Wednesday, December 15, 2004
This Pisses Me Off
You may have heard the story of Pablo Paredes. He is a Sailor who decided that he did not want to go on deployment to the Middle East with his ship. He may a very public display of his actions. The bottom line is he is a coward. I want to publicly state that he does not represent the typical sailor. Our Navy has thousands of great young people that endure incredible hardships, long working hours and long deployments. They do it with honor, courage and committment. This turkey has none of that, and while he is in Leavenworth, he will have a long time to think about his actions, and My Navy will be better with him gone.
Here is a link with more about him:
Here is an email I sent to the misguided youth:
I have followed your story, and I am quite disappointed in your actions. It is a dark day in our Navy when junior personnel make unilateral decisions to break a promises made when they enlisted. Whether or not you believe in the war in Iraq is not material to your actions. The only thing you accomplished is letting your shipmates down. That to me is unacceptable. While you are in Leavenworth, I hope you have a chance to review the Navy Core Values “Honor, Courage, Commitment”. You hit a homerun in disregarding these values, and that is the worst thing you could have done. Think about your actions. By being as public with your little stunt, you will bring the ire of Navy leadership upon yourself. I have full faith that you will be prosecuted to the fullest extent possible and that you will be confined, reduced in rank and discharged (hopefully with a dishonorable discharge. (That equates to a felony conviction) look it up, that comes with a lifetime’s worth of baggage that will follow you forever. Nice job, you have embarrassed yourself and my Navy. Hope it was worth it.
CDR Pete Laches, USN
Combined Forces Command, Afghanistan
Cindy in Vermont
'tis a difficult concept to grasp, but please be reminded that the feeble mind is often swayed by the fanatical, and once swayed, there is no reasoning with the hysterical...history has proven it so.
Take Care, My Friend, -p-
BTW, saw the most offensive South Park ever tonight. Christmas themed of course.