1. Members of the American armed services are taking to social media to voice their opinions in the debate over American intervention in Syria.
2. This is a photo of one of the first uniformed dissenters. It was posted on the Angel Clark Show Facebook page on Aug. 31.
3. The photo of the anonymous Naval officer went viral, getting shared over 20,000 times this weekend.
4. Many war foes praised the man for being brave by hypothetically refusing to follow orders.
5. But others questioned the authenticity of the man’s identity.
6. The post has inspired an array of apparent members of the military to post similar rhetoric.
7. The men in the photographs conceal their identities to varying degrees. But all speaking out against Syria covered their faces, presumably because the military ramifications for this kind of insubordination can be severe.
8. The oath of enlistment leaves no wiggle room for these statements:
“I, [Name], do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.”
9. The military code is also very clear on what you can and cannot say about the president as a military officer.
“Any commissioned officer who uses contemptuous words against the President, the Vice President, Congress, the Secretary of Defense, the Secretary of a military department, the Secretary of Transportation, or the Governor or legislature of any State, Territory, Commonwealth, or possession in which he is on duty or present shall be punished as a court-martial may direct.” — Uniform Code of Military Justice, Article 88
10. And all enlisted men are subject to court-martial if they disobey commands once in uniform.
“(1) violates or fails to obey any lawful general order or regulation; (2) having knowledge of any other lawful order issued by any member of the armed forces, which it is his duty to obey, fails to obey the order; or (3) is derelict in the performance of his duties.” — Uniform Code of Military Justice, Article 92.