I thought this crap had been put behind us.
It seems the “Obama wasn’t born in America” crowd has been actually gathering some steam lately, with a court ruling from a judge willing to examine the “merits” of the case (shouldn’t take long, since there aren’t any). And now we have this:
Soldier balks at deploying; says Obama isn’t president
U.S. Army Maj. Stefan Frederick Cook, set to deploy to Afghanistan, says he shouldn’t have to go.
Barack Obama was never eligible to be president because he wasn’t born in the United States.
Cook’s lawyer, Orly Taitz, who has also challenged the legitimacy of Obama’s presidency in other courts, filed a request last week in federal court seeking a temporary restraining order and status as a conscientious objector for her client.
In the 20-page document — filed July 8 with the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia — the California-based Taitz asks the court to consider granting his client’s request based upon Cook’s belief that Obama is not a natural-born citizen of the United States and is therefore ineligible to serve as commander-in-chief of the U.S. Armed Forces.
Cook further states he “would be acting in violation of international law by engaging in military actions outside the United States under this President’s command. … simultaneously subjecting himself to possible prosecution as a war criminal by the faithful execution of these duties.”
Cook, a reservist, received the orders mobilizing him to active duty on June 9.
According to this document, which accompanies Cook’s July 8 application for a temporary restraining order, he has been ordered to report to MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday. From there, the Florida resident would go to Fort Benning before deploying overseas.
Documents show Obama was born in Hawaii in 1961, two years after it became a state.
A hearing to discuss Cook’s requests will take place in federal court here Thursday at 9:30 a.m.
It’s distressing enough to realize that there are still people out there stupid enough to believe this line of bullshit, but it’s even more disheartening to realize that at least one of them is in a position of leadership, responsible for training and mentoring young troops. What kind of example is Maj. Cook setting for the young soldiers he might command? What kind of judgement is he showing by clinging so tightly to such a ridiculous and obvious line of right-wing lies and smears?
None whatsoever. He deserves to be court-martialed, demoted to Private and sent to Fort Leavenworth. He’s a disgrace to himself, the Army, and his country.
If he wanted out of the Army so badly, it would have been better if he’d just told them he was gay.
Update (7/15/09): Major Cook’s deployment orders have been rescinded. In a curious twist to this sordid tale, it turns out the “Major” actually volunteered to deploy to Afghanistan in May of this year, six months after President Obama’s election and four months after his swearing-in. If he had these concerns about the legitimacy of his commander-in-chief, why didn’t he quit the reserves six months ago? Why volunteer to go, and then make up this bogus claim about the President’s birth certificate?
I smell a rat. This looks like a transparent ploy to put this ridiculous conspiracy theory in the national media spotlight. Major Cook is a disgrace to the uniform.
Update 2 (7/15/09): Keith Olbermann reported last night in his “Worst Persons” segment that Major Cook has now lost his job as a Pentagon contractor.