Some guys are just weird.
Take, for instance, Army Lt. Col. Terrence Lakin, a doctor, seventeen years in the service, who this week pleaded guilty to not reporting to Fort Campbell, Kentucky, for deployment to Afghanistan. Why? Because he doesn't think Barack Obama is entitled to be commander in chief, so it's an illegal order. Why
unqualified? Because, Lakin thinks, Obama wasn't born in the United States.
That's an old line, of course. Obama's campaign made his birth certificate available on the internet in June, 2008. Name: Barack Hussein Obama. Place of birth: Honolulu, Hawaii. Date: August 4, 1961. Officials say it's legitimate, "I, Dr. Chiyome Fukino, director of the Hawaii State Department of Health, have seen the original vital records maintained on file by the Hawaii State Department of Health, verifying Barack Hussein Obama was born in Hawaii and is a natural-born American citizen. I have nothing futher to add..."
That is not enough for the Birthers, as they seem to be called. You have to wonder if anything would be.
Col. Lakin told the military judge that the winter has been "a confusing time, a very emotional time for me." Maureen Dowd, in the New York Times, also quoted him as saying, "I made the wrong choice."
Yes, colonel. That's for sure.
The colonel was sentenced yesterday to six months in military prison and dismissal from the Army, which has been his life. There can be a price for clinging to some weird beliefs. This one for the colonel was high.