Lt. Col. Terry Larkin has refused to deploy to Afghanistan until he is convinced that the President meets the Constitutional requirements to be President. Larkin has created a fire storm of comments on the Internet with all kinds of “know nothings” chipping in as to his manhood, sanity and true motives.
I am only a step or two away from the know nothings but I do know what an O5 with 18 years served, is risking by taking his stance. Loss of significant retirement benefits, dismissal in disgrace and a jail term are possible consequences, among others
Larkin is from Greeley Colorado, so there is great local interest in this whole issue. He is being likened to a player in a high stakes game of Texas Hold’em. He has taken his considerable pile of military career chips, stood up and pushed them to center of the table announcing that he is “all in”.
This is a breath taking act at the poker table, but the chips Larkin is risking are at a table with stakes which is hard for me to envision. The question in the military of not obeying an unlawful order is covered in the UCMJ and is something I thought about for maybe 10 seconds or less when I was in the Marine Corps. It never entered my mind to think that I would get an order that I would openly and publicly fail to obey. I’m shivering a bit now, even after all those years thinking about refusing an order.
Lt. Col. Larkin is on the recommended list to be promoted to Colonel. This is not a capricious move when he challenges Obama’s legitimacy. This is a dead serious commitment by a highly decorated officer who has served in harms way in his career. He currently has high level responsibilities and is a valuable member of our military.
The problem has been created by the secrecy surrounding much of the President’s past. Several million dollars in legal defense has been spent by Obama’s organization to maintain the secrecy surrounding his birth, education and early political writings. There has been a vigorous and costly defense towards every attempt to access Obama’s records of life before the Presidency.
Larkin has gone “All IN”. It is time for Obama to show his cards and credentials.
The President must support this fine officer who has served his nation well, by simply laying the proof of meeting the Constitutional requirements for the Presidency on the table and opening his records for the nation to see.
If Obama does this simple act, this and all related issues of legitimacy disappear.
Why not Mr. President?
PS: I’m sure of one thing-Larkin’s career in the military is over.