“SIR, I WILL NOT OBEY THAT ORDER.”

After watching this video I pondered the question, “During my career as both an enlisted Marine and officer did I ever utter those words?” I can think of three times when I refused to carry out an order, or change my order; all three were in peacetime and dealt with principles — mine. Two of them went fine, one did not; however, that senior told me he later realized I was right and while he never showed it, he said he respected me for it. Of course, there were times when perhaps I should have uttered those words and did not because the issue was not worth the fight and no one would be affected one way or the other.

In sum, I completely agree with Whittle on this one. Where are our generals and admirals, what’s stopping them, do they not think the issues at hand are worth the fight? I’m sorry flag officers, I happen to think it is, which makes all of you gutless careerists! Watch the video and you decide, and share your thoughts with us.

3 thoughts on ““SIR, I WILL NOT OBEY THAT ORDER.””

    1. Yes Kevin. I would expect your Dad to beating that drum loud and clear, as he should. Your Dad, one great Marine, should have been a general, but was like me, too outspoken. We believed in the motto, “If you cannot handle the answer, then don’t ask the question!”

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