Beyond the Call of Duty

Thursday, 06 June 2002 By Max Gross


The USA may still be the “home of the brave”, but “land of the free” it sure as hell is not. Lieutenant Colonel Steve Butler, an officer in the United States Air Force, has been suspended from duty and may soon find himself an inmate in the iniquitous Camp X-Ray. Hia crime? Calling US Presidense Bush "a joke".


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In a letter to a local rag, Gulf War veteran Butler said the presidunce had prior knowledge of the 11 September hijack attacks but did nothing but sit on his thumb at home on the range chowing down pretzels .

In a missive to the Monterey County Herald, Colonel Butler wrote of Bush the Smaller: "His daddy had Saddam and he needed Osama, his presidency was going nowhere, this guy is a joke "

Butler has spent 24 years in the air farce, including duty as a combat pilot in the 1990 Gulf War.

His suspension stems from a cobwebbed old law dating back to the American War of Independence. The law forbids insults directed by military officers against the president or other political leaders.

In his letter, Butler correctly observed that Bush Jr had not acquired office by legitimate means.

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Butler also pointed out – just as Xenox News has often reported - the so-called “war on terror” is just part of a strategy to improve Georgie Porgie’s position.

Whether bombing helpless ragheads and saying boo! daily on TV is enough to successfully conceal GB Jr’s involvement in the increasingly pungent ENRON scandal remains to be seen.

“His presidency was going nowhere," Butler wrote. "He wasn't elected by the American people, but placed into the Oval Office by the conservative Supreme Court... the economy was sliding into the usual Republican pits and he needed something to hang his presidency on."

Colonel Butler was serving as vice chancellor for student affairs at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California, when he wrote the letter.

Article 88 of the code of military justice states that any commissioned officer who uses "contemptuous words" against the president, vice-president, members of Congress or state governors should be punished by court-martial.

The law however makes no mention of contemptuous presidents, morally repugnant secretaries of state and defence, and corrupt contributors of party political funding.

The last court-martial held in the USA was in 1965, when an army officer was prosecuted for joining in an anti-war ralley.

Colonel Butler, Xenox News salutes you!

This was Max Gross, standing stiffly at attention and loving it!

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