- Army Specialist Suzanne Swift arrested for refusing to return to fight in Iraq.
- "Mission Rejected: U.S. Soldiers Who Say No to Iraq", a book by Peter Laufer, profiles a number of soldiers who refuse to participate in what they believe to be an illegal and immoral war.
But I think that the stories that we're telling here of those who oppose the war, who are deserting, who are going AWOL, who are filing for conscientious objector status, who are saying no to this war -- I think that it's important ammunition, these stories, to broaden the debate in the general society about the war. This is a great tool for going to those who are still undecided about the war, for going to those who still support the war, and to say, look at what's happening to people like Suzanne Swift. Look at what is going on in the military. Look at what these soldiers are saying who were there, who served, who were injured, who received medals for their valor.
You cannot impugn the credibility of those who signed up for the military, served, and come back and say this was wrong, the same way you can impugn the point of view, say, of you and me if we stand on the street corner with a sign that says stop the war. We're different than those who come back. Their credibility is phenomenal in the argument against the war.
and on a previous show,
Lieutenant Ehren Watada becomes the first commissioned officer to refuse deployment to Iraq.