For a Kinder, Gentler Society
The Good Soldier on Trial
A Sociological Study of Misconduct by the US Military Pertaining to Operation Iron Triangle, Iraq
  • Stjepan G. Mestrovic
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The Good Soldier on Trial. A Sociological Study of Misconduct by the US Military Pertaining to Operation Iron Triangle, Iraq
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An expert witness in legal cases involving rules of engagement and the US military murder of prisoners, Prof. Stjepan Mestrovic exposes profound contradictions and systemic flaws that confuse criminal brutality and heroism, making victims of soldiers like Sergeant Michael Leahy who won a purple heart but also was sentenced to life imprisonment in 2009.

To see how US soldiers implicated in war crimes are being treated, Mestrovic goes to see “his” soldiers in Leavenworth whenever he can. In this book he includes a brief report about how they're doing and gives eye-witness details from inside the United States Penitentiary.

About the Author

Prof. Mestrovic has testified as an expert witness at The Hague and at Fort Hood. He is the author of 17 books (two with Algora) and numerous articles. His particular areas of interest include Abu Ghraib, culture, and race and ethnic studies in the Balkans. He holds three degrees from Harvard University and has been teaching at Texas A&M since 1991.

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A shocking follow-up study of Operation Iron Triangle, Iraq, this book outlines the treatment of US soldiers who apparently were following their orders as they understood them and who were then accused of having committed war crimes. These include...
A shocking follow-up study of Operation Iron Triangle, Iraq, this book outlines the treatment of US soldiers who apparently were following their orders as they understood them and who were then accused of having committed war crimes. These include Corey Clagett and William Hunsaker, who were charged in the Iron Triangle incident, and Michael Leahy and Joseph Mayo (from the February 2009 case). No other book that has so much documentation on this topic.

Chock full of quotes from documents and hard data, the book amply demonstrates that the US military has profound, systemic and immensely troubling flaws. In particular, says the author, the distinction between a good versus bad soldier as well as good versus bad Army has become completely, fatally muddled.

Here are some of the ironies that emerge from the facts: The Army treats its own soldiers, when accused of crimes, the same way it treats detainees at Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo, complete with sleep deprivation and chains and stress positions. The soldier prisoners even have to take showers and sleep in chains. There is absolutely no rational need for this.

In addition, when soldiers act wrongly as a result of their understanding of the assigned Rules of Engagement, how are the officers to be treated?

For a look at Prof. Mestrovic's classes on war crimes, you can go to iTunes here: Cultural Studies--War Crimes by Stjepan G Mestrovic, Professor, Department of Sociology.

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Table of Documentsp. 5, The unarmed Iraqi "man in the window" and two army medics. The killing of this Iraqi male was not considered
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p. 5, The unarmed Iraqi "man in the window" and two army medics. The killing of this Iraqi male was not considered murder and was not prosecuted.

p. 6, Hand-drawn map of the "gas station incident" by Specialist Jason Stachowski, one of the external snipers temporarily assigned to Charlie Company,

pp. 7-9, Sworn statement by Sergeant David Chavez concerning the "gas station incident" and the subsequent cover-up of the snipers' reports on this incident.

pp. 10-13, Sworn statement by Sergeant Curtis Ballance on the cover-up of additional incidents during Operation Iron Triangle.

Pp. 61-65, The formal AR 15-6 Report by Major Timothy Sullivan, which concludes that no crimes of any sort were committed by anyone during Operation Iron Triangle.

p. 66 E-mail from the soldiers' defense attorney Michael Waddington to government prosecutors protesting that he had been stranded in Kuwait and rendered unable to attend the Article 32 hearing.

p. 101, First page of the charges leveled at the accused soldiers by the investigating Officer (IO), Lieutenant Colonel James Daniel.

pp. 251-254 Letter by Colonel Edwarth Horvath to the Army Clemency and Parole Board on behalf of convicted soldier Corey Clagett.
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On August 31, 2006, Lieutenant Colonel James P. Daniel wrote a memorandum in which he stated, "...I find the following ... warrants a sentence of death." All four of the accused were thereafter subjected to the possibility of the death penalty: SSG Raymond L. Girouard, Specialist William Hunsaker, PFC Corey Clagett, and Specialist Juston Graber.

Why did the army turn so suddenly and viciously on four soldiers who had been exonerated in initial investigative reports?

On August 31, 2006, Lieutenant Colonel James P. Daniel wrote a memorandum in which he stated, "...I find the following ... warrants a sentence of death." All four of the accused were thereafter subjected to the possibility of the death penalty: SSG Raymond L. Girouard, Specialist William Hunsaker, PFC Corey Clagett, and Specialist Juston Graber.

Why did the army turn so suddenly and viciously on four soldiers who had been exonerated in initial investigative reports?

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Pages 294
Year: 2009
LC Classification: DS79.766.T54M46
Dewey code: 364.1'38--dc22
BISAC: LAW068000 LAW / Military
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