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?
Peter Porcupine says
It’s not realy relevant, like a State Senate President going to Finland.
And so did a Republican – Bob Hedlund took a break from wasting our money by collecting a stipend for being Assistant Leader of a four person minority to waste some of our money on a trade mission to Finland, too!
a wager on if he gets deployed?
“Hello, suckers!” to the troops, and call it deployment.
Like the powers-that-be are going to allow a Senator, even one as stupid as Brown, to be in the line of fire.
Look for him to be sitting far behind the lines, feet up on a desk, smoking a big cigar, and eating steak.
So they leak a one-liner about him going to Afghanistan — then they do a “walk-back” on that — as planned — exploited to further elaborate on his being a heroic defender of freedome, just us, and the pelican way.
What a punk-assed phony.
And what’s the name of the alleged molester/criminal who he alleges molested him, but who he is protecting against the interests of other victims, the community, and the rule of law?
The other 10% isn’t.
An elected official, one of the 500 people (being generous here) most significant for continuance of democratic government should not be running around playing soldier. His presence would increase the value of his entire unit as a target.
More importantly, if Senator Brown would rather run around Afghanistan than work as a Senator, there’s a clear course of action — quit his job and sign up. If his current job is this far beneath him, then quit. Or shut up.
Brown claimed that he had been sexually molested as a child.
But when asked to identify the perpetrator, he refused.
Does that mean his claim is a lie?
Or, if his claim is true, that he wants to protect the pedophile’s right to continue to molest children?
Why is Sen. Brown leaving MA for guard training, when the MA National Guard is about to start a new state-of-the-art training program this summer on the Cape?
If he goes there he might have to face other victims of the child molester he’s protecting.