Daniel Goetz Silenced

From The Tattered Coat: Another military blogger silenced.

The part I found most noteworthy was the way in which Daniel Goetz, a stop-lossed soldier serving the 6th year of a 5-year commitment in Iraq, who had been eloquently critical of Bush administration policies, announced the end of his blogging activity:

I thank all of you who have been so supportive recently. I have never before received so much positive feedback, and it was very heart-warming to know that so many people out there care. Having said that, it breaks my heart to say that this will be my last post on this blog. I wish I could just stop there, but I can not. The following also needs to be said:

For the record, I am officially a supporter of the administration and of her policies. I am a proponent for the war against terror and I believe in the mission in Iraq. I understand my role in that mission, and I accept it. I understand that I signed the contract which makes stop loss legal, and I retract any statements I made in the past that contradict this one. Furthermore, I have the utmost confidence in the leadership of my chain of command, including (but not limited to) the president George Bush and the honorable secretary of defense Rumsfeld. If I have ever written anything on this site or on others that lead the reader to believe otherwise, please consider this a full and complete retraction.

That item was posted under the title Double Plus Ungood. Here’s to intended irony.

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