India and China and have drastically increased oil consumption, but worldwide oil refinery has not kept pace with the increased demand. The result: much higher oil prices. If anything, the improved refining capabilities in Iraq are helping oil go up even more, and will continue to do so at a greater rate as time goes on and Iraqi oil refinement improves.

The Democrats' only answer is to continuously question oil companies. Never mind that the government collects far more money from taxes on oil sales than oil companies make in profits from their own sales. Just a couple of hours ago, Senate Dems tried to pass a bill to increase taxes on oil companies, for any profits that Senate Dems see as "unreasonable."

"Let's penalize the oil companies more! THAT won't make oil prices go up anymore! What did you say? Lower taxes on oil? F off kid! What did you say? Drill for more oil? Forgetaboutit!"

http://money.cnn.com/2008/06/10/news/economy/...

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