In what reeks of grandstanding, mere hours after the Osama bin Laden announcement, our junior Senator Scott Brown breathlessly leaked to reporters that he has requested to go to Afghanistan to participate in missions.
“I’m going to be going over at some point to do some missions”
Brown’s office quickly put out a statement to hopefully stop the Scott “do some missions” Brown quote from gaining traction:
As a Lieutenant Colonel in the Massachusetts Army National Guard, I have service obligations that I fulfill each year. Following in the tradition of other lawmakers who have completed their military service requirements overseas, this year I have requested to conduct my annual training in Afghanistan. Doing so will help me to better understand our ongoing mission in that country, and provide me first-hand experience for my duties on the Senate Armed Services, Homeland Security, and Veterans Affairs committees
Scott Brown is in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps (JAG) and has been so since 1994, he’s a military lawyer. Brown was interviewed on the subject during the special election.
As a judge advocate, Brown has a range of duties in the 6,200-soldier Guard. He defends soldiers facing disciplinary action before administrative discharge boards, provides estate planning advice, and has even helped in real estate transactions to those deploying overseas to war zones.
Scott’s own words about what he does:
“If anybody does anything stupid, they come to me.’’ He added: “We do everything from assaults, sexual assaults, sexual or other discrimination, drug boards, and contracts. I do everything.’’
So if someone does anything “stupid” or needs estate planning, mission accomplished for Scott Brown.
Going into a war zone does take a certain amount of courage, I have to give props to Brown for his request to go to Afghanistan. But the cynical side of me does find the timing suspect and I do wonder why a sitting senator would make a public announcement that he will be going into a war zone for military training. Wouldn’t the more prudent thing to do is go to Afghanistan first, complete training, then make the announcement?
Is Scott Brown making it impossible for the Guard to send him to Afghanistan and was that the intent all along?