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Monday, October 04, 2004
Trapped in the Texas Army National Guard. Dubya wasn't trapped in the Texas Air National Guard, from which he was apparently able to come and go as he pleased.

But for every son of privilege like George Walker Bush there's a lot more trapped Guardsmen like
Carl Webb:
Carl Webb, 38, is a member of the Texas Army National Guard and a U.S. army veteran. In 2001 following a 7-year break in service, he enlisted in the National Guard expecting to serve for only three years. His term of service ends August 22, however, less than two months shy of the end of his service completion he was informed that his term had been involuntarily extended and he would be sent to Fort Hood for training and deployed to Iraq in November.

Webb is one of many reservists who is being compelled to serve in the war in Iraq under the "stop-loss" program.  “This policy is practically an unofficial draft,” Webb said. “It is conscription against a person’s will.”

Webb's perspective is that “The war is unethical and illegal U.S. aggression,” he said. “It’s all about oil and profits.”

Carl Webb expects to serve prison time for following his conscience.
See also the whole list of refusenik heroes of the Iraq invasion. Via Dr. Menlo at American Samizdat.

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