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Obama Should Pardon the Leavenworth 10

Sword of Light Wrote: May 17, 2012 4:21 PM
You can't fight a guerrilla war with perfectly clean hands. Col. David Hackworth learned this in Vietnam. In "Steel My Soldiers' Hearts" he recounted an encounter with a friend of his at his base of operations while he was commanding the 4/39th. They had become very successful against the VC. But his friend said that the Vietnamese did not like the fact that some innocents were getting caught in the crossfire. Col. Hackworth said, essentially, that there was nothing he could do about it. They couldn't stop their ambushes just because there might be some innocents out after dark. Our government needs to stop fighting a guerrilla war as if it were a European war.

Here I am again in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces in Washington, D.C., the highest appeals court for the U.S. military. Last month, I was here to cover Army 1st Lt. Michael Behenna's final appeal. Now I am waiting for Army Sgt. Evan Vela's final appeal to begin. I glance over at Evan's father, Curtis Carnahan, and Evan's wife, Alyssa, sitting together in the otherwise empty first row, and I can't believe it's been more than four years since Curtis first emailed me:

"I am Sgt. Evan Vela's father. I do not know if you have followed...