04 September 2010

Uncommon Commentary #126: There's Nothing First-Class About This Private

After a year in the US Army, Private, first class (Pfc.) Nader Obdo has "discovered" that the Koran forbids him to perform his duty as a soldier, and so he is applying for conscientious-objector status.  I don't object to the granting of this to him—so long as he reimburses the government for the cost of his training, housing, equipment, clothing, food, medical care, &c.