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May 18, 2004

Darby, Spec. Joseph

Quick, who's Lynndie England? Got it?

Who's Spec. Joseph Darby? Not sure?

He's the forgotten one. He's the soldier who handed a CD full of perverse, sick pictures to — no not any media outlet — but the Army Investigation unit.

Kevin Drum
points to a WaPo piece that says, he may not be the favored son in his Maryland hometown where Spec. Jeremy Sivits, a military police officer involved in the prison scandal facing court-martial, also lives. Why is that? Isn't he more of a hero than many? Doesn't his action demonstrate a high level of respect for what the American military is and what it stands for? As Drum says, a moment for Spec. Darby, please.

is it really the right not welcoming the soldiers home? The irony. Here's the two most depressing and telling quotes form the article:
The Army says it's considering giving Darby a medal, although Army spokesman Dov Schwartz said it can't say when. It took the Army 30 years and the intervention of a dogged professor to give a medal to Hugh Thompson, who reported to his commanders what came to be known as the My Lai massacre.
And
In Washington, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld praised Darby for his "honorable actions." But Washington is a universe away. "They can call him what they want," says Mike Simico, a veteran visiting relatives in Cresaptown. "I call him a rat."